Perfect for any special occasion, these delicious chocolate truffles taste just like expensive store bought ones and are very easy to make. You can make the budget-friendly version we illustrate, or go all out and use gourmet ingredients such as Lindt and Ghiradelli chocolate to take these truffles to the next level. Either way, homemade truffles are sure to delight your friends and family.
Ingredients for the Truffle Centers
- 8 oz (1 cups) bitter unsweetened baking chocolate
- 24 oz (3 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 tbsp. prepared coffee
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla, orange or peppermint extract (optional)
Ingredients for the Chocolate Coating
- 8 oz (1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- Sprinkles (optional)
Gather your ingredients together; unsweetened chocolate, chocolate chips, heavy cream, coffee and your flavoring of choice. If you want to make dark chocolate truffles, use Vanilla extract as the flavoring. Otherwise you can experiment with Orange, Peppermint, Almond, or Raspberry extracts to make various flavored truffles.
Chop up the unsweetened chocolate with a knife or food processor so it will evenly melt.
Heat the heavy cream in a sauce pan just until it boils. Once the cream is hot, remove it from the heat and slowly add the chocolate chips and unsweetened chocolate, stirring until the chocolate is completely melted. Mix in the coffee and vanilla (or flavoring of your choice).
I split the chocolate mixture into two bowls and added orange extract to half, to make half orange truffles and half dark chocolate truffles. Set the mixture aside for 1 hour to cool to room temperature or pipe the centers while the chocolate is still hot.
Form the Truffle Centers
Scooping – Once cool, make the truffle centers by scooping out the chocolate mixture and forming it into 1-inch balls.
Piping – I used a icing bag to pipe the centers, which I rounded with my fingers once cool. This allows me to make 50 to 60 truffle centers at a time in just minutes. If you go the piping route, you’ll want to work with the chocolate before it’s fully cooled to room temperature. Allow the formed truffle centers to chill for at least 30 minutes before adding the outer chocolate coating.
You can make these chocolate truffle centers in advance and store them in the refrigerator for weeks until you are ready to dip them in melted chocolate.
Dip the Truffles in Chocolate Coating
To coat the truffle centers, melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between intervals. If you’d rather, you can also melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. Mix in 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil to make the melted chocolate flow better and give your homemade dark chocolate truffles a glossy finish.
Dip each truffle center into the melted chocolate chips and set them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to dry. I put several centers at a time into the melted chocolate and fished them out with a spoon. I accented these homemade chocolate truffles by sprinkling on chocolate sprinkles before the outer coating was fully cool.
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Allow the chocolate coating to fully dry/set before handling the truffles. You can speed up the drying process by placing the baking sheet of dipped truffles in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Homemade chocolate truffles are a perfect dessert for a holiday party and make great gifts for your neighbors, friends and family. Tuck a few into a cute box and people may even wonder if you bought them!
We hope you try making these delicious truffles for yourself! Let us know how it goes by leaving a comment below.
Original recipe from the Food Network.
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