This is the first time I have ever done a post for female foodies! Why? Because I came up with an alternative treatment plan for menstrual cramps, PMS and ovary pain using raspberry leaf tea and chocolate. Now you can use this formula and procedure to make other medicinally-inspired truffles of course but I have wanted to make these forever! BTW guys can enjoy them too. They are delicious.
Raspberry leaf tea is probably the only herbal tea I actually truly like the flavour of. I was introduced to it a long time ago for helping with menstrual cramps. Lately I just have not wanted to have tea (especially herbal tea) so I asked myself, why not make medicinal chocolate with it? OK just the term medicinal chocolate gets me excited.
Why not make medicine taste fantastic?
Just heat up 2 cups of heavy cream over medium high heat (2 1/2 if you are using the Magical Butter Machine). Watch so that it does not boil over. Heat until hot. Remove from stove.
Then add the tea from 10 raspberry leaf teabags (17.5 grams) and let steep 30 minutes. Strain. Reheat.
I covered 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate with the cream, then whisked into ganache a few minutes later. I let it sit, cool and then chilled in the fridge.
My original idea was to use the ganache as a filling for molded chocolates.
I even got my new laser temperature gun out (OMG, it is the coolest and works so well!) to temper chocolate for the mold.
Yeah… THAT was a disaster! Soon after I learned at the candy and chocolate making class I went to that my initial chocolate layer probably was not set enough when I added the filling. I also probably over-filled with the ganache. OMG, was a mess. I must have spent over an hour scraping and cleaning out that mold.
Screw That! Bring On The Truffles!
I still had lots of ganache so instead I rolled them into balls and then coated with cocoa powder.
I froze them in batches so that when the time came that I needed their medicinal benefits I made sure that some were in the fridge ready for me to take my medicine.
Not only are these effective they are downright delicious. Who does not like chocolate and raspberries together? Rich, creamy and flavourful… Everyone who tried them loved them!
I am absolutely hooked on the idea of candy and chocolates being used as medicine. I have always wanted to study herbalism and having my own foodie take on it excites me every day. It is a whole new world to explore when it comes to herbs and spices and how to incorporate them into making sweet treats with them.
Skip the spoon full of sugar and let the chocolate help the medicine go down.