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How to Make Chocolate Truffles

Recipe By Tessa Arias
November 27th, 2020

How to Make Chocolate Truffles that rival any bakery or chocolatier! Just a handful of ingredients make for ultra luscious, fudgy, and rich truffles with tons of options for customizing flavors and coatings. Perfect homemade gift for the holidays!

Yield: 24 truffles

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Rich with bold chocolate flavor! You can also totally customize these!
Texture: Ultra smooth, fudgy, and creamy.
Ease: Easy just a little messy and time consuming. A fun holiday project!
Pros: So much tastier than the overly sweet packaged truffles on the shelves of the grocery store.
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? Every year around the holidays!

To me, it’s not the holiday season without chocolate truffles.

Not only are they delightfully rich and tasty, but they’re so much fun to make with your family or kids. Messy, but fun.

overhead shot of assortment of homemade chocolate truffles

I’ve included a BUNCH of truffle making tips & customization options below for you to get creative.

The BEST Chocolate Truffle Recipe

What is a chocolate truffle?

A chocolate truffle is essentially a firm ganache, made of melted chocolate, cream, butter, and flavorings, shaped into balls and coated. It’s super simple but impressive.

What do you need to make chocolate truffles?

How to make chocolate truffles that are smooth and creamy:

A bonus dose of butter and heavy cream help make these truffles rich and creamy. Don’t use light cream or half and half which contains less fat. That fat is essential to setting up these truffles.

What kind of chocolate should I use for truffles?

To ensure they turn out nice and smooth, use finely chopped high quality baking chocolate.

Do not use chocolate chips, which include ingredients that prevent them from fully melting to help preserve that chip shape even after baking (think chocolate chip cookies).

I love to chop up bars of Ghirardelli chocolate, or even the Trader Joe’s Pound Plus chocolate as an economic and convenient option. A serrated knife is best for chopping chocolate. The smaller the pieces, the more quickly and evenly they’ll melt.

If you want to splurge on super high quality and delightful chocolate, try Guittard, Scharffen Berger, or Valrhona. You can find these brands at gourmet grocery stores, sometimes even Target or Whole Foods, as well as kitchen supply stores. Or simply order online!

Do I have to semisweet chocolate? Can I use something different?

I personally think semisweet chocolate lends the perfect balance of sweetness and chocolate flavor. You can use bittersweet instead, if you’d like.

If you use milk chocolate, reduce the amount of cream by 2 tablespoons.

This recipe does not work with white chocolate which doesn’t contain cocoa butter.

Do I have to use corn syrup?

Nope! It’s an optional ingredient. It simply helps to keep the truffles smooth and fudgy without getting too hard.

Do I have to use alcohol or liqueur?

Nope! But it adds a wonderful punch of flavor. Some of my favorite options include:

  • Rum
  • Brandy
  • Bourbon
  • Raspberry liqueur (such as Chambord)
  • Orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier)
  • Hazelnut liqueur (such as Frangelico)
  • Irish cream (such as Bailey’s)
  • Coffee liqueur (such as Kahlua)

Chocolate truffle flavor ideas:

If you didn’t want to use liqueur to flavor your truffles as listed above, here are some more options. You could even couple these options with some of the coating ideas below!

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

How to shape truffles:

Use a spring loaded scoop, such as this one from OXO, to make quick work of shaping perfectly uniform truffles. It’s important that the truffle mixture be well chilled, otherwise it’ll just be a mess and your balls won’t hold their shape.

Pop the scoops of truffle filling onto a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate until slightly hardened, about 15 minutes. This makes them MUCH easier to roll into smooth balls.

Roll the balls between your palms to smooth into even spheres. Use disposable gloves to prevent your hands from melting the chocolate. Or, dip your hands in ice water every few minutes as you roll the truffles. If the chocolate begins to melt too much, return to the fridge.

showing how to shape easy chocolate truffles

How to dip truffles in chocolate:

Make sure your shaped truffles have been chilling for at least 30 minutes before dipping in chocolate. They should be nice and firm.

Your chocolate should be completely smooth and melted but not scalding hot. Place the chocolate in a small but deep heat proof bowl. This allows you to reheat the chocolate in the microwave if it gets too cold and hard.

Use tempered chocolate to get a professional snappy and shiny coating which stays hard without refrigeration.

Avoid swirling the truffles in chocolate. Drop your truffle in the chocolate and spoon the chocolate over the top. Swirling can make a mess.

Use a fork or chocolate dipping tool to lift the truffle out of the chocolate. The excess chocolate will drip down through the tines of the fork or tool.

Tap your hand, not the fork, to allow the excess to drip off. This prevents you from damaging the truffle or creating an uneven chocolate coating.

Use a toothpick to help transfer the truffle from the fork to your cookie sheet for minimal pooling of chocolate at the base of the truffle.

process shot showing how to dip truffles in chocolate

How to coat chocolate truffles:

If you’d prefer to coat your truffles instead of dipping them in chocolate, below are some of my favorite options.

  • Chopped nuts (like pecans, pistachios, or hazelnuts)
  • Unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • Sprinkles
  • Crushed freeze dried strawberries or raspberries
  • Shredded coconut
  • Powdered sugar

Some more inventive coating ideas:

  • Finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • Matcha powder
  • Crushed peppermint candy canes
easy truffle recipe being dipped in toppings

Simply place your chosen coating in a small bowl. Dip the truffle in and turn to coat completely, pressing in the coating if needed. If your truffles are too cold and hard, they may not coat easily. Allow to warm up slightly.

How to store chocolate truffles:

The truffles can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

How to gift chocolate truffles:

For wrapping and gifting chocolate coated truffles, I highly recommend using tempered chocolate. This way it won’t get soft and melty. Instead, it’ll stay nice and hard, shiny, and snappy.

Placing the truffles inside a small festive gift box is such a treat! Treat boxes & bags are easily found at stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

You could even use a plastic egg container for an upcycled option. Or a mason jar for a reusable option.

If gifting truffles coated in something a little messy, I’d highly recommend using mini cupcake liners to place each truffle into.

assortment of easy chocolate truffles with bite taken out of one

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The BEST Chocolate Truffles

Yield: 24 truffles
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Inactive Time 4 hours
How to Make Chocolate Truffles that rival any bakery or chocolatier! Just a handful of ingredients make for ultra luscious, fudgy, and rich truffles with tons of options for customizing flavors and coatings. Perfect homemade gift for the holidays!


For the truffles:

  • 8 ounces (227 grams) semisweet baking chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon rum or liqueur (optional)

For the coating:


  1. Place the chocolate and butter in a medium heat-proof bowl. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the cream to a boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate and butter. Stir in the corn syrup and alcohol if using. Let stand for 2 to 3 minutes before whisking vigorously until melted and smooth like pudding.
  2. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 3 hours or overnight.
  3. Use a small 2-teaspoon spring-loaded scoop to form mounds of chocolate onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Roll the mounds into balls with the palms of your hands. Use disposable gloves to prevent your hands from melting the chocolate. Or, dip your hands in ice water every few minutes as you roll the truffles.
  5. Return the truffles to the baking sheet and chill for another 30 minutes, or until firm.

To coat:

  1. Place cocoa powder, finely chopped nuts, sprinkles, etc. in a shallow dish. Roll each chilled ball in the coating then place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

To dip in chocolate:

  1. Dip the balls in tempered chocolate. For smooth results, use a fork or chocolate dipping tool to completely plunge the ball in chocolate. Lift up and tap the hand holding the fork to allow the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Use a toothpick to gently slide the dipped truffled onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  2. Sprinkle with any garnishes before the chocolate sets, if desired. Repeat with remaining balls, wiping off your fork with a paper towel after every couple truffles. Let the truffles set completely before serving or storing.
  3. The truffles can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, chocolate truffles

Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Mary Carias — December 13, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    I would love to be able yo print the suggestions and recommendations for the truffles to keep with the recipe. When I make these again next year, I won’t have to do a search. Thanks for the recipe and all the great suggestions.

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      Tessa — December 14, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      Hi Mary, you should be able to print an entire page! You may need to google how to do so on whichever web browser you are using. Hope that helps!

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    Ruth Martins — December 28, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Looks so good!
    What brand of rum do like to use in desserts?

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    Karin — December 28, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    I haven’t tried the recipe yet. But I will do it in the future. It all looks so delicious. I just wanted to quickly wish you a Happy New Year.

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      Tessa — December 29, 2020 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you so much! Hope you try these truffles out soon! Happy New Year to you as well!

  4. #
    Jess — January 21, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    Is there an alternative to tempered chocolate?

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      Tessa — January 22, 2021 at 11:43 am

      I highly recommend using tempered chocolate so your truffles donโ€™t get soft and melty and instead stay nice and hard, shiny, and snappy! If you must, you can try using just melted chocolate as well.

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