Hot Chocolate Truffles

Hot Chocolate Truffles, drop one into a cup of hot milk and stir for perfect Hot Cocoa! Yum!




The Story:

         Truffles have always scared me.  They just seem like something you get during the holidays from fancy stores, not something I could do myself.  But I gained some confidence when I went to my boyfriend’s sister’s house and saw her making these sweet things.  I thought, “Hm, maybe I can do this.”  So here you go. 
         Just because Christmas is over, it doesn’t mean hot chocolate season is over too!  Crush all those extra candy canes and get rolling!

Hot Chocolate Truffles

Yield: 15 truffles

Hot Chocolate Truffles


2 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
cocoa powder, crushed candy canes, mini chocolate chips for rolling


1. Place all ingredients in a pot and melt together on low heat until smooth. Stir constantly.
2. Let cool in the fridge until stiff enough to scoop.
3. Make small scoops, about 2 Tablespoons each. And place them in the freezer for and hour.
4. Remove scoops, roll into balls.
5. Roll in your choice of decoration. Crushed candy cane, cocoa, cinnamon, mini marshmallows. (If you try the mini marshmallows, you really have to push the marshmallows into the chocolate balls.)
6. Wrap each ball in suran wrap and keep chilled until ready to use.
7. When ready, drop chocolate balls into 1 ½ cups of hot milk and stir!


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65 thoughts on “Hot Chocolate Truffles

  1. 1
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    These are so cute!! I love the mini marshmallow ones the most 🙂

  2. 2
    Pilaud says:

    The marshmallow are amazing, and I love your truffles.
    YUMMY !!!!
    You are in my new link to follow…

  3. 3
    YummyInspirations says:

    What a yummy use of leftover candy canes!

  4. 4
    Vlad says:


  5. 5
    CrazyMomma D says:

    question: how do you think these would fare mailing them to someone??

  6. 6
    Lizzy Mae says:

    Well, they do have cream in them. But you could make a batch, keep them on the kitchen counter for a few days and then try them as a test run.

  7. 7
    Heidi @ Food Doodles says:

    Oooh, those are so pretty! I've actually never made truffles, but keep saying I want to. I should just do it! I think the mini marshmallow ones are incredibly cute, but I think I'd love the candy cane ones the most 😀

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Hi there Liz ("Cardigan Liz"). A college friend just showed me your blog last night. IT is very impressive that you are doing school, blogging and singing (I hope you are still doing that!)all at the same time. How do you price your cupcakes for catering? Your blog is really great BTW. Lots of good photos, cute stories and personality.
    Ciel Murri (mother of B).

  9. 9
    Lizzy Mae says:

    Ciel! So good to hear from you. I texted Brent to get your email, but if you get this first, email me at

  10. 10
    Erica says:

    these sounds awesome! thanks, lizzy!

  11. 11
    Anonymous says:

    I would love to know where to get little mini marshmallows.

  12. 12
    Lizzy Mae says:

    I got them from a wholesale place. You can call the wholesalers in your area or order them online!

  13. 13
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    THese are perfect! I would love them rolled in powdered sugar too. Or maybe cinnamon sugar

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    These are great! Are these solely for making hot chocolate or are they just as tasty to eat as truffles?

  15. 15
    Lizzy Mae says:

    They are very rich, so they are mainly for melting in a drink. But I did just finish some fabulous truffles for eating, so that recipe will be up soon!

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  17. 17

    What a fabulous recipe to have & share! Very non-intimidating! I like how few ingredients it has and yet how elegant they look! 5-stars! Can’t wait to try! As a chronic pain patient, this is recipe that doesn’t seem to overpowering yet gets a lovely look at the end! Quick QUESTION: Can you double recipe? Or is it better with this kind of recipe to do these in their own batches so you know the flavor and such is there?

  18. 18
    Anon says:

    I love this recipe. BUT, this year for Christmas I’m making the same thing, only with Oreo Truffles. Still dipping them in crunched candy canes and mini marshmallows. 🙂 YUMMMM!

  19. 19
    sesquive says:

    So, I tried the recipe, but I ran into a big time issue; the truffles were too soft, as in they didn’t hold their shape and would melt within five minutes of being out of freezer. I followed the recipe exactly as you suggested, any idea of what could have caused that issue?

    Thanks and you have a gorgeous site!

  20. 20
    Melina says:

    Wow, I want to make some to give out as gift during during the holidays. Can I make them in advance and freeze them until I’m ready to deliver them ??

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  23. 23
    Megan says:

    Hi! I made these last night and they turned out fantastically! I’m going to give them as gifts to my coworkers. Thank you so much for this!

  24. 24
    Amelia says:

    I’m doing this recipie as I type–it seems you either need to set your freezer colder or wait more like an hour 30 minutes, stopping at the 45 minute mark to open up the insides, for it to fully freeze. Otherwise, I’ve gotten gloopy balls that stick to your hands. They are delicious, though.

  25. 25
    Felicity says:

    How long do they normally need in the fridge… my mix has been in the fridge for an hour and still seems kinda runny.

  26. 26
    Patricia says:

    Just made, they are wonderful! Thank you for the recipe.

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  31. 31
    mikee says:

    does it melt?

  32. 32
    Gail Hovanesian says:

    I love the taste of orange and chocolate. I’ll bet they would taste good with grated orange rind then dip in the cocoa. I’m going to try these this weekend!

  33. 33
    Julie says:

    I m curious if anybody knows how long these will keep in the frig? If I give them as gifts, I am thinking I should put a “use by” date. Also curious if they should be stored frozen and how well they hold up in the freezer?

    • 33.1

      It’s all about the cream! So if anything thing I would use the cream date found on the carton as the “use by” date, but it’s true, if you freeze them they will last longer! Though they shouldn’t be frozen when you drop them into your hot milk or else your hot chocolate won’t be that hot…. 🙂

  34. 34
    Kelly says:

    Would full fat coconut milk work as a sub for the heavy cream?

  35. 35
    Mari J says:

    Shared you chocolate truffle link on FB

  36. 36
    Lina says:

    Mine don’t hold their shape and kind of melt even in the fridge. Can I reduce the amount of cream?

  37. 37
    Megan says:

    These are so cute and festive!

  38. 38
    Jessica says:

    Hi! I made up a batch of these on Monday night; let them cool in the refrigerator overnight; scooped out balls and put them in the freezer. After 2 days, the balls are still too soft to handle. Any ideas on what needs to be done to firm them up?

    Please help! I wanted to use them for gifts.

    • 38.1

      I’m so sorry! That’s so weird, mine were soft but not too soft to where they lose their shape. Add more chocolate chips next time! That will for sure firm them up because it will change the ratio!

  39. 39
    Melinda says:

    What a great holiday gift. I had to make these in mass for my neighbor gifts and I didn’t have much time with a 2 month old baby so I made a test batch where I doubled the recipe using only 1 1/3 c cream (2/3 c per 2 c of chocolate chips) and I poured it into an 8 x 8 pan lined with parchment paper. I used pressed mini marshmallows on top and put in the fridge overnight. I then cut them into 2 x 2 squares. It was super easy and a great gift! I’m going to make more for the neighbors now!!! Thanks for the recipe!!! When my son gets older, I’m sure he’ll love rolling them into balls… But for now, it’s hot chocolate truffle squares :).

  40. 40
    Kelsie says:

    Wanted to share my backlink and my fun variations! Enjoyed this project a lot!!

  41. 41
    Sara says:

    Hi, just thought you’d like to know that your pictures were posted without attribution here: Glad I found the original recipe, though! Looks yummy!

  42. 42
    Anna says:

    Do you really have to wrap each ball individually or can i put them in a tupperware? Do they keep their shape at room temperature?

  43. 43

    These truffles are so fun and festive. I bet it’s like a treat dropping them into hot milk. 🙂

  44. 44
    kim says:

    What a shame, and should have read comments before I made. The same issue that a lot of people had I did as well. These are too loose, and don’t keep their ball shape. Recipe is off, and needs to be adjusted. Less cream I would assume. Anyway, happy holidays!! Sadly off to buy some truffles now:(

  45. 45
    Alesha says:

    Was so excited to make these to add to my Christmas goodie baskets. Having some of the same issues as others I have seen. I put it in the refrigerator for a couple hours to cool. Then dropped the scoops onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. They immediately started turning into puddles of chocolate. Put in the freezer for an hour and took the puddles and rolled into balls and by the time I got to the last one they were turning back into puddles. So I shaped them quickly, and put in the freezer overnight, only to find them in flat puddles again. So bummed and hate to throw away all the dough that I made.

  46. 46
    Cammie says:

    I made these this year for our family Christmas party, used the recipe exactly. The only thing I did different is I refrigerated over night before rolling them, and when I rolled them out I immediately rolled them in Cinnamon, crushed peppermints or marshmallows, then placed them in the fridge for a couple more hours before serving them at the party. They worked great and were the hit of the party!

    Thank you, I will be using this recipe again.

  47. 47
    Paris says:

    do I have to drop them in milk or can I eat them directly? Sorry if that sounds like a stupid question lol

  48. 48
    Mag says:

    Just wondering if the “heavy cream” can be replaced with a dairy free option?
    Maybe coconut milk?

  49. 49
    Vanessa says:


    Great recipe, I plan on trying it out for New Years!

    How do you think they would fare be coated in candy melts? Or maybe rolled in crushed candy melts? Do you think they’d still melt? I’ve never worked with it before so I’m not sure how easy it melts. I found some candy cane and salted caramel candy melts that I think would be amazing with this!


  50. 50
    Sarah says:

    Has anyone tried melting these in a cup of coffee? I just made these and they are cooling in the fridge, so excited to try them!

  51. 51
    Jengle says:

    Can you put rum or bourbon in these for spiked hot chocolate?

  52. 52
    Danielle Gregory says:

    just discovering this for the first time, and can’t wait to try it. i’m thinking, what if you formed the truffle around a marshmallow!

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