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The French recipe for chocolate truffles

Invented by a Frenchman from Savoie, chocolate truffles can be enjoyed all year round, but the best time is during the festive season. Discover our recipe for chocolate truffles.


Recipe for chocolate truffles



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  • 1 sachet vanilla sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 100 grams icing sugar
  • 125 grams of butter
  • 250 grams of dark chocolate
  • chocolate powder or cocoa powder.



You can add 2 tablespoons of dark rum or whisky to spice things up.


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  1. Cut the butter into pieces.
  2. Melt the chocolate (in a bain-marie, by placing a bowl filled with the chocolate in a saucepan of boiling water).
  3. When it melts, add the pieces of butter and stir.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and add the egg yolks, mixing quickly (otherwise the egg will cook and flake).
  5. Add the icing sugar and mix
  6. Add the vanilla sugar and continue mixing.
  7. Chill.


How it's made


  1. Take the mixture that has cooled for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator
  2. Put the chocolate powder in a bowl.
  3. Use a spoon to scoop out the mixture into balls.
  4. Shape your ball
  5. Roll it in a bowl full of chocolate powder.



A French invention by chance


It was a pastry chef in Chambery, Savoie, who came up with the idea of chocolate truffles. In 1895, Louis DUFOUR was short of raw materials for Christmas, particularly chocolate. To avoid having to ask competitors for chocolate, which he found offensive, he came up with the idea of adding fresh cream to the little chocolate he had. He then made small balls which he dipped in melted chocolate and then in chocolate powder. The shape of this creation was reminiscent of truffles, the mushrooms that grow underground , and it was only natural that they should be called chocolate truffles.


Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme is "monsieur de France" the author of this site.