Dark Chocolate Ganache Truffle Recipe

Chocolate truffles are truly at the higher spectrum when it comes to refined sweet treats, are we right? Named for their resemblance to the fungi-type of truffle, and celebrated in Belgium, France, Switzerland, and beyond, there are few candies more elegant than the truffle. Such a decadent delight must be an inordinately complex sweet treat to create, right? No, not so much at all! While this dark chocolate ganache truffle recipe from chef and recipe developer Catherine Brookes of Blue Sky Eating will indeed take you more than two hours to complete, the bulk of that time is simply spent waiting for the chocolate to chill in the fridge. "These are super easy to make. Just roll the ganache into balls in your hands and dip them in the cocoa powder," Brookes notes.

Overall, this is a wonderfully simple recipe that calls for just three ingredients, none of which are exotic or hard to find. And fear not, because your secret is safe with us — no one needs to know you sourced the ingredients for these truffles from the local supermarket, nor that you spent more time scrolling through Instagram in bed this morning than you did on the hands-on prep of these sweet little spheres of chocolatey goodness.

Sound good? If so, then let's roll! Or first heat and melt and chill, then we'll roll. You'll see — it's quite easy.

Gather your ingredients to prepare dark chocolate ganache truffles

How's this for simple: There really are just three ingredients needed to create these chocolate ganache truffles. And those ingredients include 1 ½ cups of dark chocolate chips, ½ cup of heavy cream, and about 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder.

Once you have this recipe under your belt, you can go ahead and try other blends. Perhaps mix in milk chocolate chips, or blend in cacao with the cocoa, and on it goes. But for your first try at this one, stick to Brookes' recipe, as it is perfection in sweet form already.

Heat the cream, and melt the chocolate

Start off the recipe by adding the chocolate chips to a large mixing bowl. It's a good ideal to use a microwave-safe bowl, as that will come into play in a moment.

Next, heat the cream in a saucepan until it begins to boil, stirring frequently. Let it bubble for another minute or so once it comes to full heat.

Now, remove the pan from the heat, and pour the heated cream over the chocolate chips. Stir quickly and continuously until all the chocolate has melted. If there are a few chips left that haven't melted, you can pop the mixture in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds, and then stir again.

Chill the chocolate, then roll the truffles into balls, and coat

Leave the evenly combined chocolate and cream mixture to chill in the fridge for at least two hours, and near the end of that chill time, measure the cocoa powder into a small bowl.

Once chill time is over, scoop out spoonfuls of the truffle mixture and shape/roll them into balls with your hands. Use about one tablespoon of mixture per truffle, and you should end up with 16 to 18 truffles, give or take. "One thing to watch out for might be if the ganache is a little too firm when first taking it out of the fridge. If it's too hard to scoop out/roll at this stage, you can pop it in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds to help soften it very slightly," Brookes says.

Finally, roll each truffle in the cocoa powder to completely coat it, then you can enjoy. Or pop them into an airtight container, and they will keep well for days at room temperature and for even longer in the fridge.

How and when to serve these decadent chocolate treats

These dark chocolate ganache truffles are such fun treats to whip up, and the presentation can be really sweet. Whether you choose to prepare this decadent dessert recipe for your family or as an elegant item to serve at your next dinner party, buffet, or birthday gathering, these treats are sure to be savored and raved about by all. Everyone is bound to ask for the recipe. "[I] would generally eat them on their own as a treat. [They] might go well with something fresh and fruity, though," Brookes notes.

Dark Chocolate Ganache Truffle Recipe
5 from 22 ratings
This dark chocolate ganache truffle recipe is wonderfully simple and will yield the most decadent delights you'll love enjoying for a sweet treat.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
5
minutes
Servings
18
Truffles
truffles stacked up
Total time: 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
Directions
  1. Add the chocolate chips to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Heat the cream in a saucepan until it begins to boil, stirring frequently, then let it bubble for another minute or so.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, and pour the cream over the chocolate chips. Stir quickly until all the chocolate has melted.
  4. Leave the mixture to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  5. Measure the cocoa powder into a small bowl.
  6. Once it's been chilling for 2 hours, scoop out spoonfuls of the truffle mixture, and squash/roll them into balls with your hands (about 1 tablespoon of mixture per truffle).
  7. Roll each truffle in the cocoa powder to completely coat it.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 116
Total Fat 9.0 g
Saturated Fat 5.3 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 9.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 7.7 g
Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
Total Sugars 3.8 g
Sodium 5.7 mg
Protein 1.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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