How can I Make Chocolate Truffles?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Chocolate truffles are often closely associated with decadence and richness, because they have a characteristic dense, intense chocolate flavor which many people find quite appealing. Given the high cost of chocolate truffles found for sale, one might be forgiven for thinking that they are difficult to make.

Chocolate truffles.
Chocolate truffles.

In fact, chocolate truffles are quite simple to create, and they can be dressed up with a variety of flavors and outer coatings. They will take some time, primarily due to the cooling steps of the process, but once completed, the chocolate truffles are sure to be a hit. To make good truffles, you need high quality ingredients, so prepare to spend money on good bittersweet dark chocolate, high quality milk chocolate, or white chocolate.

Ganache is the basis for chocolate truffles.
Ganache is the basis for chocolate truffles.

The basis for chocolate truffles is ganache, a mixture of chocolate and heavy cream. The slow heating over a bain marie, or double boiler, allows the ingredients to mix slowly, creating a dense, creamy chocolate. There are two ways to make the ganache core at the heart of chocolate truffles. If you want to add flavoring such as orange, almond, or liqueur, to either, do so right after you remove it from the double boiler, stirring until combined.

To make a traditional ganache, start by breaking high quality chocolate into a pan and placing it into a double boiler, which can be easily made by pouring a shallow layer of water into the bottom of a pan and then placing a smaller pan inside. Next, bring cream to the boiling point, and pour it over the chocolate chunks. Stir together until fully blended, pour into a large bowl, and place in the fridge to cool. As a general rule, you want a two to one ratio of chocolate to cream.

The other technique for making ganache starts with 8 ounces (227 grams) of chocolate, melted in a double boiler with one cup (250 mL) of cream. The chocolate mixture should be allowed to cool completely to room temperature before being placed back in the double boiler and warmed again. When the chocolate is reheated, stir in two tablespoons (30 mL) of unsalted butter and stir until fully melted before putting the mixture into a bowl and cooling it in the fridge.

In six to eight hours, the core of your chocolate truffles will be ready to work with. Use a spoon and your hands to form small balls. You may find it helpful to wash your hands in ice water periodically and dry them off so that the chocolate does not melt as readily. You can roll the chocolate truffles in nuts, cocoa, cinnamon, coconut, or other ingredients, or you can dip the balls into a bath of tempered chocolate to create a hard shell.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a wiseGEEK researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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Wow -- who knew that was all that was involved in making truffles. My best friend is an absolute slave to Belgian dark chocolate truffles, so I will have to share this article with her to see her reaction.

Maybe we'll even try making them together -- we often bake and cook together for fun, so I can only imagine how great it would be to make chocolates together. Of course, I think it will probably be pretty hard to wait for the end product instead of just eating it as we go!


So the secret's out -- I have been making chocolate candy and truffles ever since I was a kid since my grandmother worked in a chocolatier, and it is really surprising just how easy they are to make at home.

And they really do make amazing gifts. People always love chocolate, and it looks really impressive if you give somebody a box of handmade chocolate truffles as a gift, since they really look a lot harder to make than they actually are.

So forget about the Lindt chocolate truffles and whatever other wholesale chocolate truffles they have on the market these days. If you truly want to impress (yourself and your friends), then make your own gourmet chocolate truffles. It's easier than it looks, and the results are always scrumptious.


Amazing article! I am a milk chocolate truffle addict -- I have even bought bulk chocolate truffles, no kidding -- but I had no idea that it was so easy to make them at home.

I am going to be printing this article and putting it up in a permanent spot on my fridge, and I will definitely be making these ASAP.

How fancy will that be, being able to make my own handmade chocolate truffles? And I bet they make great gifts too...oh, wisegeek, you have totally just made my day.

Thank you!

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