Did you think chocolate truffles were difficult to make because all the fancy restaurants have them? They’re not. Only 2-3 ingredients and you’ve got the most wonderful – dare I say orgasmic – Valentine’s Day (or any other day) treat.
John, like many Australians, doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s an American holiday cooked up to sell greeting cards and candy he tells me. He also tells me that he’s romantic every single day and I can choose one day or 365. Yes, I roll my eyes every time he says that.
Back in the heady romantic days when we were getting to know each other, I visited Australia and a few months later John visited me in the states and we took off on a road trip. We stayed in a small hotel somewhere in Georgia and when the desk clerk found out that John was visiting from Australia on a romantic holiday, they gave us the bridal suite.
I was exhausted and went in and started resting on the bed and watching television. John was in the bathroom and I heard, “wow” and “talk about over the top” but I didn’t go in and ask what was going on. Back then, bathrooms were private places and frankly they still are.
I heard the bathtub water running and a few minutes later a smiling man came into the room and said, “You’re really tired, how about a soak in the tub. I’ve run the bath for you.”
I got up and went into the bathroom and there before my tired eyes was a jacuzzi the size of a small swimming pool. It was full of bubbles too and on the edge of the tub were two glasses of chilled Champagne. He does have romantic ideas sometimes, just not every day
When I saw two glasses on the tub I knew we were sharing the tub but hey, we didn’t get to see each other very often and those were the days we couldn’t keep our hands off each other. In we went and I sat down and took a glass of Champagne and reached over to clink glasses and then it happened. I lost butt suction on the bottom of the tub and because I’m so short and the tub was so big, down I went.
Spluttering, I came up for air with a mound of bubbles on my head and said, “How much bubble stuff did you pour in here, anyway?”
“It’s a big tub so I put in half the bottle,” he said, trying not to to laugh.
So I sat back up and retrieved the wine glass and put it on the side of the tub and down I went again. I did this three time and each time I laughed harder than the time before until I was crying — my abdomen hurt from laughing so much.
“This is so NOT romantic,” he said with complete frustration.
So we decided to try again. He drained the water, rinsed the tub and started all over. By then the moment had passed and we just got clean and went out to dinner. I remember it was a lovely Chinese restaurant but every time we looked at each other we’d burst out laughing.
If we’d had these truffles we might never have made it to the tub. Do you have any funny memories that crack you up?
Happy Valentine’s Day from both of us to you.
- 225 grams chocolate - well chopped (or use chocolate chips)
- 175ml cream
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1-2 tablespoons liqueur (I used Cointreau)
- Heat cream to the steaming point but not boiling. Add butter and when the butter has melted,
- Pour cream over the chopped chocolate and wait 2 minutes. Stir until silky smooth.
- Add liqueur and stir.
- Cover and leave to cool (or place in the refrigerator)
- Using a spoon, dip out the chocolate and form into balls with your hands and place back in the refrigerator and leave for an hour.
- Roll in cocoa, coconut, chopped nuts, sprinkles, or anything you like.
Oh no! I would have been so scared feeling like I was drowning in a bath tub! But in the end I guess you can’t help but just laugh at the whole situation!
There couldn’t have been more than a foot of water and I had someone right there to rescue me if he could stop laughing. 🙂
Oh my, I can not top that tone! Now i am laughing so hard I am crying – sore abdomen coming up. Thanks for that, and Happy Valentine’s day The truffles, by the way, are glorious!
Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says
Such a cute story and look what a happen ending it’s turned in to. Your truffles look decadent, especially that coconut one.
well, any man who could do all that is a keeper, right?
Love the story! Love the truffles too.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you both!
TOO GOOD!!!!! I can understand it SO WELL, as we are probably the same size, give or take half an inch, right? 😉
I am drawing a blank as to funny episodes – seriously – but I know we’ve had quite a few…
(loved the truffles!)
Oh right… You and I could wear the same dress as long as I had two of them and cut the bottoms off so I didn’t step on anything. 🙂
John@Kitchen Riffs says
That’s a great story! Truly funny. And truly great looking truffles! They really are easy to make. Not that I’ve ever done it — I leave that up to Mrs K R. But I’ve watched her and sample as she made them (quality control is important, you know), and they really are something anyone can do. Although they do taste like it took oodles of work to make them! Such a good dish — they truly are orgasmic.
Too funny. Loss of butt suction? Now there’s an image for a visual thinker!! I would have been laughing too. Great looking truffles and liking the Cointreau in there.
You know how you sit in the tub and you don’t move and then all of a sudden you move and get unstuck? I couldn’t think of a better word for it. 🙂
That’s it?? Awesome!!! I LOVE truffles and I am going to make this.
This incident is so funny, but sounds pretty similar, lol! In our last house in CA, we had this huge Jacuzzi, and I always went down spluttering, lol!!
Why am I not surprised that I’m not the only one this has ever happened to? 🙂
A half a bottle! No wonder you couldn’t keep your footing, but what a great story! All I’ve ever done is eat truffles and I have eaten my share. I’m afraid to make them, because I wouldn’t be able to stop. These truffles would go very fast in my house. Happy Valentines to you and John as well! Thanks Maureen!
Yes, half a bottle. I don’t know when I’ve ever laughed as much. If laughter is the best medicine I’m sure I was cured of several diseases that day.
Mary Frances says
I LOVE truffles and yours look divine. It’s true, they’re so easy. Thank you for reminding me about them!! Your story is GREAT!!
These look lovely and the cointreau sounds like a delightful addition. I about busted my belt laughing at your jacuzzi story.
LOL I told you I did truffles too but yours look perfect! Mine are all lumpy. 🙂
Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says
Haha- Maureen – am laughing with you 😉 That is just too funny!
I do have to agree with John though, I too subscribe to the thought process that Valentines day is “cooked up to sell greeting cards and candy” and 365 over 1 is a very fair pick indeed – specially when it involves 1/2 a bottle of bubble bath and champagne!
These truffles sound fabulous!
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
You always tell great stories, and I especially love this one – feel like you two are meant to each other by reading how you interact together… so cute! You remember so vividly too. I’ll get in trouble if I say it out loud, but I don’t remember a lot of things – and it’s been what only 8 years or so. xD John is a cute guy saying he’s romantic everyday… 😉 Love the truffles… I’m eating kids leftover chocolate (to exchange at school) right now. I want these truffles rather than commercialized chocolate. 🙂
John and I are two cute old people. 🙂 and we intend to stay that way.
Choc Chip Uru says
Haha as scary as it must have been at some point, you can only laugh after – I certainly was 😀
A great read! And I am dying to try your truffles – please???
Choc Chip Uru
It was never scary – who worries about drowning in a bubble bath 🙂
…too funny, Maureen! The truffles look terrific! 🙂 ela
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
I can’t stop laughing, what a funny story! These chocolate truffles could fix anything!
Romantic story, eh? 🙂
Joanne T Ferguson says
G’day Maureen and thanks for the chuckles today and glad you did not drown in the bubble bath, true!
When am having a not so flash day, Chef Georgio goes out into the garden, snips some roses and says, “I brought these special for you love…”….HOW can I NOT smile!
LOVE truffles and yours looks YUM!
That IS romantic, Joanne. You should keep him. 🙂
Candy Elf says
Such a nice story you have shared, its an excellence idea of celebrating the valentine day with chocolate truffle candy.
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
I love that story Maureen! I can see you both laughing at it. Poor John, Mr NQN tries at times and sometimes it works, sometimes not as much. But if he made these they’d work a charm! 😀
John only cooks things that I don’t enjoy. He rarely makes anything to surprise me. These truffles would work!
Kari @ bite-sized thoughts says
Oh, that is a great story 🙂 As good as these truffles look in fact! If he has occasional romantic moments like that, I think you can let him off the hook for Valentine’s Day – as he points out, regular and random is better than once yearly and scripted!
Oh Maureen, I’m SHAKING with laughter at this picture you’ve described. How hilarious! 🙂 Your truffles look like a much safer route to romance. 🙂
John couldn’t believe I blogged that story. LOL
Maureen, I had to be back… you asked if we had funny stories, and I remembered one, but it’s too long to relate in a comment. Anyway, to make it very short and manageable, it involved Phil and I in a hotel in Chelsea, London. We arrived in our room and the bell man went inside and started explaining all details about the room. BUT, he was a real low-talker (remember a Seinfeld episode?) – so he goes on and on, and I could not understand a single word! Phil is moving along next to him, shaking his head, nodding, smiling. Once the guy left, Phil told me he could not understand ANYTHING, no idea what the guy was talking about… did not even seem like English! 😉
it all got funnier once we realized we could not turn the TV on, or any light in the room… we had to call the front desk and tell this convoluted story about how we needed help, but trying to make sure not the same guy would show up.. it was hilarious, and we still laugh about it when we remember
LOL I love it. It would be funnier if the same guy answered the phone. 🙂
Oh, we were VERY afraid… Be afraid… be very afraid…. but it all had a happy ending… a lady came and she spoke a language close enough to English (and now I just pissed off all the British readers you have… 😉
Bam's Kitchen says
OMG! These look killer good. If I made these, I don’ think I want to share them with anyone….However I will be sharing these on pint rest so everyone can make their own batch or 2 or 3…!
Lovely story Maureen. Thanks for sharing it. Sometimes it’s those slightly “imperfect” stories/events that are so special and stick with us. Happy Valentines day to you two too. I love truffles and these look divine – love how we can roll them in anything we like. Have a spectacular day! 🙂
Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books says
I enjoyed your story! You had me smiling! =)
Well…Chinese food is good way to end the evening!
Butt suction and almost drowning in a tub full of bubbles … really does sound romantic. 🙂
Truffles on the other hand ARE romantic and easy to make too. I bet some candied orange peel would have been a great addition to those truffles.
LOL I’m laughing so hard now.
You have the best sense of humour, Maureen. 🙂
By the way, lumpy truffles are more authentic than perfectly round ones as they’re supposed to resemble the treasured fungi sniffed out by specially trained pigs and dogs. I tell myself that whenever mine are a bit misshapen. I wish my brother and SIL and were still running their chocolate store (he’s a professional chocolatier as well as a registered nurse) so I could show off some of the molded truffles he used to make. They’re what made me tell myself that misshapen chocolate story.
These were the first ones I ever made.
Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen says
Hahahaha – you made me cry with laughter! Thanks for that. What a funny story! The truffles look delicious. Is the coconut one to represent you with the bubbles on your head? 🙂
You are the only one who got that 🙂
What fantastic looking truffles!
I am picturing you falling THREE times and it’s hilarious! I am with John on V-Day – not that I would refuse a box of chocolates or a day of pampering at a spa:)
I don’t know why I don’t make truffles more often – they are simple enough and so tasty!
So nice to see you, Lana and yeah, I got dunked a lot that day. I was very clean. 🙂
Glamorous Glutton says
That’s so funny, did you refill the champagne each time. I can imagine the moment might have been lost but great memories of laughter and good times. GG
I’m not what you’d call a big drinker and once the glass went under I was finished 🙂
Memories are made of this love, laughter, and truffles. Three out of three is the jackpot. Love truffles any way any how.
Me too! No diets when these come out. 🙂
Lizzy (Good Things) says
Maureen, this story, as told by you last evening, cracked me up! And those truffles, oh my!
I had the best time with you at dinner!
Abbe@This is How I Cook says
I never knew there was such a thing as butt suction! That’s a good one, Maureen! I think making truffles might be a bit safer. One of our first Valentine’s Days I decided to make my man a steak. we were dating then and in college. I didn’t want to broil them and set the smoke alarm off which had happened in the past. So, I decided to bake them. Nothing like turning an expensive cut of meat into Swiss steak!
LOL I love this story!
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
I love how these truffles look, so rich and beautiful! I’d pop a few of these in my mouth and be back for more!
I’m hiding the rest of them then. 🙂
Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) says
Laughing with you not at you, I promise! Have done the exact same thing, I know exactly what you mean about butt suction. On a romantic getaway where I got engaged many moons ago, slip sliding all over the spa, spilling very expensive champagne. In the end we both got really dizzy from the heat (pretty sure he was trying to cook me) and gave up. I don’t think I’ve been in a spa since and that was yeeears ago! Scrumptious looking truffles by the by. 😉
Talk about shared memories 🙂 LOL
Hotly Spiced says
That is such a funny story, Maureen. Speaking from experience, if you put a face washer on the bottom of the tub and sit on it, it stops you from slipping and spilling your champagne! I’ve never wanted to waste a drop! I love your truffles and agree they are very romantic and perfect for Valentine’s Day xx
Why didn’t I know you back then? You were probably still in elementary school back in 1994. 🙂
That’s hilarious! I can only imagine how that felt. I have never experienced that: just really strong jets and really hot water in a Jacuzzi bathtub that left both me and my boyfriend as red as lobsters.
These look fantastic! Perfect for Valentine’s day!
Dedy@Dentist Chef says
You know what Maureen, when you both laughing about your beloved ones, it’s a kinda romantic actually!!!
the truffle must be the best recovery then…….
A very funny story. Ah, those were the days…
For being one of the most tasty treats out there, truffles really are super easy to make!!
kristy @ the wicked noodle says
There’s nothing like a rich, decadent, chocolate truffle!
Funny story and fun memories! Your truffles look wonderfully decadent and a perfect treat for your Valentine! I just pulled out a recipe for truffles yesterday…hoping to make them for Valentine’s day!
Barbara | Creative Culinary says
Maybe it was prophetic that I was asked to give my hand in marriage on Valentine’s Day even though I was sick as a dog? What was he thinking…what was I thinking? 🙂
Cute story; you crack me up. That same tub would have maybe worked for me. When I first started looking at the home I’m in, the models all had the updated master bath (hell, EVERYTHING was updated; I don’t think you could see the place without $50,000 of extras!). That meant a walk-in shower plus a tub. A tub that I would have had to scrunch my knees up to sit in. No matter…I have never been the tub type…get rid of it I said and give me the plain Jane vanilla version. Best decision ever. The shower is even bigger!
I’m not much of a tub person. We have a corner jacuzzi tub in our bathroom but the dog is the only one who uses it. 🙂
Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living says
Truffles are so perfect for Valentine’s Day – and I love how easy these are to make!
Oh, my gosh, “lost butt suction” nearly made me spit out my tea! What a memorable Valentine’s Day! Don’t think I can top that!!!
PS…love your truffles 🙂
LOL you’re too funny 🙂
Woman, you are JUST too funny! I know I sound like an old chook now, but I reckon laughing hysterically together is just as good as wild sex.. 😀
LOL *nearly* 🙂
Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner says
What a cute story! Super romantic. 🙂 My husband and I went to a resort where we had our own personal Jacuzzi. I poured in some bubble bath, it was only a little, but apparently the stuff I bought was uber bubbly. We had about 2 inches of water and the rest bubbles. Lol. Good times. I’m in love with these truffles. 🙂
I’m sure you laughed as much as we did, Tina!
I want to make something like this but I guess its too late for my Valentines, its nearly evening here
What a great story Maureen! Lol and definitely great valentine treats these truffles!
LOL thanks, Simone!
Amy (Savory Moments) says
Oh my goodness — what a great story!! So funny! I love truffles and these ones look perfect for today, or any day! 🙂
Thanks Amy, it’s a fun memory. 🙂
LOVE the story, Maureen. And while I can’t recall any especially funny moments for myself, I can certainly relate to yours. I’m only 5′ 2″ and have a jacuzzi soaking tub which my feet can’t reach till I’m practically lying down in the tub! And now I’ve taken to using bath salts only, so I don’t slide! But what a lovely gesture from your husband. And a lovely gesture from you on these GORGEOUS truffles. An assortment of these on Valentine’s Day would certainly make my day! : )
I don’t think my husband would even think about being so romantic as to fix a bubble bath for me. He’s American and he also feels the same as your hubby about Valentine’s Day. **sigh** Hence… it’s just a day for me to spoil the kids and we enjoy it as a family. 🙂 Now if I can just get a few truffles here from your blog… I would feel like I was being a little spoiled. 🙂
Emma @ Bake Then Eat says
Oh what a brilliant story and very funny too 😀 These look look lovely I have a few recipes for truffles but for some reason I have never gotten around to actually trying to make them. I really must rectify that at some point. Happy Valentines Day to you too 😀
Emma @ Bake Then Eat says
What a lovely funny story its moments like that, that we can always look back on and they make us smile. I have several recipes for truffles but for some reason I have never gotten around to making them. I really must give them a go as yours look lovely.
I’m still laughing as I type this. Do you deliver?
We do 🙂
Your story had me cracking up!! 🙂 and I agree, if these truffles would have been there, you wouldn’t have even needed that bath!!
LOL I think you’re on to something!
Amy @ Elephant Eats says
heheheh, this cracked me up! I love that you have that story to remember 🙂 And the truffles look great!
lOved your stories AND recipes. CNt wait to try them. Keep them.coming AND dOnt lose your sence of humor. We need it right nOw….