Tartufo means truffle in Italian. The original Tartufo were created by French chefs and were chocolate confections made to resemble the prized fungi of France.
|A truffle is the fruiting body of a subterranean mushroom.|
Edible truffles are held in high esteem in French, Greek,
Spanish, and northern Italian cooking, as well as
international haute cuisines. (Image from Wikipedia)
Typically, in Italy, a tartufo is a vanilla ice cream ball that has a cherry and some nuts, or a flavored cream in the center. The ball is then dipped in chocolate and can be covered with nuts or chocolate shavings. A trigger ice cream scoop works best in releasing the filled ice cream balls.
A Tartufo Nero, or Dark Chocolate Truffles (Nero is Italian for black), is a variety with a chocolate ice cream ball instead of vanilla. It is one of my favorite desserts.
Below are the 3 stages of my Tartufo Nero (Dark Chocolate Truffles):
|Intact Tartufo Nero. Notice the fine|
chocolate sprinkles. Really good.
|The second layer shows the chocolate ice |
cream underneath the sprinkle. In case of a
regular tartufo, this will be vanilla ice cream.
|The core of Tartufo Nero revealed.|
I really feast on the outermost part.