Chocolate Milk Stout Truffles
Makes: 6–7 golf ball–sized truffles
- 8 oz (227 g) bittersweet (63 percent cacao) chocolate
- ¼ cup (59 ml) cream
- ¼ cup (59 ml) milk stout
- ½ cup (118 ml) unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup (118 ml) sugar
If you are using a bar of chocolate, chop it into small pieces. Place the chocolate pieces in a heatproof mixing bowl. Place 1 cup (237 ml) water in a small pan and bring it to a low simmer over low heat. Place the mixing bowl with chocolate on the pot (DIY double boiler).
Heat the cream in the microwave until it is hot to the touch but not boiling. With a spoon, mix the cream into the chocolate to help with the melting.
Do the same with the milk stout (my settings for the microwave were on high for 20 seconds). Pour the milk stout into the chocolate-cream mixture and continue stirring until all the chocolate has melted.
Pour the chocolate mixture into a shallow pie pan and place in the refrigerator to cool for 30 minutes, until it is firm throughout. While the chocolate is cooling, mix the cocoa powder and sugar in a small bowl.
Remove the chocolate from the fridge and using a spoon or ice cream scoop, make golf ball–sized chocolate truffles. (I recommend using food-prep gloves for this process.) Once formed, roll the truffles in the sugar/cocoa powder mix to cover. Shake off the excess and store the truffles in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Beer Tasting Notes: For the most interesting results, make a few batches and try a different milk stout in each. Think flavored milk stouts, with some creative additions to the cocoa powder dusting.
Beer Suggestions: For straightforward stout notes, try Left Hand Milk Stout (Longmont, Colorado) or Boise Brewing Dark Daisy Chocolate Milk Stout (Boise, Idaho). For a subtle hit of extra flavor, try the spicy kick of King Harbor Choco-Latte (Redondo Beach, California) or the sweet nuttiness of Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout (San Diego).