Cacao Bean Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles


1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup plus 4 tsps. cacao nibs
10 oz. Scharffen Berger Nibby Bar chocolate (8 oz. finely chopped, 2 oz. in rough chunks)
Dutch processed cocoa powder
55 small fluted paper cups (optional)


Place cream in a 2-quart wide saucepan and add ¼ cup cacao nibs. Cook over medium heat until it just comes to a simmer. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes; strain out nibs and discard. Reheat to a simmer, remove from heat, and immediately sprinkle 8 ounces finely chopped chocolate into cream. Cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes; the heat should melt the chocolate. Stir very gently until smooth.

Pour mixture into a shallow bowl. Cool to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap, then allow to sit, preferably overnight, until firm enough to roll. (Or you may refrigerate ganache until firm, about 4 hours.)

Place remaining nibs and chocolate in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process by pulsing on and off until both are finely ground but not powdery; place in a small bowl. Coat our hands with cocoa powder and roll ganache into 3/4- to 1-inch balls.

Toss truffles in chocolate-nib coating. Place in fluted paper cups, if desired, and serve at room temperature.



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