With a deeply intense chocolate flavor and a slight hint of peppermint, these Nonpareil Chocolate Peppermint Truffles are just the thing to keep your sweet tooth in check while still indulging in something extra delicious!
Simple to make! Delicious to eat! Wonderful to give as gifts!!
Three for three!! A homemade candy hat-trick if you will.
Nonpareil Chocolate Peppermint Truffles are an easy homemade candy treat you'll happily make year after year. SCORE!
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The ingredient list:
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- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- bittersweet chocolate chips
- heavy cream
- peppermint extract
- espresso powder
Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- microwave-safe medium-sized bowl
- large mixing bowl
- silicone spatula
- small mixing bowl
- small cookie scoop
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- measuring cups and spoons
- candy cups (optional and not shown)
- gift boxes (optional and not shown)
- candy gift bags (optional and not shown)
How long will it take to make this recipe from start to finish?
Approximately 5-6 hours, but most of that time is hands-off while the chocolate truffle mixture chills in the refrigerator.
Can the truffle mixture sit in the refrigerator overnight?
Yes, but make sure the bowl is covered with plastic wrap so the chocolate ganache doesn't absorb any lingering refrigerator odors or flavors.
Can the peppermint extract be left out of this recipe?
Sure thing. If you're not a fan of peppermint, by all means, leave it out.
Can alternate extract flavors be used in place of the peppermint extract?
Yep! Use whatever extract flavor you love.
For a full selection of fun, extract flavors check out these yummy ones here or experiment with your own concoction.
Just remember to add the extract flavoring in with the heated cream and not directly into the chocolate after it's been melted or it may cause the chocolate to seize, and harden.
Can any color or type of nonpareil be used for this recipe?
Go wild! Go crazy! Get creative!!
These chocolate truffles can be used for any occasion, not just the holidays, so feel free to dip and roll them in whatever colors or textures float your boat!
Tip for keeping hands clean during chocolate truffle rolling:
- Make sure the truffle mixture is completely chilled before rolling. At least 4 hours in the refrigerator should do it, but overnight is best.
- If needed you can pop the truffle mixture into the freezer for faster results, but only freeze a maximum of 30 minutes.
- As you'll notice in the video, I rubbed my hands with ice cubes to keep them chilled while working with the chocolate. This worked great. However, you'll need to keep some paper towels nearby to dry your hands after rubbing with the ice cubes, AND you'll need to use the ice cubes more than once while rolling all the truffles.
- You can also wear lightweight disposable gloves to keep your hands the cleanest if desired.
How many homemade chocolate candy truffles does this recipe make?
I used a small cookie scoop for approximately 30-34 truffles.
How to store Nonpareil Chocolate Peppermint Truffles:
You and store the completed truffles in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Can these homemade candy truffles be left out at room temperature?
Yes, but their consistency will become soft.
Not a bad thing at all, so it all depends on what your preference is.
That said, don't leave them sit on the counter for more than 6 hours before refrigerating again.
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*Butter Toffee Cashew Crunch (shown below)
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*Homemade Almond Joy Candy Bars (shown below)
This Homemade Almond Joy Candy is better than the original because of more nuts and more chocolate! JOY never tasted so good!!
*Homemade Candy Recipe Roundup (not shown)
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*Coconut Pecan Praline Candy (shown below)
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Nonpareil Chocolate Peppermint Truffles
- 1 bag 11 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 bag 11 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
- ⅔ cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 tablespoon expresso powder optional
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup white nonpareils approximately 2 small jars
- Add the chocolate chips into a large bowl along with the salt and espresso powder. Set Aside.
- Add the heavy cream, butter, and peppermint extract to a medium-size microwave-safe bowl and heat until very hot, but hot quite boiling.
- Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate chips in the bowl and stir until the mixture is completely smooth and glossy.
- Cover the chocolate and allow the mixture to chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, but overnight is preferred.
- When ready to roll, add the nonpareils to a small bowl.
- Rub hands with a few ice cubes (and dry on a paper towel), and scoop the truffle mixture using the small cookie scoop and roll with chilled hands.
- Drop the rolled truffles into the nonpareils and roll to cover.
- Move the finished truffles to a parchment-lined baking sheet and continue the same process with the remaining truffle mixture, making sure to keep your hands a cool as possible using the ice as needed.
- Chill the completed truffles in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed today's easy and delicious homemade chocolate peppermint candy recipe as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you.