What Are Chocolate Truffles?

Have you ever wondered, “What are chocolate truffles and what is the history behind them?” The origins of the chocolate truffle belongs to France, that much is almost certain, but which Frenchman and which year, that depends on which culinary history book you choose to believe. Sometime around the turn of the nineteenth century or soon after, the chocolate truffle arrived. Some say it was an accident, a literal case of spilled milk, when a bowl of hot heavy whipping cream was accidentally poured in a bowl of chopped chocolate chunks. When stirred together, this chocolate mixture became chocolate ganache, the creamy center of the truffle, which was then rolled in unsweetened cocoa powder. The result: a small delicacy that resembled the dark and rumpled mushrooms also prized for their deliciousness. 

Today, many store-bought and homemade truffles have a hard chocolate shell with a soft center. While traditional chocolate bonbons are made with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate, other ingredients can be added such as vanilla, peppermint extract, coconut, peanut butter, and so on. At Vosges Haut-Chocolat, our rolled truffles are hand-made and highlight exotic flavors from around the world. 

Since its beginnings, these chocolate bonbons have also been at the center of Vosges Haut-Chocolat’s own history. Upon her return from a trip around the world, Katrina took to her Logan Square kitchen in Chicago to hand roll the very first homemade chocolate truffles for the brand. Starting with the Naga truffle, Katrina has added the ingredients of her travels into her truffle recipes and Travel the World Through Chocolate was born.

Today, Vosges truffles are still made using the freshest, natural ingredients and only the finest pure chocolate in our Chocolate Temple. The chocolate ganache centers are made with fresh cream, foregoing the use of any oils or other preservatives. Whenever possible, organic ingredients are used. Our Superior Source mission means we are on an everlasting quest for ingredients at the pinnacle of their taste profile, making it our mission to carefully select the finest ingredients Mother Nature and our farmer and artisan partners have to offer. Through an extensive dossier of exceptional inclusions, we promote the unique characteristics of every root, flower, spice, nut and obscurity to highlight the craft and prestige of each energetic raw material. This meticulous process of sourcing best-in-class ingredients at the pinnacle of their taste profiles is a labor of love, which provides an unrivaled taste experience as you Travel the World Through Chocolate®.

Taking a bite is like visiting a new place. Many modern truffles have a chocolate shell that once bitten through reveals the creamy ganache and the ingredients that give the truffle its signature parfum. Whether you choose some of our classics or those that are a bit more adventurous, each is a feast for all of the senses. The key is to be present and savor each bite. Here are just some of our very favorite chocolate truffles for entertaining, sharing or savoring alone!

Exotic Truffle Collection

Katrina’s earliest chocolate truffle candy creations are still favorites, both for the exotic flavors they reveal and the stories that they weave. Each signature purple box of Vosges Haut-Chocolat’s Exotic Truffle collection comes hand-tied with a satin bow. Inside you will find a range of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate truffles. It is a classic gift or starting point for anyone with a spirit of wanderlust who wants to explore haut-chocolat.   

Dark Chocolate Truffle Collection

This 16 piece dark chocolate truffle collection merges truffles from our Exotic, Italian, Groove and Aztec Collections through a deep dark chocolate tasting experience, ranging from 62% to 75% cacao. It’s your chance to delve into how the flowers, roots, herbs and spices play with dark chocolate from around the world. 

Vegan Truffle Collection

We blended a treasured early harvest olive oil with our proprietary 72% dark chocolate and added luscious pockets of fruit and nuts. Having minimal amount of sugars present in the chocolate and the fruits to sweeten them, these Vegan truffles are low in sweetness and sumptuously rich without any dairy. The collection offers three parfums: Forest Raspberry Rose, I.G.P. Piemonte Hazelnut and Sicilian Blood Orange. 

King Vodka Truffle Collection

These limited-edition Pairing Truffles chronicle the unique characteristics of every ingredient to highlight the craft and pristine cultivation that comes from Japan and the artisans who craft and cultivate them. Created by Kate Hudson, King St.™ Vodka is handcrafted using a proprietary process that yields a gluten free, ultra-premium spirit with a hint of sweet vanilla flavor. Distilled seven times and then filtered, King St. is made from the best ingredients to deliver a clean, smooth taste with each sip. A pairing of the smoothest vodka and most sumptuous chocolates, brought together to highlight subtle notes and chocolate parfums. Raise a glass with us to toast to the moments that matter most.

Any of these collections will delight your palate and introduce you or your gift recipient to the wonderful world of truffles. Enjoyed for centuries and still a true chocolate delicacy, chocolate truffles are a medium Vosges Haut-Chocolat will use to tell our stories for many years to come.