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How to make homemade chocolate truffles

Updated on January 26, 2016

Make homemade chocolate truffles for a special gift.

Give homemade chocolate truffles- the perfect easy to make gift. You can personalize the flavor of your homemade truffles for a special friend or family member.

These homemade chocolate truffles are simple to make . This easy chocolate truffle recipe can even be made with your children - good family fun !

Right now when everyone is trying to save money, homemade gifts are a really good idea. If you're like me though, the phrase "home made gifts" conjures up images of glue, paste and staple guns- just not my thing I'm afraid!

These home made chocolate truffles really don't need much expertise at all. To make glorious homemade chocolate truffles you need good ingredients and just a very small amount of cooking skill.

I'm going to show you how to make homemade chocolate truffles. I'll suggest variations so that you make a unique gift, personalised for your friends and family. I'll also show you how to package your homemade candies so they look really professional.

Tip for Summer Store the truffles in the freezer and serve like an ice cream- delicious!

Photo thanks to digitalsextant and flickr under the commercial use license.

Make unique homemade gifts by personalising the chocolate truffle recipe

Add a unique flavor to your homemade recipe

The basic chocolate truffle recipe is so easy that children can make it ( with adult supervision)

One of the best things about homemade chocolate truffles is that you can adapt the recipe to make it unique and personal for your loved one. How can I make homemade chocolate truffles? Read on!

Chocolate truffles can be made in all sorts of flavors. For the sophisticated chocolate lover, add a drop of Brandy, Cointreau, Rum or Baileys, if a little liqueur chocolate is your thing.

If you are making homemade chocolate truffles for a gift for mom, add the flavor that you know is your mom's favorite- Baileys, Tia Maria or Bacardi are three great choices.

For nut lovers, roll the chocolate truffles in crushed almonds or pistachios before the truffle sets for a lovely nutty finish.

You can also flavor your chocolate truffles with coconut, orange, peppermint- whatever suits your taste.

If you are making the truffles as a gift, you can make this a personalized gift by customizing the flavor. If you know Granddad loves his Bourbon, add a drop of Bourbon to the truffle mixture. These are magnificent gifts for men who love chocolate ( and I know there are lots of them out there!)

Rum truffles, brandy truffles, peppermint truffles, nut truffles- there's lots of choice whatever you decide to make.

Pick your chocolate truffle recipe, practice a little, then plan your packaging to make these home made chocolate truffles into a really special homemade gift.

I'm giving you my tips on how to make chocolate truffles, then some guidance and ideas about how to package your chocolate truffles to make impressive home made gifts. If you like the look of these homemade candies you might lke to try my homemade peppermint candy recipe .

Have fun making and giving chocolate truffles .

Chocolate truffles need really high quality chocolate - What chocolate do I need to make chocolate truffles?.

If you are going to go to the trouble of making your own chocolate truffles as special gifts, then you must spend the money needed to buy hgih cocoa content chocolate. I suggest minimum 70% cocoa solids for a great, dark , sophisticated taste.

Cheap chocolate or cooking chocolate will just not give you the quality you need.

Don't skimp on the quality of the chocolate.

If you want to you can start with a ready flavored chocolate such as Lindt's Orange chocolate that simplifies the truffle making even more, but make sure you use a top of the range chocolate with natural flavorings.

You can make a white chocolate truffle for a change, if you prefer the taste of white chocolate. A mixture of dark and white truffles also looks great in a presentation box.

Endangered Species Panther, Dark Chocolate (88%), 3-Ounce Bars (Pack of 12)
Endangered Species Panther, Dark Chocolate (88%), 3-Ounce Bars (Pack of 12)

This is very dark for those who like their chocolate very strong.

 

Package your home made chocolate truffles in appealing boxes and bags - You can buy packaging for every occasion to make your Truffles look really special.

Look out for the very smaller size cupcake papers. These I recommend are just 1 1/4 inch diameter. Anything else is really just too big for a rich chocolate truffle.

Package in a pretty Festive box for the Holidays,or tie in a clear bag with festive ribbons.

You can use a plain cello bag and make your own ties.

Give as a thoughtful homemade gifts, or take round to friends when you visit.

How to make Homemade chocolate truffles - Here's your basic homemade chocolate truffle recipe

Home made chocolate truffles beautifully presented in a gift box.

Photo thanks to ulteriorepicure and flickr creative commons

Ingredients

280g/10 oz good-quality dark chocolate ,minimum 70% cocoa solids

284ml pot double cream(UK)/ heavy cream(USA) ( approx 10 fluid oz US )

50g/ 1/2 stick unsalted butter

Method

1.Chop the chocolate and tip into a large bowl. Put the cream and butter into a saucepan and heat gently until the butter melts and the cream reaches simmering point. Remove from heat, then pour over the chocolate. Stir the chocolate and cream together until you have a smooth mixture.

At this point you can add the flavoring of your choice- test for taste. A few drops go a long way in adding flavor.

Cool and chill for at least 4 hrs.

2.To shape the truffles, dip a melon baller in hot water and scoop up balls of the mixture, then drop the truffles onto greaseproof paper. Or lightly coat your hands in flavourless oil (such as sunflower) and roll the truffles between your palms. You could also use a piping bag to pipe rounds onto non stick paper.

3.Coat your truffles with you choice of toppings immediately after shaping. Tip toppings into a bowl and gently roll the truffles until evenly coated, then chill on non stick paper. You can use cocoa, chopped nuts ( pistachio look good), confectioners sugar, chocolate vermicelli or fine coconut.

4.Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days, or freeze for up to a month. Defrost in the fridge overnight. To give as presents, place 8-10 truffles in individual foil or paper cases inside small, lined boxes tied with ribbon. Keep in the fridge until you're ready to give

This recipe is adapted from the recipe pages of Waitrose, a great UK foodstore. For more great chocolate truffle recipe ideas from Waitrose, look here

Take a look at some more wonderful chocolate truffle recipes from the experts - Try these great chocolate truffle recipes.

The top chefs all love chocolate truffles, Delia Smith, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson- all of them know that this is a homemade gift that punches above its weight.

Show off your home made chocolate truffles with professional looking packaging - Candy cups and candy boxes will make your truffles into a great looking gift.

If you want to show your home made chocolate truffles to their best advantage, you can spend a little extra on foil candy cups, shiny presentation boxes and ribbons.

If you really want to save money, my tip is to save used boxes from candies or other items that you have bought or received, then recover these boxes with gift wrap to recycle them. I use doilies to line old boxes. Doilies make a lovely lace like liner to a recycled box

Readers in the UK can buy these great little presentation bags from Amazon.co.uk.

Great value cello bags for your chocolate truffles

100x Super Clear Flat Cello/Cellophane Treat Bag 5x7 inch(1.2mil)
100x Super Clear Flat Cello/Cellophane Treat Bag 5x7 inch(1.2mil)

You get 100 bags for under $7 , making this a great value way to present your homemade gift.

 

50 Clear Cellophane Sweet / Party / Gift Bags 3" x 1.5" x 7.5"

UK readers please click on the link above to buy your little cellophane bags to show off your chocolate truffles.

Here's one little gadget that makes your chocolate truffles really neat - A melon baller is a really useful tool for homemade candy makers

When your truffle mixture is ready, you can use a melon baller to scoop up a truffle sized piece of mixture. Drop the piece of truffle onto your hand to finish and shape it.

If you do this, all your chocolate truffles will be the same size. Neat!

OXO Good Grips Melon Baller
OXO Good Grips Melon Baller

This melon baller has two sizes, and is a really useful item for any kitchen

 

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These tools are great for homemade chocolates - For perfect dipping and coating- get the professional tools

If you want to dip your truffle in melted chocolate to coat it, these tools are so helpful.

Ateco 3 Piece Dipping Tool Set
Ateco 3 Piece Dipping Tool Set

You can use this tool set for coating anything in melted chocolate. For Christmas try cherries, orange slices, marshmallows....use your imagination and these tools for a perfect chocolate coated finish.

 

Are you tempted by chocolate truffles? - Please leave me your thoughts about home made chocolate truffles

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I love chocolates! My favorite brands are See's, Russell Stover, Hershey's and Cadbury.

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      Sue Dixon 3 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @williamslaw: Thank you!

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      williamslaw 3 years ago

      Beautiful!

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      CulinaryQueen 3 years ago

      yum

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      Eamongilmore 3 years ago

      I love chocolate truffles so much... and these are so mouth watering..

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      ssphia 3 years ago

      I love chocolate ... so I must try it! Thanks for the suggestions!

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      Stanley Green 4 years ago from Czech Republic

      These chocolate truffles must be delicious.... I think we've never tried to make such truffles at home... Well, maybe it's the right time to do so... Lovely, yummy lens :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      all in it nice and great as visit.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      all in it nice and great as visit.

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      Sue Dixon 4 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @ashleydpenn: It's a pretty forgiving recipe. You can add a few drops of anything, and I've never worried about the temperature.

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      ashleydpenn 4 years ago

      Will definitely try this! When you talk about adding a few drops of flavour (I'm thinking maybe Bayleys for my wife!), does the flavouring need to be at room temperature, to prevent curdling, or does it not really matter as you've added the cream already?

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      receitadebrigadeiro 4 years ago

      Love chocolate! I will do it right now! Thanks for fanning my hunger!

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      mandybeau lm 4 years ago

      Love these recipes.

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love chocolate truffles and would love to try your recipes sometime.

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      michellequetua 4 years ago

      great.

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      Dabdab 4 years ago

      I think I make some of these for friends coming round on Saturday evening - thanks

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      NuttSoRuff 4 years ago

      I've made chocolate truffles before and they are always a hit. They're great for small gifts that pack a big punch and leaving everyone hoping for the same gift next year.

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      I really like your ide thanks for sharing!

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      YUMMMM! So simple, that even I could try them ~ and gluten free! Yea! B : )

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi! No need to use expensive commercial chocolate. Baking choc is a third of the price. Ghirardelli etc is good, get the chips, or baking bloc. You can make ANY percentages by melting semi-sweet with 100% unsweetened, or with White chips (slightly different flavor due to condensed milk in the white, which I really like) My favorites are 95% for covering my home made orange-honey marzipan, and 75% for flavor bars, such as Almond, etc, Melt it in a pot with thick bottom on low heat. Delicious. Good luck, Catyes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm tempted to make them for my wife. She adores chocolate! I never would have thought of using a melon baller. Thanks for the lens!

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      Sue Dixon 4 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @jc stone: Thank you- I love that dish tpp.

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      Jordan 4 years ago

      They look so good i will have to make time to make them. My specialty is peanut butter fudge. I like the Godinger Crystal Famous Hersheys Kiss Crystal Candy Dish.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      Awesome idea for a chocolate lover. I found this too late for my Easter meal but then again I don't need a special day for chocolate. Thx

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      sweetpressuk 4 years ago

      Chocolate truffles are the best.

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      LeenaBK LM 4 years ago

      I love chocolate truffles. Will definitely give them a try.

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      internetsuc6 4 years ago

      Chocolate truffles are really the best.. I love them

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i love seeing them...good reciipeeeeeeeee............................

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      I usually make my chocolate truffle, a put a little rum in the dark ones and orange liquor in the white.

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      chickie99 4 years ago

      sorry but you can't beat godiva when it comes to truffles!

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      Sunwarrior 4 years ago

      I love nice a quality chocolate truffle. I usually make mine with some brandy added to it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I realy like the idea

      to make truffels at home.

      Thanks for share

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      slyounkin1 4 years ago

      fabulous, thanks!

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      yumhealthyfood 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing such a great content. I would really love to try this at my home. Great Idea

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      Homemade exotic food... interesting. I've never had truffles before, it would be nice to know why the are so expensive.

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

      Thank you for this delicious lens "How to make homemade chocolate truffles" a very tempting delight indeed.

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      alnoor lm 4 years ago

      A well-crafted and informative lens. My mouth is watering and I'm tempted to make these one day. Thanks for sharing.

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      fivestead 4 years ago

      Something to try for lovers of fine chocolates. Truffles are delicious and it is temping to try them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great candy

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      I've made chocolate covered cherries, but never truffles, I'll have to give them a try.

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      Lee 4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Very tempted, they look so good!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Mmmm, I love chocolate truffles, homemade one ar the best, but Ferrero Rocher aren't that bad either:). Great lens, I really enjoyed it.

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      clouda9 lm 4 years ago

      Oh my goodness...my mouth is watering and chocolate truffle ingredients are now on my shopping list! Congrats for being one of Squidoo's favorite lenses of 2012! (http://hq.squidoo.com/lensmaster-spotlight/9-of-ou...

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am but I just have to restrain myself.

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      kimark421 4 years ago

      Oh, these look yummy. I am tempted by anything chocolate, by the way.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love chocolate truffles. I'm terrible in the kitchen, I'm afraid, so I probably should stick to store-bought. Great lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love truffles and often make them as gifts. I could definitely use some new flavors though!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Delicious Lense ever :-)

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      There are now about 50 new lenses I need to check out that you've shared here. These truffles look amazing. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I pinned it to my Candy & Goodies board on Pinterest.

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      BW Duerr 4 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      I love Truffles! Mine has to be nary a drop, and dark chocolate with cocoa powder. YUMMY! Thanks for the recipe. I'll have to make them, but not as often as I'd like. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh Me, Oh My! My mouth is watering now from reading about these chocolate truffles.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      These sound amazing! I'd love to try it.

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      Hope 4 years ago from Skokie, Illinois

      You've made me hungry! In the best possible way - for truffles!

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      jondar 4 years ago

      I just love truffles. Thank you and yes I am!

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      I had to come back to your lens to let you know how much I've appreciated the information on making chocolate truffles. Great tips and a delicious recipe!

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I make bailey's truffles every year but hate how messy they are to make. I can't believe I never thought to use the melon baller.

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      KANEsUgAr 4 years ago

      They look amazing :)

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      Benjamynn 4 years ago

      They look delicious! happy holidays! :)

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      chas65 4 years ago

      They are sinfully delicious, but usually so expensive. Might have to try doing them ourselves.

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      tlc1210 lm 4 years ago

      I make oreo truffles and they are delicious! If you get a chance, check out my lens on them.

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      Back to bless. I love chocolate!

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      very tasty,very easy,already made some,family loves it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Oh yes, definitely! And homemade ones are soooo good. I love chocolate and eat it in moderation. Can your believe that? I like to 'savor' the flavor. I make lots of different types of chocolate and give most away as 'thank you/thinking of you' gifts. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes. I always enjoy viewing them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Oh yes, definitely! And homemade ones are soooo good. I love chocolate and eat it in moderation. Can your believe that? I like to 'savor' the flavor. I make lots of different types of chocolate and give most away as 'thank you/thinking of you' gifts. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes. I always enjoy viewing them.

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      beaworkathomemom 4 years ago

      i hope somebody gives me a truffle. haven't tried creating one yet. hooray for all the chocolate loverS!!

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      Auriel 4 years ago

      lots of chocolate, love it.

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      These are awesome, thank you!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      Wow, they look delicious.

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      Those look amazing!!!

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      MBCOnline 4 years ago

      We are avid chocolate lovers! Thanks for sharing so much great information!

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      eightieschild 4 years ago

      Mmm, a truffly good lens. Made my mouth water! :)

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      johnsja 4 years ago

      Love this lens. I'll be back.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thanks for sharing

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      WebMarketingPro2 4 years ago

      Tempted? I seek them out!

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      RamondaWillis 5 years ago

      Love anything made with good quality choccy. Can't wait to give these a go. Thank you.

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      Jen withFlash 5 years ago

      Mmmmm..... I love truffles!!!

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      ideashine 5 years ago

      I had them at my aunt's house few days ago.. And I want more after reading this lens..

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Angel Blessed

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh, I love Truffles. Yummy lens my dear. - Blessed!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I love truffles and your recipe sounds delicious!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Tempted? (O.o) Truffles = gourmet delight. Chocolate = gift from God! The only way to make this better is to serve it with cheesecake! :)

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      I love chocolate and this recipe looks fantastic.Thanks for sharing

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      I've had chocolate truffles out of a box of candy, but never like they're made here. I can't cook very well, so I would like to find a wife that can. Any ideas?

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      joey92 5 years ago

      Yum! Yes please! Please take a look at my lens on Chocolate Pizza!

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      santadelcobre 5 years ago

      I love them. I usually prepare them with my grandmoher's recipe but for a twist I will try something new! Thank you

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      Yummy!

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      jaredsgirl 5 years ago

      Mmmm, chocolate truffles sound so delicious! I'm going to have to try this. Thanks!

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      janicewee 5 years ago

      Love it. I make chocolate truffles too, but I skip the butter and overdid the liquer. Once, I put so much vodka, some colleagues got a little tipsy. :p Thanks for sharing that 1 drop is enough. Thanks for the flavourless oil tip. I'm going to try shaping my truffles by hand and let you know how they turn out.

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      TheresaMarkham 5 years ago

      My daughter's been asking for us to make these & voila! here are the recipes! Thanks for a great lens!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Your lens is making me drool!

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      CatJGB 5 years ago

      Love me some chocolate, mmmmmm

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      Love 'em. Best thing to do when I get home from a long day of work is to eat in front of the TV and chocolate truffles are one of my favorite TV food.

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      Love 'em. Best thing to do when I get home from a long day of work is to eat in front of the TV and chocolate truffles are one of my favorite TV food.

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      biggking lm 5 years ago

      looks gooooood

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      aliciamaggie54 5 years ago

      Am I tempted? These sound delicious.

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      I think I'll try to make your chocolate truffles

      thank you

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      Keepingscore 5 years ago

      I can't resist when a box of truffles is passed around the house.

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      DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

      I don't have them often but they are a delicious treat. Thank you for sharing your recipes, I might try them one of these days.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      I love them; thanks for sharing your recipe, a yummy Lens for sure.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I've made homemade chocolate truffles for many years and they make fantastic gifts (including for oneself!). This lens is wonderfully informative and full of mouthwatering inspiration. SquidAngel blessed.