Easy To Make Chocolate Truffles

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Would you love to learn how to make Chocolate Truffles? You can with this really easy recipe. I have made these for years, especially around the holidays. I’ve tried a number of truffle recipes, but these chocolate truffles just melt in your mouth and you’ll catch yourself reaching for a second and third treat. I’m updating this post today because this is one of my most popular posts and it was originally written in 2013. I would love my readers to make these as a family, it’s so fun!

This is a family tradition of ours. We enjoy making candy recipes and giving these to the special people we love! I decided to update and redo the post and show you the easy steps when making these yummy balls of chocolate. 

When my daughters were young we made these every Christmas! I can still remember all the little fingers making chocolate marble size balls and rolling them in chocolate sprinkles, better known as “Chocolate Shot” in the cooking and baking world.

Now that the girls have grown up and have families of their own, I use a small Cookie Scoop to make the balls before rolling them in the Chocolate Shot or Sprinkles. 

It’s so nice to have something ready ahead of time when you’re invited to go to a holiday party or dinner. You just reach into your refrigerator and take one of these “Hostess Gifts” with you. It’s a really fun family activity to make chocolate truffles. One thing I love about this recipe is the fact I can change the flavorings.

I must say, 99% of the time I use dark chocolate chips with vanilla extract/flavoring. I have made them with orange extract and peppermint extract too. You get to decide if you want light, dark, or white chocolate chips. The Chocolate Shot or sprinkles come in so many colors, the theme can be anything you desire based on what special occasion you’re celebrating with these treats. Have fun while you make these!

Ingredients – Chocolate Truffles

  • Real milk or dark chocolate chips: High-quality chocolate is best! The star of the show! Deliciously rich and creamy chocolate is typically made with chocolate or cacao, sugar, cocoa butter, milk fat, and natural flavors.
  • Whole milk (I have used heavy whipping cream as well): Due to the fat content, whole milk helps to produce a softer truffle and enriches the flavor.
  • Egg yolks: Great source of protein, helps to bind the ingredients together, which helps to create a moist, soft, velvety truffle. The egg yolks add a deliciously rich flavor and help to extend the life of the truffles.
  • Butter (no substitute, cut into pieces): Due to the fat content, butter helps to produce a softer truffle and enriches the flavor; Helps to keep the truffles from crumbling. Butter prevents the milk from evaporating, which creates a moist, soft, and velvety truffle.
  • Vanilla extract (or any flavor of choice): Adds and enhances the flavors of butter, egg yolks, dark chocolate, and whole milk.
  • Chocolate Shot or “Sprinkles”: Little bits of chocolate-flavored candies, typically made with white chocolate and they do not melt. Sold in a variety of colors. Adds a fun flare to the truffles that people love!
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Easy To Make Chocolate Truffles

Easy To Make Chocolate Truffles

Step One – Gather the Ingredients

Gather the ingredients so you’re all ready to go.

Chocolate Truffle Ingredients

Step Two – Melt Chocolate Chips with Milk in a Double Broiler

Using a small saucepan and Double Boiler Pan over medium heat, melt chocolate chips with milk, stirring constantly.

Chocolate Truffles Melting Chocolate

Step Three – Add Yolks One at a Time – Beat into Melted Chocolate

Beat with your Hand Mixer one yolk at a time into the melted chocolate.

Chocolate Truffles Beat Egg Yolks In

Step Four – Remove Pan from Heat – Add Butter Pieces – Beat – Add Vanilla

Remove the pan from heat and start adding the butter pieces a few pieces at a time using a hand mixer. Beat for 2-3 minutes, then mix in the vanilla.

Chocolate Truffles Add Butter Pieces

Step Five – Chill Chocolate in Fridge for 1 Hour

Chill the chocolate in the refrigerator for about an hour. 

Chocolate Truffles Ready To Chill

Step Six – Roll Workable Chocolate into Balls – Roll Each Ball in the Toppings

When the chocolate is workable, roll and mold it into balls the size of marbles. I love using this Small Cookie Scoop to form the perfect balls! In a small bowl of Chocolate Shot Or Sprinkles or ground nuts, roll the balls until well coated.

Chocolate Truffles In Tins

Finished Products – Serve Well Chilled in Tiny Paper Cups – Makes 20-50 Truffles

Serve well chilled in tiny paper/foil cups. Keep the Truffles refrigerated. Makes approximately 20-50 Chocolate Truffles, depending on the size you make them.

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Chocolate Truffles In Tins
Chocolate Truffles
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Refrigerator Time
1 hr
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 Truffles
Author: Linda Loosli
Ingredients
  • 12- ounces package of real milk or dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk (I have used heavy whipping cream as well)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup butter (no substitute, cut into pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or any flavor of choice)
  • Chocolate Shot or “Sprinkles”
Instructions
  1. Gather all of the ingredients.

  2. Using a small saucepan and Double Boiler over medium heat, melt chocolate chips with whole milk, stirring constantly.

  3. Beat with a mixer one yolk at a time into the melted chocolate. Check the temperature to be sure it reaches 160 °F (71.1 °C).

  4. Remove the pan from heat and start adding the butter pieces a few pieces at a time using a hand mixer. Beat 2-3 minutes, then mix in the vanilla.

  5. Chill the chocolate in the refrigerator, for about an hour.

  6. When the chocolate mixture is workable, roll and mold into balls the size of marbles. In a small bowl of chocolate shot (sprinkles) or ground nuts, roll the balls until well coated.

  7. Serve well chilled in tiny paper/foil cups. Keep the Truffles refrigerated. Makes approximately 20-50 Chocolate Truffles depending on the size you make them.

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What temperature is safe with raw eggs?

Someone questioned why I used raw eggs in this recipe. I’m not a scientist or micro-biologist as far as safety with eggs goes, but here are my thoughts. I looked up safe temperatures for eggs. This is what I found and I quote, US Food and Drug Association (FDA), Egg mixtures are safe if they reach 160 °F (71.1 °C). Please use an Instant Thermometer after adding the eggs to this recipe.

I remember my mom making ice cream in an ice cream maker with raw eggs, I’m not sure I would do that today.

Can I use other flavorings in these chocolate truffles besides vanilla?

Here’s the deal, these are so fun to make, and yes, you can use your favorite flavoring. Here are some I have used:

Some chefs, particularly in Europe, like to add liqueur to their truffles. I haven’t done that, but some cooks might want to give it a try.

What exactly is a chocolate truffle?

I would explain a truffle as being fine chocolate with a creamy chocolate ganache filling that is rolled in nuts, cocoa powder, or chocolate sprinkles.

What are the best coatings for chocolate truffles?

There are so many to choose from, like finely chopped nuts (such as pecans, walnuts, or pistachios), cocoa powder, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, shredded coconut, and finely crushed peppermint candy canes. You can also drizzle the truffles using a piping bag with melted chocolate or caramel. The options are endless!

How do I store the chocolate truffles?

They must be refrigerated to keep them fresh. They’ll stay fresh for 4-5 days.

Can I freeze these chocolate truffles?

I wouldn’t recommend freezing them, the chocolate may separate and not have the soft chewy texture we all love. You could try putting a few in your freezer for a few days and see how they turn out when you thaw them out.

What is the most expensive Chocolate Truffle in the world?

I love to research so much and I found this tidbit very interesting. Mark and I couldn’t bring ourselves to purchase one piece of candy for this dollar amount, but it was fun to read about. So, what is the most expensive chocolate truffle in the world, it’s called La Madeline au Truffle. One piece is priced at $250.00 per piece and is made or created by Danish chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt.

Final Word

I hope you try making my easy-to-make chocolate truffles recipe! I have such wonderful memories of my daughters making these delicious indulgent treats when they were little girls. We would deliver them to our neighbors. Who doesn’t love homemade gifts, right? They are creamy chocolate and melt in your mouth, literally. May God Bless our world, Linda

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23 thoughts on “Easy To Make Chocolate Truffles

  • December 6, 2013 at 9:25 am
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    Wow, I always had this notion that truffles were extremely difficult to make, but these don’t look hard at all! Pinning to make as soon as I’m caught up on writing posts!

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    • December 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm
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      Jamie, this is a really easy recipe. You would love the taste as well! Creamy! Hugs! Linda

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    • December 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm
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      Christine, you would love these because they are so easy to make! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs! Linda

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    • December 6, 2013 at 8:07 pm
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      Shannah, thanks for pinning! You will love making these! Hugs! Linda

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  • July 19, 2020 at 5:42 pm
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    5 stars
    My family loved these! Very easy to make and the perfect treat on a warm summer day. I used a little less butter than the recipe said (I used 1 stick) and they were still great!

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    • July 19, 2020 at 7:38 pm
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      Hi Grace, oh I may try using less butter!! Thank you for the tip! Linda

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  • November 23, 2020 at 9:43 am
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    5 stars
    Perfect recipe for Christmas candy gifts.

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  • November 28, 2020 at 2:15 pm
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    I used to make a lot of candy when my children were little My daughter is allergic to eggs and a lot of candy has egg whites in it. I stopped when she went to job corp and college and then she got a job 300 miles from where we live so I didn’t have a reason to make it. Might just start making it again. Thanks for the push Linda.

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    • November 28, 2020 at 3:01 pm
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      Hi Jackie, this is so funny I wrote this post years ago. I just ordered fresh chocolate shot/sprinkles to take pictures to show step by step instructions. I have the video, but I want to do still images as well. I get the stuff on Monday. Stay tuned! Linda

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  • October 19, 2021 at 7:53 am
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    5 stars
    Yum! These are amazing and super easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

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    • October 19, 2021 at 9:59 am
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      Hi Heidi, thank you for the 5 stars!! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Linda

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  • October 19, 2021 at 10:29 am
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    5 stars
    I made these with my children❤️ They were super easy to make and we had so much fun! We’re planning to make these for friend and neighbor gifts for Christmas this year. Thank you sooo much for sharing!❤️

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    • October 19, 2021 at 4:06 pm
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      Hi Camille, thank you for the 5 stars! They really are easy to make and it’s all about making memories. Have fun, Linda

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  • October 19, 2021 at 3:41 pm
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    Thanks for the Recipe Linda. I am making more of my Christmas Presents this year. I download pictures that I think family members will like and buy the frames at Dollar Tree. They have some really nice ones there. I bubble wrap them and send all the presents to the whole family to one address. Then that person has the joy of giving them to the other family members. That way no one is tempted to see what they are getting before Christmas. Most of the older members of the family have gone home to be with the Lord and what I send is not expensive (printer paper and frame) I don’t have to even buy ink because the printer I have sends me ink when I need it for $10 a month which is less expensive than buying in every time I need it. Some months like the past few months I have gotten about 4 black and color cartridges just about every month. You can’t buy 8 ink Cartridges for $10 a month at the store. I use the HP Office Jet printer and it is great.

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  • October 20, 2021 at 1:02 pm
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    I make a lot of candy and my truffles do not use eggs at all in them. Why do you add them?

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    • October 21, 2021 at 5:59 am
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      Hi Cheryl, I have no idea, I have had the recipe for over 50 years. I am not a candy maker, I just make them as the recipe is stated. Linda

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  • October 22, 2021 at 11:32 am
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    Sounds great and I plan to make a bunch for a bridal shower next Friday. I know you super careful with food safety, but sounds like egg yorks are actually raw. Am I missing something?

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    • October 22, 2021 at 12:59 pm
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      Hi MtGrammy, well when you add the eggs they are raw, but you are adding one egg at a time quickly so they don’t become scrambled eggs in the hot melted chocolate. THEN you add the butter which melts as you keep beating it. So are they raw? Yes and no, I’m not sure the temp hit 160 degrees. I am super careful with food processing. I will have to test the temperature the next time I make them. I do not like over-easy eggs because of the salmonella risk. The temperature for eggs needs to be 144 to 160 degrees depending on how you cook eggs for breakfast. Here’s an article that even talks about French toast: https://eggsafety.org/faq/what-is-the-best-temperature-to-cook-an-egg/. I’m really weird, I MUST have my French Toast well done. You can read those temps and decide what works best for you. I never thought about the eggs being uncooked. Good question, Linda

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  • November 24, 2022 at 11:56 am
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    5 stars
    A very Happy, Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving. God Bless Everyone.

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    • November 24, 2022 at 3:06 pm
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      Hi Chris, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Linda

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