How to make French Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate truffles or Les Truffes au Chocolat are French inventions and delicacies for the holidays. They taste decadent and rich but are really child’s play to make. They were created by accident in the kitchen of Chef Escoffier when his apprentice made une boulette or a mistake and covered it up with cocoa powder. By the way, the expression faire une boulette literally means to make little balls, but it is also a French colloquial expression that means to make a mistake. Chocolate truffles are named after the Périgord Truffle because they kind of look alike.

This recipe is the original natural Truffle recipe and there are many variations you can try if you like. In the US, chefs also use heavy cream instead of butter and use different fillings or coverings. I like to add a splash of cognac in the mix (not too much or the mixture will thin). Also, because the ingredients are so basic and simple, use the best quality possible to make the most decadent truffle so that one delightful bite will satisfy your chocolate craving.

Ingredients to make a batch for 4 people

8oz dark chocolate tablet

Tsp of vanilla extract

3oz confectionners sugar

2oz of pure cocoa powder

4oz of unsalted butter

2 egg yolks


STEP 1 – Break the chocolate into little pieces and melt stirring constantly in bain-marie style or double boiler.

STEP 2 – Add the butter cut in little squares a little at a time and mix well

STEP 3 – When the butter is well incorporated in the chocolate, remove from the heat, add the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, confectioner’s sugar, and mix well.

STEP 4- refrigerate the chocolate mixture for at least 1 hour to harden.

STEP 5 – Make little balls or boulettes with the mixture with your hand, roll them in cocoa and that’s it!

If you’d rather not make’ em by hand,

you’ll find authentic delicious French Truffles online!

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