Tartufo is Italian for truffle. The original truffles were created just after the French revolution by
French chefs and were chocolate confections made to resemble the prized fungi of France.
These sweet confections were given at Christmas time as gifts. It has been only during recent
times that ice cream truffles, or tartufos, have made a comeback. Typically, in Italy, a tartufo is a
vanilla ice cream ball that has a cherry and some nuts in the center. The ball is then dipped in
chocolate and can be covered with nuts or chocolate shavings. A trigger ice cream scoop works
best in releasing the filled ice cream balls.