How to Make Homemade Chocolate Truffles

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Chocolate Truffles are EASY to make! Your sweetheart will LOVE these homemade truffles. With chocolate and cream, assorted flavors, and coated with either cocoa or chopped nuts. Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Please welcome guest author Garrett McCord who is helping us get ready for Valentine’s Day with these easy-to-make chocolate truffles. ~Elise

Want to show me romance and sweep me off my feet? Then cook for me.

Flowers are a sweet gesture, but I don’t have a vase so they end up sitting on my table in an Indiana Jones Big Gulp cup and then my cats end up eating them anyway.

Gifts and tokens are sweet and while I may say thank you out loud in my mind I’m saying, “Great, now I have more crud in my house and no place to put it!”

No, if you want to make me swoon, then cook for me. If you don’t know how to cook, make me chocolate truffles.

Truffles are the simplest of candy to make; cream, chocolate, and time is all it takes to create something blissfully elegant, decadent, and delicious.

Be sure to use high quality chocolate, and if you can find it, chocolate that is 62% cacao or higher, and organic cream, as the quality of these ingredients will affect the final product.

Bite of Chocolate Truffle

From the recipe archive, first posted 2009.

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Truffles Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Chilling and Rolling time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 30-40 chocolate truffles


Basic truffle ingredients

  • 8 ounces of semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate (high quality, 62% cacao or higher), well chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Optional base flavorings:

  • Mint leaves (1 bunch, stems removed, chopped, about 1 cup)
  • Cinnamon and cardamon (1 cinnamon stick, 2 cardamom pods)
  • Amaretto (1-2 tablespoons)
  • Almond extract (1 teaspoon)

Truffle coatings

  • Cocoa powder
  • Finely chopped walnuts
  • Finely chopped almonds


1 Heat cream to a simmer: In a small, heavy saucepan bring the heavy whipping cream to a simmer (stir and scrape down the sides with a spatula every few minutes).

If you are using one of the other recommended flavorings, stir it in with the cream (and ignore vanilla in the next step). If adding mint or other solids, after the cream simmers, remove from heat and let seep for an hour. Then strain away solids, and return the cream to a simmer and proceed with recipe.

2 Make chocolate base: Place the chocolate in a separate bowl. Pour the cream over the chocolate, add the vanilla, and allow to stand for a few minutes then stir until smooth. (This chocolate base is called ganache.)

3 Refrigerate for 2 hours: Allow to cool, then place in the refrigerator for two hours.

4 Roll into balls and chill overnight: Use a teaspoon to roll out balls of the ganache. Roll in your hands quickly (as it will melt from the heat of your hands) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the refrigerator overnight.

rolling truffles in cocoa powder

5 Roll in cocoa powder: Roll in cocoa powder or chopped nuts and serve, or place back in the refrigerator until needed.

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Garrett McCord

Garrett McCord is a professional writer and recipe developer whose work has appeared in many print and online publications such as Gourmet Live, Saveur, Huffington Post, Smithsonian, and NPR. Past clients also include numerous food companies, wineries, and distilleries. Garrett writes about cocktails on his website, Coupe de Grace.

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  • Jim

    Good stuff, thanks.

  • Lindsay

    These came out perfect. Definitely sweet enough for most people. I think if you love extremely sweet things then maybe you’ll want to add sugar but it was absolutely delicious. The hard thing was making them round, I used plastic wrap to help twist them into a ball.


  • Valerie

    I made one batch of mint flavoured truffles and rolled them in crushed candy canes. They were so easy to make, turned out perfect and my mind was racing as to what other kinds I could make to share at this festive and giving time of the year. Another 3 batches today; coffee, almond and rum. These I dipped in tempered chocolate first before coating them with coffee crisp flavoured hot chocolate, ground almonds and coconut. Thanks for the recipe and will be making these often as they package up nicely for gifts.

  • Alex

    Maybe I’m just an idiot, but I ended up with my ganache splitting because the instructions weren’t specific enough. I did some research: the cream doesn’t actually have to be that hot due to the low melting point of chocolate, and it’s important to let it sit 10min before refrigerating, which this recipe doesn’t mention.

  • wanda

    Hi,I love to make truffles but my husband likes them sweeter so I add powder sugar to the mixture .I just use semisweet chocolate and heavy cream then add sugar to taste while warm.

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