Intro: Easy Bacon Chocolate Truffles
Ever made Oreo truffles?
If no, then now is the time to experiment! They are easy to make, modify, and taste great with an amazing texture!
If yes, then now is the time to make the ultimate bacon version!
I have a long history of experimenting with bacon, ranging from bacon cookies, cakes, pies, and candy. More recently I've been making batches of different flavored truffles, using Oreos as a very simple base, and it was only a matter of time before bacon was combined with this new hobby.
When eaten, the taster is first hit with a strong, almost-dark chocolate taste. After a few seconds, salty smokey bacon flavor kicks you in the taste buds. It's not like the bacon is forced into the chocolate just for the sake of it--the flavors actually combine and match each other very well. Close in comparison with my cookies, this is one of the best bacon ideas I've had in years. Try it and see how you like it!
Step 1: Tools? Ingredients?
Tools are mostly whatever you think is best. I'm a novice chef without proper tools, but I can at least get to the finished product.
For bacon: baking sheet (with foil), tongs, sheers
For dough: food processor (I actually used a small one and a Ninja brand blender, which worked just as well as a large food processor, but better than a blender.)
For chocolate: double boiler (round bowl and pot), two forks
Ingredients are simple, and depends on which package of Oreos you buy. I actually bought off brand, which tasted just as good, was cheaper, and gave me 30% more cookies! For a 14-15oz package of cookies, use 8oz of cream cheese, 1 large bag of chocolate morsels (milk chocolate for me, the center already tastes dark-ish), and 1 pound of bacon.
Step 2: Bakin' Bacon
I like to cook bacon in the oven on a foiled baking sheet, using the broiler. Not much clean up and you never have to touch anything greasy if you use tongs.
Cover a sheet in foil. Place bacon on foiled sheet. Place in oven and turn on broiler. After it looks somewhat cooked, flip over using tongs and place back in the oven. If you leave the grease in the pan, it will cook faster and more evenly as it deep fries in it's own fat, but you will have to wipe off more grease when it's done.
Alternatively, cook the bacon however you normally like to. I cooked the bacon until it was a little crispier than chewy, but not quite crunchy or gum-like. Just right, by my books.
Step 3: Truffle Dough
This is extremely fast with a large, powerful food processor.
I used an blender, but it is designed so the dough is easy to pull out. Grind the cookies to a powder, throw in the cream cheese and mix until it becomes a dough. That's it! I did this while the bacon was cooking.
Step 4: Prepare the Bacon
Normally I use a knife, and make some misshapen, chunky bacon bits, but this time I wanted to experiment with the food processor. It worked perfectly. I cut each strip in half first using sheers so that it would actually fit in the tiny processor. I held each strip with tongs. So far, I hadn't touched anything greasy so I didn't have to reclean and soap my hands.
Step 5: Combining and Finishing the Dough
Throw the bacon bits into the chocolate dough and mix it around until it seems somewhat even. I threw the whole thing back in the Ninja blender to mix it even more and ensure it was evenly done. Prepare a container/pan of some sort large enough to hold every truffle without being smashed together, but also able to fit in your freezer. Place the dough in the mixing bowl and stick in the fridge for a while. I left it for an hour while playing some games.
Once the dough has firmed up a bit, roll it into small, uniform balls no larger than a Quarter in diameter and place into the container/pan. Because a pound of bacon was added, this batch came out with much more dough than usual.
If the dough gets soft while you are making the balls, they will flatten on the bottom while sitting in the pan and make a slightly less perfect truffle, which doesn't really bother me and isn't too noticeable unless the ball really flattens.
Step 6: Dipping the Truffles
If you are completely new and don't have a dipping fork or tool of some sort, you can use two forks like I do. I made this instructional video to help guide you along:
Step 7: Finished!
That's it! It's not that hard and doesn't take many tools or ingredients but it can be time consuming. It's very impressive to most people, and the taste is fantastic. I hope you enjoyed these bacon truffles!
Also try experimenting by throwing in mint Oreos instead, or try adding peanut butter, or nothing at all if you have never had plain Oreo truffles.
To attest to their taste, I have friends who want to pay $10 for 15 truffles. I've been making a decent amount of profit! And the extra ones are a great snack!
I hope you've enjoyed this Instructable, feel free to rate it and such.
On the picture I've left a few things my friends have said.