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Basic Dark Chocolate Truffles

Making truffles is easy, and a lot of fun. This Basic Dark Chocolate Truffles recipe gives you a good foundation to build off, and customize!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Chilling time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: French, Gluten-free
Keyword: Candy, Candy Making, Chocolate, chocolate truffles, mint truffles mint chocolate, valentine's day
Servings: 30 Truffles
Calories: 95kcal
Author: Marie Porter


  • 12 oz Hershey Special Dark chips
  • ¾ cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Liqueur of Choice* Optional
  • Extract of Choice* Optional
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • Stuff to roll them in**


  • Place chocolate chips into a glass mixing bowl, and put aside.
  • On stove top, bring heavy whipping cream, flavoring and butter to a boil. Remove from heat.
  • Pour hot cream mixture into bowl of chocolate chips. Let sit for 3-5 minutes.
  • Starting in the middle of the bowl, slowly start stirring the chocolate and cream until all of the chocolate is melted the cream disappeared into it – it should be smooth.
  • Cover with plastic wrap, preferably resting right on top of the surface – this prevents a skin from forming while it cools. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour or two, until it’s pretty solid.
  • Once solid, scoop out small balls (a teaspoon or so, and roll them into balls. Try to handle the chocolate as quickly as possible, or it will melt.
  • Then, roll them in your choice of "stuff to roll them in", and eat them!


* Flavoring: To flavor with liqueur, pour between 2 tbsp – ⅓ cup of your choice of liqueur into the measuring cup before topping up with cream. The total amount in the measuring cup should come to ¾ cup, including both the liqueur AND the cream. If using extracts, same rule applies – but go with 2-3 tsp of extract.
** Stuff to roll them in: There are many ways to finish off truffles. For variety, you can have several different finishes available, all in their own bowls. Some options include: cocoa, confectioners/icing sugar, coconut (toasted or not), cinnamon sugar, finely chopped nuts, etc
Another option is to have a bowl of melted chocolate chips ready for dipping. Melt a second bag of chips in a double boiler, or just slowly in the microwave, stirring frequently and making sure it doesn’t burn. Using a toothpick, fork, or fondue spear, gently dip each rolled truffle center into the elted chocolate. Allow excess chocolate to drip off, then place on a sheet of waxed paper to cool and harden.


Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg