Christmas chocolate truffles

Christmas chocolate truffles

Today I’d like to share with you my family’s recipe for chocolate truffles! I’m not usually a Christmas girl. But with everything we’ve been through over the last few months and the birth of my daughter, I wanted to mark the occasion a little more this year. In my family, we’re a “petits fours” team at Christmas (my sisters and I spent HOURS rolling marzipan). So, for this month’s chocolate-themed Foodista Challenge, my recipe was just right.

The origins of chocolate truffles

For me, it’s a family recipe, but the chocolate truffle originated in December 1895. It’s a chocolate confection invented in Chambéry by Louis Dufour, pâtissier-chocolatier. A little anecdote: he’s the great-uncle of Maurice Opinel, heir to the famous Opinel knives.

Composition of chocolate truffles

There are several recipes for chocolate truffles. The base is shared with chocolate, butter and cream. It’s a simple ganache with a little butter to harden the truffles. Some recipes also contain sugar and eggs. Personally, I don’t recommend choosing a recipe with eggs, as this limits the truffles’ shelf life. On the other hand, you can spice up your chocolate truffles with a variety of coatings: powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa, crushed hazelnuts… Anything goes!

Which alcohol to use to flavour truffles?

If you’re planning to make sweets just for adults, you can flavour them with a little alcohol. There are several ways to match chocolate: whisky, grand marnier, orange liqueur, brandy… In this case, you can add 50 g of alcohol to your truffles. A little tip: you can divide your ganache into 2 parts and flavour only one part with alcohol. Use a different coating so you can tell the alcohol truffles from the others!

Recipe flow

As I said earlier, truffles are simply the hardened version of a chocolate ganache with a little butter. The good news is that it’s an ultra-easy recipe (and if you ever mess up your ganache, be sure to check out my article Ganache ratée : comment rattraper la).

To begin, chop the chocolate with a knife or even a food processor (as Richard Sève does for his macaroons).

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Bring the cream to the boil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. When hot, pour the first third over the chocolate and stir.

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Repeat twice until the ganache is smooth. Add the melted butter and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

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Roll the truffles

When the ganache is cold, simply scoop out a small ball of ganache and dip into the filling: sugar-free cocoa, powdered sugar, crushed hazelnuts… To do this, you can use a spoon or do it by hand (personally, I do it by hand, but you have to admit that it gets everywhere!). It’s a little more complicated by hand, as body heat heats up the chocolate, so you have to work fairly quickly.

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How to store homemade chocolate truffles?

This recipe contains no eggs and the cream is boiled, so it’s pretty safe. I personally keep my chocolate truffles in my fridge. I can’t tell you exactly how long, because I think they’ve always been devoured in 3 days… I think you can easily keep them for a week in the fridge.

This recipe was created as part of FoodistaChallenge #82.


The theme chosen by Sylvie of the blog “La Table de Clara” was “Preparing for the holidays with chocolate” , and the brief was to create a festive decoration.

Feel free to check out the recipes of other participants:

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Truffes au chocolat

La recette des traditionnelles truffes au chocolat (sans oeuf)
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Temps de repos 2 hours
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine French
Servings 20 truffes
Calories 90 kcal



  • 200 g chocolat noir
  • 15 cL crème liquide entière
  • 100 beurre
  • 3 cuillères à soupe cacao sans sucre
  • 3 cuillères à soupe sucre glace


  • Hachez finement le chocolat.
  • Faites bouillir la crème et faites fondre le beurre.
  • Versez la crème bouillante sur le chocolat en 3 fois et mélangez bien pour faire la ganache.
  • Ajoutez le beurre et mélangez bien.
  • Laissez prendre au réfrigérateur pendant au moins 2 heures.
  • Sortez la ganache et faites des boules. Trempez-les dans du cacao ou du sucre en poudre.


Serving: 20gSodium: 38mgCalcium: 4mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 136IUSugar: 5gFiber: 1gPotassium: 33mgCholesterol: 12mgCalories: 90kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 5gFat: 8gProtein: 1gCarbohydrates: 6gIron: 1mg
Keyword chocolat, Noël
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