National Truffle Day:
The National Truffle Day set on the 2nd day of May is meant to honor the delicacy that comes with the sweet chocolate truffles. This is a delicious snack that is popular among Americans and Europeans, and even in other parts of the world.
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Why National Truffle Day?
The celebration of this delicacy cannot be overlooked because of the popularity that this amazing preparation has been able to attract over the years. While very few people know how to prepare the truffles, this has not stopped anyone from enjoying in its taste and sweetness.
The first incidence or development of truffles was in France in Europe. During this time, the truffle was merely a small chocolate ball designed out of ganache before it is rolled in cocoa. Truffles were named after the common truffle fungus which takes the physical appearance of chocolate. A background search of truffles has revealed that truffles were an invention by August Escoffier back in the 1920s. The research followed his usual engagements when one of his apprentices attempted to make pastry cream. Accidentally, this apprentice poured hot cream into a bowl of chocolate chunks when he should have poured it into a bowl of sugared egg. In this occurrence, there was hardening between the chocolate and cream mixture, prompting Escoffier to use it in developing a lopsided ball with his hands.
Escoffier rolled this creation into cocoa powder and to his surprise, the new development was in fact very similar in appearance to real truffles seen and served in both Italy and France. This inspired him to take the next step, developing the concept using different fillings and covers. As such, it is possible to fill your truffles using cream, caramel, melted chocolate, fruit, nuts, fudge, nougat, mint, marshmallow, and even liquor among other additives.
Truffles have also been associated with Jean Neuhaus’s invention of the hard chocolate shell. Neuhaus was a Belgian chocolatier, renowned for his unique way of making chocolate. To this day, many approaches for making truffles have been introduced, including the European, Swiss, and even the American truffles. The American truffles are associated with Joseph Schmidt, a San Francisco native from back in the 1980s who made truffles that took a half-egg shape and contained chocolate covering. This preparation also featured a mixture of dark chocolate, butterfat, coconut butter, and milk.
How we can observe the National Truffle Day:
There are multiple ways through which we can observe or celebrate the National Truffle Day. Among these include:
- Hold a Truffle preparation session
The most basic way to observe and celebrate the National Truffle Day is to organize a Truffle-making session at home with your family or friends. You can thereafter jointly share the delicacy as a family. A significant day like this is best spent with loved ones, and what better way than enjoying a Truffle together!
- Bring Truffle to work or school
In case you are a student, you can prepare the Truffle at home with your parents or siblings and bring it to school to share with your friends and classmates. On the other hand, adults can also bring Truffle to work and share it with colleagues and clients. Doing so would go a long way in preserving the tradition and ensuring that this remarkable day is never forgotten.
- Schedule a Truffle making competition.
This day can also be observed by engaging in a Truffle making competition and thereafter share the cake to determine whose preparation is best. The winner can take a reward home.
- Posting on social media
Posting on social media under the #NationalTruffleDay will also achieve much in raising awareness about this day. You can post on Facebook, Instagram, or even tweet about it with the intention to spread the word about the significance of this day.
Interesting facts about National Truffle Day:
Some of the most interesting facts about this day include but are not limited to the following:
- It’s a known fact that the interior of the chocolate truffles is usually made out of soft ganache
- There are times when nuts, fruits, caramel, creams, or other ingredients are integrated as part of the chocolate truffle recipe.
- In as much as chocolate truffles normally take a spherical shape, the person who prepares them can design them in whichever shape they want
- Chocolate truffles are named after the fungus known as a truffle because they look quite a bit like them.
History of National Truffle Day:
The National Day Calendar has traced the history of this remarkable day back to 1895 to Louis Dufour in Chambray, France. This was a French patissier who wanted to come up with an interesting treat for Christmas.