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The Art of Handcrafting Chocolate Truffles & Bonbons


Ever wondered about the secret dance of flavours that turns our simple ingredients into those luscious chocolate truffles and bonbons at Temptation Chocolates? Well, grab a comfy seat, and let's spill the cocoa beans on the process that takes these...

Ever wondered about the secret dance of flavours that turns our simple ingredients into those luscious chocolate truffles and bonbons at Temptation Chocolates? Well, grab a comfy seat, and let's spill the cocoa beans on the process that takes these little spheres to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Our Craftsmanship

Before getting started, let’s talk about our process and journey so far. At Temptation Chocolates, we conceive hand-painted bonbons in small, artisanal batches, each one carefully adorned with our delicate touch and meticulous attention to detail. The intricate process takes three days to complete, yielding a collection of uniquely charming bonbons. 

Premium-quality, ethically sourced Valrhona chocolate takes centre stage in our offerings, complemented by locally and nationally procured ingredients, including cherished Irish cream and butter. This dedication to sourcing aligns with our commitment to crafting the finest quality confections.

The Essence of a Chocolate Truffle

Now, let's talk truffles – those decadent delights with a heart of gold. So, at the heart of every chocolate truffle lies the perfect pairing of a decadent bittersweet chocolate ganache and a velvety coating of tempered chocolate. The ganache, a blend of bittersweet chocolate and heavy cream, forms the lush centre, while the tempered chocolate exterior provides a satisfying crunch before revealing the smooth and creamy core. This meticulous process ensures each bite is an exquisite blend of rich tastes and luxurious textures, making our chocolate truffles an irresistible treat.

Crafting Chocolate Truffles

Crafting these little balls of joy involves a bit of choreography. First, we shape the ganache filling into these delicate orbs. Then, it's off to a chocolatey dip, creating that firm exterior that perfectly balances the tender ganache inside. Crunchy on the outside, melty on the inside – made always with love!

The Art of Custom Bonbons

Now, if you're feeling a bit fancy, our custom bonbons are here to wow you. Crafted with moulds, these bonbons boast a thin shell that encapsulates a flavourful filling. The process begins with hand-polishing and hand-painting each mould, ensuring a flawless canvas for what follows. Next, we delicately create the chocolate shells, a meticulous process that takes shape in precision chocolate moulds. These shells are the perfect vessel for our delectable fillings, which rest and mature in our specialised chocolate fridge for 12-24 hours.

Now, let's walk you through the order of our artisanal process:

Step 1: We Hand-Polish the Moulds

We kick off by carefully polishing each mould by hand, laying the groundwork for the artistic process that follows.

Step 2: We Hand-Paint the Moulds

Turning each mould into a unique piece of art, our skilled artisans hand-paint intricate details. This enhances the look and adds a personal touch to each bonbon.

Step 3: We Create the Chocolate Shells

Precision is our guiding principle as we meticulously craft the chocolate shells. Utilising precision moulds, we guarantee that every detail is perfectly captured, promising both a visual and sensory delight.

Step 4: We Create Delicious Fillings

Continuing, our skilled chocolatiers prepare exquisite fillings, focusing on culinary excellence to elevate the flavour of each bonbon. Thoughtful combinations and careful preparation guarantee a delightful taste in every bite.

Step 5: We Finish with Chocolate Caps

The final touch involves crowning each bonbon with chocolate, completing the masterpiece. This step showcases our dedication to creating handcrafted bonbons that are not just delicious but visually appealing, too.

Chocolate Truffles vs. Bonbons

Now, what about the age-old debate – truffles vs. bonbons? Let’s see…Truffles? They're round and dense. Bonbons? They're structured with flat surfaces, glossy finishes, and meticulous painting. Both are a visual and gastronomic delight, each with its own unique journey from the outside in. Your choice depends on whether you're feeling the crunch of a truffle or the elegance of a bonbon.

Browse our collections & indulge in the best chocolates in Ireland

And that's the scoop on Temptation Chocolates, where we whip up luxury chocolates right here in Ireland. Now, it's your turn to give them a try. From the fancy strokes on our hand-painted bonbons to the yummy flavours of our hand-rolled truffles, each treat is made with loads of love. 

Whether you're into white chocolate truffles, milk chocolate ones, or the rich dark chocolate kind, we've got you covered. And hey, if you're all about vegan chocolate truffles, we've got something special for you too!

…And last, if you're dreaming of something truly unique, we're all ears! Feel free to reach out for a custom creation that's as special as you are.


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The Art of Handcrafting Chocolate Truffles & Bonbons

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