Chocolate Truffles can be flavored with a variety of flavorings. Our family enjoys these truffles every year during the holiday season. Creamy chocolate taste. very easy to make, but they look elegant. They taste like a creamy chocolate ganache in a little package.
My entire family is a lover of all things chocolate. We could literally eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
*Post contains affiliate links* for more information please read the disclaimer on the About Us page.
The thought of making truffles always intimidated me because it seemed complicated to make perfect little balls without any messiness or waste. Until now!
Homemade Chocolate Truffles
These no-fail truffles are simple to make with minimal clean up and they taste amazing too. After trying these easy recipes, you’ll never buy pre-made again either.
Chocolate Truffles can be flavored with a variety of flavorings. Our family enjoys these truffles every year during the holiday season.
See How Easy it is to Make the Best Chocolate Truffles
First, get your hands on some high-quality chocolate. You can use any type of chocolate but the higher the cocoa content, the better! If you’re looking for a more intense flavor and deeper color, try using dark or bittersweet chocolate. Whatever you do, make sure it’s good quality because this is what will give your truffles that delicious taste! Next up: mix all of your ingredients together in a bowl until they are well combined then roll into balls. The last step is to roll them in nuts, powdered cocoa, or dip them in a coating of melted chocolate.
They are also great to make and give as gits.
Easy Recipe Requested Often
This recipe is a family favorite that is requested often. I ended up incorporating this recipe into my Holiday baking about ten years ago. Who knew that they would be so good and it would become an annual event.
Multiple batches of this are made and I am lucky if I am not making more before the holiday season is over. However, it feels wonderful when people love what you make for them.
Left Over Excess Chocolate
I had chocolate left over from making the English Toffee for years. Normally, I would just take the chocolate, mix it with raisins and peanuts and drop it by spoonful onto waxed paper. Another great recipe that my husband hoards.
Most Requested Christmas Candy
About ten years ago, I decided to made these truffles. Well, now they are one of the most requested chocolate treats throughout the Holidays.
However, you do not have to wait until the holidays to make this easy recipe. Add these to your entertaining menu anytime that you are having a special occasion.
Ingredients in Homemade Truffles
Chocolate. I like to use Ambrosia milk chocolate. Other chocolate options, semi-sweet chocolate chips, or chocolate bars. Any flavoring would work.
Heavy Whipping Cream. The kind you find in the dairy case. You can warm the cream a bit to make it mix into the chocolate better. However, if I have mine at room temperature, I find it mixes in just fine without bringing down the temperature of the chocolate too fast.
Vanilla. Make sure it is a good quality vanilla as you will be able to taste it in this creamy ganache filling.
Almonds. Grind them fine for coating the outside of the classic chocolate truffles. Use other nuts such as pecans, walnuts, or any type of nut you would like. We just have our favorite combination.
Chocolate Truffle Recipe Pro Tips
Melt the chocolate in a microwave. Use a microwave safe bowl and add the chocolate. heat 1 minute at a time stirring between. Generally, this takes about 3 minutes total. Make sure to stir between heatings, if not, I have burned the chocolate before. It seems to need to be moved around a bit to prevent that from happening.
Use a small cookie scoop to make uniform truffles. Just scoop and roll a few seconds in your hand and drop into your favorite outside coating.
Make uniform balls. By using the small cookie scoop and taking a moment longer to roll into a ball shape, the presentation is just that much more visually appealing. using a scoop helps get the job done really fast. I make them into 1-inch balls using a cookie scoop for uniform sizes and a quick way to make these chocolate candies. A melon baller would work as well.
Make sure when using the cookie scoop that you do not dig deep into the chocolate mixture. People that have helped me make these through the years keep breaking my scoops. Argh! Therefore, scrape off the chocolate a little at a time and it fills the scoop quickly without breaking anything.
Warm the heavy whipping cream to room temperature before adding to the melted chocolate. If this step is not done, the chocolate will cool down too quickly and become hard rather than incorporate the heavy cream with the chocolate for a smooth finish.
Cool the truffle mixture until set before starting to make your chocolate truffle balls.
I have a separate bowl of the topping that I want to roll the chocolate balls in. After I drop the chocolate ball in the bowl, I use a teaspoon to roll it around in the topping. Then I set on waxed paper that is on a cookie sheet to set.
Since I usually make these during the winter months the most, I set the cookie sheet in the garage for 30 minutes to set. Then I put in containers or zip lock bags or other pretty airtight container. No matter how you store them, they do not last long.
Chocolate Truffle Variations
Once the chocolate is made and formed into a circle, the possibilities of what you can put on the outside seem to be endless.
Use the type of chocolate that you enjoy for your taste buds. If you enjoy white chocolate, make white chocolate truffles. You could make this recipe into a dark chocolate truffle.
I have made these scrumptious goodies with cocoa powder on the outside, dipped in melted milk chocolate, white chocolate, and dark chocolate.
Try rolling in coconut, or colored chocolate sprinkles.
Roll in chopped chocolate.
I love crushed almonds as a nut topping. However, I have used pecan, walnut, peanuts, and even macadamia nuts. So good.
For the chocolate truffle filling. You wan swap out the milk chocolate chips for any flavored chocolate chip that you can find; white, strawberry, butterscotch, dark chocolate, or toffee. Every time I go into that isle in the grocery store, there seems to be even more choices.
Go ahead and find your favorite truffle flavors. They really are so easy to make.
Budget Friendly Christmas Candy
Truffles around the holidays are a great way to indulge without spending a lot of money. It can be very costly to purchase truffles.
While the chocolate to make this candy is a bit costly, it could be made with your everyday chocolate chips found in the super market. I doubt that anyone could tell the difference.
Use your imagination for serving and packaging as gifts. Yes, I said gifts. I have given these truffles to so many co-workers and every year, they ask if they will get them again. So, save some money and wow your family and friends with this decadent treat!
These no-fail truffles can be served on a fancy plate or boxed for a decadent gift.
Make your own box of chocolates and gift as a gift for Christmas and Valentines Day or any other special occasion. Chocolate lovers will thank you for it.
- 20 Ounces Melting chocolate I like to use Ambrosia milk chocolate, you can use chocolate chips too
- 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream like the kind you can whip into whipping cream and you find by the dairy case
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1-2 Cups Almonds finely ground, you can also use pecans, walnuts, or any type of nut you would like
- Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl 1 minute at a time stirring in between. Normally 2-3 minutes total.
- Add vanilla to the 1 cup of whipping cream. (I find it mixes best if this is at room temperature). Add this mixture to the melted chocolate. Stir until all mixed.
- This is the chocolate mixture after the cream has been incorporated. It is now ready to be put into a covered container and chilled for 1 hour.
- Form into small balls (I normally use a very small cookie scoop for nice even balls and to make them faster). I drop the balls into the chopped nuts, roll them around, and scoop them out using a teaspoon. I put them on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Cool. Enjoy!
Your Own Private Notes
A few of my favorite things
The Power of Positivity
If you loved this post, please share. It helps to show me that these types of posts are helpful – thank you!
I hope that you liked this recipe. If you are looking for more ideas on what to make, here are a few other recipes that you may enjoy.