Nutella and dark chocolate truffles

by Sunita on November 17, 2009

The days are just whizzing by. The weekend came and went, and so did the first working day of the week. I am huffing and puffing my way to complete a million things and be at a hundred places at the same time. Between Rengoni’s Anglo Saxon projects and Agastya’s dinosaur fact files and several other things, I am pausing , every now and then, for a breather.

Sometimes, it just seems that everything needs to be done at the same time. And there are so many deadlines to be met, that it becomes hard to prioritise. But, then, a deep breath and calmness is what is required and life goes on.

The weather has been at it’s autumnal best. One day, you can see the sun streaming through the windows, making one wonder if spring had almost made a comeback. And the very next day, we have been waking up to dark, blustery weather. The trees are almost bare now, the last few leaves bursting forth in full colour before they leave the branches and fall to the ground , to be crushed beneath the feet of passers by or the wheels of bicycles. Agastya and Rengoni always make a little detour to run the wheels of their bikes over the fallen leaves and go ”crunch! crunch!”, of course, only if the weather is dry. Otherwise, it is more like ‘’slip, slip” over the squashed leaves as we go down the slopes. Yes, autumn is truly in the air, and is, quietly but steadily, making room for winter.

On the foodie front, I have professed my chocoholicness in this blog quite a few times, and I am not ashamed to say it again! I AM A CHOCOHOLIC!! There!! I’ve said it again! I am also a die hard nutella fan and can easily polish off a few spoonfuls at a go; gosh, that does sound greedy, doesn’t it? But I really do love it. Dig the spoon right in and scoop out a spoonful, relish the  texture and as it melts in the mouth- heavenly! Do not forget to close your eyes, tilt your head ever so little and gently lift your shoulders as you sigh and enjoy the creamy nutella against the tongue.

I was about to tuck into the jar of nutella again, when the urge of making something with it was simply irresistible. I wanted to make something decadent, and after some deliberation and rummaging through the pantry, I decided to make these nutella and dark chocolate truffles. They are very easy to assemble, look pretty and taste great too. If you’re a nutella fan, like me, you’ll simply adore these. Here’s how I made them-

What’s needed-

400 gms of nutella
100 gms of dark chocolate ( I used one with 75 % cocoa), chopped
4tblsp of honey
1 tblsp of ghee ( clarified butter)

for rolling, covering, drizzling and topping (these are just ideas, you need not use all of them)
unsweetened cocoa powder for rolling the truffles
a little chopped nuts for topping
melted dark chocolate for coating some of the truffles
a few tblsps of icing sugar mixed with a little warm milk to make a smooth, thick,but flowing icing.

How to-

  1. In a bowl, place all the nutella, dark chocolate, honey and ghee. In a microwave or double boiler, heat the mixture till the chocolate melts.
  2. Remove the bowl from the microwave or double boiler. With a spoon, stir the mixture vigorously till smooth. As the mixture begins to cool, it will come away from the bowl easily like a soft dough. Shape it into a lump, place it again in the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour or till the mixture is firm enough to roll into balls. I got 25 walnut sized balls of the mixture. While rolling, if the mixture begins to feel too soft, chill a little more.
  3. Now, if you are rolling the balls in cocoa powder, do so and chill again before serving.
  4. If you are coating the balls in chocolate, do so and place on a piece of foil to set. While the chocolate is still loose, place a little chopped nuts.

    If you want to drizzle some icing over them, coat with chocolate, let the chocolate set completely, drizzle with icing and chill before serving.

  5. I placed the prepared truffles in  mini muffin cases.

Keep them in the fridge before serving. If they harden too much after chilling, and you like them softer, just keep them outside the fridge for sometime and they will soften.

That’s it! Decadent nutella and dark chocolate truffles are now ready to be enjoyed; and enjoy we did!  Dinesh has been going up and down the fridge all to often, I must say. They were really yummy and were not overtly sweet.

These truffles would form great choco gifts too!

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{ 74 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mona November 17, 2009 at 12:59 am

I want them all Sunita, you are so teasing me with all those delicious clicks gal! They look mouth watering!!


2 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Do make them Mona, they’re delish!


3 Su-yin November 17, 2009 at 1:21 am

These are so pretty! :) Think they’d make great Christmas gifts.

I love nutella too, and eat it straight from the jar sometimes. Terrible I know. :P I also like G&B’s hazelnut spread, and the brunette spread from Le Pain Quotidien, hehe.


4 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Oh yes! They will!

And don’t worry, i do the ‘eating from the jar’ thing too! Shhh :-D


5 A&N November 17, 2009 at 1:26 am

Me too! I literally cried seeing this. Again! I am on a diet :(


6 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Am I making you cry too much? Make them and you’ll smile :-D


7 Soma November 17, 2009 at 1:28 am

Magic! please don’t tempt me with these.. i am crazy about nutella.


8 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Actually, I am tempting you, dear soma; make some, you won’t regret :-)


9 Sonia November 17, 2009 at 2:01 am

Dear Sunita, such a lovely truffles. Can’t differ them from store bought. Perfectly beautiful! Yesterday, I tried your mini walnut-banana muffins with some alterations. I must say, they came out so soft and great in taste. My hubby has taken all of them for office munchies. :) Now, I love to prepare mini muffins to regular size muffins. Thank you very much for easy and wonderful recipe.


10 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Sonia, thank you for your kind words; glad you loved the muffins too.


11 Mishmash! November 17, 2009 at 2:01 am

WOW!!! looks so decadent sunita….i hope i will get to making these one day….perhaps for x’mas …great gift idea…thanks :)


12 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Thanks Shn. Btwe, how are you? i know, i’ve been terrible at visiting other blogs recently; will make up for it soon :-)


13 nags November 17, 2009 at 2:06 am

lovely! gonna try these this weekend. i will go with just the icing sugar drizzle though :)


14 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Thanks nags; do give them a try :-)


15 musical November 17, 2009 at 2:50 am



16 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Without a doubt!


17 Namratha November 17, 2009 at 3:15 am

They look right out of a candy box Sunita, not home-made at all! Gorgeous photos!


18 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Thanks namratha :-)


19 Hélène November 17, 2009 at 3:50 am

They look like they were bought in a speciality store. Delicious!


20 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Aww, thanks helene, you’re too kind :-)


21 Marika November 17, 2009 at 4:26 am

I’ve been looking for a Nutella recipe and yours looks absolutely scrumptious. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try them myself. Do you have any Nutella cake recipes? Thought I’d ask. All the best,


22 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm

You’re welcome marika. Do give the truffles a try. Sorry, but at the moment, i haven’t got any cake recipes with nutella.


23 Rosa November 17, 2009 at 6:16 am

I am addicted to Nutella! Those truffles look sooooo tempting!




24 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Thanks dear rosa :-)


25 Meeta November 17, 2009 at 7:28 am

these look sensational Sunita. Just like something you would get in a high class choc store. I want one please!


26 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Thanks Meeta; and yes, you can have more than one :-)


27 Happy Cook November 17, 2009 at 7:59 am

Pass a few to the worlds No.1 chocoholic , beautiful and so so delicous.
I am prohibited to make anything with chocotate for a while by my family as they say i make too muvh things with chocolate.


28 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Sending you virtual truffles, dear F; enjoy :-D


29 Nirmala November 17, 2009 at 8:12 am

They looks like store bought expensive truffle boxes Sunita! I almost licked the screen. I made some dark chocolate truffles sometime back. I have a serious doubt about it. Can I make truffles using milk chocolate? or the question itself stupid ? Because my kids did not enjoy th bitterness in the dark chocolate and I am wondering when and how can I add sugar to the dark chocolate+ hot cream mixture. But I bet the nutella would add expected sweetness to the truffles. Here nutella is expensive one small jar costing Rs. 200, But these truffles looks like to die for.


30 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Nirmala, thanks; try with milk chocolate :-)


31 sanjeeta kk November 17, 2009 at 8:14 am

The pictures says it all. Must be a heavenly delight to try and savour.


32 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Thanksn danjeeta, we did love them :-)


33 Sarah, Maison Cupcake November 17, 2009 at 8:52 am

Yes yes yes! I love Nutella, it’s fabulous and these look brilliant. Love the photo of the Nutella jar, I want to dive right in.


34 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Thanks sarah, ve my guest and dive right in :-D


35 The Cooking Ninja November 17, 2009 at 9:07 am

oooh…I can just imagine the heavenly taste of it. yum yum I once made green tea truffles – very nice and my in laws made chestnut truffles – equally delicious.


36 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Thanks Pam; your flvours sound heavenly :-)


37 diva November 17, 2009 at 10:10 am

I LOVE! the one with pistachio bits on top is a winner for me ;) x


38 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Go on and grab them sweetie :-)


39 CurryLeaf November 17, 2009 at 11:37 am

Perfect luscious bites these are Great Looking truffles.


40 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Thank you :-)


41 Anne November 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm

They look and sound so delicious! Will be shortly making these for nutella addicted boyfriend!


42 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Thanks Anne; do giv them a try :-)


43 Nate November 17, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Oh my, what beautiful images. Are you going to enter them in the Does My Blog Look Good in This roundup? Because they certainly do look yummy!


44 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Thanks nate; as for the pictures, i’m not sure I can enter them this month; probably next month?


45 Asha@FSK November 17, 2009 at 3:42 pm

They are gorgeous! Yay for homemade truffles :) )


46 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Thanks asha. Yayy indeed for homemade everything ;-)


47 alka November 17, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Nutella.. mmmmmm.. lucky for me, I was the only Nutella fan in my house until I got married. I would sit in front of the TV, with my spoon, literally savor every mouthful. If I could have eaten the spoon, I probably would have. It used be my breakfast on the go :) mm.. just the pure choclatey goodness and hazelnut, it was just like Rocher, just better :) Thank you Sunitha, for the recipe, I have two tubs of Nutella at home and I will try your recipe out for Thanksgiving!


48 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Alka, yes, nutella is addictive, isn’t it? do give the truffles a try :-)


49 Nicisme November 17, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I am a chocoholic and a truffle lover – who could resist such beautiful ones as these?


50 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Thanks Nic, ,looking forward to yours :-)


51 maggie November 17, 2009 at 5:21 pm

These are beautiful! Great photographs.


52 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Thanks you Maggie :-)


53 Preeti November 17, 2009 at 5:21 pm

I love Nutella too, especially on hot buttered toast., so delicious.. Your truffles look fantastic, great gifting idea for Christmas


54 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Thanks preeti :-)


55 Colloquial Cook November 17, 2009 at 5:26 pm

You should become a Nutella rep’ and recipe adviser. No one speaks about nutella and dinosaur fact files with more poetry than you.


56 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Claire, you always make me smile :-)


57 Priya November 17, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Mmmmmmm……! sigh! That last picture just did me in – I need some Nutella NOW!! Such beautiful looking truffles and gorgeous pics. Thanks for sharing.


58 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:37 pm

You’re most welcome Priya; give them a try sometime :-)


59 Sutapa November 17, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Hi Sunita,
These are absolutely lovely. I’m considering making these truffles and your chocolate chip cookies as a Christmas present for a colleague who has been especially helpful this year. These look easy enough for me to do without messing up the whole thing ;) You have a lovely blog…



60 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Thank you Sutapa, for your lovely words; do give them a try :-)


61 Poornima November 18, 2009 at 12:14 am

I’ve already got ur fruit cake bookmarked for Christmas and now this, can’t wait to try these…they look absolutely fabulous.


62 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Give these truffles a try too; very easy to make and tastes great :-)


63 incrediblecrunchyflavor November 18, 2009 at 10:35 pm

could i use pistachio cream in place of nutella??


64 Sunita November 18, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Go on and give it a try; I’m sure it will work :-)


65 Aparna November 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Sunita, you just made my whole week with this post. I think I died and went to chocolate heaven.


66 Sunita November 25, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Thanks Aparna! But do come back, even if you’re in chocolate heaven; wouldn’t want to lose you so soon ;-)


67 Rajeshwari November 25, 2009 at 7:50 am

Hi Sunita,
I am new to your blog and already loving the wonderful recipes. My 3 yr old daughter is a nutella fan (and a big chocolate fan too :) i am going to try this and can’t wait to see the big smile on her face..


68 Sunita November 25, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Welcome to my world Rajeshwari. Glad to know you’re liking it here. and yes, do make those treats, they’re delicious :-)


69 Colloquial Cook November 29, 2009 at 7:47 pm

My favourite one was the chocolate-coated + sprinkles truffle! Taste and texture are ludicrously DERISHOUS!


70 Sunita November 30, 2009 at 9:27 am

Glad you loved the truffles sweetie :-)


71 Rose December 14, 2009 at 4:42 am

Thanks for the recipe! These look really good. One question–I’m in the US and have never used ghee before. Do you know what I could substitute for ghee?


72 liz February 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm

do you think i could sub coconut oil for ghee??


73 Urvashee December 23, 2010 at 8:41 pm

You had me at Nutella. Beautiful pictures. That last one looks absolutely heavenly!!


74 Lakshmi May 2, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Hi, Sunita,

This recipe is excellent. I commend you on coming up with it! I faced one issue when coating them with dark chocolate – how exactly do you coat it? Do you pour the melted chocolate over it or do you hold the truffle and then dip it by hand? When doing the latter, it does not coat smoothly. Yours look perfect. I would appreciate any advice at all. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you. Lakshmi


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