NATIONAL TRUFFLE DAY
National Truffle Day on May 2 serves up a deliciously sweet treat and places the chocolate truffle in the spotlight.
N. Petruccelli of Chambery, France is believed to be the inventor of the chocolate truffle in December 1895. Truffles became much more prevalent in 1902 after the Prestat Chocolate Shop opened in London. In fact, Prestat still sells “Napoleon III” truffles made to the original recipe.
Traditionally, chocolatiers make this sweet confection with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, icing, cocoa powder, chopped nuts, or coconut. Oftentimes, they may fill the truffle with other yummy surprises, too. For example, some candy makers include cream, melted chocolate, caramel, nuts, fruit, nougat, fudge, toffee, mint, marshmallow, or liqueur.
The Truth About Truffles
Apparently, there is a huge misunderstanding among truffle lovers. One group believes the truffle is a sweet treat made by bakers, while another group has a slightly different idea on a true truffle. Unfortunately, this group of truffle experts feel a bit neglected when talking about the truffle. As a result, we are sharing our short list of what a “real” truffle is according to certain truffle experts, obviously.
- Truffles are actually a mushrooms that grow underground near truffle oaks.
- Real truffles apparently look similar to a small brown rock.
- Truffles have been around for about 4,000 years. In fact, documentation says Egyptians eating them coated with goose fat.
- Truffles are mostly found in Italy, southern France, and Croatia.
- Truffle dogs and truffle dogs are specially trained to find truffle.
- Shockingly, a truffle once sold for $3,000.
- You can add chocolate to anything and it immediately becomes a delicacy.
A SWEET CELEBRATION
- Indulge yourself on National Truffle Day by sampling and tasting as many confectionary truffles you can find.
- Join a truffle digging expedition.
- Give a truffle gift. A small box for four truffles create a wow factor!
- Share your love for chocolate truffles on social media using #NationalTruffleDay.
NATIONAL TRUFFLE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this indulgently sweet holiday. Until we find that information, we recommend trying this truffle recipe found in our recipe section.