Bourbon Dark Chocolate Truffles
A decadent sweet treat with a twist, these Bourbon Dark Chocolate Truffles are soooooo easy to make. Just THREE ingredients, chocolate, cream and bourbon…..and you have one amazing bite of heaven.
Ok….so the Kentucky Derby is just a day away and I am, again, not crossing this one off the bucket list. Sadly. I’ll be home again watching from my living room wishing I had a reason to get all dressed up with a gigantic hat. It’s going to happen….I will go to the Kentucky Derby someday….but in the meantime I’m spiking ALLLLL the things with bourbon. Starting with these easy chocolate truffle recipe.
Making chocolate truffles is one of my favorite things to do for an easy entertaining dessert. They’re incredibly simple to make and you can add flavorful ingredients to create so many different varieties of your own gourmet chocolate truffle recipes.
Dark Chocolate Truffles just sound really fancy but they’re made of just two ingredients and then you can roll them in whatever toppings you like or dip them in melted chocolate to create a chocolate shell.
What is a Chocolate Truffle?
Chocolate Truffles are a type of chocolate candy or confection with a smooth chocolate ganache center. They can be rolled in cocoa powder, dipped in chocolate or coated in nuts and sprinkles.
Confusing as it may sound, dark chocolate truffles do not contain actual truffles (the mushroom) but are called truffles because their shape resembles that of a truffle found in the wild.
How to Make Dark Chocolate Truffles
Bourbon Dark Chocolate Truffles are super simple to make and you can whip them up in advance for parties which make them a fabulous dessert option for holidays.
To make chocolate truffles from scratch:
- Heat the cream in a small saucepan until simmering.
- Finely chop the chocolate and place in a heatproof bowl.
- Pour the cream over the chocolate and cover with plastic wrap.
- Allow the chocolate to sit in the cream for 5 minutes, then stir in the bourbon until smooth.
- Transfer the chocolate to the refrigerator to set for 1-2 hours.
- When set, scoop the chocolate with a melon baller and roll into a ball.
- Place the chocolate balls on a baking sheet and transfer to the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- While the truffles chill, melt the remaining chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler until smooth.
- Dip the truffles in the chocolate to coat and top with a pecan, if desired.
MY TIPS ON HOW TO STORE HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
- First…..DO NOT STORE IN THE REFRIGERATOR.
- Instead, store them in a cool, dry place so they don’t melt or fluctuate in temperature.
- Room temperature is best.
- Store them in an airtight container to prevent oxidation.
- If you MUST refrigerate….because not everyone has air conditioning and summer….well, it’s hot: Wrap the truffles in plastic wrap individually and then place in an airtight container before transferring to the refrigerator. Allow the truffle to come to room temperature before enjoying for maximum flavor.
How long do Bourbon Dark Chocolate Truffles last?
Stored at room temperature, your chocolate truffles will last 1-2 weeks.
Refrigerated, your chocolate truffles will last up to 2 months.
If you’re looking for even more easy chocolate recipes, these are my favorite:
- Champagne Dark Chocolate Truffles
- Easy No Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie
- The Best Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe
- Best EVER Chocolate Pudding
Kicking off a derby party in style….these are my FAVE Derby recipes:
- Easy Pimento Cheese Dip
- Blueberry Mint Julep
- Can’t get enough of this easy Ham Salad
- And this Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake is like a dream.
Bourbon Dark Chocolate Truffles
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 14 ounces chopped dark chocolate
- 1/3 cup Bourbon
- 8 ounces chopped semi-sweet chocolate
- pecans for decorating
- Heat the cream in a medium saucepan over low heat until simmering.
- Add the dark chocolate to a heatproof bowl and pour the cream over the chocolate.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to stand for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Stir in the bourbon.
- Transfer the chocolate to the refrigerator to cool for 1 hour or until firm.
- Using a small melon-baller, form into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
- Return the chocolate to the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
- Melt the semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until smooth.
- Dip each truffle in the melted chocolate and allow the excess to drip off.
- Return the truffles to the baking sheet and decorate with pecans, if desired.
- Transfer the baking sheet to the refrigerator and allow to chill until hardened.
- Store the truffles in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.