May 2 is National Truffles Day!
Truffles are chocolate based confections that are filled with a creamy ganache and topped with cocoa powder, hard shell chocolate, icing, chopped nuts, or drizzled chocolate. There are three main types of truffles which vary in their preparation slightly: American, European, and Swiss.
French Patissiere Louis Dufour invented the chocolate truffle in Chambery, France in 1895. The chocolate covered ganache balls looked a lot like black mushroom truffles that grew deep in the forest, so the confections were named after them.
A few years later, Antoine Dufour opened the Prestat Chocolate Shop in London, which is credited for the popularization of chocolate truffles in the UK and beyond.
Celebrate National Truffles Day by – what else? – eating truffles!