Indulge in Rich and Velvety Espresso Truffles Today

As a barista, I have a deep appreciation for the wonderful flavors of espresso. And what better way to enjoy those flavors than in a decadent chocolate truffle? This Espresso Truffles recipe is the perfect combination of rich and velvety bittersweet chocolate with a kick of rich and creamy espresso.

Not only are these truffles incredibly delicious, but they are also incredibly easy to make, requiring only five simple ingredients. They are perfect for a special occasion or to treat yourself after a long day.

Plus, if you’re looking for a vegan option, we’ve got you covered with dairy-free and vegan chocolate options. So let’s dive into this recipe and indulge in some heavenly chocolate espresso goodness!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Espresso Truffles
Espresso Truffles

Imagine biting into a decadent chocolate truffle and suddenly experiencing the rich, creamy taste of espresso. That’s right! With this recipe, you can have the best of both worlds: chocolate and coffee.

These espresso truffles are perfect for anyone who loves both flavors and wants to enjoy them in a single mouthful. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also incredibly easy to make, requiring only 5 ingredients.

Another great thing about this recipe is that it can be customized to your liking. Using bittersweet or semisweet chocolate will produce different results. You can also add other flavors such as hazelnut or Irish cream for an extra twist of taste.

But perhaps the best reason to love this recipe is that it’s a perfect treat for any occasion. Whether you want to impress your friends at a party or treat yourself after a long day at work, these little chocolate-espresso bites are sure to deliver.

So go ahead and give this recipe a try! You’ll fall in love with the rich, creamy espresso-chocolate combination in no time.

Ingredient List

 Melt-in-your-mouth Espresso Truffles
Melt-in-your-mouth Espresso Truffles

Here’s what you need to gather before diving into the recipe:

Chocolate and Espresso

  • 1/2 pound (8 ounces) semisweet chocolate (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 pound (8 ounces) bittersweet chocolate (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons instant espresso powder or finely ground espresso coffee beans

Heavy Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream (8 fluid ounces)
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (6 fluid ounces), separated into 2/3 cup and 1/8 cup portions.

Espresso Flavorings

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk (for added sweetness and richness), optional
  • 1 tablespoon Irish cream or hazelnut liqueur or extra-strong espresso coffee, optional

Other Essential Ingredients

  • Chocolate chips or extra chocolate for coating
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting on truffles

Note: This recipe needs just five ingredients to make espresso truffles, but these extra ingredients are entirely customizable. You can add some liqueurs like Irish Cream or Hazelnut Liqueur to your hot chocolate truffles. Additionally, sweetened condensed milk can add extra sweetness and richness to the mixture. Allergic to dairy? Simply replace with a vegan alternative!

The Recipe How-To

Step 1: Prepare the Espresso

To make these delicious Espresso Truffles, the first thing you need to do is prepare the espresso. Brew 1 cup of espresso and set it aside to cool. If you don’t have an espresso machine, don’t worry, you can use instant espresso powder instead.

Step 2: Melt the Chocolate

Combine 16 ounces of finely chopped bittersweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl. In a saucepan, heat 1 cup of heavy cream over low heat until it comes to a simmer. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it sit for a minute. Then stir until the chocolate is melted completely and the mixture is smooth.

Step 3: Add the Espresso

Add the cooled espresso to the melted chocolate mixture and stir well until everything is well combined.

Step 4: Let it Cool

Let the mixture cool for about an hour at room temperature or until it’s firm enough to scoop.

Step 5: Scoop and Roll

Use a small cookie scoop or spoon to scoop out even-sized portions of chocolate mixture. Roll each portion into a ball between your palms, then place them on a sheet of parchment paper or baking sheet.

Step 6: Chill

Allow Espresso Truffles to chill in the fridge for approximately 30 minutes, or until they become firm.

Step 7: Coat and Decorate

Remove from refrigerator and proceed to coat each truffle with cocoa powder or finely chopped nuts. You can also drizzle some melted white or milk chocolate on them if you like, just be sure not to overdo it.

Step 8: Serve… and Savor!

Once you’ve coated all of the truffles, put them back in fridge for another 10 minutes, then take them out again and let sit at room temperature for ten minutes before serving. And now your amazing espresso truffles are ready!

Substitutions and Variations

 A decadent treat with a jolt of caffeine
A decadent treat with a jolt of caffeine

Even though the recipe for espresso truffles is already delicious as it is, it’s always great to know some substitutions and variations you can make to customize it according to your preferences. With espresso truffles, the chocolate and heavy cream are the base of the recipe, and the coffee flavor is what makes it special, giving it a rich and creamy espresso taste.

If you’re looking for a vegan version of espresso truffles, you can replace the heavy cream with coconut cream or any other non-dairy milk. Also, choose vegan chocolate chips or cocoa powder to keep it dairy-free. Though keep in mind that coconut cream has a coconutty flavor that can change the taste of the truffles.

Instead of espresso, you can use mocha or any other coffee flavoring. You can even add other flavors such as hazelnut espresso or Irish cream to give it some twists. To make hazelnut espresso truffle, use finely ground hazelnuts with instant espresso and dark chocolate chips. While Irish Cream Truffles needs only 5 ingredients – whipping cream, milk chocolate, instant espresso powder, cocoa powder plus Irish Cream.

Aside from these personalization of flavors, add-ons such as chocolate balls or shaved nuts coating can also be an interesting substitution. You can melt down your favorite sweet chocolate if and when your sweet tooth is calling; alternatively you may also want try out milk chocolates instead of dark chocolates.

Just remember to be creative with what you have in your pantry! There’s no end to inventiveness in cooking – so substitute and adapt the ingredients in ways that suit you better. In this way, this recipe will only serve as a jump-off point because the possibilities are indeed endless!

Serving and Pairing

 These truffles are the perfect pick-me-up
These truffles are the perfect pick-me-up

The best part about these espresso truffles is how versatile they are. They’re great as an indulgent treat all by themselves, but they also make for the perfect accompaniment to other desserts like cakes and pies. If you’re serving these truffles for a special occasion, try pairing them with a rich and creamy espresso to really bring out their coffee flavor.

For those who want to take their chocolate experiences to the next level, consider pairing these truffles with a glass of red wine. The sweetness of these truffles will complement the bold flavors of a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot nicely.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous, try pairing these espresso truffles with a hazelnut liqueur like Frangelico. The nutty richness of the liqueur will perfectly complement the chocolate and coffee flavors in each truffle.

For those who prefer non-alcoholic pairings, a hot cup of milk or your favorite non-dairy milk alternative will do just fine. These truffles also go well with a classic cup of coffee, strong enough to hold its own against the intense flavors present in each bite.

No matter how you choose to serve them, one thing is certain: these espresso truffles are delectably indulgent and offer a truly satisfying experience that’s sure to please.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The ultimate indulgence for coffee lovers
The ultimate indulgence for coffee lovers

When it comes to truffles, proper storage is key to maintaining their creamy texture and delicious taste. Once the chocolate espresso truffles have been made, they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

If you want to enjoy your espresso truffles after the 2-day mark, it’s recommended to store them in the fridge for up to 1 week. Just make sure to take them out 30 minutes before serving so that they can reach room temperature and obtain their creamy texture once again.

In addition to refrigerating, you can also freeze the truffles for longer storage. To do so, store the truffles in an airtight container or freezer bag and place them in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

Reheating chocolate espresso truffles is not recommended as they may lose their creamy texture and become slightly grainy. However, if you do need to reheat them, it’s best to do so in a double boiler over low heat. Be sure to stir frequently and keep a close eye on them as they can heat up quickly.

With proper storage, your chocolate espresso truffles will remain rich and creamy with every bite – perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth any time of day!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A rich and creamy chocolate treat
A rich and creamy chocolate treat

If you want to create the perfect batch of Espresso Truffles, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here are some tips to ensure that your chocolate espresso truffles come out as delicious as possible:

1. Use high-quality ingredients: When making truffles, there is no room for compromise on the quality of your ingredients. Make sure to use premium bittersweet chocolate, heavy cream, and instant espresso powder to get the best flavor possible.

2. Be precise with measurements: Just like in any recipe, it’s important to measure each ingredient carefully when making Espresso Truffles. Even small discrepancies can lead to inconsistencies in texture or flavor.

3. Don’t skimp on chilling time: Once you’ve formed your truffle mixture into balls, it’s important to chill them thoroughly before rolling them in cocoa powder or chopped nuts. This helps the mixture solidify and makes it easier to work with.

4. Get creative with coatings: Although cocoa powder is the classic coating for truffles, don’t be afraid to experiment with other options like chopped hazelnuts, coffee beans or other toppings that will elevate your chocolate espresso truffles to another level.

5. Use a high-quality double boiler: If you’re making ganache from scratch for your truffle filling, you’ll need a double boiler to melt the chocolate smoothly and prevent scorching. Invest in a high-quality double boiler, or make one yourself by placing a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water.

6. Customize your truffle flavors: Once you have mastered the basic espresso truffle recipe, experiment with adding new flavors. Add Irish cream for a boozy twist or peppermint extract for the perfect holiday flavor combination!

Remember that making perfect Espresso Truffles takes practice! As long as you follow these tips and continue experimenting with different variations of ingredients and coatings, you’ll be well on your way to deliciously rich creamy Espresso Truffles that will amaze your friends and family!

Bottom Line


In conclusion, the Espresso Truffles recipe is definitely worth trying for all coffee lovers and chocoholics out there. With its rich and decadent taste, this dessert can easily impress anyone with just one bite.

By using high-quality ingredients like bittersweet or dark chocolate, heavy cream, and instant espresso powder, you can create a delicious truffle that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Additionally, this recipe offers several variations and substitutions that allow you to experiment and customize it according to your preference.

Whether you decide to serve it on special occasions or as an everyday dessert, espresso truffles are sure to be enjoyed by everyone who loves chocolate-rich goodness. So why not give it a try and indulge in the divine taste of creamy espresso chocolates today? You won’t be disappointed!

Espresso Truffles Recipe

Coffee flavored truffles from Taste of the South Christmas cooking southern style

  • 7/8 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 14 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped divided
  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  1. IN A SMALL saucepan, combine cream and espresso powder, whisking well. Bring to a simmer over low heat.
  2. IN A MEDIUM combine 8 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate and 2 ounces semi-sweet. Pour hot cream over chocolate, stirring until melted.Let chocolate cool.
  3. WHEN CHOCOLATE is cool but not set whip with wooden spoon until lighter in texture and color.
  4. ROLL tablespoonfuls of chocolate mixture between your palms to form balls Place on parchment paper and refrigerate to harden.
  5. IN A SMALL MICROWAVEABLE BOWL combine remaining 6 ounces of bittersweet and 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate. Melt in a microwave on medium for 30 second intervals until melted. Stir well.
  6. DIP hardened chocolate pieces in melted chocolate, covering well. Place on parchment paper. When chocolate coating begins to set dust with cocoa powder and sprinkle sugar on top.
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