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Easy Homemade Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles Recipe

Indulging in the rich and irresistible flavors of homemade treats doesn’t have to be a complex affair. If you’re a fan of the sweet-meets-boozy combo and a dark chocolate lover, I’ve got just the thing for you -an Easy Homemade Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles recipe! 

Picture velvety dark chocolate with a subtle hint of rum, creating bite-sized treats that are perfect for any occasion. There’s no need for fancy ingredients or intricate techniques; this recipe is all about happiness in every chocolaty bite. 

Easy Homemade Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles Recipe

Ingredients you’ll need for these Chocolate Rum Balls

This recipe calls for a few simple ingredients, found in any grocery store:

  • Heavy Whipping cream. The whipping cream makes the truffles smooth and velvety
  • Dark chocolate. The star of the show! Good quality chocolate brings a rich, deep cocoa flavor. Make sure you choose at least 60% chocolate, so the truffles can set properly
  • Pure Vanilla extract. Vanilla extract enhances the overall flavor of the truffles 
  • Rum. The rum gives the truffles a nice boozy kick. Whether you go for regular rum to warm it up, coconut rum for a tropical twist, or dark rum for strong notes, it’s all about your preference.
  • Cacao powder. Rolling the truffles in cacao powder not only finishes them off but also enhances the chocolate flavor. Make sure to use good-quality cocoa powder.

Take a look at the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe.

Add-ons and Substitutions for these Easy Rum Truffles

  1. Different Alcohol Options: Feel free to switch up the boozy element in your truffles. Whether it’s whiskey, brandy, or your preferred spirit, experimenting with different alcohols can bring exciting new flavors.
  2. Crunchy Bases: Get creative with the base of your truffles by using digestive biscuits, cake crumbs, graham crackers, vanilla wafer cookies, or any cookie crumbs in fine, small pieces. This adds a delicious crunch to contrast with the smooth truffle filling.
  3. Festive Cookie Mix: For the holiday season, incorporate crumbled festive cookies into the mix. 
  4. White Chocolate Truffles: For a different flavor profile, try using white chocolate instead of dark chocolate. It brings a sweeter and creamier element to the truffles, offering a delightful contrast to the rum. Reduce the amount of cream to 1/3 and add the same amount of chocolate.
  5. Chocolate Sprinkles Over Cocoa Powder: Switch up the finishing touch by rolling your truffles in chocolate sprinkles instead of cocoa powder. 
  6. Valentine’s truffles: Cover your truffles with freeze-dried strawberry powder for a Valentine’s twist.

    Feel free to mix and match these add-ons and substitutions to create your personalized version of these Rum Truffles. The possibilities are endless!
Easy Homemade Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles Recipe

How to make these easy Homemade Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles

To make this indulgent treat, start by finely chopping the dark chocolate.

Secondly, add heavy cream and chocolate in a small pan. Melt chocolate in low heat, stirring constantly, until you’re left with a smooth chocolate mixture. Be careful not to let it boil.

Remove from heat, add rum and vanilla, and mix well to ensure an even distribution of flavors.

Next, cover the chocolate mixture and refrigerate it for at least 1.5 hours or until it becomes firm enough to handle.

Once chilled, use a spoon or a small cookie scoop to scoop out portions of the mixture and roll them into 1-inch balls (preferably with cold hands). Place the truffle balls on a parchment-lined tray.

Lastly, place the cocoa powder in a shallow bowl, place each truffle in the bowl of cocoa powder, then roll it until it’s well-coated. If the truffles have softened during the rolling process, chill them again in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm up.
Your Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles are ready to be enjoyed! Serve them at room temperature.

Expert tips for the best Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles

  • Choose good quality chocolate with at least 60% cocoa content. The richness and flavor of your truffles will greatly depend on the quality of the chocolate you use.
  • Don’t let your cream boil; it could mess up the texture and flavor of your truffles.
  • Make sure the chocolate mix is cold before shaping. This not only makes the ganache easier to handle but also gives the truffles the perfect texture.
  • Work quickly when rolling the truffle balls to prevent the chocolate from melting in your hands. Cold hands can help keep the ideal temperature. You can chill your hands by running them under cold water and drying them before rolling. 
Easy Homemade Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles Recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

What are rum truffles made of?

Rum truffles are made of heavy cream, dark chocolate, rum, and sometimes vanilla extract and salt can be added.

How do you make chocolate truffles firmer?

If your chocolate truffles seem too soft, pop them in the fridge until they firm up enough to work with.

Another trick is to whip the mixture for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, let it set again, and you should notice a firmer texture.

Can I use milk chocolate?

Absolutely, you can use milk chocolate for truffles! Just know that milk chocolate is sweeter in contrast to dark chocolate.

When using milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate, you might need to tweak the amount of cream. Since milk chocolate is sweeter and has a different fat content, adjusting the ratio helps ensure your truffles are set properly. Use 1/2 a cup of heavy whipping cream instead, and the same amount of chocolate.

How much alcohol is in rum truffles?

The amount of alcohol in rum truffles could vary between 1-2 teaspoons to 2-3 tablespoons. It depends on the recipe and the amount of truffles it yields.

For this recipe, I used 2 tablespoons, and the recipe yields 20 truffles of 1.5 tablespoons each.

What kind of chocolate is best for truffles?

The best type of chocolate for truffles is high-quality chocolate bars. Look for chocolate with a good cocoa content, preferably at least 60%. The richness and flavor of your truffles greatly depend on the quality of the chocolate you choose. 

How to store my Dark Chocolate rum truffles?

Store the truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The cool temperature helps maintain their texture and prevents them from becoming too soft.

When ready to use, leave them at room temperature in a dry place for 1 hour, then serve.

Easy Homemade Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles Recipe

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Easy Homemade Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles Recipe

Indulging in the rich and irresistible flavors of homemade treats doesn't have to be a complex affair. If you're a fan of the sweet-meets-boozy combo and a dark chocolate lover, I've got just the thing for you -an Easy Homemade Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles recipe! 
Prep Time20 minutes
Refrigerating time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 50 minutes
Course: Easy Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate rum balls, chocolate rum truffles, chocolate rum truffles recipe, Easy Homemade Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles Recipe, Maria Corcuera, sweet fix baker
Servings: 20 truffles

Equipment

  • 1 small sauce pan
  • 1 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop optional

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Good quality chocolate bar 60% or more
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons rum

Instructions

  • To make this indulgent treat, start by finely chopping the dark chocolate.
    8 ounces Good quality chocolate bar
  • Add Heavy cream and chocolate in a small pan. Melt chocolate in low heat, stirring constantly, until you're left with a smooth chocolate mixture. Be careful not to let it boil.
    2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Remove from heat, add rum and vanilla, and mix well to ensure an even distribution of flavors.
    1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons rum
  • Cover the chocolate mixture and refrigerate it for at least 1.5 hours or until it becomes firm enough to handle.
  • Once chilled, use a spoon or a small cookie scoop to scoop out portions of the mixture and roll them into 1-inch balls (preferably with cold hands). Place the truffle balls on a parchment-lined tray.
  • Place the cocoa powder in a shallow bowl, place each truffle in the bowl of cocoa powder, then roll it until it's well-coated. If the truffles have softened during the rolling process, chill them again in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm up.
  • Your Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles are ready to be enjoyed! Serve them at room temperature.

Notes

Expert tips for the best Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles

  • Choose good quality chocolate with at least 60% cocoa content. The richness and flavor of your truffles will greatly depend on the quality of the chocolate you use.
  • Don’t let your cream boil; it could mess up the texture and flavor of your truffles.
  • Make sure the chocolate mix is cold before shaping. This not only makes the ganache easier to handle but also gives the truffles the perfect texture.
  • Work quickly when rolling the truffle balls to prevent the chocolate from melting in your hands. Cold hands can help keep the ideal temperature. You can chill your hands by running them under cold water and drying them before rolling. 

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