Easy to make bite-sized Chocolate Truffles are so creamy and silky that they literally will melt in your mouth. This recipe makes chocolates every bit as delicious as those purchased at a high-end candy shop.
No chopping of chocolate bars is required for this simple recipe as good quality semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips, like Ghirardelli, will do the trick.
Once the chocolate mixture is melted and cooled, rolling the truffles and coating them is easy. But make sure the chocolate is soft enough (but not too soft!) to be able to grab the coating successfully when rolling.
Use your imagination and have fun creating a beautiful presentation of assorted, colorful truffles.
They are perfect for an easy dessert, as well as gifts for your family and friends (see Gr8 Gift Idea below). They will be begging for more!
And did you also know that chocolate is healthy? According to this recent article the health benefits of chocolate will surprise you! Chocolate contains flavonoids that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. The benefits also include lowering your risk for heart disease and improving your mood and cognitive function.
Decadent Chocolate Truffles
- Large baking sheets
- Parchment paper
- Small glass bowls or pie plates
- Melon Baller or Cookie Scoop
- 18 ounces good quality semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips, (about 3 cups) I use Ghirardelli
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, NOT evaporated milk
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 Tablespoons coffee liqueur or espresso coffee, I like to use Kahlua
- An assortment of flaked coconut, chocolate sprinkles, colored sprinkles, unsweetened cocoa, toasted chopped nuts, or colored sugar decorations in various pie plates or small glass bowls.
- In a medium saucepan on low heat melt semi-sweet chocolate with the condensed milk and stir until well blended.
- Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and coffee flavoring.
- Pour the chocolate mixture into a 2-quart baking dish and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
- Remove dish from the refrigerator and stir to make sure the chocolate is slightly cooled and no longer warm (chocolate should be soft enough to be able to roll in the coating).
- Using a melon baller or 1-inch cookie scoop, scoop the chocolate and lightly shape into 1-inch balls by rolling between the palms of your hands (I like to weigh the chocolate to .3 ounces each so the candies are uniform).
- Roll each truffle in the desired coating until well covered.
- Place the coated truffles on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
- Chill 1 hour or until firm.
- Store tightly in a covered container. Truffles will last for up to six months if refrigerated.
Gr8 Gift Idea:Place each truffle in individual 1" baking cups. Then place an assortment of truffles in any small box or decorative container lined with colored tissue paper to showcase your treats!
Gr8 Tip:For optional flavorings, substitute the coffee flavoring with Chambord for a raspberry flavor or, for orange flavor, use orange extract and Grand Marnier.
Here is our favorite scoop for making it easy to make these delicious chocolate-y orbs.