Homemade Chocolate Truffles (2023)

Yumna Jawad

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These chocolate truffles are soft, decadent, and coated with your favorite toppings. With plenty to share, they're perfect for celebrating any special occasion!

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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. Fall head over heels for these easy-to-make chocolate truffles – a fudgy confection with just 5 simple ingredients. One bite, and you’ll be hooked!

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Table of Contents

  1. What are chocolate truffles?
  2. Why you’ll love these creamy chocolate truffle balls
  3. Ingredients to make chocolate truffles
  4. How to make chocolate truffles
  5. Tips for making the best dark chocolate truffles
  6. How to store chocolate truffles
  7. Frequently asked questions
  8. More chocolate dessert recipes:
  9. Homemade Chocolate Truffles Recipe

These dark chocolate truffle balls beckon to be devoured! 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 this luscious confection coated in an assortment of toppings for a dessert that will impress. Best yet, it’s easy enough for most novice candy makers and incredibly impressive to learn.

What are chocolate truffles?

Chocolate truffles are the epitome of a decadent 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 such as 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!
  • Irrisistatably decadent. These dark chocolate truffles are creamy and have a deep, rich chocolate flavor rolled with coatings for a delectable 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.
  • Perfect for gift giving. Bundle up this decadent treat 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 that is undeniable 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.
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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

  1. To melt the chocolate, pour warmed cream over the chopped chocolate and cover.
  2. Once the chocolate has melted, briskly whisk the mixture working from the middle out until the ganache comes together. It may appear broken at first, but just keep whisking.
  3. 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.
  4. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge until very firm. You want it to be the consistency of chilled nut butter.
  5. Scoop the ganache with a cookie scoop or tablespoon. If using a tablespoon, a small rubber spatula will help push the chocolate out.
  6. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or wax paper and line with the ganache balls. Transfer the pan to the fridge until firm for easier handling.
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How to make chocolate truffle balls

  1. Remove the ganache balls and use your hands to form each one into round truffles.
  2. Set out desired toppings and coat the chilled truffles as you roll.
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Tips for making the best dark chocolate truffles

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Work quickly. The ganache can get warm and sticky quickly, so work carefully but quickly when rolling it into little truffles.
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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.
  • Coating ideas. This recipe shares ideas like cocoa powder, crushed walnuts, and sprinkles. You can try more coatings for chocolate truffles, such as a 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!


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 placed 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

Can I use chocolate chips to make chocolate truffles?

A high-quality chocolate bar will give you the best results, but if chocolate chips are what you have, that will also work.

Do you eat chocolate truffles cold or at room temperature?

Eating them cold or not is 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 our preference for the best mouthfeel.

Why did my chocolate truffle balls not set?

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.

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Smooth and creamy homemade chocolate truffles make you feel like a confection 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.

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Homemade Chocolate Truffles

These chocolate truffles are soft, decadent, and coated with your favorite toppings. With plenty to share, they're perfect for celebrating any special occasion!

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Author Yumna Jawad

Servings 24 truffles

Course Dessert

Calories 103

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Prep Time 25 mins

Cook Time 5 mins

Total Time 1 hr 30 mins


  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate 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.

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The nutrition label includes 1-2 tablespoons of each topping (cocoa powder, sprinkles, and crushed walnuts).

Storage: Store chocolate truffles in an airtight container lined with wax paper in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze for 2 months.

Bring to room temperature for a soft melt-in-your-mouth consistency.


Calories: 103kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 75mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 129IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.


How do you fix truffles that are too soft? ›

If you are using it to make rolled truffles it might be too soft. You can slowly stir in some melted and tempered chocolate to thicken it up.

Why won't my truffles set? ›

Heating the cream to the wrong temperature

If the cream is boiling, it will cause the cocoa butter to separate from the chocolate, turning the truffles greasy. Of course, it needs to be hot enough to melt the chocolate, so too-cool cream won't get the job done either.

Why are my chocolate truffles too soft? ›

If you find your truffles too soft then add more chocolate, if they are too hard then add more cream. You don't need to follow this ratio perfectly.

What can you substitute for heavy cream in truffles? ›

Heavy Cream: Heavy cream or heavy whipping cream is the only liquid that will melt the chocolate into the proper truffle consistency. Do not use half-and-half or milk. The only non-dairy substitute is canned full-fat coconut milk (not the refrigerated kind). Shake it up and use in the recipe as you would heavy cream.

How do you firm up truffles? ›

If your ganache isn't firm enough to scoop into balls, you can chill it in the fridge to harden. Or, whip it very briefly until the color just begins to lighten—about 30 seconds on medium-low with a hand mixer. Let it set again and it will firm up. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, shaking off any excess cocoa.

Should truffles be hard or soft? ›

"Truffles shouldn't be rock hard," says Brad. They should have a little give, but not be soft or mushy. Of course, it goes without saying that you should pass over ones that are downright squishy or moldy. The smell should be very strong—remember, it's technically a fungus—so don't be deterred by a little eau de earth.

What are the best conditions for truffles? ›

Besides growing along the roots of specific tree varieties, there are a set of unique conditions needed for truffle growth. Truffles tend to thrive in cool, damp, humid conditions, which is why white truffles and black winter truffles are harvested throughout the autumn and winter in prime truffle-growing regions.

How do you increase truffle flavor? ›

Fat is good! Fats work perfectly with truffles, and help bring the full flavor out, which is why truffles are usually paired with fatty foods like foie gras, butter, cheese, cream, and oils. Whichever kind of truffle you're using, this rule works.

How do you make ganache firmer? ›

You can thicken a Ganache by adding extra chocolate if it is too runny or by adding less heavy cream. Add more heavy cream to the Ganache if you prefer it thinner. Use two parts chocolate to one part heavy cream when making a particularly rich chocolate Ganache, such as the filling for truffles.

Are truffles spongy? ›

Truffles grow underground in chiefly in broadleaved woodlands on calcareous soils such as those found throughout Europe and Asia. They usually look like lumpy rough-skinned potatoes with a firm, spongy texture and a sweet earthy aroma.

Can you set truffles in the freezer? ›

Make ahead, Storing, and Freezing Truffles:

Remove them to come to room temperature about 20 minutes before serving (they should be served at room temperature.). To Freeze: Chocolate truffles can be frozen in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw truffles overnight in the refrigerator.

Do you refrigerate chocolate truffles? ›

The Best Way to Store Chocolate Confections

As for truffles, bonbons, and other chocolate confections, Gancia recommends storing them in a sealed container at room temperature: "Keep them in a cool, dry, dark place away from heat, moisture, and strong scents."


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