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Assorted Truffles for a Virtual Bridal Shower

This is not the first time I have talked about the wonderful friends I have made through the blogging world.  First it was during the holidays when we threw a virtual party to make up for the miles separating us.  Then again last month when so many of my loving and talented friends threw me an incredible virtual baby shower.  Now, along with hostess Amy of Sing For Your Supper, we are throwing a virtual bridal shower for my friend Kelsey of Apple a Day.  She’s getting married!  To a wonderful guy!  In less than two weeks!!  You’ll have to excuse all the exclamation points but I think this occasion is deserving of excessive emotion :)  Kelsey is one of the sweetest, most generous people I know.  I could not be more thrilled for her as she embarks on this new chapter in her life.

Kelsey is the only one of my close blogging friends that I have had the honor of meeting in real life (so far).  We both vacation frequently in Kiawah Island, SC and a couple of years ago our trips overlapped.  We had a wonderful time together and I certainly hope our paths cross again soon.

When deciding what to contribute to the shower, I thought it would be fun to make something that could be a favor for shower guests.  Of course my mind immediately goes to sugar cookies with royal icing, but I decided to try to think of something a bit different from my usual fall back.  Since she is having a springtime wedding, I thought it would be fitting to do a box of assorted truffles with fresh, fruity flavors.  While brainstorming, I came up with a very extensive list and had a hard time narrowing it down, but finally settled on these four: coconut, strawberry cheesecake, blackberry and lemon chiffon.


Truffles are an elegant favor for any occasion, but also very convenient since they can be made in advance.  When packaged up with some pretty ribbon, in this case coordinating with the wedding colors, they make a nice gift for party guests.  It is certainly optional, but I think it is a nice touch to include a flavor guide within the box so people know exactly what they are eating.  I’m always hesitant when eating assorted chocolates for fear of biting into something mint, but when I have a guide it’s all good.  Normally I would have typed and printed these, but I was crunched for time so I just did it by hand this time.

In the interest of keeping this post from being a mile long, I’ll be sharing the recipes for these truffles over the next few weeks.  I definitely spent a lot of time (and major frustration) testing to get the flavors and textures exactly right, but the final results were wonderful and worth it.  Unfortunately the strawberry cheesecake truffle is still going to take a little more work.  The flavor was spot-on but they were extremely difficult to work with.  I’m not giving up though, these are definitely too good to forget.  I’ll share that recipe when it is more reliable.

Be sure to check out the round-up posts on Kelsey and Amy‘s blogs so you can see the full spread of our virtual shower, as well as get the links to all the participants’ blogs with their contributions and recipes.  Congratulations Kelsey!  I am so very happy for you.

Resources: These favor boxes came from Paper Source.  I’m so addicted to this store.

  • Tembo

    These are soo gorgeous Annie – I cant wait til you post the recipes for them. Love the boxes – makes it look so very professional:)

  • Lisa

    How lovely! That would be such a welcome shower gift! What a nice friend you are. I’m planning a shower for next month… this gives me an idea. Thanks Annie! You rock!

  • http://www.j3nn.net J3nn (Jenn’s Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

    Those truffles are gorgeous and definitely better than the usual cookies. I love the hand-written flavor legend. :)

  • Angel

    I love the fact that after a long, 12 hour shift in the ER, I get to come home at 2am & indulge in your blog. Instead of having nightmares about soap suds enemas or missed meds, I have lovely dreams of your creations. Love you Annie!

  • http://sewmanybooks.blogspot.com Gwen Bland

    mmm truffles…Your truffles specifically just so happen to be a micro topic at book club last night. I laughed a little at the coincidence when this was your post today.

  • http://keepitsweetblog.com Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Can’t wait for the strawberry cheesecake truffle! What a wonderful idea for a shower favor. Congrats to Kelsey:-)

  • http://www.dishesofmrsfish.com Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish)

    What beautiful truffles and packaging! :)

  • http://l-mocooks.blogspot.com Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks

    Oooooh, I want the lemon one. I’m obsessed with lemon almost to distraction. Oh wait, there’s coconut, too. Now I don’t know which one to fantasize about more….

  • http://blognewblack.com Blog is the New Black

    The favor boxes are adorable and they look awesome!!! :)

  • http://warmvanillasugar.wordpress.com/ Katrina

    I love these truffles and the cute box they came in! Virtual showers sound awesome!

  • http://theblissfulbaker.wordpress.com Justeen @ Blissful Baking

    Your truffles look so elegant, and the flavors sounds absolutely delicious! These are so impressive! :)

  • http://flourdusted.blogspot.com/ briarrose

    Beautiful!

  • http://pinkparsleycatering.blogspot.com Josie

    These are so pretty, Annie! I am especially intrigued by the lemon-chiffon one. I can’t wait for you to post that recipe!

  • http://eatgood4life.blogspot.com Eat Good 4 Life

    Truffles look yummy. I only wish I could also connect with fellow foodie bloggers living near by, maybe one day!!

  • Annie

    Oh good, because that one will be up tomorrow!

  • http://none Sarah Corey

    Sorry this question is not about the food:) Although it looks SO beautiful–where do you stay on Kiawah–we have 4 kids and need a family friendly place. I was thinking of that idea for our summer vacay:)

  • http://www.thetripledish.com Briana

    Annie, this is such a wonderful idea! Perfect for any shower! I love that you hand wrote the flavors, gives it a nice “made with love” touch! Thanks for sharing!!

  • http://www,kathy-prettyinink.blogspot.com kathy d

    These look way too pretty to eat!!! I think I’d manage, though. ;) Lovely, really!

  • Annie

    We’ve stayed in places all over the island and have loved them all. My dad usually goes for the villas because it is more economical, but there are a lot of amazing rental homes as well.

  • http://www.ourlittlebeehive.com Felicity @ Our Little Beehive

    They’re so beautiful! I love the packaging. I made chocolate chip cookie dough truffles last week and they were a HUGE hit. I may need to add them into a heavy rotation around here:
    http://www.ourlittlebeehive.com/2011/02/chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-truffles.html

  • http://www.foodiebride.com Shawnda

    Annie, the truffles are absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to see the recipes!

  • http://penniesonaplatter.com Nikki (Pennies on a Platter)

    I’ve made truffles before and they were the biggest pain, so I can’t wait to see your recipes! These are a great party favor, Annie! I have to admit, I thought you were going to go with the sugar cookies and couldn’t wait to see what beautiful design you had this time. But, these are perfect!

  • Annie

    That was my original plan but then I wanted to do something different. Also Amy (Nifty Foodie) mentioned that she wanted to do them, but then she didn’t. Oh well!

  • http://ellysaysopa.com elly

    They look beautiful! You’d never know they were a source of frustration at all. Can’t wait to see all the recipes, especially coconut and the tweaked strawberry cheesecake. Yum.

  • http://www.bakingme.com/ Anne @ Baking Me

    These are adorable! What a cute idea!

  • http://carascravings.blogspot.com/ Cara

    I’m most interested in the strawberry cheesecake truffle – I’ll be patiently waiting! I’d be very happy to take these home as a guest, great addition to the shower :)

  • http://theniftyfoodie.com Amy @ The Nifty Foodie

    These truffles are adorable, and the flavors sound great! What a cute favor idea!

  • http://bakingblonde.wordpress.com bakingblonde

    What a great idea. I love the idea of using different flavors of truffles in one box! How cute!

  • http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    That is such a lovely photo of you two, and it was such a sweet gesture of yours to make these for Kelsey! Congratulations to her! Thanks for sharing these, Annie. Your truffles are beautiful!

  • http://www.singforyoursupperblog.com Amy (Sing For Your Supper)

    Gorgeous truffles, Annie! I’m dying to see the recipes (especially the lemon chiffon!)! Thanks again, so much, for participating- it means so much to Kelsey and to me! I just wish we all could have really gotten together – maybe someday, though! :)

  • http://cookingandcraftycreationsbychristina.blogspot.com/ Christina Carbone

    These look divine!

  • http://theavidappetite.com Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    These look absolutely lovely, especially the lemon chiffon! Can’t wait to see how you did it.

  • Annette Herbst

    Please share the recipes for these
    Thanks

  • Neera

    They look gorgeous! And I love the ribbon. Can’t wait for the recipes!

  • http://www.cooklikeachampionblog.com Courtney

    I absolutely love truffles, and I cannot wait to see the recipes for these. They look stunning, and your piping on the tops looks perfect.

  • http://www.pamper-u.blogspot.com Carol

    If these taste as good as they look they must be divine!

  • http://ahealthypassion.com kate@ahealthypassion

    those truffles are absolutely beautiful cant wait to see your recipes!

  • http://katshealthcorner.wordpress.com/ Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    Those are absolutely gorgeous Annie! I know she will love them! :D

    xoxo
    Kathleen

  • http://www.happywhennothungry.com Happy When Not Hungry

    Those truffles are beautiful! Love the different flavors especially the blackberry. Perfect treat for a bridal shower!

  • http://raediathummingbirdhollow.com ….RaeDi

    Annie, what a beautiful idea your truffles are sure to please! I would not know which one to eat first. Kiawah Island, SC is one of my old stomping grounds, I sure miss the south. You have taken me on a memory trip today that is very special….RaeDi

  • http://oceanbreezesandcountrysneezes.blogspot.com Mary

    What a wonderful idea! I love it!

  • Linsy H.

    I made these this morning, They are amaizing! They have just the right amount of lemon, and the dark chocolate complements it wonderfully! I am looking foward to the other truffle recipies! I found your blog a little while ago and I Love it! Thanks for all you put into it!

  • http://www.beantownbaker.com Jen @ BeantownBaker.com

    Truffles make such a great favor. Too bad this shower wasn’t a really one with all the goodies everyone made!!

  • Kelsey

    Annie, I finally figured out how to post to your blog comments. I have felt BEYOND terrible about not thanking you for your reman sous effort in making this so special for me. You are such a good friend and a total sweetheart. Thank you so very much for these delicious truffles and for checking every detail down to my weddin colors. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!

  • Meghan

    Have you posted the recipe for the coconut truffles? I love coconut and they are intriguing my taste buds :)

  • Annie

    Not yet but I will. They were so yummy I ate them before I ever got a photo :)

  • Heidi

    Beautiful favor boxes! I’ve already made several of your truffle recipes and every one was wonderful. Thank you so much. Is there any chance you’re coconut truffle recipe will be posted soon? I too am making truffles for a baby shower favor and would love to make these.