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Today, I am sharing my all time favorite treat to make for Valentine's Day: Homemade Truffles.  Chocolates are the epitome of Valentine's Day and there is absolutely no reason to go out and buy them when they are so simple and fun to make in your very own kitchen.

Homemade Chocolate Truffle Recipe | Growing Up Gabel @thegabels

I have been making this truffle recipe for years and it is the highlight of our Valentine's Day.  Making your own chocolates for your sweetie is unbelievable quick and easy with infinite variations.   The ingredients are pretty basic: chocolate, butter, cream and extract.

Homemade Chocolate Truffle Recipe | Growing Up Gabel @thegabels

You pick the chocolate (milk, dark, semi-sweet or a combination); you pick the flavor (mint, almond, vanilla, rum, coconut, orange, etc) and you pick the outside topping (nuts, cocoa powder, coconut, crushed candies, etc) for a truly unique and personalized gift.

Homemade Chocolate Truffle Recipe | Growing Up Gabel @thegabels



This recipe is basically a ganache that you put in the fridge to firm up and then scoop the chocolate in to balls.   For some reason my truffles were very soft this time around.  If that happens to you, just put the ganache back in to the fridge to let it harden up some more.  I think that the truffles I made (pictured above) are also way too big. I used a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop and they are a mouth full of chocolate! I'd stick to a teaspoon or so for a good sized treat.

Edited: Kelsey left a great comment that I wanted to share. After the truffles are set and refrigerated, dip them in Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Sauce That Hardens  so they aren't so soft! Thanks for the tip, Kelsey!


Homemade Chocolate Truffles

Serves 1-2     adjust servings

Preparation 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2:10


  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond (or any flavor) extract
  • 2/3 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips


  • 1/3 cup finely chopped hazelnuts or almonds (for nut truffles)
  • Cocoa powder (for cocoa truffles)
  • Coconut (for coconut truffles)


  1. In a small saucepan, heat cream and butter over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until bubbles form around the edge of pan, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Add extract and chocolate; stir until smooth.
  4. Press plastic wrap onto surface of mixture.
  5. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  6. Using a cookie scoop, scoop chocolate into a ball shape and drop in to desired topping.
  7. Coat truffles with topping by rolling them around.
  8. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  9. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1511kcal Calories from fat 1030
% Daily Value
Total Fat 114g 175%
Saturated Fat 58g 290%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 216mg 72%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Carbohydrate 112g 37%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 98g
Protein 16g

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

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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16 comments on “Homemade Chocolate Truffle Recipe

  1. Oh, truffles! *drools* Love those! These look delish! Thank you for sharing this with our Sweets For My Sweetie link-up. Definitely bookmarking these for future reference! YUM!

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  3. Hello!
    I found you from the Mop it up Mondays link up. I would love to have you come share your post with my readers over at Sassy Little Lady’s Show and Tell Saturday. Hope to see you there!


  4. These look delicious, and not too hard to make

  5. A cup of coffee would go great with these. I’m currently hosting a giveaway to win a $20 Starbucks gift card and would love for you to enter!

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  7. Hi Camille!! How are you? Thanks so much for linking up to my first Show & Tell party today…. you’re to awesome! I hope you can come back again next week 🙂 xoxo~ Ruthie

  8. Kelsey house on said:

    I do these every year! Same way! But with Texas heat and humidity the ganache never stays hard and it’s so soft when you try to give them as a gift they alwayyyyssssss ened up a mess. My trick- after ganache is settled in balls And refrigerated a few more hours, take Hershey’s magic shell and pour over each ganache then decorate and harden 🙂 it is perfect!!!

  9. I think I will be making this recipe! I love chocolate truffles!

  10. I’ve always wanted to try making truffles myself. Looks like something I could maange!

  11. WOW!! I’m drooling! Awesome post, awesome recipe, awesome site, just all around fantastic! Thanks s much for posting this!

  12. Yum!  I love truffles…well, anything chocolate really 🙂 So glad to have you as part of the blog hop!