3-Ingredient Chocolate Truffles: the No-Bake Recipe for Delicious and Elegant Treats

Total time: 15 mins. / resting time
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist

Do you find yourself craving desserts or special treats that are as delicious as they are elegant? Even better, if they're quick to prepare, only require 3-ingredients and no baking but just a fridge? Well, then, these 3-Ingredient Chocolate Truffles are perfect for you! Small, delicately flavored sweets, perfect for reaching the hearts of those with a sweet tooth or those we love. They can be prepared for a special occasion or simply to make any day sweeter. After preparing them, choosing the chocolate you prefer, you just have to dip them in melted dark chocolate and decorate them as you see fit.

What Are 3-Ingredient Chocolate Truffles?

Chocolate truffles, decadent confections that melt in your mouth, trace their origins back to France in the late 19th century. Named after the truffle fungus due to their resemblance, these treats traditionally consist of a ganache center coated in chocolate, cocoa powder, or nuts. The simplicity and elegance of truffles made them a favorite among confectioners and chocolate enthusiasts alike. The three-ingredient variant, using just chocolate, milk, and butter, emerged as a modern twist, born from the desire to simplify the recipe while maintaining the rich, indulgent flavor. This minimalist approach allows for quick preparation without sacrificing the luxurious experience that chocolate truffles are known for. By melting chocolate with hot milk and butter, then freezing and decorating, this version makes it accessible for home cooks to create gourmet-style truffles with ease.

Tips for The Best Chocolate Truffles

  • Start with high-quality chocolate. The better the chocolate, the better your truffles will taste. Opt for chocolate with at least 60% cocoa content for a rich and intense flavor.
  • When mixing chocolate with hot milk, ensure the milk is just below boiling to avoid burning the chocolate. Stir continuously until the mixture is smooth and glossy.
  • Use room temperature butter for smoother incorporation into the chocolate mixture. Cold butter can cause lumps and an uneven texture.
  • Experiment with different coatings beyond just cocoa powder. Finely chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or even a sprinkle of sea salt can add unique flavors and textures.
  • When decorating, handle the truffles gently to maintain their shape. Use a fork or dipping tool for coating them in melted chocolate to avoid fingerprints and smudges.

What Is The Best Type of Chocolate to Use for These Truffles?

The best type of chocolate to use for these truffles is high-quality dark chocolate with at least 60% cocoa content. This ensures a rich, intense flavor and smooth texture.

Can I Use Chocolate Chips Instead of Chocolate Bars?

Yes, you can use chocolate chips instead of chocolate bars to prepare the truffles. However, ensure they are high-quality chocolate chips with at least 60% cocoa content for the best results.

Can I Add Other Ingredients to Enrich These Truffles?

Yes, you can add other ingredients to enrich these truffles, such as finely chopped nuts, dried fruits, or flavored extracts like vanilla or almond. These additions can enhance the flavor and texture of the truffles.

Are These Truffles Gluten-Free?

Yes, these truffles are gluten-free as long as the chocolate and any added decorations or coatings do not contain gluten. Always check the labels to ensure all ingredients are gluten-free.

Can I Make These Ahead?

Yes, these truffles can be made ahead. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze them for longer storage. Bring to room temperature before serving for the best texture and flavor.

Can I Freeze These Truffles?

Yes, these truffles can be frozen. Store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature before serving.

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How to Store 3-Ingredient Chocolate Truffles

Store leftover truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to one week. For longer storage, freeze them in an airtight container for up to three months.


300 grams
warm milk
75 ml
40 grams
For the decoration
melted dark chocolate
Cocoa powder
Decorative sugar

How to Make 3-Ingredient Chocolate Truffles

In a bowl, add the chopped chocolate and pour the hot milk over it.

Mix them together until the chocolate has fully melted.

Add the room temperature butter and mix it in, until it has fully melted and mended with the chocolate.

Transfer to a prepared pan, lined with baking paper, level it and transfer to the freezer for about 3 hours.

Once the 3 hours are up, take the chocolate out of the freezer and cut it into small pieces.

Using kitchen gloves, take half of the chocolate pieces and shape them into tiny balls.

Coat the balls with cocoa powder.

Decorate the other half of the chocolate pieces with melted chocolate.

Delicately, decorate the truffles with melted chocolate and sugar decorations, or however you prefer.


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