Tom and Roberta Higgins opened the doors to Truffle Hill Chocolates in 1995. Their passion for making quality products from quality ingredients is carried on today by owners Marshall and Susie Morehead who live just two miles from the shop with their four children: Fletcher (8) and Finnigan (6) go to Excelsior Elementary School, Sullivan (4) goes to Pre-Kindergarten at St. John the Baptist School, and their newest addition, Magnolia (5 months), is sure to have a sweet tooth growing up behind the scenes in a chocolate and candy factory! The chocolate business was not something the couple was seeking out – Marshall worked in the financial industry for ten years and Susie is a Forensic Scientist – but it certainly seemed serendipitous with how everything fell into place. They are up for the challenge of becoming chocolatiers, mastering production, getting a feel for what the community is craving, and keeping the tradition of crafting quality truffles, chocolates, brittle, toffee, popcorn, and other goodies for loyal and new customers. They are so fortunate to have such a wonderful staff to learn from and help carry on the tradition of making delicious treats in small batches. Please stop in and say hello at the shop!
Make the best confections on a daily basis. We proudly craft our confections in the uncompromising way of a bygone era – by hand in small batches with fresh ingredients and the finest chocolates.
History of Truffles
Around December 1895, the first chocolate truffles were made. They were invented in Chambery, France by M. Dufour and by the early 1900’s the rest of Europe learned about truffles. Soon after that, they were introduced to the rest of the world. Because of the shape they took when made, they were named after the mushroom fungus plant known as the truffle. During this time, the consumption of this truffle plant was considered to be extremely luxurious and extravagant. Therefore, the truffle candy was associated in this fashion as well. Today, truffles still have the reputation of being a lavish treat but are much more affordable to dine on.
Essentially, truffles are a chocolate treat that can be easily recognized for their small shapes. The interior of these candies always contains some form of the ingredient ganache, though at times these centers can be combined additional fillings as well. Our chocolate truffle filling combinations may include ganache mixed with caramel, nuts, fruit, and liqueur to name a few. The exterior part of the truffle can vary from a simple dark, cocoa powder to a more extravagant coating of dark, milk or white confection enrobing. At times the exterior is topped additionally with nuts, chocolate sprinkles, and more.
Over time this candy has become a favorite to experiment with, as we’re always trying to create the latest and greatest truffle recipe. Truffles are a great way to spoil someone on their birthday or as a way to say thank you. And to make it even more special, you can pair flowers and chocolate when you want to let someone know how much you care.