These rich, creamy, and indulgent dark chocolate truffles melt in your mouth!
Easy chocolate truffle recipe
Homemade chocolate truffles are the ultimate party dessert.
And they’re surprisingly simple to make at home in your own kitchen, with a base of just two or three ingredients and endless custom flavor possibilities.
Want hazelnut truffles? Or caramel cream? Cappuccino, vanilla, cherry, or peppermint? The sky is the limit, so have fun and let your imagination run wild.
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What are chocolate truffles?
If you’ve never tasted a homemade chocolate truffle before, they are little round balls of pure chocolate bliss, with rich chocolate ganache centers that melt in your mouth.
Truffles are so named due of their physical resemblance to edible fungi of the genus Tuber, popular in fancy cuisine. Thankfully, the classic chocolate confection is much less expensive!
Bonbons and truffles are similar in shape and often sold next to each other in chocolate shops. The difference between the two is that bonbons have a chocolate fondant shell and the candy is filled with liqueur or another type of sweet center. Truffles have chocolate centers and are often coated or dusted in another ingredient.
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Above, watch the step-by-step chocolate truffle recipe video
To create chocolate truffles, you first make a two ingredient chocolate ganache consisting of melted chocolate and cream or coconut milk.
This chocolate filling is cooled until firm and then rolled in cocoa powder or anything else your heart desires.
For truffles that are healthier or higher in antioxidants, extra dark chocolate or sugar free chocolate chips (for keto chocolate truffles) can be used instead of semi sweet chocolate chips. White chocolate also works.
This traditional truffle recipe calls for all natural ingredients. No powdered sugar, butter, coconut oil, corn syrup, or sweetened condensed milk are needed.
Mint – Stir 1/4 teaspoon of pure peppermint extract into the melted chocolate.
Espresso Truffles – Stir in 1 teaspoon of instant coffee, regular or decaf.
Raspberry – Instead of rolling balls, place a fresh raspberry on a fork or spoon and cover in the chocolate ganache. Refrigerate or freeze until firm.
Peanut Butter – Stir 2 tablespoons of softened peanut butter or almond butter in with the cream and melted chocolate.
Oreo Truffles – Instead of cocoa powder, roll the truffles in crushed chocolate sandwich cookies before refrigerating.
Coconut – Roll the finished truffles in shredded coconut. Or make these Coconut Balls.
Orange Truffles – Add the zest of one orange to the melted chocolate before chilling in the fridge or freezer until firm.
Other add-ins to try include ground cinnamon, powdered or finely chopped candied ginger, crushed pistachios or pecans, sea salt, protein powder, or a teaspoon of amaretto, rum, or bourbon.
Can’t decide which version to choose? Turn your kitchen into a Godiva, Lindt, or Russels Stover chocolate factory and make an assorted box of all the different flavors.
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How to make chocolate truffles
Start by finely chopping your chocolate so that it will melt more quickly.
Heat the whipped cream or coconut milk, either on the stove or in the microwave, just until it starts to boil. Slowly pour over the chocolate.
If desired, stir in a pinch of salt and pure vanilla extract. Stir until the chocolate mixture is shiny, thick, and completely smooth.
Refrigerate the bowl of chocolate until it’s firm enough to scoop. This usually takes somewhere between thirty minutes and an hour.
Then roll out chocolate balls, either using your hands (with gloves if you wish, for less mess) or a mini cookie scoop.
Roll in cocoa powder, sprinkles, crushed almonds, or anything else you have on hand and want to add. Kids love helping with this step.
Set the balls on a parchment-lined plate and refrigerate or freeze until ready to serve.
The truffles are fine to leave out on the counter for a few hours at a party indoors or outside on a cool or chilly day.
Or wrap them up and give as gifts for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or thank you presents to friends and family who live in your area.
If you want to ship chocolate truffles, I’d recommend freezing them until the last minute and then choosing overnight shipping and buying cold packs for the box to ensure they won’t melt in the mail.
Leftovers (leftovers?!) can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer for one or two months. Or you can send leftover truffles to me and I’ll take care of them for you.
Vegan chocolate truffles
To make the recipe dairy free and plant based, simply use coconut cream, cashew cream, or full fat canned coconut milk for coconut milk chocolate truffles.
Or use a brand of nondairy heavy cream instead of dairy whipping cream. Leftover cream? Make a batch of Vegan Chocolate Mousse!
The opulent no cook chocolate truffles are a beautiful decoration on top of frosted cupcakes or a Keto Cake or double layer Vegan Chocolate Cake.
- 8 oz semi-sweet or dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup heavy cream or coconut milk
- optional 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- optional pinch salt
- *For many different flavor ideas, including coffee, raspberry, coconut, and peppermint truffle, be sure to scroll up earlier in this post!To make the chocolate truffles, chop chocolate finely so it will melt more quickly and evenly. If using coconut milk, be sure it’s the full-fat canned type. Heat the milk or cream just until it barely begins to boil. Pour over the chocolate, add the salt and vanilla if using, and stir until smooth. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, or until firm enough to scoop out and roll balls with your hands or a mini cookie scoop. If desired, roll truffles in cocoa powder, sprinkles, crushed walnuts or almonds, coconut, powdered sugar, or melted chocolate. Set on a parchment-lined plate, and refrigerate or freeze until ready to serve. Leftover truffles can be refrigerated for 1-2 months. View Nutrition Facts
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What a great idea! I love how simple these truffles are and it is the perfect recipe for Valentine’s Day!
Whitney Olson says
These looks so easy & delightful! They would be perfect for serving with milk and melting into hot chocolate! Ooh, that would be such a fun party!
I love these already. Something simple that looks great.
Hi there. Above in the recipe notes Katie says, “If using coconut milk, be sure it’s the full-fat canned type.” I’m embarrassed to disclose that I’ve never used coconut milk before but I’ve heard that when full-fat canned coconut milk is opened up that there will be a thick layer of cream on top. Do I stir the cream into the milk and then measure out 1/2 cup? Thank you!
Jason Sanford says
Hi, it’s absolutely a valid question! The answer is that for these, it works no matter how you want to do it. You can either just use the cream on top and discard the bottom part OR stir all the contents of the can together or shake before opening the can.
Jason, thank you so much for your quick reply. Much appreciated.
Fabulous! you can’t get better than a 2 ingredient decedent treat!
I just wanted to say that I’ve always loved your blog and these look great 🙂
I think I actually have all the ingredients for these, yay! I’ll probably just pour it into a jar and eat it by the (occasional) spoonful. 😉 lol
leanne Jennifer sanchez says
Chocolate Covered Katie is my go to for all things (dark) choccy, simple and healthy!
I read all of your emails and the recipes are amazing (I’ve even done the avocado choc icing BY HAND….with a fork! lol )
leanne Jennifer sanchez says
Sorry (my mac is so weird tonight) it didn’t show the photo until I posted it! smh! lol 😉
Hi I am in the middle of trying to make the chocolate truffles but I [email protected] get the chocolate to melt to be “silky or smooth”. I have celiac so I have to use pure cacao chunks and powder. I used a blending of the two. Any suggestions for getting it to melt enough to work with and how to sweeten it since my cacao is unsweetened. Thanks for your help, I´m working on Easter basket treats since all the stores are closed here.
Suyeta Rose says
I also have celiac but most cocoa powder is safe. So I generally follow Katie’s recipe for Homemade Chocolate Chips and keep those handy for recipes like this. They melt much easier 🙂
My son just tried to make this recipe for me and used baker’s chocolate.. it’s so bitter! He didn’t use any sweetener at all! So I’m going to have to try to get it to melt back down to add some liquid stevia :/
I hope you figured it out but if not, trader Joe has really good vegan gf chocolate chips out now! Good luck!
Addicting, delicious, and decadent! Easy to make, too!
Can these be stored in room temperature at all or should they always be in the fridge?
Jasper Halsey says
I like to eat Chocolate Truffles. Your post and recipe both are good!
I love to eat chocolates, specially Cacao and Cardamom Chocolate Truffles which my brother sent from Houston USA. But this time I will try your recipe to make Chocolate Truffles for my family and make them surprised. Thank you for sharing this post with us.
Are these truffles meant to be semi sweet and bitter?
Since the recipe has no sugar along with semi sweet chocolate…
These chocolate truffles are so good! I love how easy the recipe is. We made coffee truffles and coated some with cinnamon. Delicious!
Best chocolate truffle recipe! I am not a chef and hate cooking so this is a great recipe for someone like me because there’s no double broilers, tempering chocolate (what even is that?), expensive candy molds or specialty items to make these. Just good old grocery store ingredients. We will for sure be making these again!
S.S books says
Can I use cashew milk instead? I hear it has a high fat content.
Oh man these chocolate truffles are good. Easy to make? Check! Delicious? Check! Dairy free and customizable? Check check check!
Alexander Gu says
Chocolate 🍫 truffle balls are so delicious 😋… I am going to make it soon but I made it out of OREOS.
Ten stars! These truffles were so good and so simple. Thanks for the recipe!
These chocolate truffles were fun to make with my daughter. But someone ate them all while we weren’t looking. Who could that have been???
Tasted like godiva truffles!
I love these. I make them often for the holidays. Easy and delicious.
Wow I loved these chocolate truffles thanks for sharing this!
My family made these chocolate truffles over the holiday break to give out as gifts to friends. They were easy to make and didn’t melt, which was something we’d worried about. Everyone loved them!
Easy chocolate truffles to make. Use edible glitter and they were so pretty 🙂
I would very much like you to do a taste test on a new recipe for Oouuiii Organic Gourmet Chocolate Brownie Truffles. Is this possible?
I love these and often bring them as a hostess gift when visiting friends. So good.
Thank you for this recipe! We made dark chocolate truffles and white chocolate truffles. Now the kitchen is like a godiva chocolate factory 😉
As soon as I tried rolling these they melted like crazy. I used canned coconut milk and a combination of chocolate chips and 70% dark chocolate bar. I’m not sure what happened?
CCK Media Team says
Hi, so sorry this happened to you, and we have no idea why it might have happened, except that – frustratingly – sometimes you can encounter a bad can of coconut milk that doesn’t have a high fat content even though it says full fat. (This is the same issue people run into sometimes when they try to make the popular online recipe for coconut whipped cream and get a can that has thin liquid that doesn’t ever solidify.) What brand of coconut milk did you use? Was it thin already when you opened it? Another thought, how cold does your fridge get, and are you in a humid climate? If your fridge doesn’t get cold enough, you could try freezing for a short time!
When the recipe says coconut milk, this is canned coconut milk, not the shelf stable kind? Thanks!
CCK Media Team says
Monique Sarkessian says
I can’t do dairy or coconut being a blood type O, any other thick fat substitute that will work as well?
CCK Media Team says
We haven’t tried anything so really can’t say for sure. Maybe a cashew based nondairy cream might be worth a try?
Kim Davis says
Dee-lish🙌🏽 I made the Oreo variation. Very easy to make! Family luv’d them!
Lorette Nagelschmidt says
Thank you for this delicious recipe!
Perfect! ♥️ Great for Christmas too
Delicious! I plan on dipping them in white chocolate and sprinkling with sea salt. I’m thinking I will probably need to freeze the balls before dipping them. Hopefully it will be successful!
Miss Claire says
I made these – so simple and easy! We needed a last minute gluten free dessert for a guest and after double checking ingredients on hand, we looked for a solution and found your truffle recipe. Thank you so much for allowing us to include everyone in our family festivities!