How to make homemade chocolate truffles

Treat friends and family (or just yourself!) to some delicious homemade truffles.

chocolate truffles

by Emily Gilbert |

We don't need to tell you how yummy chocolate truffles are to eat but have you ever thought about making your own? Requiring minimal ingredients, they're super easy to make in an afternoon and if you don't scoff them yourself (no judgement here...) you can always pop them in a cellophane bag and gift them to friends and family.

If we've tempted you to get your hands a bit messy, here's everything you need to know about making homemade chocolate truffles.

Milk chocolate truffles

Ingredients

150g milk chocolate, chopped

60ml double cream

15g unsalted butter, softened

Method

  1. Add the cream and butter into a small saucepan and heat gently until it just comes to the boil. Remove from the heat and pour over the chopped milk chocolate in a separate bowl.
  2. Whisk the liquid together until completely melted and smooth then leave to cool completely. Cover with cling film and chill for two hours or until the ganache has set.
  3. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Using a small ice cream scoop or teaspoon, scoop out balls of the ganache. Carefully roll these balls with your hands to make a smooth truffle. Place onto the greaseproof paper and repeat with the remaining ganache.
  4. If you don't want to add any toppings (scroll down if you do!), then cover and chill your truffles for up to 3 days or until ready to serve. Enjoy at room temperature.
cocoa chocolate truffles

Chocolate truffles toppings

If you fancy adding some toppings to your truffles, here are some tasty suggestions...

• Sieved cocoa powder

• Desiccated coconut

• Chopped almonds

• Freeze dried raspberries

Simply sprinkle your chosen decorations on a plate then roll your truffles in the toppings to coat the surface completely before placing each one on a greaseproof papered tray and popping them in the fridge as above.

White or dark chocolate truffles

Why not make a mix of different flavoured truffles? The method above remains exactly the same, just swap out the chocolate as below.

White and dark chocolate truffles

Dark chocolate truffles

Ingredients

150g dark chocolate, chopped

60ml double cream

15g unsalted butter, softened

White chocolate truffles

Ingredients

150g white chocolate, chopped

60ml double cream

15g unsalted butter, softened

Chocolate truffle tips

• Use a good quality chocolate bars for your truffles e.g. Lindt

• Don’t use chocolate chips as they don't have the same final consistency and quality

• You may wish to rinse your hands under cold water and dry thoroughly before rolling your truffles as the high-fat content will mean they will melt quickly and must be kept cool

• Make sure to allow enough time for refrigeration as otherwise rolling the truffles will be really hard

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