valentine’s day truffles

by jenna on February 9, 2011

I’m not sure what you were expecting out of me this week, but this is what will not happen.

I will not be telling sappy love stories.

I will not be posting a recipe with chocolate in it every single day (I figure I do this enough anyway the rest of the year).

I will not be recounting odd tales of ex-boyfriend past.

I will not be telling you of my plans this year (mainly because I have no idea what they are).

However, what I will be doing is sharing with you one kick-butt, perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. A dessert that I wait on pins and needles all year to make and then yelp with joy the second the pink sprinkles come out. A dessert that’s so incredibly easy that anyone can do it and a dessert that is one hundred percent appropriate to even give yourself.

Homemade chocolate truffles.

Chocolate truffles are, by far, one of my very favorite things in the whole world to make. You know why? Because making them is an excuse to get totally messy and covered in chocolate! What could be better than that?!

I made a ton of truffles when I was in culinary school and then again, during my pastry chef days. For some reason, I feel like people have this idea that they are difficult to make and therefore, always just opt to buy them instead. But nothing says love more than a box of homemade truffles…don’t you think?!

These truffles are simple and traditional. They’re made with pure dark chocolate and cream and then rolled in a variety of Valentine’s Day sprinkles. They’re creamy and smooth on the inside and perfect for wrapping up and giving away or hoarding in your freezer for yourself.

Next time I make these, I’m going to sprinkle a few with sea salt!

Valentine’s Day Truffles

makes about 24

Print this recipe!

8 oz good quality dark chocolate (I used ghirardelli)

1/3 cup heavy cream

pink and red sprinkles or tiny candy hearts

Chop the chocolate finely and place 6 oz of it in a heatproof bowl (glass or pyrex works best). You don’t need a food scale for this, just use your best judgment –it doesn’t have to be exact.

Bring the cream to a simmer on the stove. Then, pour over the chocolate. Keep stirring until all the chocolate melts. Set aside and let cool at room temperature for one hour.

Then, scoop the chocolate into a pastry bag or a plastic bag and pipe out small quarter-sized rounds of chocolate onto a lined baking sheet. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Freeze for fifteen minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a simmer on the stove and place a large metal bowl over it to form a make-shift double boiler. Place the remaining two ounces of chocolate in the metal bowl and melt (make sure absolutely no water gets into the chocolate or else it will be ruined!).

Take the chocolates out of the freezer and put a little melted chocolate on your hands. Then, roll the balls of chocolate until they are smooth. Immediately roll in the sprinkles.

Store chocolates in the fridge or freezer.

Nothing says love like chocolate. Or bacon.

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Jessica @ How Sweet February 9, 2011 at 5:03 am

These are so pretty, especially since I’m obsessed with all things pink and sparkly. And sea salted truffles are my favorite!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) February 9, 2011 at 5:03 am

or chocolate-covered bacon. or bacon covered chocolate! i’d say those say “love” pretty well ;)

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Christie {Abundant Self Care} February 9, 2011 at 5:04 am

Oh, yum, I need to make these for my husband for sure. I have never made truffles before but they always look so easy.

Have a great time in LA today!

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Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl February 9, 2011 at 5:06 am

I love how sparkly and sprinkle-y they are! SomehowI think food tastes better when it’s pretty ;)

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megan @ blackberries for jam February 9, 2011 at 5:08 am

I love the cute little heart-shaped sprinkles! I want to cover everything I eat with them. I think this would be acceptable on Valentine’s Day.

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Marie-JourneytoBodyZen February 9, 2011 at 5:14 am

Wow so easy and only 3 ingredients. I like that!

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mary (sisters running the kitchen) February 9, 2011 at 5:33 am

these look awesome! I’d definitely make them with sea salt too!

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Amy at TheSceneFromMe February 9, 2011 at 5:33 am

Simple and scrumptious! With only 3 ingredients, anyone could make these :) I hope you are having fun in LA today!

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jenna February 9, 2011 at 8:44 am

thank you! Just got here and beautiful outside!!

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Estela @ Weekly Bite February 9, 2011 at 5:36 am

These are the prettiest truffles I’ve ever seen! So cute and sparkly :)

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Kate February 9, 2011 at 5:37 am

Nothing says I love you like chocolate!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 9, 2011 at 5:38 am

I kid you not when I say that i bought sparkly heart sprinkles with the pure intent of making truffles with the huge bowl of ganache I have leftover from my weekend cupcakes. I love the sparkly pink ones you made, and may be stealing that idea as well :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 9, 2011 at 5:39 am

These are so cute! I love all the pink and red sprinkles. Might have to make a batch all for myself! :D

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Julie (Food & Other Things) February 9, 2011 at 5:40 am

These are so pretty and seem like so much fun to make…thanks for the recipe!

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Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] February 9, 2011 at 5:45 am

Yum! Those are so pretty and look delicious!

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 9, 2011 at 5:47 am

What’s better for V-Day than truffles, honestly?

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Amy February 9, 2011 at 5:47 am

oooh! I saw the first picture & squealed in delight– these are beautiful :) I’ve never tried to make truffles before, but these seem totally doable.

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jenna February 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

They really are super easy! You must try them!

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Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes February 9, 2011 at 5:49 am

Yes, I do have the idea that truffles are hard to make an therefore best to buy! But this looks doable, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE truffles — the best, purest form of chocolate. I also like that you can add variety (spices, extracts, etc.) to them, and if I made my own, I could choose the flavors! Very tempting…

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The Blue-Eyed Bakers February 9, 2011 at 5:50 am

Sprinkles! Hearts! Pink! CHOCOLATE! YAY!

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Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy February 9, 2011 at 5:50 am

My husband and I are focused on saving money right now, so this seems like something simple I could make for him for Valentine’s Day. Thanks!

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jenna February 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

It’s great for that! Plus, homemade everything is so much better!

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megan @ whatmegansmaking February 9, 2011 at 5:52 am

so easy! :) And so cute… I love sprinkles.

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Lauren at KeepItSweet February 9, 2011 at 5:53 am

I am loving your pretty pink sprinkles!!!

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Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 9, 2011 at 5:55 am

ooor chocolate covered bacon?? :) Seriously, these look incredible. I agree truffle making is so fun, and really easy!!

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Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 9, 2011 at 5:56 am

Mmm those truffles look gooood! The sprinkles are so cute!

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Amanda (Eating Up) February 9, 2011 at 6:03 am

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like truffles! My mom just sent me some great ones from Vosges, but you’re right, homemade are great!

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jen @ taste life February 9, 2011 at 6:04 am

You make everything look so beautiful, Jenna!

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jenna February 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

thank you! You don’t see the disaster aftermath though that is my kitchen… ;)

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Camille February 9, 2011 at 6:09 am

They are so simple! You can bet I will be making these!

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R @ Learning As I Chop February 9, 2011 at 6:23 am

Might have to try these. I love that they have no sugar.

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jenna February 9, 2011 at 6:29 am

Lol! If you don’t count all the sugar in the chocolate, that is! ;) did you really believe I would make sugar-free truffles?!

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Annie@stronghealthyfit February 9, 2011 at 6:54 am

Those are SO cute! Who doesn’t love truffles? :-)

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Catie February 9, 2011 at 7:01 am

Holy Moly! How amazing are those?!?

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Blaine February 9, 2011 at 7:17 am

Okay…I get it… you like bacon.
;)

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Quisha February 9, 2011 at 7:35 am

I’m not a huge chocolate fan, but I wouldn’t say no to these! The decorations are super cute as well. They’d be great for my office party!

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Jen@keepitsimplefoods February 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

Love these sparkly treats!

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Helen February 9, 2011 at 8:26 am

Those look amazing. I especially love the heart shaped sprinkes. Perfect for Valentines Day. Although I think the boy might think I’ve gone overboard with the pink theme :)

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Ashley @perfectleypeared February 9, 2011 at 8:29 am

i have this secret fear of the word “truffle” but you just made it seem way easier than i always thought. hope i do well!

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) February 9, 2011 at 8:41 am

How freakin cute! I know that B would die and go to heavan if I gave him a box fll of homemade truffles. That man loves chocolate more than I do ;)

…and they’re SO CUUUUTE. I love all the pink :D

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Marie @ Peonies&Cupcakes February 9, 2011 at 8:48 am

These look stunning & yes, nothing says love like chocolate! Sublime!

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Kelly February 9, 2011 at 8:55 am

Looks awesome!

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Natalia - a side of simple February 9, 2011 at 8:59 am

Your last statement is kind of my motto for life. Why deny the inevitable? :) Thanks for this easy recipe! I’m loving hard on some chocolate right now…

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Helena February 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

If someone gave these to me I would immediately eat all the sprinkles of each and every one :)

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Katie @ The Content Life February 9, 2011 at 9:05 am

These look amazing, love the hearts that you rolled them in .

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Anne@MyZenPulse February 9, 2011 at 9:10 am

Yay Truffles!!! Hubby and I don’t usually “do” Valentine’s Day, but he’s getting a box’o'chocolates this year! Would these work with soy milk and vegan chocolate???

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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner February 9, 2011 at 9:17 am

These truffles would be a great gift for the hubby on valentines day… made with love rather than running to the store and just buying them.

Last night I made your yogi trail mix bars… really easy to make and so good! I really liked them!! they were pretty sweet but i’m excited to try and play around with the recipe. i love making homemade granola bars!

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jenna February 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

I’m so glad you liked the trail mix bars! They’re my favorite snack!

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Tracey February 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

Yum! These look amazing.

I’ve never thought about making truffles. I’m going to keep these in mind for the next time I feel like making a little treat :)

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Emily @ Savory and Savage February 9, 2011 at 9:29 am

The little hearts are cute – but OMG – my favorite is the purple ( or are they pink – it is hard to tell on my monitor) sprinkles!!!

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Rebecca February 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

I’m definitely making these for my boys. Store-bought candy doesn’t stand a chance against homemade truffles!

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dana @ my little celebration February 9, 2011 at 9:44 am

Lovely post. The truffles look amazing!

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Jessica February 9, 2011 at 9:54 am

Dear Jenna,

These are beyond cute and I’ll be elbows-deep in chocolate in the coming days. Thanks for sharing.

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jenna February 9, 2011 at 9:56 am

yay! Let me know how they turn out–I’m betting delicious!

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salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) February 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

those truffles look amazing!!!

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Rachel @ The Avid Appetite February 9, 2011 at 10:04 am

These are gorgeous! These are perfect for anytime :)

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Kelly February 9, 2011 at 10:15 am

Oh please tell funny stories of ex-boyfriends past! OR, send me some of those chocolate truffles. I’ll be happy with either of your choices. :)

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

I think I’m in truffle heaven.

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Teri @BeePie Runs February 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

I love making homemade truffles, too! I like rolling mine in toasted coconut – yum!!

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Clare @ Fitting It All In February 9, 2011 at 10:33 am

I had no idea it was that simple. I could definitely make these for the BF:)

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MoniMeals February 9, 2011 at 10:42 am

awesome! they look great!

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Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat February 9, 2011 at 10:45 am

SOOO pretty!

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shan February 9, 2011 at 10:53 am

these are beautiful! i’ve never attempted truffles before, so i’m a little confused by the directions. do you roll the balls of chocolate and then place a little ball on the frozen quarter-sized rounds (to get the truffle base?) or do you coat the quarter-sized rounds in chocolate?

would love a little more guidance for a novice — thank you so much for this recipe!

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shan February 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

ok, after more careful perusal i figured it out! the little rounds that are piped out become the balls coated in chocolate. eek, need better recipe comprehension skills! thanks again for the recipe!

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hippierunner February 9, 2011 at 11:10 am

I love that you make it seem easy! I am going to try to surprise my boyfriend with some.

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Maria @ The Fitted Apron February 9, 2011 at 11:45 am

Love the missing bite.

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Anna February 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Jenna, you’re killing me. Seriously.

I do not need truffles, I do not need truffles …

but I am SO making these truffles.

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Kiran February 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm

It’s been ages since I made truffles and I can’t wait to make it again for V-day! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner February 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Wow! Those are really simple to make! I’m bookmarking this for christmas gifts! I always assumed that truffles are really complicated, I’m sure the recipients of my gifts will be very impressed!

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Laura @ prettylittlewords February 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm

These are soooo lovely! I am already such a messy cook that I can’t even imagine what would go down if/when I try these out. I can see why you didn’t take a picture of the rolling step! Love the heart sprinkles :)

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Lisa February 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I love the amazing, vibrant colors! Looks like art!

A friend of mine decided she wanted to learn how to make truffles. She said making candy was really hard but once you learn it, it’s easier. And she learned how to make AMAZING truffles!

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danielle February 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Even better than sea salt? pink himalayan sea salt. it’s festive!

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Kayla February 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Greetings from Australia:) These truffles look amazing! I really like the heart shaped sprinkles. It makes the truffles look so pretty. I was just wondering where you got those sprinkles? I wonder if I can get them over here.

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Andrea February 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I’m a long-time reader of your blog who has never commented before. These truffles look amazing (as do all of your creations) but I must say that I’m a little surprised that you eat so much sugar every single day! I noticed the change in your blog a little while ago and I applaud you for doing what makes you feel good. I’m just surprised you still feel so good while consuming so much sugar! Sugar weakens the immune systems, throws off metabolic functions, is highly addictive, causes cancer and messes with cognitive function, specificall memory! I’ve noticed that since I cut down significantly on my sugar intake I feel AMAZING!!! Just wondering if you’ve noticed any negative changes since increasing your sugar intake? Not that implying that you eat 100 truffles or cookies or whatever it may be!

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Kim @ Wallet Friendly Wellness February 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm

These are so cute!! I had no idea it was this easy to make truffles. Now I’m thinking of all my favorite rum infused truffles from the holidays. mmm.

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Katrina February 10, 2011 at 4:31 am

These truffles look so tasty! I’m definetly going to make them this weekend :)

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Cat @ YoungHungryFoolish February 11, 2011 at 8:09 am

I’m making these in the morning for my co-workers (and of course, myself). Thanks for the easy/fun idea!

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Brigid February 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Just tried to make these. Mine don’t look anywhere close to yours. They are flat! The chocolate I put in my hands to roll them with was wicked hot too. Maybe they still taste good.???

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Alexis February 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I just wanted to say I just made these and they are AMAZING and not even that difficult at all – as you said. I meant to take some in to work tomorrow but I’m afraid my husband and I are going to eat them all before then HA ha ha…

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