|Edible chocolate truffle bead necklaces for your Mardi Gras celebration.|
Note: A food processor makes easy work of creating a chocolate ganache. If you don’t have one, finely chop your chocolate and put it in a microwave safe mixing bowl. Pour hot cream over chocolate and let sit for 2-3 minutes. Use a whisk to create an emulsion. Begin by stirring just in the center of the bowl, then slowly bring the whisk out to the edge of the bowl. Stir just until combined and the ganache is smooth.
Roll each scoop of ganache into a long 1/4″ thick rope. Cut each rope into 1/4″ wide pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Pour 1/2 teaspoon of a luster dust into a small bowl. Place about 30 truffle balls into the bowl. Roll around to coat. If there is more than just a very small amount of luster dust still in the bowl, add more truffles, a few at a time, and roll them around to coat. Once you feel you’ve used up most of the luster dust, pour the balls onto a piece of paper towel. Repeat, creating about 60 of each color for each necklace.
To remove some of the excess luster dust from the truffle beads, place them in a piece of paper towel. Hold each end of the paper towel, cradling the truffle beads, and shake back and forth. You will notice the luster dust attaching to the paper towels. Shake for about 30 seconds. Then place the truffle beads in a clean paper towel and repeat. Arrange truffle beads on a serving platter to form a necklace. There is nothing holding the beads together so be careful moving the platter. You can arrange several necklaces intertwining on a platter as pictured below. Serve your truffle beads with toothpicks so your guests don’t get luster dust on their hands. These will keep for up to two weeks if stored in an airtight container.