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White Chocolate – Cigar truffles for my Sweet

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White chocolate Cigar Truffles

I am not usually the sappy type. And neither is my husband. We don’t do PDA’s (well no more than a sincere hug, thigh-squeeze or kiss). And I don’t like to get too schmaltzy on my blog or my social networks. I mean, we don’t even celebrate Valentine’s Day. But recently, I have fallen so deeply in love with the man that I met 10 years ago and wanted to dedicate this post to him.

White Chocolate Cigar truffles    White Chocolate Cigar truffles

You see, these past two months my C and I have worked together closer than we ever have before. Yes, sure, we’ve shared office space for the last 3 years and we’ve worked on the blog together to turn it into something wonderful, but from the beginning of this year we made a commitment to take Simply Delicious to new heights. The first being that we started a food stall at Pretoria’s very popular Hazel Food Market (selling goodies from my blog and book). Not only is he in the kitchen with me every Friday prepping the fresh baked goods and making the Bacon Jam, but he’s with me every Saturday. He sets up the gazebo and the tables, makes sure everything looks perfect and tells me to smile when I look irritated (It’s genetic. My brothers and I all look seriously pissed off when we aren’t smiling). He is, without-a-doubt the most incredible husband and father and I am insanely blessed to be able to call him mine.

White Chocolate Cigar truffles

Thank you for being the heart that loves me at my worst and the arms that hold me when I’m at my weakest.

“You don’t love someone for their clothes, or their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”

– Oscar Wilde.

White Chocolate Cigar truffles

{A quick note about the truffles. They are insanely delectable little morsels and taste incredibly sexy with their sweet, vanilla-y white chocolate flavour followed by a raspy, smoky cherry undertone. I wish I could say this was my idea but I first tasted a version of this at Hartford House when I had dinner with the fabulous chef, Jackie Cameron. Jackie gave me permission to try to recreate this and I have to say that I think I did quite well!  Just fabulous as a Valentine’s gift for that special man in your life! Happy Valentine’s day!}

White Chocolate - Cigar truffles for my Sweet
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Recipe type: Dessert, Sweets, Candy, Chocolate, Valentine's Day
Serves: 20-30 truffles
  • 100ml cream
  • 1 cherry cigar, crumbled
  • 400g good quality white chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • icing sugar, for dusting
  1. Heat the cream and the broken up cigar in a small saucepan until just starting to bubble then remove and allow to infuse for a few minutes.
  2. Strain the cream and discard the cigar.
  3. Place the cream and the white chocolate in a double boiler and gently heat until all the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  4. Add the butter and stir until the mixture is glossy and all the butter has been incorporated.
  5. Transfer to a clean bowl and place in the fridge to set (2-3 hours).
  6. When the mixture is firm, scoop out balls with a small melon baller or a teaspoon and place on a plate lined with baking paper.
  7. Place back in the fridge to allow to firm up.
  8. When ready to serve, dust with icing sugar.
  9. The truffles will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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Showing 13 comments
  • Kswiecki

    Could this recipe work with dark chocolate instead of white?

  • Alida Ryder

    I really don’t know which other cherry element you can use. Perhaps just make the truffles without the cigar?

  • Preciouss

    This sounded delicious… until I realised that the “cigar” part meand an actual cigar. Just the idea of mixing tobacco with anything meant to be eaten… sounds horrible to me. 🙁 Yes, I know you take it out, but still neither me nor my husband would want to touch that. If i want to skip the cigar, what other cherry ingredient would you recommend?

  • Megan

    Thank you very much for the recipe, my boyfriend absolutely loved it!!

  • Alida Ryder

    So sorry to only be replying to all of you now. A cherry cigar can be found at any Tabacco shop or counter at a supermarket. It is like any cigar you would smoke but is cherry-flavoured. I didn’t use a big cigar, it was a smallish one, shaped like a cigarette. If you can only find a big cigar, only use half. 🙂

  • Sue

    They sound delicious, but what is a cherry cigar and where would i buy them. I live in Durban, so we are not blessed with a wide cosmopolitan selection of shops like JHB and Cape Town.

  • Ingrid

    What is a cherry cigar?

  • Annette

    Hallo Alida,

    Wat ‘n heerlike resep. Wil dit sommer nog die naweek maak.
    Ek is nie bekend met ” cherry cigar” nie, waar koop ek dit?


  • lizann

    What is a cherry cigar please? This sound delicious.

  • Karen

    What is a cherry cigar and where do you buy them?

  • Caterina Ciman

    Hi Alida, Please forgive my ignorance, but what is a cherry cigar? Hence the name you’ve given these truffles I guess. I await for you reply with great anticipation! x

  • Annette

    Hallo Alida,

    Baie dankie vir die heerlike resep. Waar kan ek “cherry cigar” koop,
    Dis vreemd vir my en die eerste keer dat ek daarvan hoor.


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