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Homemade Dark Chocolate Truffles

Homemade Dark Chocolate Truffles

Perfect for any special occasion, 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 friends and family.

Ingredients for the Truffle Centers

  • 8 oz (1 cups) bitter unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 24 oz (3 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp. prepared coffee
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla, orange or peppermint extract (optional)

Ingredients for the Chocolate Coating

  • 8 oz (1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Sprinkles (optional)

How to make homemade chocolate truffles - Mommy Scene

Gather your ingredients together; unsweetened 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.

Chop up the unsweetened chocolate with a knife or food processor so it will evenly melt.

Easily make homemade dark chocolate truffles - Mommy Scene

Heat the heavy cream in a sauce pan just until it boils. Once the cream is hot, remove it from the heat and slowly add the chocolate chips and unsweetened chocolate, stirring until the chocolate is completely melted. Mix in the coffee and vanilla (or flavoring of your choice).

Easy homemade dark chocolate truffles - Mommy Scene

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 or pipe the centers while the chocolate is still hot.

Form the Truffle Centers

Scooping – Once cool, make the truffle centers by scooping out the chocolate mixture and forming it into 1-inch balls.

Piping – I used a icing bag to pipe the centers, which I rounded with my fingers once cool. This allows me to make 50 to 60 truffle centers at a time in just minutes. If you go the piping route, you’ll want to work with the chocolate before it’s fully cooled to room temperature. Allow the formed truffle centers to chill for at least 30 minutes before adding the outer chocolate coating.

You can make these chocolate truffle centers in advance and store them in the refrigerator for weeks until you are ready to dip them in melted chocolate.

Homemade dark chocolate truffles with piped chocolate centers - Mommy Scene

Homemade dark chocolate truffles centers - Mommy Scene

Dip the Truffles in Chocolate Coating

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. Mix in 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil to make the melted chocolate flow better and give your homemade dark chocolate truffles a glossy finish.

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Dip each truffle center into the melted chocolate chips and set them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to dry. I put several centers at a time into the melted chocolate and fished them out with a spoon. I accented these homemade chocolate truffles by sprinkling on chocolate sprinkles before the outer coating was fully cool.

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Delicious homemade dark chocolate truffles - Mommy Scene

Allow the chocolate coating to fully dry/set before handling the truffles. You can speed up the drying process by placing the baking sheet of dipped truffles in the freezer for 10 minutes.

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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 by leaving a comment below.
Original recipe from the Food Network.

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Katie has been married for 9 years, has 3 young children, and loves creative projects, photography, decorating, and encouraging others to pursue their ideas. She loves the Lord and feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with opportunities to enjoy creative outlets from home.

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23 Comments on "Homemade Dark Chocolate Truffles"

Leah S

Yum! these look like a perfect Valentines treat for my loves.

Tiffany G

Thank you, just in time for Valentine’s day

Laura R

I will have to make these for my hubby for v-day! thanks for the post!

Carmen R

These look so delicious!!! I will have to try these.

Maggi B

I think I’m gonna try to make these for the hubby this year!! Thanks for the recipe. Excited to try.

Terri S

Your finished truffles came out perfect. I’ve always wanted to make my own chocolates. Thanks for the recipe, step-by-step directions and photos. If mine come out like yours, they would be nice gifts for friends & family.


These look so delicious, I have never attempted to make my own truffles but they are my favorite way to eat chocolate.

Erica O

Definitely making these and giving some to my mom!

Jodi W

They look so delicious!! I love truffles and will give this a try.

Alysha J

So gotta make these!

Susan H

OMG! They look too good to be true!

Nancy M

Delicious looking truffles!

Kendyl C

These look wonderful!

N Bear

These look yummy! I might leave out the coffee though (not a fan).


Hmm, I always thought this process was too difficult. You’ve shown me how easy it might be. I may just try it. Not a coffee fan so will have to substitute on that one. I hate how hard your security code is. They are too run together even though you refresh a lot.

June S

I love eating some truffles once in awhile, these sound so yummy.

Erica P

These are literally one of the yummiest things I’ve ever seen. I’ll have to make these soon– once warm weather hits the south I can’t work with chocolate unless I jack up the A/C!

Belinda B

oh these look so so yummy. I want some now


Definitely pinning this for later – chocolate… bliss 🙂


Yummy! I’ll have to make these.


I definitely am excited to try this. I love truffles but they are pretty expensive. What a great idea to give at the holidays too.


I bet you could make these vegan too!

Dandi D

These look delicious and perfect for the holidays!