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Chocolate Truffles (Yields 30)

1/3 cup heavy cream
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup cocoa powder (or combination of other powdered ingredients) for dusting

In a heavy saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer over a medium heat. Add the butter by the tablespoonful, stirring until melted. Add the chocolate chips and stir until completely melted and smooth. Pour mixture into a bowl. Add 1/4 cup any flavoring ingredients such as finely diced dried or candied fruit and/or 2 tablespoons of liquor. Cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate till firm. (At least 2 hours).

With a melon baller or a small scoop, take pieces of the mixture and roll into small balls. Roll in straight cocoa powder, confectioner's sugar or finely chopped nuts. If desired, add cayenne pepper, coarse sea salt or other powdered ingredients to the cocoa for flavor.

Store refrigerated for up to two weeks.

Poppy is the host and executive producer of the weekly show, Louisiana Eats! Food personality, culinary teacher and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table.