Truffles Two Ways

a box of homemade truffles.

The idea of “making chocolates” might seem daunting — except when it comes to truffles. Even an amateur can make a good truffle.  It takes little more than good chocolate, cream and your imagination.  Today, I’m making Truffles Two Ways.

stages of melting chocolate.

Start with quality bars like Ghirardelli, Scharffenberger or Lindt and chop them finely.  Transfer to a glass bowl set over a pot of simmering (not boiling) water — and make sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl.  Stir the chocolate and cream together until it’s melted and free of any lumps.

flavoring the chocolate.


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This recipe came from my friend, Nola and it calls for 6 ounces of chocolate per batch, however, chocolate bars are sold in 4-ounce increments… Sure, I could buy two bars, use one and a half and save the remaining half for something else. Nah. I did the logical thing.  I bought three bars and made a double-batch.  (Smirk)

scooping chocolate for rolling.

Plain chocolate truffles are positively decadent — and there’s really no need to embellish them, but we have an affinity for chocolates infused with flavors.

Truffles Two Ways in chopped cashews.
Truffles Two Ways on parchment paper.

And since I had enough chocolate for two batches, I decided to make two polar opposite flavored truffles.  One with curry powder and rolled in toasted coconut and/or cashews, and the other infused with black currant liquor (Cassis) and rolled in cocoa powder.

Truffles Two Ways rolled in cocoa.

The cassis truffles have a nice berry finish to them that’s balanced and not overpowering. The curried truffles are meltingly sweet with a complex spice and finished with a roll in roasted cashews or toasted coconut for a little texture.

a small box of candy truffles for gifting.

Since it’s the holidays and you’re probably going to scads of parties, make a batch or two of truffles and give them as a hostess gift.  You’ll be guaranteed an invitation to next year’s bash, too.

Taking a bite out of a chocolate truffle.

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Chocolate Truffles (two ways)

Chocolate truffles are very customizable.  In these two renditions, one is spiced with chile powder (recipe via my buddy Nola – who loves a tingle on her tongue) the second is curry and coconut.  Decidedly grown-up candy and its fabulous!
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy
Dietary Restrictions Egg Free, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 16


For Truffles:

  • cup whipping cream
  • 12 ounces good quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate such as Lindt or Valrhona
  • 1 teaspoon madras curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons creme de cassis

For Garnish

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup flaked sweetened coconut lightly toasted
  • ¼ cup salted cashews finely chopped


  • Chop chocolate into small pieces. Fill the bottom of a double boiler or small saucepan with one cup of water. Over medium heat, bring water to a simmer and reduce heat to medium low.
  • In the top of double boiler add chocolate and cream. Stir just until chocolate melts and blends with the cream into a smooth uniform ganache.
  • Transfer half of the chocolate to another bowl.

For Chocolate Cassis Truffles

  • To one bowl of chocolate, add the creme de cassis. Stir to combine. Cover and chill until firm enough to shape (1 ½ to 2 hours).

For Curried Chocolate Truffles

  • Add curry powder to the second bowl of ganache. Stir to combine. Cover and chill until firm enough to shape (1 ½ to 2 hours).

To Form The Truffles

  • Scoop out rounded teaspoonfuls of the chocolate mixture and quickly press and roll them into rough 1-inch balls. Roll the cassis truffles in the cocoa powder to coat. Roll the curry truffles in either the coconut or cashews to coat. Place balls on a small baking sheet and chill until firm.
  • Store truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Serve truffles at room temperature for the best flavor.


(If you don’t have a double boiler, place a glass bowl on top of the pot with the simmering water – making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water)


Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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  1. Alena Brenda says:

    5 stars
    These chocolaty homemade truffles are best for the gift. Just love this.

    1. Thanks, Alena! I agree, homemade truffles are wonderful as gifts.

  2. 5 stars
    These truffles sound amazing Lisa! I’ve never attempted to make truffles but you make it sound easy. I love your logic behind making a double batch..Yes!!

  3. Ohhh, you had me at chocolate. These look delicious!

  4. Shadi Hasanzadenemati says:

    5 stars
    Cashews and coconuts, I love both of those! Homemade truffles are perfect as gifts, too!

  5. Britt | Sweet Tea & Thyme says:

    5 stars
    Wow, these truffles look beautiful, Lisa! I’m loving the unexpected flavor combos, I bet they’re delish.

    1. Thanks, Britt! Both are terrific combos and I vacillate on my favorite, depending on my mood.

  6. huntfortheverybest says:

    5 stars
    great flavor for truffles!