Try these homemade chocolate truffles, then check out our chocolate fudge and more edible gift recipes.


  • 200g good-quality dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids
  • 200ml pot double cream
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • dark rum or Malibu or Baileys or orange essence or sea salt


  • dark cocoa powder
  • dessicated coconut
  • chopped hazelnuts
  • chopped pistachio nuts


  • STEP 1

    Chop the chocolate into small pieces and put it in a large bowl.

  • STEP 2

    Put the cream and butter into a saucepan, and heat gently until the butter melts and the cream reaches simmering point. Pour it over the chocolate.

  • STEP 3

    Stir the chocolate into the cream until you have a smooth mixture.

  • STEP 4

    Add any of the flavourings to the truffle mix (or you can just leave them plain). If using alcohol, 1-2 teaspoons should be enough for a subtle hint, but don’t overdo it or the truffles will be too soft. If you are trying orange essence or sea salt, just add a couple of drops or a pinch of salt, then taste the mixture before adding more. Cool and chill the mixture for at least 4 hours or overnight, if you like.

  • STEP 5

    Dip a melon baller (or teaspoon) in hot water and scoop out a small ball of the truffle mix.

  • STEP 6

    Put the ball on a tray lined with baking paper and repeat, dipping the baller into the water each time to keep it warm so the truffle slides off easily.

  • STEP 7

    Put your chocolate truffle coating ingredients in different bowls.

  • STEP 8

    Drop the truffles into the bowls one by one and roll until they are completely coated.

  • STEP 9

    Put the chocolate truffles on a clean sheet of baking paper in an airtight container and keep them chilled until you want to eat them. They will last 3-4 days in the fridge.

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Baileys chocolate truffles

Treat someone special with these melt-in-the-mouth chocolate truffles, with a boozy kick of Baileys. (Yes, that someone special can be yourself.)

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Rum truffles recipe

Get into the festive spirit with a batch of these homemade rum truffles decorated by hand – they make great last-minute gifts

Homemade rum truffles on a pink plate

Peanut butter pretzel truffles

There's so much nutty, crunchy, chocolatey goodness rolled into one bite-sized truffle here – not to mention plenty of moreish sweet-salty flavours. The perfect edible gift.

Peanut Butter Truffles Recipe Peanut Butter Truffles Recipe boxed up and ready to be gifted


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