Melting middle truffles

Melting middle truffles

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Prep: 45 mins Cook: 5 mins Plus cooling and freezing


Makes 40
Get these made and in the freezer up to a month ahead, then simply pull them out when you’re ready

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per truffle

  • kcal112
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre1g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.05g
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  • ½ 450g/1lb jar dulce de leche caramel toffee
  • 100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped
  • 2 x 200g/7oz bars milk chocolate, chopped
  • 142ml pot double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • about 85g/3oz cocoa powder, to coat


  1. Make the middles first. Heat the Dulce de Leche in a pan for 1 min until warmed and runny, then stir in the chopped dark chocolate and leave to melt. Stir until smooth. Cover a dinner plate with cling film, oil the cling film well, then tip the mix onto it. Cool, then freeze for 2 hrs or until very firm.

  2. Put the milk chocolate into a bowl. Bring the cream to the boil in another pan, then pour it over the chocolate. Leave for 2 mins, then add the vanilla and stir until smooth. Cool, then chill until set.

  3. Peel the caramel from the cling film, then snip into thumbnail-size pieces; wet kitchen scissors work best. Spread cocoa powder over a large baking tray. Take a heaped tsp of the truffle mix then, with cocoa-dusted hands, poke in a caramel chunk. Squash the mix around the caramel to seal, then roll into a ball. Put onto the tray, then shake to coat in the cocoa. Repeat with the rest of the mix, then freeze, or chill if making less than 3 days ahead.

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Comments (101)

melring's picture

Made these for my Mum for Mothers Day - she loved them as did all the family! Again too much of the middle but left in freezer and used for another batch. Will give the latex gloves a go for next time as did find very messy!

kiwi-abroad's picture

Yes you can boil a can of sweetened condensed milk for 2 hrs to create home made Dulce de Leche. Watch the water level. The can must be just covered.

dwoolf's picture

I made these as Christmas gifts. I've made normal truffles before but I found these really fiddly and messy. I added more dulce de leche to the filling as I found the dark chocolate overpowered it but I think this made it harder to handle-my fault for going off piste! The actual truffles were not as soft and melt in the mouth as others I have made due to the low ratio of cream. Therefore I think they'd work well as wedding favours although I personally prefer a softer texture.

somthingspecial's picture

Can someone help. I plan to make these as favours for my daughters wedding. Will they get soft very quickly when they are out of the fridge. We will probably have 2 in a little box. Will this work as I don't want them to be too soft to handle. Thank you.

nicoladry's picture

I am making these for my wedding favours this week, and had a practice a few months ago. When I had loads of middle filling left I thought I had made a mistake so glad to see it's not just me! We found a good use for the extra filling - left it in the freezer for the following week and gradually ate it whenever we went in there to get something else out - it didn't get wasted and was delicious on it's own!!

Made mine with Lindt and my guinea pig taste-testers said they tasted like those Lindor balls you can buy :) mmm...

The only other difficulty was that they melted so quickly when taken out of the freezer so you need to work quick. It didn't help that the oven was on and it was hot! So best to chill your kitchen and keep dusting with cocoa powder - make sure you have extra.

Happy cooking!

vgleave's picture

just made these as a valentines present and they have turned out perfectly! only had a little bit of the centre left over (i think i did eat quite a bit when making them though!) i used chocolate chips which were perfect for this as they melt pretty much instantly and make it a cheaper recipe than it would other wise be. did't have a problem with splitting cream as other people have mentioned. taste wonderful!

jaffapie's picture

I made these as Christmas presents for friends and family and they went down a treat! After reading some of the comments above I opted for half the amount of ingredients for the middle, which was just about right (I had a tiinny bit left over).

Excellent! Very VERY easy to make and impressive to give away!

hellsheaven's picture

These are incredibly rich and sweet but they are possibly the best truffles I've ever had. You literally only need one before you've had enough - so good for the waistline too! Made them for presents at xmas and they went down very well.

emilybillson's picture

These are delicious! I only used about 1/3 of the middle so have just left it in the freezer for future batches. Having now made a second batch I can say I found it much quicker and easier to shape the truffles around the centre (which does soften soon after removing from the freezer) when it had been out of the fridge for at least half an hour. I look forward to making a third batch soon...!

ktg106's picture

I must have done something horribly wrong with this recipe! Before I started I read some of the comments and a lot of people had said they had a lot left over. Since I was doing a test run i halved the ingredients - I only managed to to make 6 truffles!!! And was left with a dining plate sized slab of the Dulce de Leche mixture! Help! What went so wrong!

josp74's picture

I've been informed these tasted great (I'm not a chocolate fan so didn't have any). However the making of them wasn't very easy - the truffle mixture split but we did manage to rescue it; there was far too much caramel mixture for the centre; once the caramel was taken out of the freezer it went soft very quickly and so we struggled to put it in the centre of the truffle and ended up with massive chocolates. Even though they were nice I will not make again.

clothcovered's picture

This is one of the worst recipes I have ever attempted. I am a seasoned cook and have never thrown away this much food. Three times I tried the truffle part and three times it split beyond help. The melting middle was, however, fantastic. When rolled into the middle of a successful truffle mix (one I have used many times before), they went down very well with everyone. So a good idea in theory, but I can't believe this recipe was triple tested.

kez10uk's picture

Fantastic truffles, made three batches before Chritmas & froze them. Gave as presents to family & had them on Christmas day, beautiful. I used Chilli chocolate in the middle which added that extra warmth.

hels083's picture

!!!!!!!!!OTHER IDEAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was able to get tubes of dulche de leche and chocolate dulche de leche from and squirted 20p size dollops of each on a tray to freeze without melting and adding choc.

I made a batch of the milk chocolate but also altered the ingredients and made a batch using dark chocolate with some brandy ( a good 4 tbspns if not more!) and icing sugar (about 2 tbspns sieved). Both turned out really well. I stopped heating the cream just before it boiled and had no problem with it splitting.

So I then had a mix of milk and dark chocolate with brandy truffles with a soft centre.

I rolled them in cocoa, chopped pistachios and melted chocolate so that I would have a mixture of finished truffles and they looked fab and tasted delicious!!!!

richardm's picture

These are great. Kids couldn't get enough! After rolling I sprinkled them with golden caster sugar. If you have trouble with the chocolate mixture splitting don't let the cream boil and make sure the chocolate and bowl are cold. Hope this helps.

alexphoenix's picture

So easy and a fantastic taste my Hubby took them to work and everyone loved them

hot-pink's picture

This one seems like a real trial and error recipe. I made 2 lots of truffle to one lot of caramel inside stuff, and still had loads of the centre I had to throw away, even though I made a conscious effort to use more of the middle after reading other comments! Really messy to make, I didn't bother dusting my hands with cocoa since this just made it worse. Next time I'll try making the centres without adding chocolate, so they'll just be caramel... yummy :D

michelle-macdougall's picture

I also had loads of the filling left and it went quite soft quite quickly, I'll just melt some more chocolate and use up the filling, but they taste really good, certainly worth trying

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Ooops, I forgot to rate this recipe!

sarahdarah's picture

I've just made these and they look and taste wonderful. I thought they would be quite difficult and tricky to make but they were really easy although extremely messy!! I must have made the biggest truffles ever as I only got 21 out of the mix instead of the 40 stated in the recipe. Well, I've learnt for next time! I've got lots of middle mixture left so intend to make some more tomorrow so i can fill my xmas hampers with special truffles!!!


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