Easy Peppermint Chocolate Truffles

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Fun fact… In college, I worked at a chocolate factory for a number of months. It was one of those jobs that I will never forget. It was my responsibility to make truffles, chocolate covered fruits, pretzels and marshmallows, as well as a variety of other gourmet chocolates. I spent most of my days, with my hands covered in chocolate for my entire shift and was instructed by my boss on my first day, that I am not allowed to wash my hands without first licking off the chocolate. There was no waste that way. I didn’t mind. It was the good chocolate, imported from Europe. So I got paid, had so much fun and got to consume all the chocolate I wanted. Although I wound up moving and had to leave my job behind, I still remember every single thing that they taught me. And I’m excited to share my first chocolate truffle recipe, peppermint chocolate truffles!

What is a Truffle Anyway?

I’m not talking about the fungus… I’m talking about the decadent, chocolate truffle that you can buy in specialty chocolate shops for upwards of $40-$50 per pound. So many people have no idea what makes a truffle a truffle. A truffle is a ganache center, covered in chocolate. They have a soft, sometimes chewy center and come in many different flavors. Today, let’s focus on the peppermint chocolate truffle.

scoop of mint chocolate ganache

truffles on a baking sheet

Easy Peppermint Chocolate Truffles

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row of mint chocolate truffles

Easy Peppermint Chocolate Truffles


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Description

These truffles are somewhere between a peppermint patty and a thin mint. They taste gourmet, but are much less expensive. You won't believe how easy they are to make.


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Ingredients

Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Filling

  • 8 oz semi sweet chocolate bar (chopped coarsely)
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract

Chocolate Coating

  • 12 oz dark chocolate bar (chopped coarsely)

Optional Decoration

  • 4 oz green chocolate (melted)

Instructions

Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Filling

  1. Place the heavy whipping cream into a microwavable container and heat for one minute.
  2. Mix in the peppermint extract.
  3. Place the chopped semi-sweet chocolate in a separate bowl and pour the warm cream mixture over it. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir slowly. If the chocolate doesn't seem to melt, you can put it back into the microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring each time.
  5. Once it's smooth and the chocolate is completely melted, cover with plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

It's Truffle Making Time!

  1. Add the chopped dark chocolate into a microwavable bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time until completely melted. You can also use a hair dryer (pro tip). Set aside.
  2. Remove the ganache filling from the refrigerator which should now be firm.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Using a small scoop or spoon, seperate the ganache into equal pieces, rolling each one into a small ball. Place them all on the lined baking sheet and place into the freezer for 5 minutes. This will harden the ganache just a tad so that it doesn't melt in your hands while you work with it.
    row of chocolate ganache
  5. Remove the ganache balls from the freezer. Place one ball on top of your two fingers (middle and pointer) and dip directly into the melted chocolate. You can also use a spoon if that's easier for you or if you aren't a fan of licking your fingers before you wash them.
    hand holding a chocolate dipped truffle
  6. Place the chocolate covered ball onto the parchment lined baking sheet. If you lift your fingers gently and in a counter clockwise motion, it will leave you a cute little pattern at the top of your truffles.
    truffles on a baking sheet
  7. Repeat until all ganache is used. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for a bit to set.
  8. If you want to add some extra flair, melt some green chocolate, stir and drizzle over your truffles.

  • Category: Dessert, Snack

close up of a mint chocolate truffle

Our family loves the chocolate and mint combo. Remember our mint chocolate chip cookie recipe? We make those every single year! Yum! Our neighbor is also a huge mint and chocolate  fan, so we try to incorporate those flavors into recipes that we can share with her. These peppermint chocolate truffles were definitely a hit!

I also love that these can be made for St. Patricks Day! If you buy the mini cupcake liners and place each truffle into one of those liners, and place in a cute little tin or box, they will make a great gift for neighbors, co-workers, family or friends! Best part is that you can make them for much less than you would spend at a gourmet chocolate shop (and they taste just as good).

So which chocolate truffle flavor do you want to see next? Let us know in the comments below.

Make sure to check out all of our family friendly recipes!

These peppermint chocolate truffles taste just as good as the ones you purchase in a gourmet chocolate shop and are super easy to make.

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28 Comments
  • Ivana Mearns
    March 7, 2020

    This looks delicious. Peppermint and chocolate is just perfect together, I am definitely saving this recipe for later.

  • Lavern
    March 6, 2020

    Peppermint Truffles look like a cool, fun and simple recipe to try. I imagine serving to guests!

  • Ashley R
    March 6, 2020

    Truffles are one of my favorite. This flavor sounds delicious.

  • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    March 6, 2020

    Oooooooh these truffles look so yummy. I would love to try this recipe out.

  • Stephen
    March 6, 2020

    I always forget about including mint in my cooking, but this looks amazing

  • Yeah Lifestyle
    March 6, 2020

    I always thought truffles were hard to make, your peppermint chocolate truffle recipe breakdown seems so much more simple and I am now drawn to make this myself
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  • Catherine
    March 6, 2020

    These truffles look and sound so good! I love making homemade truffles for special occasions..the peppermint is a wonderful addition.

  • Amber
    March 6, 2020

    Obviously you had me at chocolate! The peppermint is so refreshing but the chocolate is so decadent. What a great combo!

  • Matt Taylor
    March 6, 2020

    These peppermint chocolate truffles are amazing!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
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  • Melissa Cushing
    March 6, 2020

    These look so amazingly delicious! I have pinned a picture and will be grabbing this recipe to make some of my own. My family will absolutely love these and will be. back to let you know how I did LOL. Fingers crossed they will come out as pretty as yours.
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  • Nicole
    March 6, 2020

    These look amazing! I need to try them!
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  • Lisa Joy Thompson
    March 6, 2020

    I used to work for Godiva Chocolates and did lots of dipping of fruits and pretzels in my day as well. I love chocolate! I bet my husband and twins would love these Chocolate Mint Truffles.
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  • Toni
    March 6, 2020

    That is such a great treat! Love that they are so easy to make!
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  • Catalina
    March 6, 2020

    I love the chocolate and mint flavor! These truffles look so inviting!

  • littlemisadvencha
    March 6, 2020

    I am actually drooling right now, imagining what peppermint tastes like with chocolate, melting in my mouth. wew! <3
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  • Joy
    March 6, 2020

    You are a chocolate wonder goddess, Heather. These look divine!!! I will have to try these for the holidays. Thank you.
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  • Myrah Duque
    March 5, 2020

    You had me at chocolate truffles! They look so delicious that I will make these with my daughter this weekend
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  • Kathy
    March 5, 2020

    These look so good. My husband and oldest daughter love the flavor of mint. I’m sure they would really enjoy these too.

  • Sherry
    March 5, 2020

    I absolutely love chocolate truffles. Haven’t tried mint ones yet. I would like to see coconut or hazelnut truffles next if you haven’t made those yet.

  • Sharon
    March 5, 2020

    These peppermint truffles are the perfect dessert for St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Tina
    March 5, 2020

    Girl you almost made me break my fast lol. Looks delicious. Might need to make this. I absolutely love chocolate.

  • Whitney Morrow
    March 5, 2020

    wow these look amazing! and i love that they are gluten free

  • Chad
    March 5, 2020

    omg these truffles!!! I would love to make truffles, had no idea how to make them actually. This is great.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    March 5, 2020

    Your truffles looks so delicious. I never made them myself, but you made it look so easy. I will have to try this on the weekend. I am positive my husband would love them.

  • Stephanie Stebbins
    March 5, 2020

    This looks so yummy! Thank you for the recipe!
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  • Cristina Petrini
    March 5, 2020

    Chocolate and mint are the best combo that exists, I’m going crazy so you made me happy with this recipe!
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  • Bill
    March 5, 2020

    I’m going to have to make these with the kids this weekend. There will never be a better taste combo than chocolate and peppermint. Om nom nom.
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  • Rikki
    March 5, 2020

    I didn’t know truffle was a fungus lol. I’m looking forward to trying these peppermint chocolate truffles!

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