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Classic Chocolate Truffles

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These classic chocolate truffles are easy to make and leave you with the most decadent way to enjoy good quality chocolate. Plus, they are perfect for the holidays!

Classic Chocolate Truffles sitting on a plate.

If you’re all about that candy lifestyle I got you covered!

These classic chocolate truffles are so packed full of rich chocolate flavor you’ll want to eat them over and over again.

If you have never made truffles you’ll be shocked to learn how easy they are to make!

I always add a touch of instant espresso powder to really highlight the flavor of the chocolate.

Plus, it’s really important to use good quality chocolate when you make these truffles. I will typically chop up a bar of good quality chocolate instead of using chocolate chips.

I really love the chocolate bars from Trader Joe’s as well!

A Classic Chocolate Truffles with a bite taken out of it.

Ingredients to make classic chocolate truffles

  • Semi-sweet chocolate – You want to make sure to use really good quality chocolate here. I like using semi-sweet or dark chocolate because it results in a more chocolate forward flavor instead of just sweetness.
  • Heavy whipping cream – This helps melt the chocolate and bring the truffles together into a velvety smooth sweet treat.
  • Instant espresso powder – Just a touch to bring out the flavor in the chocolate. This is optional but I really think it elevates the chocolate flavor.
  • Vanilla extract – I love a touch of vanilla flavor with my chocolate so I like to use good quality vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – I use this to roll the truffles in so they don’t stick together. Not only does it bring in another level of chocolate flavor but it gives the truffle texture and makes it look pretty.
melted chocolate in a bowl.

How do I store homemade chocolate truffles?

I usually make my batches of chocolate truffles a bit on the smaller side.

You’ll see this recipe only makes about 12 truffles.

This is because I know I will be able to eat them all within 2 weeks.

I store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container. I have also successfully stored them in my cool front bedroom (the heat is turned off in that room) for a 2 week period.

A cocoa covered Classic Chocolate Truffles.

Can I roll the truffles in anything besides cocoa powder?

Of course!

I just happen to think that cocoa powder looks fancy and is easy to find.

However, there are lots of other things you can use!

  • sprinkles – this adds a pop of color and you can use whatever sprinkles match the holidays or theme.
  • chopped nuts – I love using chopped pecans as it pairs with chocolate perfectly. I also really think rolling chocolate truffles in chopped pistachios looks really pretty.
  • matcha powder – this brings a pop of color to the dark colored truffles that I really love. Plus, if you’re a fan of matcha you’ll love the flavor.
  • crushed peppermint candies – such a fun seasonal twist to the truffles!
  • chopped candied ginger – I love the flavor of candied ginger so this really works great with chocolate.
  • toasted coconut – if you’re a big fan of coconut you’ll love this option!
  • melted white or dark chocolate – If you want a traditional truffle you can always dip them in white or dark chocolate or candy melt.
Classic Chocolate Truffles sitting on a white plate.

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Classic Chocolate Truffles

Classic Chocolate Truffles

Yield: 12 truffles
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting time: 1 day 2 hours
Total Time: 1 day 2 hours 40 minutes

These classic chocolate truffles are easy to make and leave you with the most decadent way to enjoy good quality chocolate. Plus, they are perfect for the holidays!


  • 8 ounces (230 grams) chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, for rolling


  1. Add the chopped chocolate to a heat-safe mixing bowl.
  2. Place the cream in a saucepan and bring it to simmer over low-medium heat.
  3. Once warmed, pour the warmed cream over the chopped chocolate and stir in the espresso powder.
  4. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to melt.
  5. Mix it well until the chocolate is melted and creamy.
  6. Add the vanilla extract and give it one final mix.
  7. Let the mixture cool to room temperature and then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  8. Using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out one ball at a time, gently rolling it into a circle.
  9. Immediately roll in cocoa powder.
  10. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to fully set up before serving.


  1. Buy the best possible quality chocolate when making truffles as you want the chocolate flavor to really shine.
  2. While rolling the chocolate might stick to your palm so dust your palms with some cocoa powder if this happens.
  3. The heat from your hand will start melting the chocolate so you will want to work fast while rolling the balls.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g

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Friday 26th of November 2021

Fudgy and decadent! Great holiday treat.

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