When it comes to candy, a chocolate truffle is considered one of the most decadent confections on the planet. But dark chocolate truffles aren't the only game in town—you also can make these delectable candies with white chocolate. This easy recipe for silky-smooth white chocolate truffles is a great one to have in your culinary repertoire.
Truffles are typically made of melted dark chocolate, butter, cream, sugar, and flavorings. But here, white chocolate is used and because it has such a neutral flavor, you can add the flavorings and mix-ins of your choice to create an endless variety. They can be rolled in confectioners' sugar or cocoa powder, or dipped in dark or white chocolate to be more stable at room temperature.
Normally, the best chocolate you can find is recommended for candy making, but truffles have a better end result when made with white or dark chocolate chips as opposed to chocolate bars because the stabilizers in the chips help the truffles to set up firmer and hold their shape.
- Place the chocolate chips, butter, cream, and salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second intervals until melted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Because white chocolate is prone to overheating, it’s a good idea to stop heating it before all the chips are melted, and simply stir until the residual heat melts all the chocolate.
- If you are using any flavorings or liqueurs, stir them in until well-mixed. Place clingwrap over the top of the white chocolate and refrigerate until firm enough to scoop, about 2 hours.
- Use a teaspoon or a small candy scoop to form small 1-inch balls. Dust your hands with confectioners' and roll the truffles between your palms to make them round.
- Place the balls on a waxed-paper-lined (or parchment-paper-lined) baking sheet and refrigerate while you prepare the white candy coating.
- Place the white candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating.
- Use dipping tools or a fork to dip a white chocolate truffle into the white coating. Hold it over the bowl so the excess coating can drip down back into the bowl, then place it back on the baking sheet. If you want to top the truffles with anything, like sprinkles, nuts, or coconut, do it right away before the white chocolate sets. Repeat this process with the remaining truffles.
- Refrigerate the tray briefly, for 10 to 15 minutes, until the white coating is set. For the best taste and texture, serve the truffles at room temperature. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
White chocolate truffles can be rolled in finely chopped nuts, crushed cookies, finely chopped candies, shredded coconut, finely chopped dried fruit, sprinkles, cocoa powder, confectioners' sugar, or even colored coarse or fine sugar. You can also change the color and flavor to fit any occasion.
- For Christmas, roll the truffle in crushed peppermints to achieve a candy-cane look.
- Add a few drops of red food coloring specially made for candies (make sure it's oil based otherwise the chocolate will seize) to the melted chocolate and roll in crushed cinnamon candies for Valentine's Day.
- Use green food coloring and a teaspoon of Irish cream liqueur as the perfect addition to the melted chocolate for St. Patty's Day. Then roll them in crushed chocolate-mint cookies.
- For a fresh, citrusy flavor add lemon, lime, or orange zest and extract.
- Stir chopped freeze-dried fruit and nuts into the melted chocolate before rolling.
If you want to make truffles ahead, they can be frozen. The downside is that they might develop a white discoloration known as a "bloom" caused by condensation and temperature changes making it out of temper. But, fear not, the bloom doesn't affect the taste at all and it will be less obvious with white chocolate.
- Place truffles in an airtight container, separated by layers of waxed paper or parchment paper. Place the container in the refrigerator for 24 hours (this avoids temperature shock when you transfer to the freezer). Then place them in the freezer for up to six months.
- Defrost the truffles in the storage container in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Remove them to a countertop and let them come to room temperature before you unwrap them. Always eat truffles at room temperature.
A Word About White Chocolate
All right, let's face it, white chocolate isn't really chocolate at all. It gets its name from the cocoa butter it contains, but it doesn't have chocolate liquor, cocoa products, or chocolate flavor. Instead, it tastes like vanilla or the flavorings that have been added to it.
Bona fide white chocolate must contain a minimum of 20 percent cocoa butter, 14 percent milk solids, and a maximum of 55 percent sugar.
White chocolate bark and other white chocolate products that are made with vegetable fats are inferior products and should be avoided.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||23 g|
|Saturated Fat||14 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||6 g|
|Dietary Fiber||0 g|