Originally posted by m-sosweet
how big or small do you think that a truffle should be? I tend to make them small but I see some really big ones on the market.
IMHO, as a general rule, somewhere between about 10 and 20 g for the rolled-cocoa variety – about the size of a smallish mushroom truffle. You’ll find some that are truly silly – the size of an ice-cream scoop, but I think this defeats the purpose. A truffle should be small enough that the entire piece can dissolve in the mouth. But I also dislike really dainty truffles, which you see too. The problem there is that there isn’t enough to get any real intensity.
If you’re thinking of hard-shelled, chocolate confectionery pieces (what I call simply “chocolates”), they should be smaller, perhaps 5-10 g, preferentially towards the larger side of that range.
Neither type should be so big as to require or even justify 2 bites – they should be appropriate for eating as a single whole piece.