Simple Homemade Chocolate Truffles

Ladies and gents, it’s almost Valentine’s Day and the pressure to come up with an uberly thoughtful gift is upon us all. Many of us fall into the Valentine’s Day pit of fear, waiting until the last minute before scrambling like a madman into your local drugstore, blinded by giant pink teddy bears, wilty rose buds, $9.99 boxes of chocolate, and 99 cent Hallmark cards. Valentine’s Day can be a scary time for all of us…

Wipe away those Valentine’s Day tears and fears with a homemade box of chocolate truffles! It’s thoughtful, ridiculously delicious, and customizable. Better yet, it’ll take you no time at all to make!

Pro Tip: buy one of those super cheap boxes of chocolates, re-gift the ones in the box (HAHA!), and add your own chocolate truffles to the box!

My STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO below will help guide you through the recipe. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for recipe videos every week!

 

 

 

Makes: 10-12 truffles

Prep time: 35 minutes

Cooking time: 50 minutes (refrigeration time)

Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes

The Ingredients

6 ounces (1 cup) dark chocolate chips (semisweet or bittersweet chocolate)*

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Toppings**

*Since milk chocolate has more fat, it is innately softer and more difficult to roll into truffles! Use ¼ cup heavy cream instead of 1/3 cup!

**Topping ideas:

  1. Cocoa powder
  2. Chopped nuts like walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts
  3. Sweetened coconut flakes (toasted or not)
  4. Shaved chocolate (try shaving flavored chocolate like espresso-infused chocolate!)
  5. Chopped Oreos or other cookies
  6. Chopped peanut butter cups
  7. A small dollop of jam, peanut butter or other nut butters
  8. Sprinkles

 

 

 

The Steps

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in increments of 30 seconds, stirring every increment. Stirring is important so the chocolate heats evenly and doesn’t burn! Add heavy cream and stir until cream completely disappears into chocolate.

Refrigerate chocolate mixture (ganache) for 35-45 minutes until chocolate is set but malleable enough to roll into balls.

Use a tablespoon measure and your hands to mold chocolate into tablespoon-sized balls. This process is messy! Balls will be rustic and won’t be perfectly shaped, but that’s the fun of making your own truffles!

Refrigerate truffles for 10 more minutes to let truffles set.

Depending on how many toppings you’ve selected, place toppings on a large plate or in small separate bowls. Roll truffles in toppings of choice.

Enjoy truffles at room temperature for the creamiest, richest truffles.

Store at room temperature for up to 2 days, or keep in the fridge for up to a week, bringing to room temperature an hour before enjoying.

 

 

The Steps with Video

My STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO below will help guide you through the recipe. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for recipe videos every week!

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