Easy & Decadent 3-Ingredient Chocolate Truffles

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Chocolate truffles are so delicious and they have this velvety richness about them. You might be surprised to find out, they are also incredibly easy to make! With only 3 main ingredients, these little chocolate confections are one of my absolute favorite treats! These 3-ingredient chocolate truffles aren’t just an easy recipe; they’re a gateway to creating the best chocolate truffles you can imagine with your own hands. Perfect for a treat for yourself to satisfy your sweet tooth, or fancy enough for special occasions!

White cake tray on a white table holding multiple chocolate truffles topped with pecans, red sugar or cocoa powder

Chocolate truffles are just delightful. And until a few years ago, I thought they were an expensive treat that I got at the fancy chocolate shops. One day I was scrolling through social media and came across a video of someone making chocolate truffles, and I couldn’t believe how easy these little gems were! Furthermore, I couldn’t believe what simple ingredients were included! There are so many flavor possibilities and topping combinations just waiting to be experimented with! I cannot wait to keep on trying new combos of these treats! And trust me as a fellow chocolate lover, with the silky heavy cream and rich, melted chocolate fuse together, and with just a hint of vanilla extract, they transform into a heavenly confection beyond compare. These easy and decadent 3-Ingredient chocolate truffles are sure to be a hit when you try them too!

Truffle vs. Chocolate Truffle

Just a quick announcement/PSA so there is no confusion here. This post is all about the classic chocolate truffle, not the truffle mushrooms or truffle fungus. And while truffle oil, black truffles, and white truffles are delicious, this post is all about the chocolate candies (Made famous by the French truffles, which is where traditional truffles come from, made by the chocolate makers at the chocolate shop!). No truffle recipes here involving a mushroom! But if you are interested in some, here’s a great site to look at!

Ingredients

Ingredients for 3-ingredient chocolate truffles including heavy cream, vanilla extract and chocolate chips.
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Semi-sweet chocolate (Use good quality chocolate, either chocolate pieces or a chocolate bar)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Toppings of choice – pecans, almonds, sugar, cocoa powder, coconut, peppermints

Recommended Equipment

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  • Baking Sheets – These Nordic Ware natural aluminum commercial baker’s half sheets are my absolute favorite baking sheets I’ve ever owned in my cooking days! They are super heavy-duty, have a great rim around them, and stay in great shape no matter what you cook on them. And they clean up incredibly easily as well!
  • Parchment Paper Sheets – This is parchment paper that’s already cut for you! And it is the size of a half-baking sheet pan, which is absolutely perfect!
  • Spatula Set – This is the greatest set ever. Not only does it have several handy spatulas, it has a few tiny ones too, to help you get every single scrape out of jars and containers!
  • Glass Mixing Bowls – This is a nesting set of glass bowls. I find I can’t have enough glass bowls in my kitchen! 3-Quart Saucepan – This is what I have at home and I love it. I use it for sauces all the time, but my favorite thing is to put a glass bowl over it and make it a double boiler.
  • Plastic Wrap Dispenser with Cutter – I used to hate using plastic wrap. It was always a pain to cut and got stuck to itself! Now with this dispenser, it’s so easy and much less stressful!
  • 3-Quart Saucepan – This is what I have at home and I love it. I use it for sauces all the time, but my favorite thing is to put a glass bowl over it and make it a double boiler.
  • Ice Cream Scoops – Multiple Sizes – I use these all the time for everything but ice cream! I like to make the cookie dough even portions and also the small scoop is perfect to measure out fudge or truffles!

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1

Induction cooking top with a saucepan and glass bowl as a double boiler on a kitchen countyer, with a lady in an apron holding the glass bowl in place

For the first step, make a double boiler with a heat-safe glass bowl and a small saucepan.

Step 2

Put about 2 inches of water in the saucepan and heat on medium-low heat with the glass bowl sitting on top of the saucepan.

Step 3

If your chocolate is a chocolate bar, chop it up into smaller pieces. If it’s chocolate chips, simply dump them into the glass bowl. 

Step 4

Warm cream with chocolate chips in a bowl with a spatula

Pour the heavy cream on top of the chocolate. 

Step 5

Add the vanilla extract. 

Step 6

Melted chocolate in a bowl in it with a whisk in the bowl.

Gently stir with a whisk until the chocolate has completely melted into the cream and the mixture is now a smooth and thick chocolate mixture. The cream should never even be a hot cream, let alone boil. So keep an eye out while it’s melting! Not letting the chocolate get too hot is key to keeping the truffles having a creamy texture.

Step 7

Chilled truffle mix after being in the refrigerator to chill and firm up with a small ice cream scoop.

The truffle mixture is now a creamy ganache! Let it cool, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 6 hours, but for best results, let sit overnight. You must minimally wait until it’s scoopable and holds a ball form. This is crucial to avoid a sticky mess later on.

Step 8

Five chocolate truffles on parchment paper after being formed from the chilled mixture.

When ready to roll truffles, line a sheet pan (that fits in your fridge) with parchment paper. 

Step 9

Raw chocolate truffles rolled into balls on a parchment lined baking sheet after they have been shaped.

Use a small scooper to scoop the chocolate ganache filling and roll it into desired shape/size truffles. This way you also get a uniform-size truffle. Also, at this point, they don’t need to be perfectly round small balls, in fact, just scoop and go, and don’t form them into balls yet. 

Step 10

Put the truffles back in the fridge for at least 30 minutes,

Step 11

Remove truffles from the fridge and roll into more perfectly shaped small balls. The heat from your hands will make the outside of the truffles sticky. 

Step 12

Now roll in desired toppings to finish and coat the truffles.

Chocolate Truffle Customization

Lots of chocolates including some chocolate bark with strawberries and fruits along with a white chocolate bar and chocolate truffles

There are so many substitutions and additions you can make to these truffles! This is where you can let your imagination run wild. Roll those set mounds into balls, coat them in chocolate sprinkles, dust them with powdered sugar, or even press a hazelnut into the center for a surprise crunch. The possibilities for different toppings and flavor combinations are boundless – from crushed candy canes during the holidays to a dash of cinnamon or espresso powder for a warm twist.

Substitutions

Feel free to use dark chocolate for your truffles if you prefer dark chocolate truffles. White chocolate and milk chocolate are also good choices for your creamy truffles! All kinds of different types of chocolate would work.

White cake tray holding multiple truffles topped with sugar sprinkles, pecans and cocoa powder

Toppings

Let’s talk toppings and coatings for your 3-ingredient chocolate truffles. Imagine the possibilities as you select the final touches for these creamy delights. Your choice of topping can take a simple truffle and elevate it to a showstopper. Your creativity is the only limit here! Let’s play chocolatier! Here are some of my favorite toppings:

  • Crushed Nuts (I like pecans, almonds, pistachios or peanuts)
  • Toasted Coconut
  • Sprinkles
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Crushed freeze-dried fruit
  • Dry Cereal roughly crushed
  • Decorating Sugar
  • Melt Chocolate for a chocolate coating or a chocolate shell
  • White chocolate shavings
  • Sea Salt (just a sprinkle!)
  • Crushed Graham Cracker
Parchment paper lined baking sheet with finished truffles that are coated in chocolate, cocoa powder and pecans on a try to firm up.

Flavor Combinations

Think of these homemade chocolate truffles as a blank slate; whether it’s a dash of sea salt or a splash of bourbon, each addition creates a distinct experience for you and your guests. Playing with different flavors and topping combinations opens up a new realm of possibilities too. 

Try some of these additions to your chocolate ganache mixture when you are melting the chocolate in the double boiler for added flavor.

  • Peppermint Extract
  • Raspberry Extract
  • Orange zest
  • Bourbon
  • Sea Salt
  • Espresso Powder
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Peanut Butter

Truly, the chocolate truffle recipes and combinations are endless. There are so many different ways you could go!!

Storage 

Once you’ve created your irresistible 3-ingredient chocolate truffles, storing them properly is a snap! Keep them in an airtight container, and you’ll find they stay as fresh as the day you rolled them. I keep mine in an airtight and sealed container in the fridge, between layers of parchment or wax paper. They will stay good in the refrigerator for roughly two weeks.

Just let the truffles sit out at room temperature for a few minutes to warm up if you don’t like them cold. I love them cold!

Frequently Asked Questions

My truffle/ganache mix is not setting up in the fridge and getting thick. What do I do?

Hey – it happens! Sometimes it’s the chocolate we use. Sometimes it is the humidity outside. All kinds of factors go into this science! But the good news is, you can put the bowl back on the double boiler/saucepan and reheat it. Add some more chocolate, a little at a time until it is a thicker consistency. Then cool and try again in the fridge.

I’m vegan. Is there a substitute for the heavy cream?

There sure is! Use coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk. I’m afraid some of the other milk alternatives won’t get you too far, they don’t have enough fat. But the coconut cream and milk will do it, plus your truffles will taste like a coconut! Now, obviously, you want to use chocolate with no milk content.

My toppings won’t stick to the truffles.

No problem! Just hold the truffles in your palm for a few moments and they will heat up and get a little sticky. Now they are ready to roll in toppings and they should stick beautifully now!

Top view of a cake tray holding various chocolate truffles of various flavors and toppings including pecans, cocoa and chocolate.

Wrap Up – Easy & Decadent 3-Ingredient Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate lovers, you’ve been warned. Just prepare to be captivated. These 3-ingredient chocolate truffles are not just a dessert; they’re an experience. These have become a favorite treat for me. And I love that a little goes a long way. That ganache center is rich and smooth. Each velvety, melt-in-your-mouth bite is an absolute indulgence and will satisfy any chocolate cravings you have. With only 3 ingredients plus some toppings, I really think you’ll be as amazed as I was at just how easy these little treats are to make! I love to give them as birthday gifts or get well soon presents as well as my contributions to cookie exchanges! I can’t wait to see what combinations you all come up with! Don’t forget to send pictures! Until then… just keep cooking! AND just keep shuffling!

White cake tray holding multiple truffles topped with sugar sprinkles, pecans and cocoa powder

Easy & Decadent 3-Ingredient Chocolate Truffles

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Chocolate truffles are so delicious, and you might be surprised to find out, they are also incredibly easy to make! With only 3 main ingredients, these little chocolate confections are one of my absolute favorite treats! These easy and decadent 3-Ingredient chocolate truffles are sure to be a hit when you try them too!
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Refrigeration Time:6 hours 1 minute
Total Time:6 hours 26 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 Sauce Pan
  • 1 baking sheet Make sure it's small enough to fit in your refrigerator!
  • 1 Glass Bowl (Needs to fit over the sauce pan, but not down in it)
  • 1 Small Ice Cream Scoop (I use a 1 Tablespoon Measure)

Ingredients

Truffles

  • 1 cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 18 ounces Semi-sweet chocolate
  • teaspoons Vanilla extract

Toppings

  • 1 cup Chopped pecans (optional topping)
  • 1 cup Sliced almonds (optional topping)
  • 1 cup Shredded coconut (optional topping)
  • 1 cup Crushed peppermints (optional topping)
  • ½ cup Cocoa Powder (optional topping)
  • ½ cup Decorative Sugar (optional topping)

Instructions

  • Make a double boiler with a heat-safe glass bowl and a small saucepan.
  • Put about 2 inches of water in the saucepan and heat on medium-low heat with the glass bowl sitting on top of the saucepan.
  • If your chocolate is a bar, chop it up into smaller pieces. If it's chocolate chips, simply dump them into the glass bowl. 
    18 ounces Semi-sweet chocolate
  • Pour the heavy cream on top of the chocolate. 
    1 cup Heavy whipping cream
  • Add the vanilla extract. 
    1½ teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • Gently stir with whisk until chocolate has completely melted into the cream and it's a smooth, thick chocolate mixture.
  • Let cool, cover, and chill for at least 6 hours, but overnight is better!
  • When ready to roll truffles, line a sheet pan (that fits in your fridge) with parchment paper.
  • Use a small scooper to scoop the chocolate and roll it into desired shape/size truffles.
  • Put rolled truffles back in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, on the baking sheet.
  • Remove truffles from the fridge and roll in desired toppings to finish. 
    1 cup Chopped pecans, 1 cup Sliced almonds, 1 cup Shredded coconut, 1 cup Crushed peppermints, ½ cup Cocoa Powder, ½ cup Decorative Sugar
  • Store in the refrigerator. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Truffle | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: 3-Ingredient Chocolate Truffles, 3-Ingredient Truffles, Chocolate Truffles, Easy Choolate Truffles, Homemade Chocolate Truffles
Servings: 24 Truffles
Calories: 158kcal
Cost: 15

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