Chai Spice White Chocolate Truffle Recipe and Traditions of Giving

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 This chai spice white chocolate truffle recipe is sponsored by McCormick®.  All opinions are my own.  #McCormickMakesItHome  #McCormickAtWalmart

I honestly can’t believe that it is almost Thanksgiving.  Where has the time gone?  The season of giving is upon us and I have a lot to be thankful for this year.  So, I am going to gather my baking and candy making supplies, herd my teenager into the kitchen, and spend some quality time baking and making homemade candy to give to others.   And my grocery cart will be loaded with McCormick® spices because quality DOES matter!

White chocolate chai truffle recipe for holiday gift giving

For 25 years, I have given candy and cookies to friends and family during the holidays and I have encouraged my family to take part in this as often as possible. Because family traditions, homemade treats, and giving of time and talent are what make the holidays truly meaningful and not just a date on the calendar.  And McCormick® spices make holiday baking a delicious tradition to enjoy with your kids!

McCormick Cloves at walmart

McCormick® Spices and Meaningful Holiday Giving

I am a firm believer in using quality ingredients when I bake.  The final product is only as good as the ingredients you put into it, right?  That means use real butter.  Choose real maple syrup instead of ‘maple flavored syrup’.  Use real McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract and choose from the huge selection of McCormick® spices that you can find at Walmart.  

McCormick Spices

The ingredients in this white chocolate truffle recipe are simple and were all found at my local Walmart. The McCormick® spices can be found in the spice isle, however, I found a HUGE holiday display of them at the end of the isle.  Tons of high quality spices for holiday baking, cooking, and gift giving!  Basic ingredients for these homemade truffles are white chocolate, butter, heavy cream, and loads of spices and vanilla.

Chai truffle ingredients

  • High-quality, white-chocolate 
  • Heavy cream
  • Butter
  • McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • McCormick® Ground Cardamom
  • McCormick® Ground Ginger
  • McCormick® Ground Cinnamon
  • McCormick® Ground Cloves
  • McCormick® Ground Nutmeg
  • More white chocolate, turbinado sugar and cinnamon for coating and topping
     

Homemade White Chocolate Chai Truffle

Meaningful holiday gifts that won’t create clutter

I read a sad article the other day on some major website.  It said that we have entered the season of ‘unwanted gifts’.  I found that sad.  No one wants to think their gift is ‘unwanted’. And any gift given in good spirit should be received with gratitude,  But, I get it.  We, as a society, have a lot of unwanted ‘stuff’.  So, for this season of giving,  find a way to give from the heart, rather than from a great deal on Black Friday. 

  • Homemade holiday treats:  Whether it is homemade candy, shortbread cookies, or a sweet potato pie, get into the kitchen and bake up something meaningful
  • Crafts with purpose:  Upcycle old jeans into throw pillows, or make garden art for someone who loves to garden.  Get crafty and give a gift that your hands helped make. 
  • A financial donation in their name:  Have a person who is passionate about a cause? Make a gift in their name to a related charity.
  • Cash (with purpose):  Handing over twenty dollars can seem kind of crass.  But, get creative.  Maybe your new teen driver needs car washing supplies and a gas card.  Or a new college grad might enjoy a book about investing and a retirement account that you start for them with a small amount of cash.  Get creative but think practical.
  • Give the gift of time: Time is short, however, what is REALLY short is the time we have on this earth with our loved ones.  Stop rushing and start living in the moment.  Try a movie night with teens, a romantic dinner that you cook with your spouse together, or donating time to an elderly relative to help with housework. Time is short so spend it with the ones you love.

 

White Chocolate Chai Truffles with McCormick Spices and holiday gift boxes

Homemade Truffles and Holiday Traditions

Making homemade candy has gotten to be quite a huge undertaking at my house.  However, getting started is easy.  Just choose one candy recipe to try this weekend.  Of course, I think this chai spice white chocolate truffle recipe is a great choice!  However, I have several others from you to choose from.

Like this chai spice white chocolate truffle recipe? Try these candy recipes, too.

Emily making homemade candy

How to make homemade truffles

This photo of my daughter helping me make homemade candy a few years ago is one of my favorites.  She tackles every year of candy making with enthusiasm.  Even when I am not sure I can tackle another holiday chore, she is there to help, to encourage, and (of course) to taste test them all.  

So, how do you make these homemade truffles?  Here are the basic steps:

  1. Into a double boiler, put the 6 TBSP heavy cream.  Heat over medium heat until warm.
  2. Remove from heat and add the white chocolate to the cream.  Stir until the chocolate is melted.  
  3. Add in the butter and stir again until that is melted.
  4. Mix in the vanilla and spices until combined.
  5. Chill the filling until you can roll it into a ball (an hour or so).  Use a melon baller for easy scooping.  Place the centers on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  6. Roll the balls between your palms to smooth them out.  If they are too soft to handle, put them back in the fridge for 15 minutes or so.
  7. Melt more white chocolate in a small bowl at 50% power in the microwave.  Stir every 30 seconds or so.  You can also do this in a double boiler. 
  8. Dip the centers into the melted white chocolate using a dipping spoon or teaspoon.  Place the dipped centers on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. 
  9. White the chocolate is still warm on the truffles, sprinkle with a combination of turbinado sugar and cinnamon.  
  10. Let harden and box as desired or eat them yourself!

Emily CHristmaas and homemade truffles

Slow down and make the holidays meaningful

It is so easy to get side tracked and overwhelmed during the holidays.  There are things to do, gifts of buy, and places to be just about every day.  But the next month should be about more than inflatable snowmen and Black Friday deals.  Take time to make memories with your kids.  Snuggle up with a Christmas movie and your significant other.  Savor every moment and remember what you are thankful for.  Then, give of yourself… your time, your love, and something made with your own two hands. 

White Chocolate Chai Truffles

Chai Spice White Chocolate Truffle Recipe

These chai-inspired white chocolate truffles are easy to make and loaded with spice.  A white chocolate chai spiced ganache dipped in melted white chocolate and sprinkled with turbinado sugar and cinnamon.  A delicious homemade holiday gift or special treat for your own family!

Head over to Walmart for a variety of McCormick® Extracts, Herbs & Spices to kick off your holiday baking! Head HERE for more great holiday recipes!

Yield: 14

Chai Spice White Chocolate Truffle Recipe

Chai Spice White Chocolate Truffle Recipe

This chai spice white chocolate truffle recipe is easy to make! A chai spiced ganache dipped in melted white chocolate and dusted with cinnamon and sugar.

Prep Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours

Ingredients

  • FOR THE FILLING
  • 10 ounces high-quality, white-chocolate, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 1 tsp McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp McCormick® Ground Cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp McCormick® Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp McCormick® Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp McCormick® Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp McCormick® Ground Nutmeg
  • FOR COATING
  • 10 ounces white chocolate
  • 3 TBSP turbinado sugar
  • 1 tsp McCormick® Ground Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Into a double boiler, put the 6 TBSP heavy cream.  Heat over medium heat until warm.
  2. Remove from heat and add the white chocolate to the cream.  Stir until the chocolate is melted.  
  3. Add in the butter and stir again until that is melted.
  4. Mix in the vanilla and spices until combined.
  5. Chill the filling until you can roll it into a ball (an hour or so).  Use a melon baller for easy scooping.  Place the centers on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  6. Roll the balls between your palms to smooth them out.  If they are too soft to handle, put them back in the fridge for 15 minutes or so.
  7. Melt more white chocolate in a small bowl at 50% power in the microwave.  Stir every 30 seconds or so.  You can also do this in a double boiler. 
  8. Dip the centers into the melted white chocolate using a dipping spoon or teaspoon.  Place the
    dipped centers on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. 
  9. White the chocolate is still warm on the truffles, sprinkle with a combination of turbinado sugar and cinnamon.  (premix this in a small bowl)
  10. Let harden and box as desired or eat them yourself!


Nutrition Information:

Yield:

14

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 18mg Sodium: 45mg Carbohydrates: 27g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 27g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
Nutrition information not always accurate
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Comments

  1. Hi Diane! I just love this post, especially your line: Meaningful holiday gifts that won’t create clutter! I'm all over that I can't handle all the clutter that's generate every day, but especially so over the holidays! Thanks for such a thoughtful post and some amazing looking truffles! Pinned so I can eat, I mean gift these later! ;)

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