How to Make Truffles

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This recipe is chocolaty, indulgent and best of all—simple enough for beginners. This is how to make truffles at home!

You may think of rich, tempting chocolate truffles as a gourmet indulgence, but they’re surprisingly easy to make at home. This guide explains how to make truffles, with plenty of photos and helpful hints along the way. (New to candy-making? Take a look at this list of common truffle mistakes first.)

What Are Truffles?

At their simplest, truffles are candy made from melted chocolate and cream. From there, the mixture can be made even more enticing by adding sugar, different flavors and even liqueurs. The chocolate mixture sets until it’s firm enough to scoop and mold into shape.

Then truffles can be rolled in coatings like cocoa powder, sprinkles, decorating sugars, finely chopped nuts and crushed cookies. You can also dip them in melted, tempered chocolate for a smooth finish.

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Truffles

This easy recipe for Chocolate Truffles was submitted by Darlene Wiese-Appleby of Creston, Ohio. It can be made with ingredients you probably have on hand: chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. It couldn’t be simpler to whip up a batch. No need to wait for a special occasion!

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  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Optional coatings: sprinkles, Dutch-processed cocoa, espresso powder, chopped nuts or cacao nibs

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Step 1: Mix ingredients

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Pour the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the ingredients in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. This will only take one to two minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Step 2: Chill the chocolate

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Cover the chocolate mixture with plastic wrap and place the bowl in the fridge. Chill the chocolate for about two hours until it’s firm enough to roll.

Step 3: Shape the truffles

Use a small, spring-loaded scoop or a spoon to scoop the chocolate into a one-inch ball. Roll the ball between your palms to make a smooth truffle.

Step 4: Coat

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Roll the truffle in the coatings of your choice. Fine ingredients like cocoa, espresso powder or shimmer dust will adhere easily. Textured coatings like sprinkles, chopped nuts and mini chocolate chips will need to be pressed into the surface of the truffles.

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Step 5: Serve or store the truffles

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The truffles can be served immediately or arranged in a single layer in a sealed container. Store truffles in the fridge and eat them within two weeks.

Tips for How to Make Chocolate Truffles

Use different chocolates

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Substitute milk, white or dark chocolate chips for the semisweet chips to make different flavors. Keep in mind that white chocolate makes a truffle mixture that’s very soft—increase the quantity of white chocolate chips to 3-1/2 cups to help make the mixture firmer.

Mix it in advance

You can hold the chocolate mixture in the fridge for one to two days before rolling and shaping the truffles. Be sure the bowl is tightly wrapped. It will be very firm at this point, so let the mixture sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour until it’s scoopable.

Make the coatings stick

Place your toppings (like sprinkles, cocoa powder, chopped nuts, etc.) in bowls instead of plates. It’ll be easier and less messy to roll the truffles through them. If your toppings aren’t sticking, try rolling the truffle gently between your palms to warm and soften the surface.

Semisweet and dark chocolates make firmer truffles, which work well with fine coatings like cocoa or espresso powders. Truffles made with milk or white chocolate will be softer. Textured coatings like sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, decorating sugar or chopped nuts will stick more easily to a softer truffle.

Dip them in chocolate

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Truffles dipped in melted chocolate are particularly elegant, and have a snap when you bite into them. Using tempered chocolate is important here, to give your truffles a flawless and firm coating.

Gently dip your truffle in the chocolate, or hold the truffle on the tines of a fork while you spoon the chocolate over it. Transfer the truffle to a sheet of waxed paper. Add decorations to the top of the chocolate while it’s wet, like chopped nuts or holiday sprinkles. Let the truffles rest until the chocolate hardens. You can drizzle contrasting shades of melted chocolate over the tops of the set truffles.

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