Christmas Orange Ginger Sea Salt Truffles

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Another blog I follow posted this Cacao Truffle recipe and I knew I needed to try it.  Who doesn't like to take on a fun new cooking project less than 24 hours before Christmas?  These orange ginger sea salt truffles seemed to scream "I want to be Christmas gifts for your friends!"

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I won't re-list or re-write the recipe from Smitten Kitchen you can go visit their website to grab the recipe.  What I'll share are a few tips if you want to try it too.

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Let me first say that Smitten Kitchen did not say this recipe was easy and it wasn't complicated per say but they didn't come out as pretty.

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1) Raw Cacao butter: This is a fun ingredient I've never used.  I believe in buying local, but I had to order this off of amazon as Deep Roots and The Fresh Market didn't carry it (nor did wholefoods although I wouldn't call them local).

2) The double boiler: I've always been intimidate to use a double boiler, turns out it ain't no thang! Seriously easy to use if you have the right tools.  Luckily I borrowed my boyfriends.

3) Make sure you measure out everything in advance and have it ready to go as you start melting the cacao butter.  Things get added quickly after you start melting.

4) Rolling: I think that after you heat up and mix everything together chilling the chocolate to roll it into balls is the most challenging part.  I didn't get that quite right.  Let me know if you are able to find the right consistency and how you did it.

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Happy Chocolating... -Alisha