NATIONAL TRUFFLE DAY May 2 celebrates a food holiday: it is National Truffle Day. On this day, the deliciously sweet chocolate truffle gets the spotlight. This chocolate confectionery is traditionally made with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, icing, cocoa powder, chopped nuts or coconut. The truffle may be filled with other fillings such as cream, melted chocolate, caramel, nuts, fruit, nougat, fudge, toffee, mint, marshmallow or liqueur. N. Petruccelli of Chambery, France is believed to be the inventor of the chocolate truffle in December, 1895. Truffles became much more popular in 1902 when Prestat Chocolate Shop opened in London. Prestat stills sells “Napoleon III” truffles made to the original recipe. There are three main types of chocolate truffles: American, European and Swiss.
- The American Truffle: Created in the mid 1980′s by San Francisco chocolatier, Joseph Schmidt. A half-egg shaped chocolate coated truffle made with a mixture of dark or milk chocolate, butterfat and sometimes coconut oil.
NATIONAL TRUFFLE DAY HISTORY In our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Truffle Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.