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Rich and fudgy Truffles

chocolate truffles

Sticky, fudgy, chocolate truffles – who can resist. They make fabulous gifts at any time of year, shoosh them up by wrapping the in cellophane and tying up with a ribbon. I buy a large roll of cellophane which lasts for ages. And a very long reel of ribbon can be had for not much


You can add fine chopped nuts to your truffles, fine chopped raisins or dates, or some crushed biscuit. Add a little alcohol, just a tablespoon to start, and taste, or try lemon / orange / lime zest.

Roll them in cocoa, dessicated coconut or very finely chopped nuts for a different finish

Although truffles are usually made from dark chocolate, you could make some with whatever chocolate you like, milk or white. Or you could even marble them with a mixture of different chocolates 



Chocolate truffles
a plate of chocolate truffles


Rich and fudgy
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: budget meals, cheap family recipes
Dietary Requirements: Freezes Well, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 35 truffles
Cost per portion 6p each
Calories: 80kcal
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  • 300 g dark chocolate 3 bars value chocolate, 90p
  • 250 ml double cream own brand, 90p
  • 50 g butter Buttery spread, 7p
  • 50 g cocoa powder 24p


  • Place the chocolate in a large bowl.
  • Meanwhile, bring the cream to the boil and then pour it over the chocolate.
  • Stir gently until all the chocolate has melted but try not to create bubbles in the mixture.  
  • Leave this to cool for 2 minutes and then add the butter in two stages. Once the butter has melted the ganache should be smooth and glossy with no oil slicks.
  • Set the mixture in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours or overnight.
  • Remove the mixture from the fridge and leave for approximately 15 minutes to come to room temperature.
  • Put cocoa into a bowl and dust your hands with it.
  • Roll the ganache into balls and then roll them into the cocoa.
  • The truffles can be stored for approximately two days.
  • You can try wrapping them individually in squares of cheap tin foil and then popping them into small kilner jars, gift bags or inexpensive home made boxes. You can find out how to make impressive gift boxes at Rubber Stamping


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Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 90mg3%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 111IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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