With rich and decadent flavor, these are a natural for Valentine’s Day
Chocolates for Valentine’s Day? Mais oui!
But you needn’t buy expensive bonbons in heart-shaped boxes. Because these homemade truffles are outrageously good – and they look fancy, too.
Best of all, they’re easy to make. So you’ll have more time to sip champagne with your sweetie.
Recipe: Chocolate-Rum Truffles
Mrs. Kitchen Riffs is the dessert maven in our household. She adapted this recipe from one for bourbon-soaked chocolate truffles that we found in Julia Child and Company.
These truffles are particularly interesting because they use gingersnaps for extra flavor and, well, snap.
It takes less than 20 minutes to put together the chocolate mixture for these truffles. Then you’ll need to let the mixture chill in the fridge for an hour or two before you form the truffles (which will take another 15 minutes or so).
This recipe yields 18 to 24 truffles, depending on how large you make them.
These truffles will keep for several days if you refrigerate them in an airtight container.
- 5 ounces semisweet chocolate (can use chocolate chips)
- 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate (at least 60 percent cacao)
- 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
- 2 to 3 tablespoons strong coffee (we recommend espresso)
- ¼ cup dark rum (can substitute bourbon)
- 6 ounces gingersnap cookies
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- Place the semisweet and bittersweet chocolate, along with the butter, in a microwave-safe container with a lid. Heat in increments of one to two minutes until melted.
- Remove the chocolate mixture from the microwave (be careful – it’s hot). Stir in the coffee, then the rum.
- Pulverize the gingersnaps in a mini-food processor until they’re fine crumbs. (No mini food processor? Place the gingersnaps in a zippered plastic bag, then bash them with a rolling pin until you have crumbs.) Stir the pulverized gingersnaps into the chocolate until well mixed.
- Chill the chocolate mixture in the refrigerator for an hour or two, until it has solidified.
- Form the truffles: Pour the unsweetened cocoa powder onto a dish. Scoop out approximately one tablespoon of the chocolate mixture, then roll it between your hands until it forms a ball. Roll the ball in the cocoa powder to coat it. Repeat until you’ve used all the chocolate mixture.
- We generally use Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate (60 percent cacao) for these truffles. But any good-quality bittersweet chocolate should work fine.
- We think dark rum is delicious in these truffles. But bourbon would be great, too (in fact, that’s what Julia Child’s recipe calls for).
- Any name-brand dark rum will work. We like to use Myers or Gosling’s in sweet dishes.
- Coffee deepens the flavor of chocolate. We generally use 3 tablespoons in this recipe. But start with 2 if you’re unsure.
- We use instant espresso powder for making the coffee. But any strong coffee should work fine.
- BTW, if you use espresso powder only for cooking (as we do), a jar will probably last a long time. You can store it in freezer to extend its life.
- We use ready-made gingersnap cookies for this recipe. But if you happen to have homemade ones on hand, those would be even better.
- When you eat these truffles, the cocoa-powder coating can get a bit messy. So a dinner napkin may be in order.
Love Is in the Air
“These are wonderful,” I said, taking another truffle. “Kind of you to make them.”
“Well, I know the way to your heart,” said Mrs. Kitchen Riffs.
“You had that already, my little chickadee,” I said.
“As you have mine, petit chou,” said Mrs K R.
“Yes, love is grand,” I said. “Though it’s not always flowers and champagne.”
“True,” said Mrs K R. “Sometimes there’s rum.”
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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wow these chocolate truffles look sensational and are a perfect treat for Vday!
Hi Angie, they're wonderful! Really good stuff. :-) Thanks for the comment.
These truffles sound wonderful! And almost dangerously easy!
Hi Chris, they're TOO easy to make! :-) Thanks for the comment.
They look so rich, decadent, and delicious. Perfect for Valentine's Day.
What a perfect homemade Valentine's gift! They look so nice with the gingersnap coating.
Hi Pam, these really are decadent. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Laura, aren't these nice? And SO tasty! Thanks for the comment.
I love liquor chocolates, the sweet bitterness of it is such a pleasure to the palates. This is perfect for the coming Valentines day
Truffles are so rich and special it's amazing they're so simple to throw together. GREG
Okay, I'm in! <3
Your truffles look so wonderful, I love the addition of gingersnap cookies.
Talk about a sexy treat for that sexy day coming up!
Hi Raymund, rum and chocolate taste wonderful together! Great combo. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Greg, they really are so easy to make! So we have no excuse for not doing so more often. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Judy, hard to resist, aren't they? :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Gerlinde, the gingersnaps really add nice flavor. Really a good recipe. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi GiGi, sexy and tasty -- what a combo! :-) Thanks for the comment.
Oh, you naughty boy! I think I just saw your post on Food Gawker- now I'll never be able to stick to my diet!
Hi Fran, we are bad! It's good, isn't it? :-) Thanks for the comment.
Oh John, I can imagine having a bite of this truffle...chocolate, espresso and rum...all melting together...yum!
Thanks for the recipe...I hope you are having a wonderful week :)
Wowzer I can NOT pass up commenting on a chocolate truffle----or the banter with the dessert maven. Made me smile.
I love the addition of gingersnaps - how brilliant! And of course I love chocolate too! Love the rum and everything about these delicious bites. Enjoy your day of romance!
Oh what marvelous flavor! The gingersnap spice is a wonderful pairing with chocolate. This sweet treat would surely make for a lovely V day!
Hi Juliana, the flavor of this is terrific. Can't have just one. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Carol, Mrs KR makes great desserts, and gives good banter. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Tricia, we will! You, too. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Deb, the gingersnap really adds a lot to the truffles. These are really good! Thanks for the comment.
What a clever combo of ingredients, they look wonderful too. Perfect timing for valentine's day (I'm always behind!). They look pretty with the cocoa coating too. Nicely done.
Nothing nicer than a home made truffle... especially when it's made with love. xx
Oh, yum! This would be the perfect finish to our Mini Beef Wellington dinner on Valentine's Day. I love the smooth, rich chocolaty taste of truffles. :)
Hi Eva, these have wonderful flavor. And the rum is so nice in them! Thanks for the comment.
Hi Liz, the ones made with love are the best! :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Pat, don't truffles have terrific flavor? Hard to limit yourself to one or two. :-) Thanks for the comment.
This is the perfect Valentine treat! They look sinful!
Bill would love if I whipped up a batch of these for Valentine's Day! It must be chocolate at our house and these look divine!!!
Hi Denise, they are sinful. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Liz, these would make Bill a happy man! These give you a total chocolate high. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Oh my! My mouth is bursting with flavors just looking at those ingredients - coffee, chocolate, ginger and rum. Talk about a party in your mouth. Great truffles John!
Hi MJ, definitely a party in your mouth. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Chocolate + rum? These are a must for Valentine's Day next week!!!
I sure hope I have time to give these a try before Valentine's Day. They look incredible. Pinning this one. Thanks John.
They look divine!
Hi Alyssa, great combo of flavor, huh? :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Lea Ann, this is a wonderful truffle recipe. And so easy! Our favorite kind. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Ola, they are, they are! Thanks for the comment.
You can never go wrong with truffles...especially not those with rum in them!
Happy Valentine's day John. This is such an easy lovely treat. They look amazing.
Perfect for Valentine's Day! Mr. Rosemary and I always prefer to do a stay-at-home romantic evening instead of going out. These would be a perfect finish to my yet-to-be-decided dinner. (I'm thinking shrimp in lemon cream sauce with pasta, though.)
Hi John, well the dessert maven did it again, these look amazing, love that there are 3 kinds of chcolate and rum. Happy Valentine's Day to you and Mrs. Riffs.
Hi Caroline, yup, love truffles! So rich and good. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Amira, the flavor of these IS amazing! Happy Valentine's Day, and thanks for the comment.
Hi Rosemary, shrimp in lemon cream sauce with pasta sound excellent! We always stay at home too -- much more pleasant, really. Thanks for the comment.
Hi Cheri, the more kinds of chocolate the better, we always say. Or at least Mrs KR does. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Wait a minute. My Grandma always called me her little chickadee. But my grandma never made these decadent truffles. But she would have! Happy Valentine's Day John to you and your Mrs. Riffs. And please thank her for these!
Hi Abbe, your grandmother would absolutely have made these for you had she known about them. :-) Happy Valentine's Day, and thanks for the comment.
Ooh, hello Valentine's!
I love chocolate truffles. And I am so going to try these as I love rum too. How pretty and Valentine-ish they look. Perfect for this time. Thanks for the inspiration, John.
Hi Lux, yup! :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Anu, chocolate and rum are a terrific combo! We can't get enough! :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Mimi, thanks so much for your comment!
I think I can inhale a couple of these decadent truffles in one sitting! Love the chocolate-rum combo! What a perfect Vday snack!
Hi Yi, if you put you mind to it, you might even be able to do three. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Beautiful, John! I love rum in chocolate so I was happy seeing you made truffles with it! Hope you and Mrs R have a sweet valentine day together.
Hi Nami, isn't that a great flavor combo? Hope you have a great Valentine's Day, too, and thanks for the comment.
These look amazing! And with rum and gingersnaps, too? I think I would fall hard for these -- which is just the feeling you want on Valentine's Day, right? ;)
Hi Carolyn, yup. Exactly the feeling. :-) Thanks for the comment.
These truffles are perfect for Valentine's Day! They look delicious!
Hi Sabrina, they are delicious! :-) Thanks for the comment.
Oh, perfect, John! Your truffles are great for Valentine's Day! I like that you use Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate for the great chocolate flavor and the gingersnaps. I would probably need a napkin or two! Take care
Hi Pam, these are really good but kinda messy, so that napkin comes in handy! Thanks for the comment.
Is there anything more appropriate for Valentine's than truffles? They look absolutely indulging and packed with rum flavor!
I adore truffles and these look extra special for Valentine's Day! I can imagine that chocolate, rum and ginger snaps taste quite delicious together. Thank you for the inspiration to make some!
Hi Katerina, these really are indulgent. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Hannah, the flavor of these is sensational! You'd like. :-) Thanks for the comment.
I could go for one right now :-)
Awwww... look at these babies! Mrs. Kitchen Riff is a very lucky girl indeed. My husband used to make me chocolate rum balls for valentines day too. Now I wish I could find a way to make him see your recipe so that I still get surprised today. =P
Hi Amalia, you'd love one -- or two! -- of these. Really good. :) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Helene, just send him a link anonymously. :-) Thanks for the comment.
These look wonderful, John! I love chocolate rum truffles. But I'm really intrigued by the extra snap from the ginger cookies! Now you've got me rethinking how I make truffles! Happy Valentine's Day to you and Mrs. KR! (nice to have a dessert maven in the kitchen!)
Hi Anne, the cookies add such nice flavor and texture! A bit subtle, but something you definitely notice. :-) And yes, it's wonderful having a dessert maven in the kitchen! Thanks for the comment.
Hahaha - love that "sometimes there's rum" involved - best kinda love eh?! :)
These decadent homemade truffles sound wonderful - I would much rather feast on these than an overrated box of expensive bon bons!
Oh yum, they look perfect☺
Hi Shashi, rum and chocolate work so well together! Thanks for the comment.
Hi Natalia, they ARE perfect. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Those ingredients are all pretty good by themselves. Tempting to just scarf the chocolate and the gingersnaps. Why wait? Oh, I get it.
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Hi Mae, :-) That is a tempting thought, though! Thanks for the comment.
Gingersnap cookies.... now that is a grand idea to sneak into the truffle recipe. YARM
Hi Anna, the gingersnaps really add a lot. This is a wonderful recipe! Thanks for the comment.
I remember seeing Julia make these on Good Morning America many, many yeas ago. I scribbled down the recipe, but I've bee searching for a more accurate copy for a long time. Thank you!
Hi Unknown, enjoy! :-) Thanks for the comment.
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