Easy Chocolate Truffles


One basic recipe with a variety of liqueurs and coatings to choose from.

4 dozen balls


  • 8 ounces good-quality semi- or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • Your choice of flavoring (see below)

  • Your choice of coating (see below)


  1. Heat chocolates, butter and milk in a pan until chocolates and butter are partially melted. Remove from heat and stir until completely melted. Whisk in desired flavoring until creamy-smooth.

  2. Transfer to a bowl and let stand until firm enough to hold its shape, about 2 hours.

  3. Using a tablespoon (a spring-action 1 Tb. scoop is ideal), mold chocolate into balls, 1 level Tb. at a time, and place on a cookie sheet lined with greased parchment paper.

  4. Place desired coating in a small bowl. Working one at a time, drop truffles into the bowl with greased fingertips. Shake bowl back and forth so truffles are completely coated. If necessary, roll truffles by hand to make round. Return to parchment. (Can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 5 days or frozen up to 1 month.) Before serving, let stand at room temperature to soften slightly.

Flavoring options

Orange: 6 Tbs. orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier, and 1/2 tsp. finely grated orange zest

Coffee: 6 Tbs. coffee-flavored liqueur, such as Kahluah and 1 tsp. instant coffee

Raspberry: 6 Tbs. raspberry liqueur, such as Chambord

Coating options

1 cup of minced sweetened, flaked coconut

1 cup of minced roasted pistachios

1 cup of minced toasted walnuts

1 cup of sifted unsweetened cocoa

1 cup of sprinkles

Copyright 2004 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

78 Calories
5g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 78
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 11mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 50mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.