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Dark Chocolate Truffles

  • Yield: Makes 28
Dark Chocolate Truffles

Source: Whole Living, December 2012


  • 8 oz dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa), chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, for rolling
  • Assorted toppings: cocoa powder (for an ombre effect, use a few different brands), finely chopped nuts (pistachios, Marcona almonds, hazelnuts), and toasted unsweetened shredded coconut


  1. Heat chocolate, oil, and 3 Tbsp water in a double boiler, stirring, until just melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and sea salt.

  2. Transfer to an 8-inch baking dish and refrigerate until mixture is set but still pliable, about 2 hours.

  3. Using a 1-inch scoop or melon baller, scoop out chocolate mixture and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Coat hands in cocoa and roll chocolate into balls. Refrigerate on parchment-lined baking sheet 10 minutes.

Cook's Note

Truffles can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to two weeks. Let stand 30 minutes before rolling in cocoa or patting with nuts or shredded coconut.

Reviews (5)

  • HunnyBee55 21 Apr, 2013

    Just a heads up - double-check the ingredient list for the chocolate you're using. Most chocolate contains milk or milk-derived ingredients - negating the claim that these candies are vegan.

  • steph0985 2 Mar, 2013

    I made these as Christmas gifts and everyone went crazy.
    -Only let it cool at room temp, they are difficult to roll
    -I'm going to try letting the batter cool, then pouring it in to mini cupcake cups on a tray to see if they will be like small peanut butter cups (which also gave me the idea to do half, add peanut butter, then finish them off with more chocolate!)
    - To answer the last question, these can be kept by refrigeration, but they'll be fine in transit as gifts.

  • winifredtigerlily 17 Dec, 2012

    it helps the toppings to stick (in my case) if you moisten them slightly with water.

    also, use the small end of the melon baller!

  • winifredtigerlily 17 Dec, 2012

    these are delicious, but a couple of production tips:

    don't refrigerate the chocolate overnight, like I did out of time necessity -- makes it very hard to scoop.

    continually dip your melon baller in boiling water to make it easier to scoop.

    it's very hard to roll these into balls (possibly because of fridge time) - not as easy as making meatballs. I ended up with half-moons.

    dusting the balls with cocoa prevents any topping from sticking to the chocolate -- do one or the other, not both.

  • erinobrien 10 Dec, 2012

    I would love to give chocolate truffles as gifts for the holidays, but all recipes - including this one - require refrigeration for the finished product. Is there any way to avoid this?

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