Chocolate truffles? No thanks...said no one ever.

By Vanessa Greaves
Chef John

Chocolate truffles are the Swiss Army knife of mood foods. If you want to reward good deeds, soothe feelings, or simply show some love, you can do all that and more with rich, indulgent chocolate truffles. And guess what? You can make excellent truffles in your own kitchen with simple ingredients and without fancy equipment. I'll show you how easy it is.

How to Make Classic Chocolate Truffles

Here's how easy it is to make homemade truffles (try Chef John's Chocolate Truffles recipe):

  1. Heat cream.
  2. Put chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl with other (optional) flavorings (extracts, liqueurs, coffee, spices, oils).
  3. Pour hot cream over chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir until smooth and glossy.
  5. Cool mixture (at this point, you can call it by its fancy name: ganache).
  6. Scoop ganache into little balls.
  7. Roll in coatings or dip in more melted chocolate.
  8. Package up and give away.

Yeah, that's about it.

Of course you can fine-tune ingredients — and each truffle recipe has its own variation on a theme — but making classic chocolate truffles is really as simple as that.

One more thing: Your truffles will only taste as good as the ingredients you use, so choose the best chocolate you can afford, and make sure you like the taste of the chocolate you're using. For example, some home cooks like to use a combination of bittersweet chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate to find the right balance of flavor for them.

Chocolate Truffles 4 Ways

Here's how to take one easy chocolate truffle recipe and change it up four ways by rolling the truffles in strawberry powder, cocoa powder, peanut butter powder, or crushed peppermint candies:

Get the recipe: Chocolate Truffles 4 Ways