Rich in taste, smooth as silk, super creamy, and melt in your mouth chocolate truffles. They are addicting and extremely easy to make! If you want to enjoy a homemade treat with minimum effort this Christmas. Stick around because this is the recipe for you!
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When it comes to homemade treats made especially for Christmas, our family has a never-ending tradition for Christmas Chocolate truffles.
If you prefer they can be dipped in melted chocolate to give them an extra thick layer of goodness. This recipe used just three core ingredients, the best part is that they’re outrageously easy to make and have endless flavor possibilities!
Ingredients (screenshot for grocery list!)
- 8 Oz semi-sweet or dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup heavy cream or coconut milk
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
- pinch salt (optional)
Healthy And Vegan Chocolate Truffles This Christmas?
Afraid you might not get to eat this chocolaty goodness? Here are a few healthy and vegan alternatives to using:
Use coconut cream, cashew cream, or full-fat canned coconut milk and make coconut milk chocolate truffles. Or use a vegan brand of heavy cream instead of regular dairy whipping cream.
To make these Christmas Chocolate Truffles healthier, use Extra Dark Chocolate or Sugar-Free Chocolate can be used.
How To Make Christmas Chocolate Truffles
Start by chopping chocolate finely, doing this will help melt the chocolate more swiftly and the texture and consistency with be perfect. If using coconut milk instead of whipping cream be sure it’s the full-fat canned type. This helps achieve the perfect texture!
Heat the milk or cream just until it barely begins to boil, be careful and what it like a hawk. Pour the hot contents over the chocolate, add the salt and vanilla if yours using, and stir this until you reach a smooth mix.
Refrigerate this mixture for at least 2 hours, or until its firm enough to scoop out and roll. Roll the balls with your hand’s balls or using a mini cookie scoop.
For the topping, do what your heart desires, roll truffles in cocoa powder, or sprinkles, or crushed walnuts or almonds, or coconut, or powdered sugar, or melted chocolate. Set these down on a parchment-lined plate, and refrigerate or freeze until you’re ready to serve them.
Leftover truffles can be refrigerated for 1-2 months. See more storing tips below!
These Are Some Tips For The Best Outcomes
What Chocolate To Use?
Using every day dark chocolate is the way I usually make my chocolate truffles because it’s not expensive and it gets the job done.
However, if you are really a chocolate fan and you love yourself some fancy rich flavored chocolate then get it for these truffles because this will make your chocolate truffles taste absolutely amazing!
Follow my recipe as it is and just add the best type of chocolate according to your preference for some amazing Christmas chocolate truffles!!
Consistency For The Ganache
The ganache needs to be firm enough for you to roll into some balls. We want a firm yet smooth chocolate ganache so that we do not lose the consistency, and you can scoop it properly into a ball shape.
Normal eating chocolate is not really the right ingredient and does not have the right consistency. So be sure to use some good quality cooking chocolate because it is meant to be melted and used into desserts. And leave the ganache to sit overnight for it to be a smooth and soft texture!
Learn To Roll It!
Playing with chocolate can get messy and you might feel scared about ruining it, but don’t worry! The chocolate is supposed to be creamy, soft and smooth textured. However, your chocolate can get extra smooth in room temperature, which is why it starts softening even more quickly in your hands when you try rolling it.
You firstly need a cold plate or just use a steel tray and place it in the freezer to make it really cold! This is for placing the balls on, the cold plate will make sure the balls remain cold and do not soften up and lose their shape.
The second tip would be keeping your hands really cold to handle the balls; I usually have cold hands so it’s not really a problem for me. But you can try placing your hands in the open freezer for a while and then start preparing the balls. Make sure you’re fast so that you don’t have to cool your hands down every 5 minutes!
On Point Ratio Every time!
My Christmas chocolate truffles recipe makes the ganache according to a 2:1 ratio of chocolate to cream and I would specifically recommend weighing your ingredients and measuring properly for the perfect outcomes.
Try Using The Best Chocolate You Can Find
Unlike me, you can try looking for the best chocolate you can find in the market. I would recommend a bar of chocolate in a 60%-70% range which is the smoothest. Avoid buying any chocolate chips or bars that have hardening agents in them.
The cooking chocolate that I use for my Christmas chocolate truffles is usually not that expensive and not that cheap, it’s mediocre quality and it still gets the job done. So don’t worry if you don’t want to spend too much.
Be Sure To Use Whipping Cream Or Heavy Cream
Whipping cream and heavy cream are almost the same and both of them can be used in my Christmas chocolate truffles recipe. Do not use normal cream that is for basic desserts, you can find heavy cream and whipping cream labelled cream packs at every grocery store.
Again, be sure to get the right ingredients!
Problems With Your Christmas Chocolate Truffles?
Melting the Chocolate: It can be tricky to melt chocolate if you’re doing it for the first time. I have one awesome trick that will help you melt that chocolate in no time! Chop the chocolate into tiny pieces, the finer you cut the chunks, the faster they’ll melt.
Chocolate usually doesn’t melt if the cream is not warm enough, so make sure your cream is simmering when you start adding the chocolate in. If you’re still facing problems, use a heatproof bowl and place it over some simmering water, mix the chocolate into the cream while the steam warms up the bowl.
This usually tends to work for me.
The Ganache isn’t thickening: Be sure that you use the right ingredients, by that I mean you need to use pure chocolate and not eating chocolate. You can make the mixture in a shallow plate for it to thicken and place it in the fridge until it does.
The truffles are too dry for any toppings: This can happen; your Christmas chocolate truffles can dry up causing them to not stick to any of the toppings. This is why you need to mash the truffles in your hands and roll them again to bring that moisture out of them.
Variations To Try With Chocolate Truffles
When it comes to making some delicious Christmas chocolate truffles, the only way you can change up a little bit is by adding different ingredients for a change in flavor, texture, and looks!
In your chocolate ganache, mix around ¼ tsp of peppermint extract to give your chocolate ganache a slight minty taste because as we all know, chocolate and mint are a killer combination for almost everyone!
Coconut, Because Why Not??
Grab a coconut and shred it into little pieces. Add that shredded coconut into your ganache or if you want to make different truffles with that ganache, then simply roll the ganache in some shredded coconut and make it stand out from the rest of them!
Instead of rolling the balls, put a raspberry on a fork and cover it with the ganache! Place it in the fridge and let it cool for around 40 minutes for it to maintain its shape.
Stir around 1 tsp of some instant coffee to your mixture and be sure to mix it well for it to blend properly.
Why not use some blackberries as well if you like raspberry truffles? Grab a fork and put your blackberry on it, coat it with the chocolate ganache and place it in the fridge for it to take up a proper shape.
Stir around 2 tsp of peanut butter in the mixture of your cream and melted chocolate while it’d still hot and keep on mixing until it’s completely infused in the mixture.
Toppings To Add To Your Christmas Chocolate Truffles
You can get creative with truffles as a lot of toppings can suit them. I looked up a few on the internet and tried them out, and I actually loved them!
Are you a coffee lover? I sure am, and I love rolling my instant coffee infused truffles in some espresso coffee to enhance the flavor of coffee in my truffles even more!
Again, coconut can go with almost everything! Finely chopped toasted coconut adds a tropical sweetness to your chocolaty coconut truffles. Just roll your coconut truffles onto some finely chopped coconut and you’ll be ready to go!
The combination of chocolate and white chocolate is loved by everyone. Rolling your rich truffles into some white chocolate shavings will give them a great contrast! Dark chocolate combined with some white chocolate makes an amazing combination so be sure to try this out as well!
Get some cinnamon sugar and roll your truffles into it, be sure not to use too much as cinnamon can be overpowering and might ruin the taste of your Christmas chocolate truffles.
But cinnamon overall will bring an amazing heat to your sweet truffles, and is an amazing addition to any dessert and your 2020 Christmas will be awesome with these chocolate cinnamon truffles!!
I usually use jimmies because I prefer their taste and their texture so roll your chocolate truffles into those jimmies and enjoy a normal and delicious topping that is hassle-free and easily enjoyable!
Coating the truffles with Matcha tea gives them a refreshing herbal tea flavor that does not taste bad, believe me, I was surprised! Also, the green colour makes them look stunning! This combination may seem a bit weird but be sure to try it out.
Chocolate and peppermint are a match made in heaven! It’s just the perfect combination; The variation of mint-infused truffles will go great with this topping.
Nuts can go with almost everything; they have an earthy and rich flavor that balances out the sweetness of whatever desserts you make. Finely chop some nuts like pecans or almonds or walnuts, and roll your truffles over it. The buttery rich earthy taste will enhance the flavors of your Christmas chocolate truffles!
How To Store These Christmas Chocolate Truffles For Best Use
Freeze the chocolate truffles without any sorts of toppings put them in a plastic zipper bag or you could use a container as well. Place them inside the freezer and freeze them without any doubt. You will have good truffles for about 2-3 months.
Thaw them in the fridge for 2-3 hours or enjoy them frozen. I usually place my truffles onto a baking sheet and I flash freeze them for around 30 minutes to prevent them from sticking. After that, I place them in a container and I place the container in the freezer.
EASY CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES RECIPE 2020
- 8 Oz semi-sweet or dark chocolate
- ½ cup heavy cream or coconut milk
- ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
- pinch salt (optional)
- Start by chopping chocolate finely, doing this will help melt the chocolate more swiftly and the texture and consistency will be perfect.
- If using coconut milk instead of whipping cream be sure it’s the full-fat canned type. This helps achieve the perfect texture!
- Heat the milk or cream just until it barely begins to boil, be careful and what it like a hawk.
- Pour the hot contents over the chocolate, add the salt and vanilla if yours using, and stir this until you reach a smooth mix.
- Refrigerate this mixture for at least 2 hours, or until its firm enough to scoop out and roll.
- Roll the balls with your hands balls or use a mini cookie scoop.
- For the topping, do what your heart desires, roll truffles in cocoa powder, or sprinkles, or crushed walnuts or almonds, or coconut, or powdered sugar, or melted chocolate.
- Set these down on a parchment-lined plate, and refrigerate or freeze until you’re ready to serve them.
- Leftover truffles can be refrigerated for 1-2 months. See more storing tips below!