Chocolate Anise Truffles

Anisette refers to an anise-flavored liqueur popular in Spain, Italy, Portugal, and France. It is colorless and, unlike other famous anise-based liqueurs, it doesn't have licorice.

This liqueur has a strong and overwhelming flavor when you drink it straight, and could even irritate the throat because of its high alcoholic content. In mixed drinks, though, it yields a sweet tolerable flavor. What about in sweet treats?! Try this on for size!

Chocolate Anise Truffles

• 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1/4 cup anise liqueur
• 2 cups pulverized anisette cookies

In a double boiler melt the chocolate, constantly stirring with a wooden spoon. When the chocolate has melted, add the butter and slowly stir it into the chocolate as it melts. Continue to stir for another minute until it is well mixed and smooth.
 
Add in the liqueur and stir until well mixed, then sprinkle in the pulverized anisette cookies (a little at a time, as sometimes it takes less) until the mixture is slightly thickened but still smooth. (You want the mixture to remain as a thick sauce at this point.)
 
When you have thoroughly mixed in the cookies, rest the top of your double boiler in a bucket of ice and WHISK the truffle mixture slowly until it has cooled (about 15 minutes). Do not stop whisking or the butter and liqueur will separate out of the chocolate-anisette.
 
When the sauce is completely cooled it should have a soft, but solid, consistency which you can then spoon out and form into truffles and coat with chocolate powder or powdered sugar.

Enjoy! :)

Joanna Maligaya

Staff Writer/Content Developer at Chocolate University Online
Ever since she can remember, Joanna has always considered chocolate as the ultimate food for her soul. She believes in the saying, “9 out of 10 people love chocolate, and the 10th always lies.”

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