Easy Microwave Chocolate Truffles
Quick and Easy Truffles
Truffles have to be the richest candy you can find. Nothing beats that wonderfully smooth and creamy chocolate. My husband and I discovered truffles on our honeymoon at a candy store in Newport Beach. It wasn't until several years later that I learned you can make your own truffles that taste every bit as good as the ones in any fancy candy store, maybe better. If you use a good quality chocolate, you can match any truffle you've ever bought with this recipe.
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Quick and Easy Truffles
Ingredients for Truffles
- 12 oz chocolate, Good quality is best
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 tea. vanilla, or other extract or liqueur
Instructions for Easy Truffles
- Melt chocolate and cream in the microwave for 30 sec. Stir and if not completely smooth melt again at 10 -30 sec.
- When chocolate and cream mixture is melted, add the extract and stir until completely blended.
- Put into refrigerator until set but not hard, about 1-2 hours.
- Take out the mixture and make into balls. You can spoon this up and use your hands, or try using a melon baller. You can keep leftover truffle mix in the refrigerator for a long time in a Tupperware container. It will harden up, but you can melt it quickly in the microwave for a few seconds to make more candy.
- Easiest Finishing: Roll balls in coconut, chopped nuts, unsweetened cocoa or sprinkles like the photograph above. Put into paper candy cups or on a plate.
- Professional Finishing: Melt white or dark chocolate. Using a toothpick to pick up truffle balls, dip them in melted chocolate to coat. I've also tried lowering them into the melted chocolate using a fork. You can buy a special chocolate dipper that looks like a thin fork with only the two outside prongs. You can make one yourself from a plastic fork if you take out the two inner tines. Lift up the truffle and let the chocolate drip off. Put into a candy cup. Swirl the chocolate on top to make it look pretty. You can decorate with a nut, a piece of maraschino cherry, or a swirl of white chocolate.
- Other Ways to use Truffles: Melted it makes a wonderful sauce or filling for a cake. Or whip it until it makes peaks and you can use it for frosting.
- Variations: use another kind of extract or a liqueur or add 2 TB strong coffee for mocha flavor (my favorite!)
Types of Chocolate for Truffles
The type of chocolate you use will change the taste of the truffle. In general, the better the chocolate, the better the candy. However, cheaper chocolates can taste just fine and you can experiment with different types of chocolates or chips. I vary the amounts of this recipe all the time and often add butter if I want the truffles a bit creamer.
Fudge Sauce and Frostings
You can also turn this recipe for:
- Frosting cakes
- Hot fudge sauce to pour over ice cream
- Fondue for dipping strawberries, Oreo cookies, pretzels, and marshmallows.
For a frosting, you can use it melted or you can whip it until it turns lighter. You can add 1 cup of powdered sugar if you want the taste to be a bit lighter and you want the frosting to be thicker.
To turn the truffle mixture into a sauce, add more cream and butter in equal amounts until the sauce is as thin as you want. Enjoy!