Thursday, November 14, 2013

Chocolate Ice Cream Bubble Bath Truffle DIY Video Tutorial

A lot of the Bath Truffles that I had come across were usual molded into balls and rolled in flower buds or pressed into Molds and allowed to dry.

The issue with these two methods for me was that (1) I didn't like how the rolled truffles looked and (2) I don’t have a lot of molds, nor do I want to spend a small fortune acquiring them.



So I came up with this recipe a simple bubble bath truffle with the addition of cocoa powder and molded using an ice cream scoop! They are super simple to make and what’s even better super quick to mold.



Just remember that this mixture sets quickly so you want to mold them immediately and work quickly.



Chocolate Ice Cream Bubble Bath Truffle

Ingredients:

2 oz Cocoa Butter
1 oz Shea Butter
1 Cup Baking Soda
½ Cup Citric Acid
5 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
½ Cup Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA)
1 oz Skin Safe Fragrance Oil or 7 - 15 drops of essential oils (I used an orange blend)

Tools:

Disposable rubber gloves
Mask (if you are sensitive to airborne powders)
Heat safe/Microwave safe container
Sieve
Large Mixing Bowl
Ice Cream or Cookie Scoop

Directions:

1.       Start by weighing your Shea and Cocoa Butters and placing them in a heat safe container (I use a glass liquid measuring cup)
2.       Melt the butters in the Microwave on 30 second bursts stirring in-between times. This will take about 2 minutes. Set butters aside letting them cool while you get the rest of the ingredients together.
3.       In a large bowl, sift together your Baking Soda, Citric Acid and Cocoa powder. Mix well with your hands (make sure to wear rubber cloves to protect you nail polish!) until there are no lumps and everything is combined.
4.       Put on you mask. SLSA is a fine powder and can make you sneeze so gently sift into the rest of the dry mixture and carefully mix to incorporate.
5.       Now that your Butters have had a chance to cool add your Fragrance oil to them and mix well to incorporate. I like to use something that will go nicely with the natural chocolate scent the truffles have, like vanilla, orange, raspberry, mint or even a chocolate fragrance, to make them stronger.
6.       Add your liquid ingredients to the dry mixture and mix until everything is combined. The mixture should be the consistency of cookie dough.
7.       Using your cookie scoop, scoop out the dough and place on a piece of parchment paper. Remember this dough set quickly so make sure to work fast.
8.       Let the truffles sit for 15-30 minutes. Store them in an airtight bag or container until ready to use or package for gifting.

Caution:  the amount of butters in this truffle will make your skin silky smooth but, in turn will leave your bath slippery. Please be careful getting out of the bath.

Check out my post on Ingredients for the Bath Bombs with information on online retailers

45 comments:

  1. Darling! I've enjoyed watching the accompanying video as well. So cute!

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  2. You do a great tutorial! Thx! I will try these!

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  3. I just made these tonight, and they came out beautiful! I have just one question though. Do they stay soft or will they get harder as they dry? I want to place them in a small bag, but not sure if they need to dry more. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  4. I love these! If we left out the cocoa powder, say to make strawberry ones, would we replace the 5 tablespoons with another powder or just omitt? Thankyou!!

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    1. If you want to leave out the cocoa powder, I would suggest adding 5 Tbl more of baking soda to keep the same consistency.

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    2. Thanks Meg I just added 2 heaped Tablespoons of Kaolin Clay and they came out perfect!!

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  5. Where do you buy powdered SLSA?

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    1. You can get the powder online if you are in the US Brambelberry.com is a great option and Canada you can get it from saffireblue.ca. I believe they both ship to other country's as well. Hope this helps

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  6. I just bought SLSA from Bramble Berry to make this recipe!! I saw it months ago so I needed the butters and SLSA to make this - I love BB. THANKS MEG!! <3 <3 <3

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Peggy Sue! I'm so glad you like the post, keep your eyes out because I have a few more coming up in December.

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  7. Great tutorial! If I decide to leave out the SLSA, should I just substitute more baking soda, or just leave the SLSA out with no substitution? Thanks!

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    1. Thank you very much for your lovely comment. If you wanted to leave the SLSA out I would suggest adding 1/4 cup extra to both the Baking soda and the Citric Acid. This will keep the texture where you want it to work with and will also make it a nice melting/fizzing consistency when you use it. Hope this helps!

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  8. love the tutorial! Going to make (try making :) ) these today and am wondering if I can use all shea butter and omit the cocoa butter?

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    1. Thanks so much! You can absolutely use all Shea Butter. Any sold at room temperature butters will work for this recipe. Good luck, hope you enjoy making them.

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  9. truffles turned out beautiful!! thanks again! I used all shea butter omitting cocoa butter....am wondering how long it takes for them to dry?

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    1. Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner--- they're dry now! Mine usually are dry within a few hours but, I like to leave them over night just to be safe.

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  10. Help!! I ran out of Coco Butter , Can I use Mango butter in place of the Coco :0 thank you

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    1. Absolutely! You can use any butter you have on hand or like the most. If it is solid at room temp, then you are good to go. Mango butter is a great alternative.

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  11. Would you need to oil out the scoop?

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    1. Pixie, there is no need to oil the scoop as long as you have one of the spring action ones, than they'll just pop right out.

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  12. I love this recipe! Its so amazing! Today I'm going to try and twek it a little bit, and make a lavender scent. Thanks for putting the time and effort into your website! :)

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  13. Hi Meg! You have the patience of a saint! I have read through all the comments and watch you answer the same few questions over and over. You are lovely! The questioni have is this, if I subbed the cocoa for BS, but wanted to use a different colour, I would just colour as normal with Mica (small amount, as this should not affect the balance? Or few drops of liquid dye?

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    1. Hey Christine! I think it was me really not giving enough detail the first time around, and I love answering comments so no worries. I'm thinking of creating a new post and possible video, explaining and giving my exact recipe for making these in another color. Until then you are absolutely correct, if you would like to make them a different color simply add your coloring (after omitting the Cocoa). Mica, La Bomb or Jell coloring work best because they do not contain water and won't react with the Citric Acid but, small amounts of regular food coloring work in a pinch too. Always use as little as possible however because, it is possible to stain your tub and/or your skin if you use too much. I like to do a little test when using a new color to see how much I can get away with. Each brand and even color can very quite significantly. Hope this helps!

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    2. Hi Christine, I just added a few tablespoons of Kaolin Clay instead of extra baking soda and I have also used powdered colourants and I just mixed them into the Fragrance,Cocoa/Shea Butter mix. Works a treat.

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    3. Yes that would work as well. This recipe is very forgiving and it's a fun one to play around with.

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  15. What exactly does the SLSA do...is that what makes it bubble? Im new to all of this... how would I do it to just make a bath bomb to look like this

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    1. Hi Gretchen

      Yes the SLSA is a powdered coconut/palm derived surfactant, so that's what gives the scoops the bubbles.

      You could still make bath bombs look like Ice Cream Scoops, but it's the texture and Butters you need, to get a dough like consistency to roll/scoop to get the shape. If you want to leave out the SLSA google Soap Queens Natural Truffle Recipe. It's basically the same as the Scoops recipe but with Kaolin Clay in place of the SLSA. Hope I'm allowed to put that Meg.

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  16. Hi,

    Really liking this video, I wanted to ask what could be substituted for the coco powder if you wanted to use another flavored additive but not wanting to change to texture of the mix?

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    1. If you don't want to use Cocoa powder I would substitute with 5 Tbsp. of Baking Soda. You will have the same consistency just without the cocoa sent or colour. Hope this helps and thanks for your comment.

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  17. Thank you so much Meg. I'll have to make this and let you know how it turns out. 😊

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  18. I used this recipe to make Christmas presents this year and they turned out fabulous. I made other bath bombs and scents as well, but this has been everyone's favorite. I subbed coconut oil for some of the butters, and the consistency was fine (in case anyone is interested). I had to label them well - everyone wanted to eat them at first!!

    I had to try one out myself, of course, and the bubbles were fabulous, the bomb fizzy and long-lasting, the smell delicious, and the water conditioning excellent. The only draw-back is the slightly disturbing water color, imo, but I got over that when I sunk into the chocolatey heaven.

    Thanks for the tutorial and for sharing the recipe. Pinned and recommended highly!

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  19. This Recipe is Awesome!!! Thank you Meg=)!"I had a question can you add glycerin to this recipe? I noticed on some recipes that they use Glycerin , but just curious do not want to mess up the recipe that you gave , because they are great, but I thought i would tweak a little and put kaolin clay and cornstarb subbing the cocoa powder would that be ok? and their was another recipe on Elaine Lombardo , but cannot find her recipe! Thank you so much for your recipe=)

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    1. My Email is trufflechic@gmail.com Thanks!

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    2. My Email is trufflechic@gmail.com Thanks!

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  20. This Recipe is Awesome!!! Thank you Meg=)!"I had a question can you add glycerin to this recipe? I noticed on some recipes that they use Glycerin , but just curious do not want to mess up the recipe that you gave , because they are great, but I thought i would tweak a little and put kaolin clay and cornstarb subbing the cocoa powder would that be ok? and their was another recipe on Elaine Lombardo , but cannot find her recipe! Thank you so much for your recipe=)

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  21. 1 oz of essential oil seems like a lot to use. That's 30mil of ess oil. When most ess oils come in 15mil bottles. It can get expensive. Fragrance oils aren't natural. If I cut the ess oils down. how much would you recommend to still have a good scent? Thanks

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    1. Definitely need to correct this, You are absolutely correct 1 oz of essential oil is over kill! I would say 7 - 15 drops (depending on the strength of oil your using) will result in a fragrant product. The only time I use more is if I'm using multiple essential oils for their healing properties. Then I'd use about 10-12 drops of each kind. Hope this helps!

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  22. Tried the truffle recipe for the first time, combining scents for a Lemon Cheesecake flavour, and replacing the SLSA, and cocoa powder, and they turned out perfect! Thank you so much! Xxx

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  23. Just wondering if anyone has tried pressing this mixture into metal mold pans? I agree the cookie scoop is way easier, and I want to try that too, but I have some favorite molds I like to use each Christmas. Any luck with trying that yet?

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    1. I haven't tried using a metal pan, I would be concerned it would be difficult to unmold but, it could work!

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  24. Great video, how hard to these eventually get? I'd like to display them in a cookie jar in my boutique. Would this be OK? Also, can we sub cocoa powder with other colored clay?

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    1. Thanks very much, they get quite firm so displaying them in a cookie jar will should work just fine. Just make sure it's an air tight cookie jar. You can use other colored clay or replace the cocoa powder with more baking soda and add in mica colorants to get desired coloring.

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  25. Could you use polysorbate 80 in this recipe to help dispress the oils and colorants in the tub? I was thinking of adding 1% to cut down the "Oil Slick"...I am going to try it out.

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