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Classic Chocolate Truffle Recipe

by Emily
Classic Chocolate Truffles in cute little cups for Valentine's Day

This year, Jai and I are not celebrating Valentine’s day in any big way. In all honesty, we probably won’t even give one another cards (now that I say that, is he going to go out and get one?). Wedding planning, my work, and his classes are all furiously chugging along. We just don’t seem to have enough time to get everything done. Besides that, my birthday and our engagement anniversary is next week, so we can squeeze it all into one celebratory date night, right?

Two plates of creamy chocolate truffles
Two plates of creamy chocolate truffles

Instead of doing the Valentine’s thing with Jai, I am going all out for my other most important person ever: my roommate/best friend/older sister. I’m having a sister date instead (which sometimes is everything a girl could ever want.) I was wracking my brain about what to do for valentines day with her, and decided to do whatever typical thing a younger sister would/should do: stuff her face with her favorite thing. In other words, force chocolate down her throat… but lovingly… while watching Outlander…all served on a pretty pink plate (b/c what is Valentine’s Day without pink? It would just be every-other-day chocolate without some pink or hearts thrown in the mix). A perfect night for us two girls.

I love these cute little cupcake cups to serve the truffles
I love these cute little cupcake cups to serve the truffles.

For this Valentine’s day, I decided to make classic chocolate truffles. These chocolate truffles are the perfect bite of creamy and rich chocolate. Many chocolate truffles have different flavor fillings, but I decided to keep it simple and go with the classic recipe because it is my first time making these. The biggest hint that I can give you is that these take a bit longer than expected: they need some time to chill in the refrigerator and the process can get a little messy!

I hope you enjoy these classic chocolate truffles for your Valentine’s day treat! If you want to try last year’s Valentine’s treat, go check out our Chocolate and Strawberry Pot de Crème, if you want another bite size treat, try our Coffee Macarons!

An overhead shot of chocolate truffles.
Let’s eat!

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Classic Chocolate Truffles

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  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

  • 8 ounces of good quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (at least 65% cacao) finely chopped

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder


  • Heat the heavy cream in a small pot until it is steaming. Put chocolate in a bowl. Pour half the cream over top, and stir in to the chocolate. Then, pour in the second half, and stir until chocolate is melted and mixed into the cream.
  • Chill the mixture until solid all the way through. This could take 1 to 2 hours. Using a chilled melon or ice cream scoop to prevent the ganache melting and getting everywhere, scoop out about a tablespoon and put it on parchment paper.
  • Quickly sprinkle a good amount of cacao powder onto the truffle and surrounding area of parchment. Once covered, roll into a ball. Repeat until you are finished.


  • If the truffles become too soft, place them in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes. Try not to eat them as you make them!! Enjoy!

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