Potato chips with truffle flavor, marcona almonds, butter, flatbread … When the name is “truffle”, we like to throw it in our carts. No wonder, then, that when we learned that Truff, a brand known for their best-selling hot sauce with truffles, as well as their mayonnaise and pasta sauces, was launching a black truffle oil, we knew we had to try it.
Elegantly packaged in a slim bottle with a black label and a characteristic truffle-shaped lid, it only took a drizzle to turn the newly released oil into our new spice.
Actual truffles, with their earthy, musky aroma and a subtle garlic taste, are mushrooms grown underground and are often cited as one of the most expensive foods in the world due to their hardness to grow, find, and popular. And while true foodies may strongly disagree, we believe that truffle oil can serve as an affordable, tasty, and even addicting substitute in lieu of reality. (Really. An Italian study a few years ago found that black truffles produce a natural chemical that is very similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.)
During our truffle-truffle oil taste test, we drizzled it on scrambled eggs (we will never resort to plain eggs again) and mixed spring greens (it served as a wonderfully tasty simple dressing (it is not intended as cooking oil)), french fries fresh from the Air fryer (so deliciously seasoned with salt and pepper) and – our favorite, favorite, favorite – on popcorn (do yourself a favor and try using the truffle oil with this James Beard approved recipe).
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But we don’t stop there. Pasta, fried potatoes and other vegetables, bread, fish, pizza … In the coming weeks they will all get a healthy dose of instant luxury with Truffs Black Truffle Oil.
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The taste of Truffs Oil, a blend of neutral olive oil and real black winter truffle, is unmistakably truffle that some find overly hot, but we would describe it as quite tender with a nice depth. One thing to keep in mind: a little truffle oil goes a long way. So start with a few drops to avoid overwhelming your food. Given that the bottle itself weighs a whopping 6 ounces, we expect to have this bottle for a very long time.
Truff’s black truffle oil, which is non-genetically modified and gluten-free, is available at truff.com, Amazon, and other retailers. Our advice? Grab some bottles asap. If the brand’s previous launches serve as indicators, it will fly off the shelves. And back to normal butter on our popcorn? It just doesn’t happen.
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