Truffles were something I used to avoid. I’m a pretty picky eater and truffles always sounded super fancy and like something I probably wouldn’t eat so I never really bothered with them. Once I realized they were basically chocolate, I decided to get brave and give them a try. Since I’m not a huge chocolate lover either, I didn’t know how I’d feel about truffles, but these hot chocolate truffles are delicious. Another reason I love these truffles? They’re so easy the kids can make them!
Makes: 24 truffles (depending on the size you roll them)
Cook: 10 Minutes Cool: 1 Hour
What do I need to make hot chocolate truffles?
I love making recipes that don’t require a ton of things to make and this recipe totally fits into that category. You only need a couple of things to make these hot chocolate truffles:
- 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- 2 packs hot chocolate mix with mini marshmallows
Start out by melting the chocolate chips and heavy cream together. You’ll need a saucepan to do this (I’ve never tried doing this in the microwave and while I’m normally all for a good shortcut, I don’t know that it would work well in this situation).
Make sure that you’re heating your pot over a medium low heat. It will take a little longer for everything to melt, but you’ll be less likely to burn anything this way. Keep the mixture over heat until you get a smooth consistency, making sure all the chocolate chips are melted.
Now would be the time to make this recipe your own and add in anything you’d like. Things like a couple of drops of peppermint extract, or even pieces of crushed candy canes or peppermint patties would be delicious. Marshmallows would also be perfect to mix int. Just be sure the pieces are small so they’ll incorporate into the chocolate mixture well and will work when rolling these into balls later. You’ll also want to keep in mind that your mixture is still very warm and things may melt as you mix them in.
Once everything has melted and mixed together, pour the chocolate mixture into a pan that refrigerator safe. Be sure to cover it with plastic wrap before letting it cool. When covering the truffle base, make sure to give your plastic wrap a quick spray with cooking spray. You’ll want to do this because you’re going to push the plastic wrap down right on to the chocolate mixture so a film doesn’t form on the top of it while it’s cooling.
After the chocolate mixture has cooled, it’s time to form your truffles. Normally the size you’d be looking for is something that you can eat in a bite or two, but ff you’re needing to make a certain number of truffles, adjust the size to give you the number of truffles you need. If you’re just making these to enjoy, then size doesn’t matter so knock yourself out. You can always make a double batch of hot chocolate truffles if you want to keep some and give some away as gifts.
One way to keep the size of your truffles consistent is by using a cookie scoop. Using a scoop, scoop out the chocolate truffle and drop into a small bowl that has a packet or two of hot chocolate mix in it. This will become the outer coating of your truffles. Again, if you want to mix things up, you could roll them in something else like small freeze dried marshmallows or crushed candy cane pieces.
If your chocolate mixture begins to soften, stick it back in the fridge or freezer to help it harden back up again.
These hot chocolate truffles are perfect to eat on their own or melted in a cup of hot chocolate. They also make a great addition to a cookie tray or a stand alone gift for someone.
You’ll want to store these truffles in the fridge when you’re not snacking on them so they don’t get too soft. They’ll be fine sitting out as part of your hot chocolate charcuterie board for a little while. Just keep in mind they might be a little soft when you’re picking them up.