Learn how to make dark chocolate raspberry truffles the easy way using simple ingredients and basic kitchen equipment. Decadent and rich, this dark chocolate raspberry truffles recipe would make a great gift idea or a sweetly satisfying addition to a tea party dessert tray. Ready to make the best dark chocolate raspberry truffles to give away or eat yourself? Let’s get started!
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The Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles Backstory
Years ago, when my boys were young, a friend from my high school days would come over to visit and we would experiment with fun recipes during the boys’ naptime. One of the experiments was a truffle recipe we had discovered. Most of the ingredients were easy to find, and the result was delicious. We made enough to give away and still had some left over for ourselves. For this recipe, I adjusted the ingredients slightly to incorporate dark chocolate. Since seedless raspberry jam can sometimes be difficult to find, I made my own (get the recipe here). I also refined the dipping process by not requiring the use of a double boiler for melting the chocolate. See what you think!
Equipment for Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
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As a gift, my friend brought a little gadget that I still use for truffle making. It’s a little scooper, size 100, that is the standard size used for scooping the balls of chocolate truffle filling for this raspberry chocolate truffles recipe. It’s not essential for truffle making, but it sure makes the shaping process easier, and the truffles all turn out the same size. Whenever I use this scooper, I think of my friend and those long-ago days of laughing our way through recipes that were new to us while the boys were napping.
Here are some other items you will want to have on hand for your truffle-making adventure.
1 cookie sheet (depending upon how closely you space the truffles, you may need another cookie sheet)
Ingredients for Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
Most of these ingredients for these dark chocolate raspberry truffles are easy to find at any grocery store. The one exception is the seedless raspberry jam. There are brands you can look for, but the jam can be rather expensive and difficult to find. If you are pressed for time, it is possible to find seedless raspberry jam in stores. Who makes seedless raspberry jam? You may be able to find seedless raspberry jam brands like Smucker’s brand seedless raspberry jam on the store shelf. Other brands you might be able to locate include Stonewall Kitchens and Knott’s Berry Farm brand.
Where can I buy seedless raspberry jam?
I have found seedless raspberry jam at Winco Foods. You may also be able to find it at Walmart. You could also order it online. If you have a source of fresh or frozen raspberries, you could make your own. Here are all the ingredients you will need to make this recipe:
1 and 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
For coating the outside:
1 cup milk chocolate, white chocolate, or dark chocolate chips
2 teaspoons shortening (I use butter flavored Crisco)
Directions for Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
How is a chocolate truffle made? Here are the easy steps. Have fun!
In heavy-gauge saucepan, combine dark chocolate chips, heavy cream, and butter. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Stir in seedless raspberry jam. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 20 minutes.
Line a baking sheet with foil. Using the 100-sized scooper, drop scoops of the mixture onto the foil-lined baking sheet. No scooper? No problem! You could also drop teaspoonsful of the mixture onto the baking sheet, then shape into balls. Freeze until firm.
While truffles are freezing, heat water in a saucepan. Place a mixing bowl over the hot (not boiling) water. Melt the chocolate chips and shortening, stirring until smooth.
Drop frozen truffles, one at a time, into the melted coating. Stir quickly to coat. Remove with a fork, shaking off excess coating. Place coated truffles on the cookie sheet. Decorate with an optional topping like shaved chocolate, finely chopped nuts, or a contrasting color of chocolate drizzle. I happened to have a bit of raspberry dust from some dried raspberries on hand. To make the raspberry dust, just pour dried raspberries into a fine mesh sieve and shake over a plate to gather the dust.
Chill coated chocolate truffles in the refrigerator until set. Store the dark chocolate raspberry truffles in the refrigerator. This recipe makes about 4 dozen truffles.
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Coating Variations
If you do not want to coat the truffles in melted chocolate, there are some other alternatives. You could roll each truffle in cocoa powder or powdered sugar. This goes more quickly than coating in chocolate, but the result is messier for the truffle eater.
Common Chocolate Truffle Questions
Do truffles need to be refrigerated?
Yes, chocolate truffles store best in the refrigerator, at least the homemade variety. However, if the chocolate coating is too thick, chilled dark chocolate raspberry truffles may be difficult to bite into. When you are coating the chocolate truffles with melted chocolate, if that is the option you choose, try to make sure the melted chocolate is not too thick. You could always set the covered container of chocolate truffles out on a counter for a few hours, then see what you think of the difference.
Are truffles in chocolate truffles?
The traditional French truffles that are unearthed from the ground are not an ingredient in chocolate truffles. The truffles from the ground have a more savory flavor. They are often used to add flavor to main dishes and side dishes, not desserts.
Why are chocolate truffles so expensive?
Shaping the truffles takes time. Also, good quality ingredients can be expensive. For this dark chocolate raspberry truffle recipe, I was able to cut costs by making my own seedless raspberry jam, but not everyone has the time to do that. The raspberry dust was an ingredient I happened to have on hand, but it would probably be expensive to buy. Many people consider handmade chocolate truffles to be a work of art.
What’s the difference between a truffle and a chocolate truffle?
Traditional truffles are an expensive fungus that grows beneath oak trees. Chocolate truffles were named after the traditional truffles because of the resemblance in appearance to the fungus, but the two kinds of truffles are very different in taste. Traditional truffles are used to flavor savory dishes. Chocolate truffles are a decadent, sweet treat.
What is a dark chocolate truffle?
A dark chocolate truffle is a chocolate truffle made with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains more cocoa solids than milk chocolate. Good quality dark chocolate contains fiber, which is a health benefit. Yes, dark chocolate is good for you!
How long do homemade chocolate truffles last?
Chocolate truffles last about 3-4 days at room temperature. They last longer when they are refrigerated, about 2 weeks. Chocolate truffles may also be frozen up to 3 months, but you would want the truffles to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then come to room temperature before eating. If you want your truffles to last for a couple of weeks, but find that they are too difficult to bite into when eaten straight from the refrigerator, try selecting a few truffles from the refrigerator and letting those truffles come to room temperature before enjoying them.
How do you eat a chocolate truffle?
Raspberry dark chocolate truffles are best when enjoyed at room temperature. They may be nibbled on delicately or consumed in a couple of bites. You could also pop the entire thing into your mouth, but it would be a generous mouthful. If the chocolate coating starts to melt in your hand while eating. you could always use the tines of a fork to hold the truffle while you take small bites.
What is inside a chocolate truffle?
Chocolate truffle fillings vary. Common ingredients for the inside of truffles include chocolate, butter, and cream, which form a rich ganache. Many different ingredients may be used for flavoring, including extracts. In the case of this recipe, raspberry jam was used to give the chocolate truffle a raspberry flavor.
Is it OK to freeze chocolate truffles?
Chocolate truffles may be frozen for up to 3 months. Before enjoying chocolate truffles that have been in the freezer, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight. Before serving, let them come to room temperature, then enjoy every delicious bite.
How do you dip truffles in chocolate?
You can use a double boiler or a heat-resistant bowl over hot water to melt chocolate for dipping. Gently drop frozen chocolate truffles into the melted chocolate, quickly swirling around with a fork or spoon. A fork works well for letting excess chocolate drip off back into the bowl of melted chocolate.
How do you roll truffles without melting them?
You need to work quickly to roll the frozen chocolate truffles around in the melted chocolate. Using a fork or spoon, swirl the frozen truffle around in the melted chocolate, coating the truffle. Speedily lift the truffle out of the warm chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip off, then place the truffle back on the foil-lined baking sheet.
What size scoop is best for truffles?
The scoop size that is generally used for making chocolate truffles is a size 100. That size is about 3/4 tablespoon capacity. It’s just the right tool for making these bite-sized gems.
How do you make perfectly round truffles?
Here is how to make perfectly round truffles:
Chill the Truffle Mixture: Ensure your truffle mixture is well-chilled. This will make it easier to handle and shape into round balls.
Use a Melon Baller (as recommended in this recipe for raspberry dark chocolate truffles) or Spoon: For consistent sizing, use a melon baller or a teaspoon to scoop out portions of the chilled truffle mixture.
Roll Quickly: Work quickly to roll each portion between your palms to form a round ball. The heat from your hands can soften the mixture, so speed is key.
Chill Again if Needed: If the truffle mixture becomes too soft, place the shaped truffles back in the refrigerator or freezer briefly to firm up.
Opt for Gloves: Wearing food-safe gloves can help prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands, and it can make the rolling process smoother.
Dust with Cocoa or Powdered Sugar: After shaping, you can roll the truffles in cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or finely chopped nuts for a finishing touch and to prevent sticking. You can also dip the truffles in dark chocolate, as in this raspberry dark chocolate truffles recipe.
What do you do if a truffle is too soft?
Return the truffle to a freezer. Check after 30 minutes. If the truffle is still too soft, keep adding more time in the freezer until the desired firmness is reached.
Why is my truffle mix not setting?
Patience when mixing the chocolate, butter, and cream is important. If you heat the mixture too quickly, it will not become thick and creamy. Mix and stir on the low heat setting, then be sure to chill the mixture in the freezer for the recommended time before attempting to scoop and shape the mixture into balls.
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
- 1 Number 100 mini scooper optional
- 1 Medium-sized heavy gauge saucepan
- 1-2 Cookie sheets
- 1 Heat resistant mixing bowl or double boiler
- Plastic wrap
- Aluminum foil
- 1½ cups dark chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
- 1 cup milk chocolate, white chocolate, or dark chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons shortening
- In heavy-gauge saucepan, combine dark chocolate chips, heavy cream, and butter. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth.
- Stir in seedless raspberry jam. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 20 minutes.
- Line a baking sheet with foil. Using the 100-sized scooper, drop scoops of the mixture onto the foil-lined baking sheet. You could also drop teaspoonsful of the mixture onto the baking sheet, then shape into balls. Freeze until firm.
- While truffles are freezing, heat water in a saucepan. Place a mixing bowl over the hot (not boiling) water. Melt the chocolate chips and shortening, stirring until smooth.
- Drop frozen truffles, one at a time, into the melted coating. Stir quickly to coat. Remove with a fork, shaking off excess coating.
- Place on the cookie sheet, chill in the refrigerator until set. Store the dark chocolate raspberry truffles in the refrigerator.
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I hope you enjoy making dark chocolate raspberry truffles. May all of your treat-making endeavors meet with great success!
Lisa Mitchell is a wife, mom, and school librarian who likes to create and share recipes, often using fresh ingredients from her family’s small Pacific Northwest farm. To learn more about what this website has to offer, click on over to the Welcome page.
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