Chocolate Truffles

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Chocolate truffles are the ultimate indulgence. The creamy (almost buttery) chocolate is rolled into balls then coated in a dusting of cocoa powder, nuts, or sprinkles!

Truffles are surprisingly easy to make and perfect for any special occasion. If you love truffle recipes as much as we do, make sure to also check out these White Chocolate and Mint truffles!

A white platter with multi-colored chocolate truffles.

Amazingly Delicious Chocolate Truffles

These chocolate truffles are a deliciously decadent treat and the perfect two-bite indulgence. Even though they’re very easy to make, they make every occasion feel special. They also make great gifts packaged in a pretty box!

What Is a Chocolate Truffle?

Truffles are indulgent treats. They’re made by rolling chocolate ganache into balls then dusting them with cocoa powder or chopped nuts. And don’t worry if chocolate ganache sounds complicated. It’s only a fancy word for chocolate that’s been melted in heavy (whipping) cream.

4 pictures showing how to make chocolate truffles.

How To Make Easy Truffles

Chocolate truffles are the perfect dessert to make for a special occasion (like Valentine’s Day!), yet they’re so simple to make that you can enjoy them all year round. Making homemade chocolate truffles is really easy!

  1. Pour some warm cream over chopped chocolate. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Now do nothing! It’s important to let the chocolate and cream sit undisturbed for a few minutes.
  3. After 5 minutes, add the vanilla and stir the chocolate then put the bowl into your fridge.
  4. Once the ganache has hardened, scoop it into balls then roll the balls in cocoa powder, nuts, or sprinkles.

A chocolate truffle getting rolled in pink sugar.

Favorite Truffle Toppings

The fun part about making chocolate truffles is choosing what to roll them in. Here are a few of our favorite things to make them look pretty:

  • Cocoa powder: Traditional.
  • Sprinkles: so many color options.
  • Finely chopped nuts: pecans, pistachios, and walnuts are popular.
  • Sanding sugar: makes them sparkly.
  • Edible gold dust: for a glam look.
  • Sweetened coconut: desiccated works best.
  • Crushed dehydrated strawberries: pink and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate truffles on a plate.

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A white platter with multi-colored chocolate truffles.

Chocolate Truffles

5 from 2 votes
Chocolate truffles are the ultimate indulgence. The creamy (almost buttery) chocolate is rolled into balls then coated in a dusting of cocoa powder, nuts, or sprinkles.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Author Kristen Stevens
Servings: 38 Truffles


  • 12 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Options for Rolling the Truffles:

  • cocoa powder
  • finely minced nuts
  • sprinkles


  • Chop the chocolate into small pieces and put it into a medium-sized, heat-proof bowl.
  • Warm the cream over medium heat. As soon as it starts to simmer, remove it from the heat and pour it over the chocolate. DO NOT MIX. Let the cream and chocolate sit for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, add the vanilla (if using) and stir the chocolate.
  • Place the chocolate into the fridge and let it cool for at least 2 hours.
  • Once the chocolate is cool, use a small cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop it into balls.
  • Place the toppings you choose into shallow bowls. Using your hands, roll the truffles into balls then roll the balls in the toppings so that they are well-coated. (See notes)


It's easiest (and the least messy) if you roll all the truffles into balls before you roll the balls in the toppings you choose. If you use nuts or sprinkles, roll each truffle a few times in your hand to soften the chocolate before rolling them in the nuts of sprinkles. It will help the toppings stick. This extra step isn't necessary if you use cocoa powder. 


Serves: 38

Calories75kcal (4%)Carbohydrates4g (1%)Protein1g (2%)Fat6g (9%)Saturated Fat4g (20%)Trans Fat1gCholesterol9mg (3%)Sodium4mgPotassium69mg (2%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar2g (2%)Vitamin A96IU (2%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium11mg (1%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate truffles, truffles
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  1. I’m keen to try this recipe but would like more clarity on the type of dark chocolate. There are many to choose from and at the cost of chocolate I’d hate to waste ingredients by choosing an inappropriate chocolate.

  2. Sounds delicious! I’m going to make these tomorrow! I love all the different toppings you can put on them as well.

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