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A Brief History of Chocolate Truffles


Chocolate truffles have an interesting history!

Chocolate truffles are a staple here at Wockenfuss: a delicious treat that has a ganache center with a chocolate exterior covered in nuts or sugar. Many people enjoy how chocolate truffles taste, but don’t know too much about the process of making them or the origins of their name. Luckily, we’re here to give you a brief history lesson about chocolate truffles.


It’s said that the chocolate truffle was invented in the kitchen of Auguste Escoffier, a famous French chef. The story goes that his apprentice was trying to make pastry cream and accidentally poured the hot cream into a bowl full of chocolate chunks. After a while, the mixture hardened, and the apprentice noticed that he could form it into the shape of a ball.

Where Does the Name Come From?

Now that you know about the invention of chocolate truffles, you’re probably curious about how they got their name. Chocolate truffles got their name from the mushroom of the same name because of their similar appearance. It’s important to remember that even though chocolate truffles are a mushroom’s namesake, they do not contain any fungi!


There is a lot of confusion as to what constitutes a truffle, so let’s clear some of that up. Not all truffles are the same, which is evident when you look at truffles from different countries. French truffles typically consist of ganache rolled in cocoa powder, while Belgian truffles have an outer shell made of dark chocolate. There are several different ways to make a truffle, but it’s important to note that not all chocolate that has a filling is a truffle. For example, chocolates that have a fruit or cream center are not truffles. Just remember, if the center isn’t made of ganache, it isn’t a truffle.


Wockenfuss has all of your favorite dark, milk, and white chocolates! Whether you prefer truffles, nut bark, or sugar-free chocolates, Wockenfuss has what you’ll love. Since 1915, Wockenfuss has been a family owned and operated business creating the finest confections in Baltimore, Maryland. With our nine convenient locations throughout Maryland, there is sure to be a Wockenfuss store near you. Come and visit us to see our selection of favorites such as our gourmet truffles, chocolate specialties, and much more!

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