May 2, 2012

National Truffle Day

"And above all... think chocolate!" - Betty Crocker

It's National Truffle Day!

Unfortunately, I'm not a rich kid living in France with a pet pig trained to sniff out, but not eat, truffles. As a result, I will not be celebrating today with those lovely and rare underground fungi.

Instead, I'm going for the other truffle which was created (to resemble the grown-in-the-ground truffles, by the way) in France in December during the late 19th century. Some years later, Antoine Dufour opened Prestat chocolatier in London; he's credited with introducing cocoa-dusted truffles to England where they gained massive popularity. The rest, as they say, is history.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

Having never made truffles my assumption before today was that it was probably ridiculously hard. Like, "why bother when I can get a mass-manufactured pseudo-truffle with a shelf life of eight years from the grocery store?" hard.

Apparently, they're super easy. Like, "if everyone knew how easy these were to make we'd all be fatty-fatty-two-by-fours" easy.

Y'know what? Bring on the two by four, boys. 'Cause it's about to get real (fat, that is).

Happy National Truffle Day!