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How to Make Homemade Chocolate Truffles

These homemade chocolate truffles are the perfect choice for chocolate candy for the Holiday Season. It’s easy to make, and once they’re finished, they’ll taste like something you would get at a fancy French restaurant. Chocolate lovers will be delighted.

Homemade Box of Chocolates

The holidays are coming, and you know what that means: time to make your list and check it twice. But if you’re not a pastry chef by trade, the prospect of making truffles may seem daunting. Never fear!

These classic chocolate truffles will have your guests oohing and ahhing with delight. This recipe is so simple that even a beginner can master it in their first attempt.

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Truffles
How to Make Homemade Chocolate Truffles

A Chocolate Lovers Dream

You know those chocolate truffles that are so rich and indulgent? The ones you can just eat one after another without feeling full. Well, there’s a deep secret to making these delicious treats: they’re really just balls of ganache made from chocolate with cream mixed in. No fancy ingredients necessary.

Ingredients in the Best Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate truffles are a delicious and elegant dessert that you can make at home. This recipe is easy to follow with step-by-step instructions, so it’s perfect for someone who has never made them before or an experienced home cook looking to add a new Christmas candy to their annual baking.

The best part about this recipe is that it requires just four ingredients. Technically, there are only 2 ingredients needed to make these little ganache chocolates. I add two more, one for flavoring and the other for an outside texture and more deliciousness to excite the taste buds and to make these pretty to look at too.

Chocolate. I like to use a good quality chocolate. One that I like the taste of. I have made this with chocolate chips with success as well if you are not able to find a good chocolate bar.  

Heavy Whipping Cream. This is a must to help the chocolate take on the ganache like consistency. Do not substitute or the chocolate mixture will not set up properly.

Vanilla. Try and get a pure vanilla extract as it adds a delicious flavor profile to the chocolate truffles.

Ground Nus. I prefer almonds; however, you can use any type of ground nut. This is used as a coating to the outside of the chocolates.

Smooth Chocolate Ganache
Smooth Chocolate Ganache

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Truffles

It’s the time of year when chocolate is on everyone’s mind, and we all start craving a sinful treat. This recipe for homemade chocolate truffles will satisfy your cravings and leave you feeling happy and satisfied with these delicious morsels. They’re so easy to make, too!

Just follow these simple steps:

Let the heavy whipping cream sit on the counter to bring to room temperature, approximately 30 minutes.

Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl. Heat 1 minute at a time stirring in between until melted and smooth. This will take approximately 2-3 minutes total.

Stir the vanilla into the heavy cream and add this mixture to the melted chocolate. Stir until the cream has incorporated and the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Place in a covered container and let chill for 1 hour until the mixture is cooled and starting to set up.

Using a small cookie scoop or melon scoop, form chocolate balls. Coat them in ground nuts, powdered cocoa, coconut, chocolate sprinkles, or other topping. Our family favorite is ground almonds.

Classic Chocolate Truffles
Classic Chocolate Truffles

How to Melt Chocolate in the Microwave

Gone are the days where I get out the double boiler or slow cooker for melting chocolate. I get the job done quickly using the microwave.

I melt mine in 1-minute increments stirring between until smooth and creamy. You can find more information about melting chocolate in the microwave.

Can you Freeze Chocolate Truffles?

Yes, you can. This is a great make ahead candy. Place in an airtight container for up to 5 months with or without the outside toppings. When ready to serve, bring them to room temperature and enjoy.

Tray of Chocolates Covered in Ground Almonds
Tray of Chocolates Covered in Ground Almonds

What Kind of Chocolate to Use in a Truffle?

Use a good quality chocolate. I like to use Ambrosia, Ghirardelli, Scharffen Berger, or Baker’s if I can get it locally. We have family and friends that are particular about their chocolates, so I make this in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and semi-sweet chocolate.

If you are not able to find or afford a better-quality chocolate, no worries. This will work with chocolate chips too. Just make sure that yours are pure chocolate, not imitation. I have used this, and it will still work and taste divine.

Other Christmas Candy Recipes

This is just one of the must-make Holiday Recipes that are made each year at my house. Make sure to check out our other candy recipes.

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How to Make Homemade Chocolate Truffles

These homemade chocolate truffles are the perfect choice for chocolate candy for the Holiday Season. It’s easy to make, and once they’re finished, they’ll taste like something you would get at a fancy French restaurant. Chocolate lovers will be delighted.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Chilling1 hr
Total Time1 hr 13 mins
Course: Candy, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy recipe, christmas recipe, easy recipe, Holiday recipe, Valentine’s Dessert
Servings: 24 pieces
Calories: 165kcal

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Ingredients

  • 16 Ounces Chocolate
  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1-2 Cups Almonds finely ground, you can also use pecans, walnuts, or any type of nut you would like

Instructions

  • Let the heavy whipping cream sit on the counter to bring to room temperature, approximately 30 minutes.
  • Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl. Heat 1 minute at a time stirring in between until melted and smooth. This will take approximately 2-3 minutes total.
  • Stir the vanilla into the heavy cream and add this mixture to the melted chocolate. Stir until the cream has incorporated and the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Place in a covered container and let chill for 1 hour until the mixture is cooled and starting to set up.
  • Using a small cookie scoop or melon scoop, form chocolate balls. Coat them in ground nuts, powdered cocoa, coconut, chocolate sprinkles, or other topping. Our family favorite is ground almonds.

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Can you Freeze Chocolate Truffles?

Yes, you can. This is a great make ahead candy. Place in an airtight container for up to 5 months with or without the outside toppings. When ready to serve, bring them to room temperature and enjoy.

What Kind of Chocolate to Use in a Truffle?

Use a good quality chocolate. I like to use Ambrosia, Ghirardelli, Scharffen Berger, or Baker’s if I can get it locally. We have family and friends that are particular about their chocolates, so I make this in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and semi-sweet chocolate.
If you are not able to find or afford a better-quality chocolate, no worries. This will work with chocolate chips too. Just make sure that yours are pure chocolate, not imitation. I have used this, and it will still work and taste divine.

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

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