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Truffles to be given away

Chocolate Truffles to be Given Away

When I hear of boxes of Rum Truffles dusted in Wilbur Cocoa & Peppermint Truffles rolled in crushed Andes Mint Cremés, I don’t image biting into one and getting that rush of chocolate-laced endorphins. I think holiday gifts in cute tins for the neighbors, the co-workers, the teachers. Confession time, my friends: I don’t like most American chocolates. I really don’t have much of a sweet tooth. I know that makes me a freak. Here I am waving my freak flag!  I DO know lots of other people love chocolate & love it when I make them homemade gifts. While this gift is super easy, basically a fudge recipe, it still counts as a homemade gift. Furthermore, it has store made food product items in it like sweetened condensed milk & maybe candies & I am usually all about using only food & not food products. It is STILL okay & I am still okay with it.

I’m a healthy Ema who understands that sometimes people want chocolate truffles for a holiday I don’t celebrate like Easter, or Christmas, or Diwali. You can be healthy & also make not-so-healthy food sometimes. We haven’t failed ourselves or each other if we don’t fall perfectly into neat categories like being called the healthy cook. Be kind to yourselves, sweeties.

This recipe should make something atrocious like 72 truffles. Put them in fancy boxes, tins, or jars & give away as gifs. Honest to Pete, do not eat 4 or 5 of them in one sitting; your dreams will be so totally weird if you sleep at all. Dollar stores sell cellophane bags, paper boxes & tins that are all make your gift look fancy. Just don’t ever put food directly onto a tin, okay? Use wax paper, parchment or tissue paper.




Truffles to be given away


1 14oz Can Sweetened Condensed Milk

3 Cups Chocolate Chips (I use bittersweet chips and you can mix and match any combo of chips that you want. I find that people think they taste fancier when I use chocolate that has less sugar, and I prefer using dark to milk chocolate)

1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract (and you can definitely substitute a different flavor if you want, such as orange, almond, peppermint, for example)

4 Tablespoons of Alcohol or so of you want them boozy. I have used Amaretto, Coconut Rum, Gran Marnier, etc in the past and they are a big hit.

Cocoa Powder (I have been using Wilbur Dutch Processed Cocoa because that is what I have on hand)

Nuts or Candies to roll the truffles in. I have used Andes Mint Cremés, Crushed Hazelnuts, Jimmies, Sprinkles, etc.

Course Sea Salt such as Maldon. Himalayan Pink Salt and Kosher Salt also work. Have enough to sprinkle about 1 Tablespoon into the chocolate truffle mix and about 2-3 more Tablespoons to top some of the truffles with a hit of sea salt if you’d like.



Melt chocolate chips & sweetened condensed milk in a double boiler over low heat. Stir with a spatula scraping the sides. Don’t let it burn.


Scrape chocolate ganache mixture out of pan and into a bowl. Add vanilla and stir. If it looked kinda dull before it should look a lot more shiny again now.


Add flavor (alcohol) and about 1 Tablespoon of sea salt. Stir.


Cover and chill for 2-3 hours.


Take the chocolate out of the fridge and let it sit for 20 min or so, or until softened.


While you are waiting for the chocolate to warm up a bit, line baking sheets or containers with wax or parchment or freezer paper.

NOTE: You will be making balls that are warmed from shaping & need to be cooled again. The parchment paper is great because the chocolate doesn’t stick & to it.


Fill small bowls with whatever you want to roll your truffles in: cocoa powder, nuts, candy, etc.


Shape into balls with your hands.

Cooking tip: I have a useless melon baller (wastes so much of the fruit!) that I use to scrape out a ball (less than an inch). I then roll the truffle ball in my hands until it is a circular shape.

If you want the truffles to be rolled in cocoa or nuts, or have salt on top do that now. Cocoa powder needs 2 coatings or so.

Place these truffles on your freezer paper in your storage container. Repeat. This can take a serious hour of hand rolling so facetime someone, listen to music or something.


Cover the truffles with some kind of lid & chill again for a few more hours so that they harden up. Or chill for a day. Or in your freezer for several days if you are making them ahead.


Ta Da! You’re done!


NOTE: if I use Coconut Rum I add about 3 Tablespoons of Shaved Unsweetened Coconut into the chocolate after melting, if I use other flavors like Frangelico, I might roll the balls in crushed hazelnuts, etc.


Ema (Eeeeee-Mah, sometimes written Imma) is Hebrew for Mom. 100's of people call Eve Ema and it warms her heart.

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