This past weekend, I got together with five girlfriends to make holiday truffles. We sat around a table, had a tasty brunch, sipped on some Naked Juice and then worked on our chocolate creations and had a fabulous time together. (As an ambassador for Naked Juice this past year, I always have extra bottles of the good stuff on hand, and many of my friends get to benefit from that — there’s always plenty of juice to share.)
In addition to the fact that I enjoyed trying something new like making truffles for the first time, I also absolutely loved the idea of creating things together with friends, which we could then give away to others and continue spreading the holiday cheer.
Because we had so much fun, this activity is definitely one that we plan to continue each year and perhaps even expand upon. And it made me realize that there are plenty of ways you can get your friends together this holiday season to create things, spread cheer and share.
Host a festive holiday “share” party
For instance, you can host a get-together in which you all …
- Bake holiday cookies.
- Wrap Christmas gifts.
- Create healthy no-bake granola bars.
- Make ornaments or wreaths.
- Collect canned goods for charities.
- Design and create Christmas cards.
- Swap healthy recipes.
- Decorate picture frames.
- Make shadow-box collages.
- Swap healthy frozen casseroles.
- And of course, make truffles.
Everything you make can be packaged up with care and gifted. These types of things make perfect host/hostess gifts, which is exactly what I plan to do with some of the truffles I made. And I know the recipients will be very happy to receive something hand-made and unique.
And when you get together with your friends, be sure to put out a spread featuring a combination of healthy, sweet and savory food and treats to fuel up your adventures. Of course, you get bonus points for choosing one of these party-sized Naked Juices …
So many vitamins and nutrients in these party-sized juices, with no sugar added, just real fruit, veggies and juice.
A quick look at how to make truffles
Because it’s something I always wondered about, I couldn’t pass up the chance to tell you about truffle making during our “share” party and how we did it. While I’m not an expert at making truffles at all, here is the general process we followed …
- Each person prepared their own ganache (the delicious inside of the truffles) at least 12 hours before we got together to make the truffles. Ganache is made up of one pound of special baker’s chocolate, 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream and optional flavoring. Some of us used milk chocolate and some of us used dark. I made banana cream-flavored milk chocolate ganache. While I could have used a fresh banana, in order to increase the shelf life of my truffles, I chose to use the flavoring. The process of making ganache took about 10 minutes total and was surprisingly easy. All you had to do was bring the whipping cream to a boil, remove it from heat, add the chocolate and whisk it all together then pack it up in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- On the day of truffle making, when we got together, we each pulled out the ganache to let it warm up just a bit for about 30 minutes. Then we began to form the truffles into little even-sized balls with our hands. First, we washed our hands with cold water and continually put our hands in powdered sugar to keep the chocolate from sticking to them. We also set out wax paper, to place the made chocolate balls, labeling the flavors, because otherwise you couldn’t really tell them apart. We each formed about 28-30 truffles with our ganache flavors, then we shared about five of each flavor with every lady in attendance, so we all ended up with a little bit of everything. Sharing is key!
- The next step included adding the outside layer of chocolate to each truffle. We melted the dipping chocolate in little containers, which sat in hot water to stay soft. Then, we dipped each truffle using a dipping tool until it was fully immersed in the chocolate, then placed each on the wax paper to dry. At that point, we had the option of adding a few toppings, like peppermint bark, hazelnuts, coconut and more, and I went a little overboard on my extras, as I tend to do. This was perhaps the trickiest part, because you had to be fast when dipping and covering each truffle, as the chocolate tends to harden quickly.
- From there, we added some decorations, like gold-flecked powder on the banana cream and green-chocolate drizzle on the mint truffles, making everything look quite fancy. The drizzle was very similar to the coating, in which we melted the colored chocolate chips in a plastic container over some hot water, then used a spoon to let a thin line of the chocolate fall onto each truffle. This was my favorite step outside of eating the truffles, even though I didn’t exactly achieve perfection in my designs, it was still fun.
- At the end, we took a knife to cut off the “legs” of the truffles, which was the excess chocolate not formed into the circle, which had dried to the wax paper. Then, we put the truffles in foil holders and transferred them to gift boxes or storage containers. Of course, along the way, we sampled as we wished. And boy, are those things tasty. I mean, wow.
I packaged up five small boxes of assorted truffles to share with people over the next couple of weeks and will be splitting the rest with Dave as dessert. And let me tell you, it would be a Christmas miracle if our extras are still around by the weekend.
The entire process of making the truffles on the day of was about two hours. I will admit we had a little assistance, because my girlfriend’s mom was a pro, and she walked us along the steps and kept a good eye on everyone’s creations, keeping us in line. It was a super fun time and not really as complicated as I thought it would be. It also helped that we got high-quality ingredients from a local confectionery as well, because you can’t expect decadent truffles with your everyday over-the-counter chocolate chips. No way.
On that day, my friends and I decided that we’re going to make holiday truffles together each year. But we’re building on that, with plans to also coordinate an old t-shirt transformation party, in which we all bring old t-shirts and turn them into something cool. And I know for all of the future parties, I’ll always be in charge of bringing something healthy to drink or eat to kick off the festive fun, especially if I have a plethora of tasty Naked Juices in my fridge.
Invite friends and plan a “share” party
Go for it! When you’re brainstorming what you can create at your “share” party, why not start up a group text with your friends, because a few minds together are way stronger than one. Sharing is caring, ladies and gentlemen. Have a fabulous day!Sharing is caring. Get your friends together for happy holiday fun #NakedJuice #SharingIsCaring ... Click To Tweet
*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Naked Juice. As a brand ambassador, I was compensated and received product. However, all thoughts an opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that work with me and A Lady Goes West!
Questions of the day
Have you ever hosted or been to a sharing party?
What’s your favorite thing to share?
What’s your favorite holiday treat?