Duck Bacon Chocolate Truffles

2015 Recipe Contest Honorable Mention, Patricia Schroedl, Jefferson, WI
Luscious, melt-in-your-mouth truffles made with duck bacon, toasted pecans, and milk and dark chocolate.


Prep Time {50 min; 3 hr 15 min inactive}

Cook Time {35 min}

Serving Size {48 servings}


8 oz. Maple Leaf Farms Duck Bacon

12 oz. Pecans

3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

3/4 cup Heavy Cream

2 Tbsp. Molasses

1/2 tsp. Salt

12 oz. Milk Chocolate, chopped

12 oz. Dark Chocolate, chopped


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1. Preheat skillet over medium-high heat. Place single layer of duck bacon in skillet. Cook 4 minutes per side. Remove bacon to paper towels. Repeat until all 8 ounces of bacon have been cooked.

2. Add pecans to same skillet. Stir 2-3 minutes until toasted. Remove from skillet.

3. Cut up bacon slices and place in food processor. Add pecans and brown sugar. Process, pulsing until fine crumbs. Reserve 1 tablespoon crumbs for topping truffles.

4. Heat cream, molasses and salt in saucepan until boiling. Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes.

5. Spread milk chocolate in 8x8x2-inch dish or pan. Add bacon mixture.

6. Return cream mixture to simmer. Pour over milk chocolate and bacon mixture. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is blended. Press plastic wrap over surface of chocolate. Chill 2-3 hours.

7. Remove chocolate from refrigerator. Working quickly, spoon portions of chocolate mixture and roll in palms of hands to form 3/4-inch balls. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Chill until very firm, 20 minutes in freezer or several hours in refrigerator.

8. Melt dark chocolate in top of double boiler. Roll chilled truffles in melted chocolate. Place on parchment paper-lined surface. Sprinkle about half of truffles with reserved crumb mixture. Let stand until chocolate firms. Makes 48 truffles.

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