Friends and friends of the noble candy should the May 2 necessarily as a US day of truffle (National Truffle Day ) record. Reason enough to include this food or candy holiday in the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world and to tell its story in this article. What is this national day of honor for these fine sweets about?
Who started US National Truffle Day?
As with so many other candy holidays in the United States, it appears that National Truffle Day’s origins are not particularly well documented. In this context, most of the available sources point out that neither the specific initiator nor the exact year of foundation of the US National Day of Truffle Chocolates is known (see also the list of links below).
Since this candy holiday also appears in the Food Holiday collection foodimentary.com, one possible lead leads to John-Bryan Hopkins, who has created hundreds of Food Holidays since the start of his web portal in 2006. Unfortunately, these are almost never marked on the website, which is why a possible authorship can only be proven to a limited extent (see also the linked article by Brad Tuttle from 2014 on money.com).
What is striking here is the fact that this special day of the truffle praline fits perfectly into the list of curious sweets and chocolate holidays . As an example, reference is made at this point to the terms initiated by the US National Confectioners Association (NCA), the national interest group of candy manufacturers in the USA:
- the day of mint chocolate (National Chocolate Mint Day) on February 19,
- the day of jelly beans (National Jelly Bean Day) on April 22,
- the day the rubber worms (National Rubber Worm Day) on July 15,
- the day of milk chocolate (National Milk Chocolate Day on July 28th or
- the chocolate coating tag (Chocolate Covered Anything Day) on 16 December.
Why is the truffle pralines special day on May 2nd?
The ambiguity outlined above then continues with a view to the selected date. Because why they chose May 2nd as the date of the US Day of Honor for truffle pralines does not seem to be justified. In this respect, a relatively arbitrary calendar setting can be assumed here.
Whether there is a connection of content here to also committed today Baby Day (Engl. National Baby Day), the game Your Ukulele Day (Engl. National Play Your Ukulele Day), the World Day of tuna (Engl. World Thuna Day) or the International Fight and Holiday of the Unemployed, I could not find out in the course of the research for the present article. Nevertheless, a few interesting facts about the truffle praline can be worked out.
Kitchen Knowledge: A Few Things To Know About Truffle Chocolates
If the exact origins or background of a curious holiday are unclear, it is wise to focus on the existing facts of the subject or occasion that is being celebrated. And in the case of the truffle pralines, too, there are a lot of interesting points to report.
Truffles: the difference between mushrooms and chocolates
On closer inspection, the name of today’s curious holiday is a bit misleading. In both English and German usage, the term truffle actually describes two things: on the one hand, the colloquial collective term for a large number of bulbous, usually underground mushrooms, which are at the same time among the most expensive and culinary most valuable representatives of their kind; on the other hand, the so-called truffle pralines, which only bear this name because of their external similarity (= spherical shape) with the truffle mushrooms.
Truffle pralines with truffle mushrooms or truffle aroma, however, are very rare, although one should also keep in mind that this name alludes to the culinary value of the truffle. Chocolate manufacturers tend even provided to sell their product as particularly exclusive and elegant (see also the contribution to the US Day of chocolates (Engl. National Pralines Day) on June 24 and chocolates tag (Engl. National Chocolate Candy Day) on December 28th).
Who invented the truffle praline?
You do not know exactly. According to legend, the truffle pralines or chocolate truffles were invented by either Louis Dufour or N. Petruccelli in Chambéry, France. Both names are given here equally by different sources.
However, all references agree that this was in 1895 and that the truffles began their international culinary triumph in 1902 at the latest when they were added to the range of the Prestat Chocolate Shop in London or came to Great Britain when it opened (see also the list of related links below).
As a rule, a man named Antoine Dufour is named as the owner, although the obvious family relationship to the aforementioned Louis Dufour is not entirely clear. Interesting historical side note in this context: – Roald Dahl (1916 1990), the British author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (dt. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ) to have been a big fan of chocolate truffle Prestat. 🙂
In the 1920s, the first recipes for chocolate truffles appeared in various cookery and baking books. Today, there are essentially three types of truffle pralines: American, European and Swiss truffles, each of which has slightly different flavors, but all of them have the obligatory ganache filling.
With this in mind: Hurray for truffles and a great National Truffle Day to all of you.