April 6, 2009

truffle-upagus

Yes, I watched Sesame Street as a child, and yes, I was fond of Snuffleupagus.


But no, I never knew his first name was Aloysius.

Aloysius Snuffleupagus. Come on--awesome, right? That's quite possibly the best name ever, and that's all there is to it. Future son of mine, be prepared.

Okay, this post isn't really about Snuffleupagus. It's about truffles. Get it? Truffle-upagus? Boy-o, I'm easily amused on a Monday morning.


Generally, I save truffle-making for occasions when I have deep reserves of patience and lots of time on my hands. I consider it a trying process. Lately, though, I've been inspired and motivated by my Barney Butter, and I was easily able to summon up the courage to attempt their truffle recipe.

I'm here to tell you, folks--these truffles are unlike any I've ever had, in a good way. They're replete with the almond butter flavor, set off nicely by the subtle cocoa powder, vanilla, and honey. Depending on what you roll them in [I tried powdered sugar, more cocoa powder, cloves, and (surprise) cinnamon], the little balls of heaven are easily able to take on other flavors.


I didn't even have that much trouble with them, thanks in part to numerous and lengthy rest stops in the refrigerator. Give 'em a try, especially if you like that good ol' chocolate-nut butter combination. I recommend giving them a tumble in cinnamon and a quick visit to the freezer.

56 comments:

Emily said...

These truffle look delicious and just perfect!

burpandslurp said...

lol! I pity your future son. muhaha!
but yeah, that name IS fabulous, say that three times fast!
that truffle though, just tops my world. mmmm...

Lorraine@NotQuiteNigella said...

They look fantastic Grace! So professional, even in their paper sleeves too! :D and I never knew his name was Aloysius :o

Sara said...

I love the idea of putting barney butter into truffles! You can never go wrong with chocolate and almonds. I often add cinnamon to my chocolate desserts, I just love the flavor with chocolate.

kat said...

They certainly look like tasty little treats

♥Rosie♥ said...

Absolutely gorgeous treats and perfect for this time of year Grace!

Rosie x

Mary said...

Aloysius is actually an old family name for me. But I think it's hilarious that Snuffleupagus had it as his first name!
Your truffles look really yummy!

Pam said...

Snuffy was my favorite on Sesame Street.

These look mouth watering good! You are making me drool Grace.

lisaiscooking said...

Your truffles look amazing! Believe it or not, I just made some peanut butter truffles. Next time, I'll use almond butter.

Maryann said...

Sesame street was the bomb haha. Your truffles look wonderful, sweety :)

Paula said...

I didn't know he had a first name, either! Wonder if he ever had any trouble finding novelty products like pencils or key chains with his name on them? No matter, though, if he had these gorgeous treats to keep him company! :-)

Bridgett said...

Awww, loved Sesame Street as a kid! Truffles are one of the best treats out there and it has been so long since I made them. Great post, Grace!

Dawn said...

Sesame Street was the best. I remember it fondly. And to be honest, when I have really really bad days I will watch it--so comforting.
Never made a truffle with almond butter. But I would love to try it. I mean anything rolled in chocolate is good for heavens sake.

Leslie said...

When I got mad at my parents when I was little, I used to tell them I was going to run away and life on Sesame Street!

foodhoe said...

hmmm aloysius sounds like delicious... what a fitting name! I love nut butters and chocolate, in fact it's a mandatory combination for complete enjoyment as far as I'm concerned.

Jeff said...

I want that name!

Leslie if I threatened my parents with running away they just packed my bags for me. Threats were worthless in my family.

I will have to give the almond butter a shot because that sounds good and I love almond butter.

Ingrid said...

I'll give 'em a try as I still have about half a jar left.

Sorry, I'm such a loser about properly thanking you for the Barney Butter. I will, promise & soon!
~ingrid

Apples and Butter said...

I have never made my own truffles at home, but a good family friend makes them for us around the holidays every year. I love them so much and I really should try my hand at them. Thanks for the tips on how to be successful!

Helene said...

I love truffles, could eat them everyday.

Louise at Livin Local said...

Mmmmm, a wonderous alternative cinnamon delivery method!

Melanie said...

Your truffles look fantastic, really. And the little pearl of knowledge as to Snuffleupagus' first name is fantastic (however, can I encourage you to reconsider naming your firstborn son after the furry mammal?).

dessertobsessed said...

truffleupagus; so cute! your truffles look great!

Albany Jane said...

Hmmm, I've got some Peanut Butter at home... I wonder if it would work with that? Looks like it might be worth a shot.

I bet the cinnamon ones were the best :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I loved Snuffy! He and Oscar rocked!

lily said...

MMM...I could just snuff those all up.

Heather said...

snuffy was the best, huh? he always looked so loveable. i could have just snuggled right up next to him for a nap.

i love that kid's name. i will personally make sure you stick with it ;)

Sophie said...

...a tumble in cinnamon, of course! How yummy and cute these are. I had no idea snuffy had a first name :P!

Bunny said...

I've never made truffles, I know get out from under that rock Bunny! These look so good!!

Lynda said...

These truffles look so addictive! Anything chocolate and rolled in sugar or cinnamon has my attention!

Sophie said...

These truffles look fantastic & yummie!! I love it that you used almond butter! Must be yummie 8)!!

KJ said...

OMG, how did I not know this!! Aloysuis, what a hoot. As for the truffles, yes please!

Hornsfan said...

Aloysius, really? Wow, so many years of Sesame Street without knowing that one! These truffles look very tasty, you've got substantially more patience than I though!

Sarah said...

Your son's name would humble attendance rosters everywhere. Love the truffles, they look delicious!

Amanda said...

These are fantastic! I love homemade truffles and these are extra-good with the added almond butter.

I was always a huge fan of Snuffy--when I was a kid he was something of Big Bird's imaginary friend. (The adults didn't ever see him, that is, and thought he was imaginary.)

As to his first name, Aloysuis--I never knew that!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

I've never made truffles but truffle-upagus, NOW that sounds fun!

Maria said...

Love the title of the post! The truffles look terrific!

noble pig said...

You are going to name your first child Aloysius. I mean it's too late for me...but you...you will. And we will serve these at the baby shower cause' they look damn good.

Lori said...

Snuffalofogas was always my favorite- on his rare appearances, at least in the 70's. Now he's on quite a bit. Elmo is the big hit with the kids but Snuffy remains my fav.Never knew his first name,

I so agree with you that truffles take an insurmountable amount of patience. Bravo for you the look scrumptily-itious!

kellypea said...

Yes, but can you say it 3 times fast and rub your stomach at the same time? Ha. I didn't think so. I've never made truffles. Shhhh...don't tell anyone. But dang, I just may try now. When my hips widen, I'll blame it on you.

giz said...

They're little, they're gorgeous and they have no calories. I think you forgot to mention that part in the post.

unconfidentialcook said...

The almond butter is a nice idea, also rolling in cinnamon, which I've never done.

Shelly said...

I loved Sesame Street as a kid, too, and Snuffy was about my fave character :). These truffles sound delicious! I've only tried making the standard dark chocolate kind, but I'm game for almond butter!

Gigi said...

wow, your truffles look totally pro grace! great flavor combos!

Elyse said...

I loved Sesame Street! And I love your post title. And, really, I love the way these truffles look. Of course, I'm going to be a huge fan of the cinnamon-dipped truffles. I can't wait to try out this recipe! They sound delicious.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Hey Grace, HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR TODAY!! :)

Donna-FFW said...

Grace- These sound marvelous. I love them, the title is so cute and the photos so enticing!

Nicisme said...

Awesomeupagus!
Actually I've no idea what I just typed but the truffles look great, that first photo wants me to lick the sugar off the board!!

eatme_delicious said...

Interesting that there isn't actual chocolate in it - just cocoa powder. They're practically healthy! And look delicious. Oh and great post title! ;)

Jackie @PhamFatale.com said...

Yum. I can never get enough of those sweet treats!

Ann said...

Oh yum! I love truffles, esp. if they're dark. And ya know, the basic ones are really pretty easy to make. :)

Peter M said...

I can do a perfect impersonation of Mr Snuffa' and I'm sure that's good enough for me to be thrown 2 0r 3 truffles this way, no?

Robin Sue said...

I love Snuffie! Did not know his first name though. Great looking truffles you can send some my way!

Lisa said...

Chilling them make all the difference! I still think it is a messy process but not that hard. The flavors you've combined here sound amazingly delicious. I've bookmarked the recipe.

Dave Jones said...

These truffle looks delicious...mouthwatering photos.

Deborah said...

I need some of these NOW!

Jeanne said...

...and frankly, what kind of loon does NOT like the nut butter and chocolate combo??! These look perfectly fabulous :)