Spiced chocolate has been growing in popularity over the years, and for good reason. These Mayan Chocolate Truffles are a sweet and spicy combination that's so incredibly delicious. * Please note that the majority of the prep time is refrigeration time.
Remove 12-ounces of the chocolate and place it in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Set aside.
In a medium-sized saucepan, scald the cream with the vanilla. Tiny bubbles will appear on the edges of the pan, and it should be very hot, but not boiling.
Pour the hot cream over the 12-ounces of chocolate and let stand for 4 minutes. Use a spoon to stir to blend and set aside. This mixture is called ganache. Gently stir in the cayenne and cinnamon. Let it come to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until it becomes completely firm, at least 6 hours.
Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper and, in a double boiler, melt the remaining 12-ounces of chocolate.
Remove the firm ganache from the refrigerator and use a 1-inch cookie scoop to scoop out about 5 dozen truffles, placing them on one of the parchment-covered baking sheets. Now place the shaped truffles in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Using a fork, carefully dip each truffle into the melted chocolate to coat it evenly and place them on the other parchment covered baking sheet. You can use a small knife to help you remove the covered truffle from the fork. The truffles will set at room temperature. If desired, sprinkle them with red sugar when they are about halfway set.