Chocolate truffles with coloured coatings by a gift box

Easy chocolate truffles

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(45 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 5 mins Plus 4 hours chilling


Makes 50 (easily doubled or halved)

Chocolate truffles, beautifully wrapped in boxes, will put a smile on anyone's face – and they're so easy to make

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per truffle

  • kcal67
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0g
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  • 300g good-quality dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids
    Dark chocolate soup pots with double cream in spoons

    Dark chocolate

    dahk chok-o-let

    Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…

  • 300ml pot double cream
  • 50g unsalted butter


  1. Chop the chocolate and tip into a large bowl. Put the cream and butter into a saucepan and heat gently until the butter melts and the cream reaches simmering point. Remove from heat, then pour over the chocolate. Stir the chocolate and cream together until you have a smooth mixture. Add any flavourings to the truffle mix at this stage (divide the mixture between bowls and mix in liqueurs or other flavourings, a tsp at a time, to taste. Try bourbon, Grand Marnier, coconut rum or the zest and juice of an orange), or leave plain. Cool and chill for at least 4 hrs.

  2. To shape the truffles, dip a melon baller in hot water and scoop up balls of the mixture, then drop the truffles onto greaseproof paper. Or lightly coat your hands in flavourless oil (such as sunflower) and roll the truffles between your palms. You could also use a piping bag to pipe rounds onto greaseproof paper.

  3. Coat your truffles immediately after shaping. Tip toppings into a bowl and gently roll the truffles until evenly coated, then chill on greaseproof paper. Try: crushed, shelled pistachio nuts; lightly toasted desiccated coconut; or roll a truffle flavoured with orange zest and juice in cocoa powder. To coat in chocolate, line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Melt 100g milk, dark or white chocolate for 10 truffles. Allow chocolate to cool slightly. With a fork, pick up one truffle at a time and hold over the bowl of melted chocolate. Spoon the chocolate over the truffle until well-coated. Place on the baking tray, then chill.

  4. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days, or freeze for up to a month. Defrost in the fridge overnight. To give as presents, place 8-10 truffles in individual foil or paper cases inside small, lined boxes tied with ribbon. Keep in the fridge until you’re ready to give them.

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15th Jan, 2011
This were lovely and rich, but far too messy and soft. We found that when we froze them, eaten from frozen they tasted amazing. We wanted to give them as gifts but they were too soft and didnt look good.
15th Jan, 2011
After a couple of hours chilling, the mixture was way too hard to shape at all. Ended up having to throw out the mixture as it ended up like a bowl of solid chocolate. I had followed previous suggestion of using dark chocolate rather than milk, so I wonder if I should have used more cream?
15th Jan, 2011
I doubled the recipe, then split between four bowls. I made four different flavours, mint, jack Daniels, brandy and rum. I then coated each flavour with a different coating.
24th Dec, 2010
Just done these for presents, they look a lot better than i thought they would! Very easy to make - slightly messy to roll and cover but results are impressive! I did baileys rolled in coconut and orange in cocoa and plain in pistachio - all very nice and would make again
24th Dec, 2010
I made these as Christmas presents and left them in the fridge. The family found and ate them before I could even break out the wrapping paper, so I'd say they were a success! The ones with an added shot of brandy and rolled in cocoa powder were especially popular, and they were extremely simple and fun to make. I also did some with a shot of amaretto rolled in hazelnuts, and some in dessicated coconut, which were also yummy.
19th Dec, 2010
Made these last xmas and they worked out great! Am going to do them again this week to add some homemade hampers of goodies I'm doing. Last year I lined some plastic champagne flutes we had with some tissue paper and presented them in those but for boxes you could look out for favour boxes that people buy for weddings, they would probably hold between 2-5 truffles depending on size. Think Hobbycraft and such places would do those. Happy Chrimbo!
18th Dec, 2010
Tescos sell white cup cake boxes, £3 for 10. I have just made the truffle mixture and it looks as though my mixture has separated and it is all oily on the top, I am guessing this is not supposed to happen. What did I do wrong? Is there a way a saving the mixture? Thanks
14th Dec, 2010
i got my boxes from cake craft world, i have a warehouse down the road from me but i do know they take internet orders for del, they are beautiful and have a lovely liner in each one which is a nice touch, think i got 5 for about £4 give them a try but you might have to get a wiggle on so they have time to get them out to you.
10th Dec, 2010
How long do these keep for? I want to make some for xmas gifts!
8th Dec, 2010
I don't know about boxes, but I have used clear sellophane with gold stars on and made parcels with twirled ribbon. I asked a local florist shop if they would sell me some sellophane. If you dont want aything see through, perhaps the little gift bags that you can get in birthday card shops. Hope this helps. I am now going to make the truffles.


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