Even though they look pretty fancy, truffles are really not that difficult to make. It’s simply a ganache (mixture of chocolate and cream) which is chilled in the fridge, so you can form it into a ball. It’s then rolled into cacao powder, coconut, or basically anything delicious.
To make a basic ganache, combine dark chocolate (broken up in pieces) and cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Use two parts chocolate to one part cream. Cook while stirring, until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and add vanilla extract. Refrigerate until the mixture is firm and you are able to form it into balls.
Mix It Up with Different Flavors (Variations)
Peanut butter – Add a few tablespoons of smooth peanut butter to the ganache. After refrigerating and forming the ganache into balls, roll in finely chopped peanuts.
Red Velvet – Substitute the dark chocolate with white chocolate, and the cream with sour cream. Roll the ganache balls in cacao powder.
Chocolate Mole – Add a pinch of chili powder and cinnamon to the ganache mixture in the saucepan. Roll the formed balls in cacao powder with a pinch of chili powder and cinnamon.
Ginger Cookie – To the ganache mixture in your saucepan, add ½ tsp ground ginger and ½ tsp cinnamon. Roll the formed balls into finely crushed ginger cookies.
Coconut – Substitute the dark chocolate with white chocolate. Roll the ganache balls in small coconut flakes.
A Few Tips to Make Your Truffles Delicious
Make sure to work on medium heat, as this will prevent the chocolate from splitting and making your truffles greasy. Take the truffles out of the refrigerator a few minutes before serving it to your guests. This gives them a chance to warm up slightly, so that they are melt-in-the-mouth delicious!