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Homemade Chocolate Truffles are irresistibly decadent with the most luxurious melt-in-your-mouth texture. Each velvety dark chocolate ganache ball can be rolled in a coating to match any special occasion or craving, such as cocoa, nuts, and sprinkles. I think you’re going to love these easy-to-make chocolate truffles – a fudgy confection with just 5 simple ingredients. One bite, and you’ll be hooked!
Table of Contents
- What are chocolate truffles?
- Why you’ll love these creamy chocolate truffle balls
- Ingredients to make chocolate truffles
- How to make chocolate truffles
- Tips for making the best dark chocolate truffles
- Popular substitutions & additions
- How to store chocolate truffles
- Frequently asked questions
- More chocolate dessert recipes:
- Homemade Chocolate Truffles Recipe
These dark chocolate truffle balls are so irresistible! This recipe blends high-quality chocolate with heavy cream, butter, honey, and a pinch of salt to create bite-sized balls of chocolatey bliss. Indulge in these simple chocolate truffles coated in an assortment of toppings for a dessert that will impress. And you don’t even need any special tools or skills. The truffles are surprisingly so easy to make!
What are chocolate truffles?
Chocolate truffles are such a yummy dessert! They are made from smooth and creamy chocolate ganache (a mixture of melted chocolate and warm cream) rolled into bite-sized confections after setting up in the fridge and often coated in toppings like cocoa powder, nuts, or candy pieces.
Why you’ll love these creamy chocolate truffle balls
- Easy to make. Each step to make this chocolate truffle recipe is so simple. The hardest part is having the patience to wait out the silky dark chocolate ganache as it cools!
- Irresistibly decadent. These dark chocolate truffles are creamy and have a deep, rich chocolate flavor rolled with coatings for a yummy treat.
- Just 5 simple ingredients. Technically, you can make truffles with just two ingredients –chocolate and heavy cream. Butter, honey, and a pinch of salt are added for a rich, velvety candy, but optional!
- Perfect for gift giving. Bundle up the chocolates to gift to others on special occasions. Imagine handing over a box full of these beautifully coated chocolate truffles to a loved one on Valentine’s day!
Ingredients to make chocolate truffles
- Chocolate: I use a bittersweet chocolate bar to make a ganache that isn’t overly sweet. Choose one with 62% cacao or more for truffles that truly showcase the chocolate. It really does make a difference!
- Heavy cream: Make sure you grab heavy cream or heavy “whipping” cream. Regular whipping cream isn’t as rich and fatty as the latter and may affect the consistency.
- Butter: Butter helps to give these truffles a soft set and fudginess and adds a rich butter flavor. Use unsalted butter to manage the flavor better, with salt added as a separate ingredient. If you use salted butter, skip the additional salt from the recipe.
- Honey: A touch of honey adds a subtle sweetness to the bittersweet chocolate truffles without overpowering them with too much-added sugar.
- Salt: Salt helps to balance the bitter and sweet flavors.
- Coating: cocoa powder, sprinkles, and chopped nuts.
How to make chocolate truffles
Learning how to make homemade chocolate truffles is rewarding and easy with a few process steps. The chocolate goes from a melted state to a chilled bowl of ganache and is then rolled into truffle balls. This recipe uses a two-step chilling process and walks you through each part for a soft, smooth truffle.
How to make ganache for chocolate truffles
- To melt the chocolate, pour warmed cream over the chopped chocolate and cover.
- Once the chocolate has melted, whisk the mixture working from the middle out until the ganache comes together. It may appear broken at first, but just keep whisking.
- Once the cream and chocolate have been incorporated, whisk in the butter, honey, and salt until all of the butter has been incorporated and the ganache is smooth and glossy.
- Cover the bowl and place in the fridge until very firm. You want it to be the consistency of chilled nut butter.
- Scoop the ganache with a cookie scoop or tablespoon. If using a tablespoon, a small rubber spatula will help push the chocolate out.
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or wax paper and add the ganache balls. Transfer the pan to the fridge until firm for easier handling.
How to make chocolate truffle balls
- Remove the ganache balls and use your hands to form each one into round truffles.
- Set out desired toppings and coat the chilled truffles as you roll.
Tips for making the best dark chocolate truffles
- Make sure your chocolate has melted completely. Ganache can be fickle! If you have a few lumps of solid chocolate lingering after forming the ganache, set up a double boiler on the stove by placing your heat-proof bowl on top of a small pot of simmering water. Do not let the water touch the bottom of the bowl. Whisk over the simmering water until everything is melted and smooth.
- Use a tablespoon and spatula for scooping. You’ll notice when you scoop one tablespoon of the ganache, it gets stuck in the tablespoon. So I like to use a second small spatula or spoon to slide it out of the tablespoon. Alternatively, you could use a spring-loaded scoop for a clean release.
- Wear Gloves. Rolling the truffles is a fun but messy endeavor. Wearing food-safe gloves will make the job easier and your hands much cleaner!
- Work quickly. The ganache can get warm and sticky quickly, so work carefully but quickly when rolling it into little truffles.
Popular substitutions & additions
- Try with milk chocolate. Milk chocolate would also work, but I suggest eliminating the honey and reducing the amount of cream.
- Add a touch of vanilla extract. Vanilla and chocolate are always deliciously paired together, adding depth and aromatic sweetness to truffles.
- Add other flavorings. Before adding the warmed cream to the chocolate, spoon in a tablespoon or two of nut butter, jam, or spices like cinnamon for a new and unique truffle dessert.
- Change the coating. I used cocoa powder, crushed walnuts, and sprinkles. But you can try more coatings for chocolate truffles, like chocolate candy coating with a decorative white chocolate drizzle, shredded coconut, and even crushed candy pieces. The options are endless!
How to store chocolate truffles
Store chocolate truffles in an airtight container lined with wax paper in the fridge. Serve them at room temperature for a soft melt-in-your-mouth consistency.
How long will chocolate truffles balls last in the fridge?
When refrigerated, chocolate truffles can last up to 2 weeks!
Can I freeze HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES?
If you have leftover truffles, or you’d like to make these ahead of time, line a freezer-safe container with parchment or wax paper. Then place the finished truffles inside. Cover with another layer of parchment or wax paper, then freeze for up to 2 months. To enjoy, let defrost in the fridge, then bring to room temperature before enjoying.
Frequently asked questions
A high-quality chocolate bar will give you the best results, but if chocolate chips are what you have, that will also work.
This is really a personal preference because cold truffles have a firmer bite, and room-temperature truffles will be softer and creamier. Enjoy them however you prefer, but room temperature is my kids’ preference for the best mouthfeel.
If the cream is too hot (as in boiling) when added to the chocolate, it will not temper properly. This could cause the cocoa butter and cocoa in the chocolate bar to separate and produce an oily ganache. Bring the cream to a simmer and allow it to sit for a minute before pouring over the chocolate.
Smooth and creamy homemade chocolate truffles make you feel like a dessert pro! They’re so simple to make and have the best melty soft ganache that is perfect for celebrating special occasions or indulging in as a dessert.
More chocolate dessert recipes:
- Chewy Tahini Brownies
- Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
- Chocolate Nice Cream
- Fudgy Heart Shaped Valentine’s Day Brownies
- Easy Decadent Chocolate Souffle
- Almond Joy Bars
- Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
- Chocolate Mug Cake
- Chocolate Covered Pistachio Butter Cups
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Homemade Chocolate Truffles
- 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate bar about 62%, finely chopped
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter softened
- 1 tablespoon honey
- pinch salt
- Toppings: cocoa powder, sprinkles, finely chopped walnuts
- Place chopped chocolate in a large heat safe bowl.
- Add cream to a heavy bottomed pot and heat to just a simmer. Do not boil.
- Pour simmering cream over the chopped chocolate, then cover with a plate or plastic wrap and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Uncover the chocolate and cream mixture and begin whisking. At first the mixture will appear broken, keep whisking, working from the middle out, until the ganache comes together.
- Once the cream and chocolate have been incorporated, whisk in the butter, honey and salt until all of the butter has been incorporated and the ganache is smooth and glossy.
- Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for 30 minutes, or until very firm. You want the ganache to be the consistency of chilled nut butter.
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Scoop one level tablespoon of the ganache and use a small spatula to scoop it out of the tablespoons and place on the prepared sheet pan. Continue with the remaining ganache, and then place the entire sheet pan back in the fridge for about 30 minutes (this will make it easier to roll into neat truffles).
- Set out desired toppings, then roll the chilled ganache balls into smooth round truffles, coating them in your desired toppings as you roll. Store finished truffles in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.
Tried these for Valentine’s Day and what a delicious sweet treat! Easy to follow instructions and perfect blend of ingredients. Recommend for those times when you want to treat yourself or someone else special.
So glad you enjoyed them, Ana!
These were perfect for our galentines get together this year with the girls!!! So easy to make, delicious and they look super cute too! They definitely hit the spot for my sweet tooth & will definitely make them again. I also love the fact that you use very clean & simple ingredients in your recipe (like how there were just 5 ingredients in this recipe), it makes me feel more guilt free when making them knowing they aren’t packed with chemicals or things I dont even know how to pronounce lol thank you for this recipe, Yumna!! Looking forward to next months recipe 🙂
Oh, how fun, love the idea of galentines! Glad everyone enjoyed them!
So delicious! Star rating 5 out of 5.
Thank you so much, Pam!
We really enjoyed these! The bittersweet chocolate was a nice touch because they weren’t too sweet. We gave them out to friends and family for Valentine’s Day and they were a crowd pleaser!
Love that idea!
I made these for Valentine’s Day and they were a hit! Truffles are probably my favorite dessert and these were so easy to make. Thank you!
So happy to hear you enjoyed them! It’s sooo hard to have just one!
These were so easy and fun to make! I am breastfeeding my baby who has a dairy sensitivity so I used coconut cream instead of heavy cream and vegan butter as a substitute for regular butter. I coated with sprinkles for Valentine’s Day. Overall, so cute, so easy, and tasty! I am a sucker for milk chocolate (usually) so these tasted a bit bitter but that is because of the bittersweet chocolate, I know and an easy change for next time!
Thanks of much for sharing, Kelsey! Love that you went dairy free with them. You can add another tablespoon of honey to the mix if you’d like to sweeten them up a little more for next time!
They were just perfect for my Valentines Day charcuterie board, simple to make yet still very much festive alongside some chocolate dipped strawberries and other goodies. They had a deep, rich chocolatey flavor. I rolled them in coconut, cocoa powder, crushed nuts and lots of sprinkles, which added lots of variety to the board. Loved the truffles!
What a great idea!! Thank you for the suggestion. So glad you enjoyed them.
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