Dark Chocolate Truffles
Sunday May 14, 2017

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As someone who enjoys a dark chocolate truffle each evening I haven’t had dessert, paired with a cup of tea, I have never made my own. To be entirely honest, I assumed it was an arduous task and best to simply let the experts work their magic. How wrong I was. The good news is making chocolate truffles is one of the easiest sweet treats you can make for yourself and those you love. While you do need to set aside one night to let the ganache set, beyond that, the task is simple and reminds me a bit of making mud-pies when I was a kid but far more delicious.

Patricia Wells’ new cookbook, My Master Recipes: 165 Recipes to Inspire Confidence in the Kitchen did exactly as it promised. As I shared in episode #148 of the podcast, what I appreciate about her new cookbook is how it is organized: by skill. From blanching to rising to baking and of course how to work with chocolate. À la truffle au chocolat.

My first try was a success due to her simple instructions and quality ingredients. I took 20 minutes one evening to make the ganache, set it aside for the night and then the next day rolled the balls, covered them in cocoa powder and that was it. Truly, one of the simplest French sweet treats you will make. I do hope you enjoy.

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Dark Chocolate Truffles

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A delicious treat that delivers decadence without the excess. One dark chocolate truffle will satisfy your sweet tooth. A unique gift or the perfect way to enjoy the benefits of cacao without having to purchase at the chocolatier.
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Servings 20 truffles


  • 7 ounces bittersweet chocolate at least 70% cacao, my go to brand is Scharffen Berger
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature to ensure it melts quickly
  • 3-5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder top quality, Scharffen Berger is my choice


The night before

  • Coarsely chop up the chocolate and place in a medium metal bowl (as you can see I place mine in a copper pot). Set aside for a moment while you tend to the next task.
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  • In a saucepan, pour the cream and drizzle the honey. On a low heat, bring just to a bowl, and then immediately follow the next step.
  • Pour one-third of the hot cream mixture over the chocolate in the metal bowl. Work quickly with a silicone spatula as the chocolate melts from the heat of the cream mixture. Mix until you obtain a smooth and glossy finish. Gradually add the remaining cream mixture ensuring the emulsion remains until the chocolate has completely melted and is smooth.
  • Immediately as the butter and mix with the warm chocolate allow the butter to melt completely, incorporating itself with the chocolate. You've created ganache!
  • Set the metal bowl with the ganache to the side on the counter and allow to come to room temperature. When cool, cover with plastic wrap and let set at room temperature for several hours, ideally overnight, to harden, until it is firm enough to scoop. (See the image of my hardened ganache that sat overnight. (When the ganache has set, it can be refrigerated for up to 2 days, so don't be afraid to plan ahead!)
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Making the truffle balls and preparing for serving

  • Place the a wire mesh sieve on a small bowl (see image). Using a small ice cream scoop (with a lever preferably) or a melon baller, to create a 1-inch ball of ganache. After scooping the chocolate for each truffle, roll between the palms of your hands into smooth balls.
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  • Place the rolled ganache ball into the sieve and dust with cocoa powder. An alternative is to place the ball in the bowl with the powder and then remove the ball, placing it in the sieve above the bowl to remove excess powder. Repeat to coat the remaining truffles.
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  • Serve at room temperature or place in a storage container (covered) and place in the refrigerator for up to one week. Be sure to remember to bring to room temperature before serving.
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  • Bon appétit!


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10 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Truffles

  1. Thank you so much Shannon. I have your quiche recipe from yesterday to try but will definitely be making the truffles. We prepare hampers for the family at Christmas and these will be a perfect addition. Can’t begin to say how helpful the metric conversion from US measurements is! Best wishes from the UK.

  2. I’m SO looking forward to trying these! Thank you for sharing the recipe. As a fellow blogger, I’m curious how you format the recipes this way. (Would you mind sharing?) I absolutely love the new layout. Thanks so much, Karen

  3. Hi Shannon! I’ve been a “lurker” for far too long, and tonight finally decided to speak up (so hard to make that risky transition from reader to writer, from observer to participant!). I just want you to know how much I appreciate your work. I was an high school English teacher for 11 years (including teaching AP Lang!) before I decided to pursue a PhD. I have loved your blog and your podcast for a long time; I can’t even remember now how I found them. When my days get dark and heavy with stressful events and overloaded schedules, and when I miss being a high school teacher so much my heart hurts, your content is calming and uplifting. It’s not just an escape; it’s an inspiration to do what I can every day to put those little touches on my life that make it better. Chocolate truffles and French-inspired capsule collections aren’t ignoring the problems with the world; they are a way to remind ourselves that we need to truly live–relax, connect, enjoy–and not merely exist. Anyway, hello! And thank you for all the beautiful things you create on this site and on your podcast.

    1. Emily, Thank you so very much for stepping onto the participant side! 😉 Your words are very kind and your journey is inspiring. What a shift to make that no doubt requires true discipline and dedication. I appreciate your time and interest. I wish you great success in your new pursuit. xoxo

  4. Hi Shannon,
    I was wondering if you find Scharffen Berger chocolate online or if in a store what store? Or do you have any other recommendations of quality chocolate good for baking that are widely available? I know valrhona is commonly used for baking but I could only find that online. Thank you!

    1. I am able to find Scharffen Berger in a local grocery store, but Ghiradelli is wonderful chocolate as well. Look for a high percentage of cacao and then enjoy tasting. If you like the taste, it will taste wonderful in whatever you are baking.

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