Perfect for Valentine's Day, these delicious chocolate truffles taste just like expensive store bought ones and are very easy to make. You can make the budget-friendly version we illustrate, or go all out and use gourmet ingredients such as Lindt and Ghiradelli chocolate to take these truffles to the next level. Either way, homemade truffles are sure to delight your loved ones.
Gather your ingredients together; bittersweet chocolate, chocolate chips, heavy cream, coffee and your flavoring of choice. If you want to make dark chocolate truffles, use Vanilla extract as the flavoring. Otherwise you can experiment with Orange, Peppermint, Almond, or Raspberry extracts to make various flavored truffles.
Heat the heavy cream in a sauce pan just until it boils. Once the cream is hot, slowly pour it over the chocolate chips and bittersweet chocolate in another sauce pan, stirring until the chocolate is completely melted. Mix in the tablespoon of coffee and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (or flavoring of your choice).
I split the chocolate mixture into two bowls and added orange extract to half, to make half orange truffles and half dark chocolate truffles. Set the mixture aside for 1 hour to cool to room temperature.
Once cool, make your truffle centers by scooping out the chocolate mixture and forming it into balls. I used a icing bag to pipe the centers, which I rounded with my fingers once cool. If you go the piping route, you'll want to work with the chocolate before it's fully cooled to room temperature. Allow the truffle centers to chill for at least 30 minutes before adding the outer coating. You can also make the centers in advance and store them in the refrigerator for weeks until you are ready to dip them.
To coat the truffle centers, melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between intervals. If you'd rather, you can also melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler.
Dip each truffle center into the melted chocolate chips. I put several centers at a time into the melted chocolate and fished them out with a spoon. I set them on a baking sheet to dry.
Allow the chocolate coating to set before handling the truffles. You can speed up the process by placing your baking sheet of dipped truffles in the freezer for a few minutes. I accented these truffles by sprinkling on chocolate sprinkles before the outer coating was fully cool.
Homemade chocolate truffles are a perfect dessert for a holiday party and make great gifts for your neighbors, friends and family. Tuck a few into a cute box and people may even wonder if you bought them!
We hope you try making these delicious truffles for yourself! Let us know how it goes!
Original recipe from the Food Network.