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French Chocolate Truffles

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 truffles 1x


These rich, creamy French chocolate truffles are a delicious Christmas treat.  This easy recipe shows you how to make this decadent Christmas candy with real cream and dark chocolate.




  1. Pour the cream into a 1-quart saucepan and set over medium heat.  Heat the cream until it barely begins to bubble and simmer, then instantly remove it from the heat.
  2. Immediately dump in the chopped chocolate and vanilla extract, and whisk the mixture for a minute or two until all the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture into a bowl and chill for 2-3 hours, or until it's firm enough to roll into balls.
  4. Roll the chilled mixture into balls, then roll each truffle in the cocoa powder.
  5. Store the truffles at room temperature for up to 1 week.


  • Weigh the chocolate on a kitchen scale for accuracy.
  • Either chocolate chips or chopped baking bars will work in this recipe.  I usually make truffles with Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips.
  • Be sure that the cream is warm and bubbly, but not boiling.  If the cream is boiling, it can cause the mixture to split.
  • Don't freak out if the mixture isn't smooth right away; it takes a minute or so of constant whisking to get a smooth ganache.
  • Category: Candy
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: French

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