This 5-Ingredient Chocolate Truffles recipe is a simple, yet decadent treat, where semi-sweet chocolate chips are transformed into a rich chocolate ganache center and rolled in cocoa powder and powdered sugar, perfect for indulging your chocolate cravings and celebrating special occasions right in your own kitchen.
Indulge your chocolate cravings with these homemade 5-Ingredient Chocolate Truffles. Made from semi-sweet chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream and almond extract, these little spheres of delight offer a rich chocolate ganache center that simply melts in your mouth. This simple recipe, requiring only a handful of ingredients and some resting time, will make you feel like a master chocolatier in your own kitchen.
The beauty of homemade truffles lies in the simplicity of their creation and the high quality of ingredients used. Every bite of these homemade chocolate truffles exudes a luscious dark chocolate flavor that is further enhanced by a light dusting of cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Whether you’re making these for a Valentine’s Day gift, a holiday season treat or just to satisfy your personal chocolate cravings, these homemade truffles will add a special touch to any occasion.
If you’ve ever wondered about what goes into those fancy chocolates at the chocolate shop, here’s your chance to bring that level of decadence into your own home. The melt-in-your-mouth texture of these truffles, combined with the simple pleasure of creating something so indulgent from simple ingredients, will make this chocolate truffle recipe a favorite in your household.
- By the Numbers: How to Make Chocolate Truffles
- Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Truffles
- Chocolate choices
- Cream options
- Flavor variations
- Coating options
- Can I use a double boiler instead of a saucepan?
- Tip to make the truffles more uniform
- How to temper chocolate for a shiny coating
- Can I use a chocolate bar instead of chocolate chips?
- Why is my ganache splitting?
- Storage tips
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- ½ cup of heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon of almond extract
- 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Powdered sugar
- Sauce Pan
- Mixing bowl
By the Numbers: How to Make Chocolate Truffles
Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to learn how to make delicious chocolate truffles with simple ingredients.
Step 1: Add Almond Extract to Simmering Cream
Pour ½ cup of heavy whipping cream into a small but heavy saucepan and bring it to a simmer, stirring constantly. Once it’s simmering, stir in 1 teaspoon of almond extract.
Step 2: Pour Heated Cream Over Chocolate Chips
Pour 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips into a mixing bowl, then pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate chips.
Step 3: Rest then Stir
Allow the cream and chocolate mixture to sit untouched for 5 minutes, then stir until the chocolate ganache is nice and smooth.
Step 4: Refrigerate Melted Chocolate Mixture
Place the mixing bowl containing the truffle mixture into the refrigerator and let it chill for about 2 hours until it’s cooled.
Step 5: Roll Into Chocolate Ganache Balls
Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and roll the chocolate ganache into small balls. Lay the balls out on a cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Refrigerate the chocolate ganache balls for several hours, or until they’re cold and firm.
Step 6: Rolled Chilled Chocolate Balls in Cocoa Powder
Remove the tray from the refrigerator and roll the chocolate truffles in cocoa powder. Arrange them on a serving tray, then sift powdered sugar over the top of the chocolate truffles.
Step 7: Serve Chocolate Truffles
Serve right away or store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve them.
Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Truffles
Answers to all of your questions about making this easy chocolate truffles recipe, including tips and substitution ideas.
This recipe calls for semi-sweet chocolate chips, but feel free to use your favorite type of chocolate. Dark chocolate will give a more intense flavor, while milk or white chocolate will make for a sweeter truffle. Using high-quality chocolate, like Scharffen Berger or Lindt, can enhance the flavor even more.
If you’re out of heavy cream, full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream can be used as substitutes.
For a different flavor, you can replace the almond extract with vanilla extract, mint extract, orange extract or any flavor extract you like paired with chocolate. You can also add a splash of coconut oil or peanut butter for a different twist.
Feel free to experiment with different coatings. Besides unsweetened cocoa powder and powdered sugar, you can also roll the truffles in chopped nuts, chocolate sprinkles, or even crushed candy canes during the holiday season.
Can I use a double boiler instead of a saucepan?
Absolutely, you can melt the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl over simmering water if you prefer.
Tip to make the truffles more uniform
Use a small cookie scoop or a melon baller to portion the ganache before rolling it into balls.
How to prevent the truffles from melting in your hands while rolling them
Chill your hands by running them under cold water before rolling. Some people even prefer to use latex or disposable gloves.
How to temper chocolate for a shiny coating
Tempering chocolate involves heating and cooling the chocolate to specific temperatures to achieve a glossy finish. This can be a bit complex for beginners but can be done at home with a little bit of practice. Here’s a simple tutorial that will walk you through the steps.
Can I use a chocolate bar instead of chocolate chips?
Yes, you can certainly use a chocolate bar. In fact, for tempering and creating a shiny coating, it’s often recommended to use high-quality chocolate bars instead of chocolate chips. Chocolate bars are typically a higher quality chocolate and will often give a smoother, shinier result when tempered correctly. Remember to chop the chocolate bar into small, even pieces before starting the tempering process.
Why is my ganache splitting?
If your ganache splits, it may be because the cream was too hot when added to the chocolate or the mixture was over-stirred. Try adding the hot cream slowly while stirring gently.
Store the finished truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last for about two weeks.
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- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 8 ounces chocolate chips - semi-sweet or bittersweet
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Powdered sugar
- Sauce Pan
- Mixing bowl
- Bring heavy whipping cream to a simmer in a small saucepan, stirring constantly. Stir in the almond extract.
- Pour the chocolate chips into a mixing bowl, then pour the hot cream over them.
- Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes, then stir until the chocolate ganache is smooth.
- Place the mixing bowl in the refrigerator for about 2 hours to cool.
- Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and roll the chocolate ganache into small balls. Lay the balls out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate the chocolate balls for several hours, until cold and firm.
- Remove the tray from the refrigerator and roll the chocolate truffles in cocoa powder. Arrange them on a serving tray, then sift powdered sugar over the top of them.
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them.