Bacon Caramel Truffles

Posted on by on December 31st, 2011 | 55 Comments »

December 31, 2011. An entire year has passed quite quickly leaving behind a trail of memories to be filed away with others from  years passed, broken promises waiting to be reborn and kept in the year ahead. Accomplishments put on the shelves and failures swept under the bed. Another birthday celebrated, another Thanksgiving dinner. A new favorite song, movie, food, etc.  Much laughter and some tears.

As I reflect on the this past year I am happy to be able to look back on it with no regrets. I have been experiencing life how I always dreamed I would. 2011 has found me living abroad, an experience I always wanted but never thought I would actually have. Traveling through Spain, Turkey, China, Tibet and Germany, countries I can now say I have experienced fully. I have made friendships that are continuing to grow and blossom into something wonderful. I have learned so much about life and about myself through mistakes and through successes. And, I have done it all with the love of my life who this past year I celebrated a one year anniversary with. A year ago this blog was merely a dream and here I am today writing yet another post with another delicious recipe.

Now, before everyone goes on their “New Years diet”, I want to share a little something special to usher in 2012. Bacon. Caramel. Truffles. I have said it before in my caramel and bacon brownie recipe and reiterated it in my bacon chocolate chip cookie recipe ; Everything is better with bacon. And, I stand by that statement with these luscious, melt in your mouth, gooey, decadent, chocolatey truffles.

As you bite into the dark chocolate shell of these beautiful little candies, a smooth sweet caramel rushes into your mouth and as you chew, you catch a slight hint of saltiness and crunch from the bits of candied bacon. Are you swooning yet?

It’s totally ok if you would rather kiss one of these when the clock strikes 12 on New Years eve.

 

Ingredients:

For candied bacon:

8 strips bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar

For truffles:

9 ounces dark chocolate
2/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons water
3/4 cup cream
Candied bacon

Directions:

For candied bacon:

Pre heat oven to 380F
Line a baking sheet with tin foil and lay strips of bacon on top.
Sprinkle bacon with half the brown sugar.
Bake for 5-7 minutes and flip the bacon.
Sprinkle bacon with the rest of the brown sugar.
Bake for another 5-7 minutes or until a deep brown color.
Make sure the bacon does not burn!
Remove from oven and cool.
Once cooled, chop bacon into small pieces.

For truffles:

In a small saucepan combine sugar and water.
Over medium low heat stir with a wooden spoon until sugar is disolved.
Bring sugar to a boil over medium high heat without stirring until a candy thermometer reaches 315F. The caramel should be a nice amber color at this point.
Remove saucepan from heat and carefully stir in cream until smooth and well combined.
Stir in the candied bacon reserving some for decorating the tops.
Set caramel aside.
In a double broiler melt chocolate.
Once chocolate is melted ‘paint’ into candy molds (bottom and sides) with a paintbrush.
Place molds in the freezer for 2 minutes or until chocolate has hardened.
Remove molds from freezer and carefully spoon some of the bacon caramel into each mold. Careful not to pour caramel to the very top.

Return molds to freezer for another 2 minutes.
Remove molds from freezer and cover the caramel with another layer of melted chocolate.
Let cool in freezer until chocolate has hardened.
Remove molds from freezer and turn out chocolates onto a plate.
Top with remaining candied bacon bits.

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55 Comments

  1. Posted on: 12-31-2011

    This is a very impressive post. Your truffles look so professional and I love the flavors that you brought together. I have never used candy molds, but I have learned a few things here, so I am inspired. Buzz Buzz!
    Thanks for sharing your talents, friendship and support in 2011. I look forward to seeing more in 2012-Happy New year!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-1-2012

      Thank you for your sweet words Tina!
      Candy molds are so much easier then I thought they would be!
      Hope you had a very happy New Year.

  2. Posted on: 12-31-2011

    Oh my. These look unreal!!! Sounds like you had a fantastic year- can’t wait to see what you share with us in 2012!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-1-2012

      Thanks Sarah! Happy New Year!

  3. Posted on: 12-31-2011

    Oh.My.Word. That last picture is killing me.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-1-2012

      Hahah every time I see the photo it makes me want to go into the fridge and eat one!

  4. Posted on: 12-31-2011

    Whoa…I’ve never heard of such a thing! Even as a vegetarian, I can appreciate these pretty, indulgent truffles. Not gonna lie, I used to love me some bacon in my meat-eating days!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-1-2012

      These would be great without bacon too. You can maybe add some coarse sea salt to it instead.

  5. Posted on: 12-31-2011

    Oh my goodness, what a lovely post, and truffles are out of this world!!! amazing!!!
    Beth have a wonderful New Year!!!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-1-2012

      Thank you Sandra! Happy New Year!!

  6. Posted on: 12-31-2011

    Wow! These are truly amazing!!! Excellent, delicious last post of the year…one I will be dreaming of for many days! Happy, happy new year!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-1-2012

      These truffles have me dreaming of them too, especially after devouring a pile of them!

  7. Posted on: 1-1-2012

    Holy moly! These look so perfect!!! Just gorgeous. Maybe there will be one or two left next week?? Otherwise you need to make these again SOON!! xo

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-1-2012

      I have put a few aside for you. Obviously :)

  8. Posted on: 1-1-2012

    These truffles came out so perfect! Love the bacon + chocolate combo. Happy New Year!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-1-2012

      Thanks Marla! I love bacon and chocolate together. Such a perfect combination. Happy New Year!

  9. Posted on: 1-1-2012

    Wow, what a year! And what gorgeous truffles – bacon *and* caramel??? Where were these last night at midnight!?

    Happy New Year – here’s to another year full of adventure and sweetness :)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-2-2012

      Happy New Year to you as well!! You can just make these and pretend its NYE :)

  10. Posted on: 1-2-2012

    These are just gorgeous!! And I love bacon and chocolate! Happy New Year!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-2-2012

      Thank you Stephanie! Happy New Year!

  11. Posted on: 1-2-2012

    Super impressive! Your truffles look gorgeous and bacon and chocolate? Yes. Yes. :)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-2-2012

      Thank you so much! Bacon and chocolate is a definite ‘yes’ but add in the caramel and its beyond.

  12. Posted on: 1-2-2012

    holy cow! The truffles look so professional! Love them! I just remembered I have a candy mold I haven’t used in ages. Gotta look for it!
    Happy New Year Beth!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-2-2012

      Roxana, get out that candy mold girl! Would love to see the beauties you come up with!

  13. Posted on: 1-2-2012

    YUM! Would you kill me if I used veggie bacon??? LOL! Happy New Year and Hugs! :D

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-2-2012

      Tiffany, Im sure you could probably make these taste pretty wonderful with veggie bacon :) Happy New Year!!

  14. mom
    Posted on: 1-2-2012

    Candy is my weakness and these look amazing and I know that if you made them then they will taste amazing too! Oh no…. there goes my new years resolution! Happy New Year! Keep cooking!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-2-2012

      Maybe Ill make some and send them home to you and Danny!! Love you Mom!

  15. Posted on: 1-6-2012

    WOW. You have combined my favorite things ever. I am soooo impressed. These look absolutely incredible. Well done!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      Thanks Dara! I think it’s safe to say bacon, caramel and chocolate ate on the most favorite list for most people! Seems perfectly appropriate to combine them!

  16. Posted on: 1-6-2012

    ::gasp:: These chocolates are amazing and I’ve been inspired to feature them in my Friday Food Fetish roundup. If you have any objections, please let me know. Moar, moar, MOAR please :)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      That’s awesome !! Thanks so much for including them!

  17. Posted on: 1-6-2012

    Wow way to ring in 2012! I was drooling the whole time I was reading… Absolutely delicious sounding. Great job!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      Is th a better way to ring in 2012 then with bacon caramel and chocolate?

  18. Posted on: 1-7-2012

    omy…gooodness….fingerlicking gooooooood…;)
    just found your space…love your space..
    amazing posts with stunning cliks..
    Am your happy follower now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      So glad you found me and stopped by!!!

  19. Posted on: 1-7-2012

    Wow Beth! I have only seen store bought truffles, NEVER seen homemade truffles like these. It’s amazing! The photos proves how impressive these are!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      Aww thanks so much Nami!

  20. Posted on: 1-12-2012

    These look amazing! I think that caramel and bacon are a wonderful combination. I would love to get my hands on some of these. Beautiful!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Thanks Emily! Bacon pretty much goes great with everything in my book!

  21. Posted on: 1-12-2012

    WHOA!! These are so creative and awesome! Love the pictures!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Thank you so much! Every time I look at the photos it makes me crave a truffle!

  22. Posted on: 1-13-2012

    These look amazing and I’d love to try them. I hope 2012 brings you twice the joy of 2011.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Thank you so much Sandra! I hope 2012 brings you wonderful things as well!

  23. Posted on: 1-13-2012

    Wow, these are stunning, and so perfect! Love the flavour combination…no New Years diet for me, so I want a handful please :)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      No New Years diet? Youre my kind of girl!!

  24. Posted on: 1-14-2012

    Oh my gosh…these truffles are fantastic! I want to bite into one right this minute!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-15-2012

      Thanks Heather!!

  25. becca
    Posted on: 1-14-2012

    These look amazing! I want to make them! How do you get the bacon to stick on the top of the chocolates? & Also when you say paint the edges, do you use a pastry brush? :)

    Thanks!
    Becca

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-15-2012

      I used a small paintbrush to brush the chocolate into the molds. It makes the process so easy! I just sprinkled the tips with bacon so they didn’t really stick but they were gone before anyone noticed! You can paint a little bit of melted chocolate on top to use as your “glue” to get the bacon to stick.

  26. Posted on: 1-16-2012

    Hi there!
    I’d like to invite you to link this recipe up for A Themed Baker’s Sunday, Where the theme is Caramel! See you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      Thanks Alyssa! Heading over there now.

  27. Ashley
    Posted on: 6-11-2013

    How do these keep? Do you store them in the fridge? Room temp? How long are they good for? Thanks!

  28. Ashley
    Posted on: 6-11-2013

    Magical. I made these today for my brother’s B-day. I cooked the caramel a little longer so it would be thicker and added a bit of Bailey’s. Absolutely amazing.

  29. ndell
    Posted on: 7-11-2013

    recipies look great
    only thing i noticed that the blog should be named
    “MicBeth”

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