Chocolate Truffles

in Chocolate, Desserts

Chocolate truffles are an awesome gift to receive. I mean, who hates getting a package of chocolate truffles ?

No one. That’s who.

The only thing better than getting truffles is giving them to someone else. Didn’t your mother tell you it’s better to give than receive? Yeah, it’s true.

I gave these to my co-workers on Monday. One guy actually ate them for breakfast. True story.

There is of course a hidden downside to making these – you have to use every ounce of willpower not to devour the whole batch yourself. This is much easier said than done. I mean, we’re talking about melted chocolate that’s been mixed with heavy cream and flavoring, cooled, and then rolled in cocoa powder. I had to take rest breaks. I also had to make an extra batch, to make up for the ones I couldn’t keep my hands off of. These things happen, but all worked out well in the end.

I suggest you make these as gifts. You can give them to your friends, family or co-workers. You can also just give them to yourself. I’m sure you’ve earned it.

Chocolate Truffles

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When it comes to the flavoring feel free to try different things. You can always use vanilla extract, but feel free to play around with amaretto, frangelico, irish cream or a dark rum. If you’re satisfied with the chocolate that you’ve purchased you can also omit the flavoring entirely, but you may need to add a touch more cream to the truffle mix.

11 oz high-quality bittersweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons – 1 tablespoon flavoring
Unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting

Bring the heavy cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Place the chocolate in a bowl and pour the heavy cream over it. Stir first with a spatula to remove large lumps and then stir with a whisk (do not beat – you don’t want to incorporate air into the mix) until the ganache is smooth. Mine cooled down quickly and I had to microwave it once for 20secs to get rid of all the lumps.

Place in refrigerator for 1 hour, or until cool but still malleable. Using a melon baller or teaspoon measurer, form the ganache into small balls. I rolled mine in my hands to get a good shape, but this isn’t necessary.

Toss the truffles in the cocoa powder and place in cute containers. Enjoy them yourselves or give to others.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

sterling style August 27, 2010 at 10:23 am

WOW I want some right now!!

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Kim @ Two Good Cookies August 27, 2010 at 10:44 am

These look absolutely decadent. They will make such a great hostess gift! Thank you so much for a great idea!

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Joanne August 27, 2010 at 11:08 am

There is a reason I don’t tend to make chocolate truffles and it’s because I would certainly be eating a whole batch for breakfast. These look so chocolatey and decadent!

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Jenn @ LL4L August 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm

These look so good! I am definitely going to make these as a gift for someone special soon…great idea!

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maria August 27, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Great recipe! I made a half batch covered with the cocoa and the other half i rolled in toasted coconut & chopped walnuts.

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Caroline August 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm

oooo I love that idea! I’ll definitely be more adventurous next time I make these

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Betty @ scrambled hen fruit August 27, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Who wouldn’t love these? Little bite-sized nuggets of chocolaty goodness- so yummy!

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Natalie August 28, 2010 at 7:39 am

Umm, just found your site and you are ADORB. I have a crush on your blog and your photos, and just made a variation of your watermelon limeade that was to die. Let’s be friends?

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Caroline August 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Thanks Natalie!! I think we can definitely be friends :)

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Colleen August 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Oh my… I want to eat them now. Truffles make the perfect holiday gift. My favorite way to make them is with just a dash of two of cayenne pepper. Chocolate plus a little heat… delicious!

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Caroline August 31, 2010 at 8:50 pm

ooo, I’ve actually heard of using cayenne in hot chocolate, I’ll bet truffles would be great too!

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M. August 31, 2010 at 12:58 pm

if it comes to truffles, it’s always better to receive than give!!! :D
especially, if they’re homemade treats!!! :)

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Kelly August 31, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Oooh you know what would be good with these? Peppermint extract!?

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Caroline August 31, 2010 at 8:50 pm

YES that sounds AWESOME!

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Meghann June 19, 2012 at 10:14 am

How many truffles does this batch normally make for you. I am looking to make a huge batc of them for a wedding reception that I am helping cater.

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Kathleen December 11, 2012 at 9:45 am

Can you use chocolate chips? Not sure how to buy the bittersweet chocolate…sorry…complete neophyte here.

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Adrianna December 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

Yep! That’ll work. Bittersweet chocolate usually comes in a baking bar – it’s usually in the same aisle as the chocolate chips. Hope that helps!

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