Easy chocolate truffle recipe with condensed milk: 15 variants you can make right now

When you want a delicious, sweet, chocolaty treat, nothing is more self-indulgent than a truffle, right?

Of course! I know truffles are one of the first things I reach for when I’m looking to really treat myself. There’s nothing quite like biting into a smooth, creamy ganache center and getting a burst of chocolate flavor right away, is there?

But what about those times when you want something even more incredible in the realm of flavor?

Wouldn’t it be great if truffles could be even more decadent?

Sure it would—and the solution might not be as complicated as you may think!

If you include condensed milk in your truffle recipe, you’ll enjoy an incredible level of sweetness and flavor you might never have imagined before! Putting together a chocolate truffles recipe condensed milk based is easy, and it makes for a lighter but very sweet and delicious truffle you’ll have to taste to believe.

This article is here to help you get started making every easy chocolate truffles recipe with condensed milk that’s perfect for beginners. By the time you’ve read through this article, you’ll understand what makes condensed milk so special, and you’ll also have a ton of ideas to help you choose the perfect truffle for your next get-together.

Now, it’s time to grab your apron and get started on condensed milk truffles!

Why Condensed Milk?

You’ve probably seen condensed milk on the shelves at the grocery store, but you might not have a good idea of what it actually is. Actually, the product’s full name is sweetened condensed milk, which lets you know right away that sugar has been added to it. Basically, this is milk from a cow that has had all the water removed and sugar added to make it thicker, creamier, and sweeter in taste. It usually comes in cans, but might also come in tubes and other types of packaging. It can usually be found in the baking aisle of your local market.

But what makes condensed milk such a good choice for use in truffles? There are a few qualities that make it really stand out.

  • Although condensed milk is definitely not a low-fat option, it’s got fewer calories and fat than heavy whipping cream, which is the usual type of dairy used in truffle recipes. You can cut back on the unwanted added calories by substituting condensed milk instead.
  • Because of the added sugar and creaminess of the condensed milk, the center of your truffles will be much sweeter and creamier as well. This can do a lot for the texture and flavor of your candies.
  • There are a few good nutrients and vitamins in condensed milk, so even though you’ll be indulging yourself in a sweet and not-too-healthy treat, you can rest assured that you’re getting something good out of it when you chow down on a truffle. Condensed milk contains a small amount of protein, as well as plenty of calcium and a good amount of both Vitamin A and potassium too.
  • It’s easy to blend condensed milk into just about anything without fear of curdling. High temperatures don’t cause it to curdle, and neither do acidic ingredients. In fact, if you plan to make lemon truffles, you can use lemon juice without worrying about the state of your milk in the process!

Truffle Tips and Tricks

Making truffles doesn’t have to be too much of a challenge, but if you’ve never worked with these candies before, there are a few tips and tricks you can keep in mind to help make your experience go that much more smoothly. When you remember these tips, you’ll be rolling, dipping, and chilling truffles like a pro as soon as you step into the kitchen!

  • You don’t have to dip your truffles. French style truffles can be made from ganache and simply rolled in a coating such as cocoa powder, confectioner’s sugar, chopped nuts, or shredded coconut. Other types of truffles will need to be dipped, but remember that this isn’t a requirement if you don’t feel comfortable with your dipping abilities!
  • If you do choose to dip your truffles, you might want to use a double boiler to do so. You can also use a double boiler to temper your chocolate for dipping, but this isn’t a requirement unless you’re looking for professional-quality truffles.
  • When choosing chocolate, be sure to use at least 50% cocoa content baking chocolate whenever possible, especially when working with condensed milk. Since condensed milk is already sweet, there’s no need to buy pre-sweetened chocolate for your truffles unless the recipe you’re using specifically calls for it.
  • Always be sure to give your truffles plenty of time to set up. You can’t rush perfect truffles, and you’ll need to allow them to chill before you can either coat or dip them, depending on the type you’re making. After that, some truffles will need to chill again, while others can be served at room temperature according to the recipe.
  • You don’t have to chill condensed milk before you use it, and in most cases, it’s actually best used at room temperature. Any truffle recipe will specify if you need to chill it first, but otherwise, just keep it in the pantry and you’ll be good to go.

1. Toasted Hazelnut Truffles

You’re sure to love the rich and delicious flavor you can get from these simple, French style truffles. This recipe is very simple and can be put together in a pretty short amount of time, making these truffles a great choice when you want to impress your guests or your family without breaking a sweat. Use a different type of toasted nut if you’re looking for a different kind of flavor in your finished product.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: 3

condensed milk truffles

Ingredients

  • 14oz canned sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips OR 12oz high-quality baking chocolate
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • Toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped

Procedure

1. In a saucepan over low heat, add sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips or baking chocolate.

2. Cook over low and stir frequently, melting until chocolate has completely melted.

3. Remove pot from heat and add vanilla. Stir well.

4. Pour mixture into a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap.

5. Chill in the freezer for 2 hours.

6. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls by hand.

7. Roll balls in chopped, toasted hazelnuts.

8. Chill for a bit longer to set up or serve at room temperature.

2. Sea Salt Truffles

If you’ve ever had a sea salt chocolate candy before, you probably already know how great these truffles can be! Sea salt chocolates have gotten really popular in recent years, and with good reason. There’s something incredible about the taste of sea salt right alongside the sweetness of chocolate that will make you want to go back again and again for more truffles!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: 4

truffles sea salt

Ingredients

  • 9oz at least 50% cocoa high-quality bittersweet baking chocolate
  • 9oz at least 50% cocoa high-quality semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 14oz canned sweetened condensed milk
  • 8oz melting chocolate coating
  • Sea salt, to taste

Procedure

1. Set up a double boiler on the stove top.

2. Add chocolate and condensed milk to double boiler over medium-low heat.

3. Stir and slowly melt chocolate until completely blended.

4. Add vanilla, then stir again and remove from heat.

5. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

6. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls by hand.

7. Roll balls into melted chocolate coating one at a time.

8. Place on a lined baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.

9. Let stand at room temperature to set up, then serve.

3. Super Simple Truffles

Sometimes, you just need a basic truffle recipe to help you get started. This is a perfect recipe to practice when you’ve never put together a batch of truffles before, or when you’re looking for something you can add to in order to make something uniquely yours. Don’t be afraid to experiment a lot with this recipe and see what you can come up with the next time you’re looking for new ideas in the kitchen!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Difficulty: 2

simple truffles recipes

Ingredients

  • 14oz canned sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Procedure

1. Place chocolate chips in a small saucepan along with all of the sweetened condensed milk.

2. Cook over low heat and stir frequently until the chocolate has melted completely.

3. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and stir thoroughly.

4. Pour mixture into a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap.

5. Chill in the freezer for 2 hours.

6. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls by hand.

7. Return to the refrigerator to chill for about 10 minutes more.

8. Serve as-is or decorate however you like.

4. Sprinkled Truffles

Put together a batch of the smoothest and most delicious truffles you’ve ever tasted, then top them all off with some rainbow sprinkles for an added burst of sweetness! These truffles make a great option for serving at kids’ parties since they’re bright and colorful and packed with sugar. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with giving them out to adults at your next get-together, either!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Difficulty: 2

sprinkled truffles

Ingredients

  • 14oz canned sweetened condensed milk
  • 18oz at least 50% cocoa high-quality semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • Rainbow or chocolate sprinkles to taste

Procedure

1. Finely chop the baking chocolate and place it in a microwave-safe bowl.

2. Add canned sweetened condensed milk in microwave-safe bowl.

3. Microwave on medium power for 20 seconds at a time, stirring each time, until smooth.

4. Add vanilla and stir again.

5. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the freezer for 3 hours.

6. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls by hand.

7. Roll balls in sprinkles to coat thoroughly, then place on a lined baking sheet.

8. Chill in the freezer for 10 minutes more to set.

9. Serve.

5. Brazilian Truffles

For a unique twist on the classic truffle, check out this simple and very delicious Brazilian truffle recipe. Although this recipe includes more ingredients than some of the others on this list, it’s still not too hard to put together, and it’ll help you create some of the most unforgettable truffles you’ve ever tasted. These are rich, decadent truffles that are perfect for serving or for giving away as gifts!

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: 4

brazilian truffles

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter, plus extra as needed
  • 14oz canned sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Mini chocolate chips to taste

Procedure

1.  In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine cocoa powder, butter, sweetened condensed milk, salt, and vanilla.

2. Bring to a gentle simmer and stir constantly, using a wooden spoon.

3. Once simmering, turn heat to medium-low and stir continually until mixture has thickened. Test by seeing whether or not it pulls away from the bottom of the pan when stirring. When it does, it’s ready.

4. Remove mixture from heat and place into a bowl.

5. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the freezer for 2 hours.

6. Use butter to coat your hands, then scoop mixture into 1-inch balls.

7. Roll balls into mini chocolate chips to coat.

8. Place on a lined baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.

9. Serve.

6. Easy Coconut Truffles

With only four ingredients, you can put together a batch of incredible coconut truffles with a light and airy texture that makes this recipe stand out from the rest. This also has the added bonus of being one of the quickest recipes on this list to create, meaning that you can throw it together with only a little bit of time to spare. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for something to make for a last-minute party!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: 2

easy coconut recipe

Ingredients

  • 9oz vanilla wafer cookies
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 14oz canned sweetened condensed milk

Procedure

1. Place wafer cookies in the food processor or blender and pulse until fine.

2. Place processed cookies into a small bowl and add cocoa powder.

3. Add ¼ of the total amount of coconut and mix well.

4. Form a well in the middle of the dry mixture.

5. Pour the condensed milk into the well, then mix everything together with a wooden spoon until moist.

6. Chill mixture in the freezer for 30 minutes.

7. Place remaining coconut onto a small plate.

8. Form mixture into 1-inch balls by hand, then roll the balls in the remaining coconut.

9. Place on a lined baking sheet and chill for 10 minutes more.

10. Serve.

7. Hot Chocolate Coconut Truffles

Throw together this simple truffle recipe and enjoy all the rich, smooth flavor of hot chocolate along with the delicious taste of coconut truffles. You’re sure to enjoy every bite when you sink your teeth into these smooth, French-style truffles. Best of all, they can be put together pretty quickly, which makes them a good choice for parties. The coconut flavor makes them even better for giving as gifts at the holidays!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Difficulty: 3

coconut truffles recipe

Ingredients

  • 20 digestive biscuits
  • 14oz canned sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 tbsp pre-made hot chocolate
  • 5 tbsp desiccated coconut, and extra for rolling
  • 5 tbsp butter, softened slightly

Procedure

1. In a small pan, melt the butter gently over low heat until completely melted.

2. Remove from heat, then stir in sweetened condensed milk.

3. Add chocolate and coconut, and stir again until completely melted and smooth.

4. Add crushed biscuits a small amount at a time and stir to combine thoroughly.

5. Roll mixture into balls immediately, without chilling.

6. Roll into extra coconut to coat thoroughly.

7. Serve at room temperature.

8. Chocolate Green Tea Truffles

Yes, you read that right! With this unique recipe, you’ll be able to create incredible green tea coated chocolate truffles that are sure to be a big hit at your next party. These are show-stoppers in the world of fancy desserts, and your guests will never be able to tell what an easy recipe this is when they bite into the perfect tasty treat from your dessert table.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: 3

chocolate green tea

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 12oz canned sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Extra butter to coat palms
  • Green tea powder to taste

Procedure

1. Sift 3 tbsp of cocoa powder into a small bowl.

2. Place the sweetened condensed milk into a heavy-bottom saucepan, then stir in the sifted cocoa powder.

3. Heat over medium and stir with a wooden spoon until mixed well.

4. Add butter and stir well until melted and blended thoroughly.

5. Bring to a boil, then stir and cook until thickened.

6. Place in a heat-resistant bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap.

7. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

8. Coat your palms with extra butter, then roll mixture into 1-inch balls by hand.

9. Roll balls in green tea powder to coat well.

10. Serve at room temperature.

9. Smooth Coconut Truffles

This is a recipe that can stand up to a lot of tweaking, so if you feel like playing around and getting some new ideas for your truffle creations, this is a good place to get started. Since it only includes a handful of ingredients, you’ve got a lot of wiggle room, and you can do a lot with this simple batch of truffles. Or, if you prefer something without a lot of competing flavors going on, you can simply leave it the way it is!

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: 3

smooth coconut recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 14oz canned sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp Dutch-process cocoa powder

Procedure

1.  In a small bowl, combine ½ cup coconut and 2 tbsp cocoa powder and mix well.

2. Pour sweetened condensed milk into mixture slowly, a little bit at a time, and mix until doughy.

3. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls.

4. Put the rest of the coconut on a plate and roll balls in remaining coconut.

5. Place on a lined baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

6. Serve.

10. Walnut Coconut Truffles

Use this recipe when you’re looking for something a little above and beyond the traditional simple coconut truffle. You can substitute walnuts for just about any other kind of nut, but it’s best if you stick to something a little bit softer for this recipe, like pecans or even peanuts. Almonds and hazelnuts might be too hard to stand up well to this particular recipe. Pistachios are another great choice!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: 3

walnut coconut truffle

Ingredients

  • 9oz vanilla wafer cookies
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 14oz canned sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut

Procedure

1. Place cookies in a sealed plastic bag and hit with a rolling pin until crushed.

2. Place cookies in a small bowl.

3. Add walnuts, cocoa powder, and ¼ of the total coconut, and combine well.

4. Make a well in the center and pour in condensed milk.

5. Mix until moistened, then chill in the refrigerator, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

6. Roll out 1-inch balls from the mixture by hand.

7. Roll balls in remaining coconut to coat thoroughly.

8. Chill for 10 minutes more in the refrigerator.

9. Serve.

11. Coconut Packed Truffles

This is a great recipe for those times when you want to stray a little bit from the traditional when it comes to coconut truffles. You can make it with any type of chocolate you prefer, but it’s best with white chocolate, especially if you’re looking to serve it at a holiday party or give these truffles away as gifts during the season. If you’re looking for something for Valentine’s Day, consider using a drop or two of red food coloring on your coconut mixture or your white chocolate to get pink truffles instead!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Difficulty: 4

coconut packed truffle

Ingredients

  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 cups shredded coconut
  • ½ cup canned sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup coconut oil

Procedure

1. Place coconut oil in a large, microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 10 seconds at a time until melted.

2. Let cool to room temperature.

3. Add sweetened condensed milk to coconut oil.

4. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and coconut.

5. Add wet mixture to dry and mix by hand until gooey.

6. Roll out 1-inch balls and place on a lined baking sheet.

7. Freeze for 14 minutes.

8. Roll again to smooth out, then return to freezer for 15 minutes more.

9. Set up a double boiler on the stove top over low heat and melt chocolate chips gently, stirring often, until smooth.

10. Dip balls with a fork one at a time in melted chocolate. Tap to remove excess.

11. Return to lined baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes more.

12. Serve.

12. Hershey Truffles

Sometimes, nothing is better than the classics! With this basic truffle recipe, you can utilize simple Hershey (or similar) chocolate to put together a delicious and incredibly sweet dessert the whole family will love. Remember that, since you’re using candy chocolate as well as sweetened condensed milk, this recipe may be quite a lot sweeter than most of the other ones listed here. If you’re looking for something with more of a bittersweet or dark chocolate flavor, you might want to try something else!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Difficulty: 3

hershey truffle

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 14oz canned sweetened condensed milk
  • ¾ cup chocolate candy (Hershey or other)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar

1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, melt butter completely.

2. Add candy chocolate and stir until melted and smooth.

3. Add canned sweetened condensed milk and turn heat to medium.

4. Cook while stirring constantly until mixture thickens to pudding-like thickness.

5. Remove mixture from heat.

6. Add vanilla and stir to combine thoroughly.

7. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours.

8. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls by hand, then roll in confectioner’s sugar.

9. Refrigerate for another 1 hour to set up completely.

10. Serve.

Nothing tastes quite as great as a batch of warm, toasted almonds, right? When you use those delicious almonds to top off some incredible homemade truffles, you’ll be adding to that flavor by a lot and creating something new and delicious in every bite! This is an easy recipe, but it does require you to be able to toast the almonds yourself. You might be able to find pre-toasted almonds in the store, but they won’t have the same kind of flavor as those you make on your own!

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: 4

almond truffles

Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup canned sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1-3/4 cup milk chocolate chips

Procedure

1. Place chopped almonds on a lined baking sheet and preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Toast almonds for 5 minutes at a time until golden brown. Be careful not to burn.

3. Set almonds aside to cool to room temperature.

4. In a small, heavy-bottom saucepan, combine sugar and milk over medium-low heat and bring to a full boil.

5. Stir constantly while boiling for 3 minutes.

6. Remove mixture from heat.

7. Add chocolate chips and stir well until very smooth.

8. Add almond extract and stir again.

9. Cover mixture loosely with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

10. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls by hand, then roll balls in toasted almonds.

11. Chill until serving.

14. Pistachio Coconut Truffles

Have you ever tried combining pistachio and coconut together? If not, you’re in for a great treat with this truffle recipe! These flavors work together to bring to mind a tropical vacation in every bite of these excellent truffles. If you’re looking for the perfect summertime snack, this is the recipe for you! Add a little food coloring to make these truffles green, orange, yellow, or any other color you can imagine for the best summer party dessert on the block!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: 2

pistachio coconut truffles

Ingredients

  • 14oz canned sweetened condensed milk
  • 4-1/2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 1-1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup toasted pistachio nuts

Procedure

1. In a large bowl, combine vanilla, sweetened condensed milk, and 4 cups of coconut and mix into a sticky dough.

2. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.

3. Roll into 1-inch balls by hand.

4. Place 2 pistachio nuts into the center of each ball.

5. Roll each ball into remaining coconut to coat thoroughly.

6. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes.

7. Serve at room temperature.

15.White Chocolate Vanilla Truffles

If you’re a fan of white chocolate, you’ll love these truffles! They look beautiful when they’re topped with coconut shavings, grated chocolate, or cocoa powder if you prefer not to top them with a melted chocolate shell. You have a lot of options when it comes to decorating these truffles, and especially since they’re white chocolate, they’ll look attractive and taste even better no matter what you plan to do with them!

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 1-1/2 hours

Difficulty: 4

white chocolate vanilla truffles

Ingredients

  • 6oz white chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup canned sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup white melting chocolate

Procedure

1. Set up a double boiler on the stovetop over low heat.

2. Place the chocolate chips in the double boiler and cook gently, stirring often until completely melted.

3. Add vanilla and condensed milk to melted white chocolate and stir to combine thoroughly.

4. Cook gently and stir often until thickened.

5. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

6. Chill, uncovered, in the refrigerator for one and a half hours.

7. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls by hand and place on a lined baking sheet.

8. Chill for about 10 minutes more.

9. Melt white melting chocolate in the double boiler using the same method as you used with the chocolate chips.

10. Dip the truffles one at a time with a fork in the melted chocolate. Tap to remove excess.

11. Return to baking sheet and chill for 10 minutes more to set up.

12. Serve.

Conclusion

I hope you’ve got some great ideas to help you get started making chocolate truffles now! Of course, there are a ton to pick from on this list, and it might be tough for you to get a good idea of where to get started. If you’re wondering which truffle recipe to pick first, I do have a suggestion!

My personal favorite is the Brazilian Truffles recipe. This is an excellent option if you’re looking for something a little bit more unique than the other recipes on this list. That’s not to say that the other recipes aren’t worth your time! They’re all very delicious and easy enough that you should be able to make them without too much effort. However, the Brazilian Truffles really stand out among the others listed here, and they’re bound to be a big hit no matter who you plan to serve them to.

No matter which recipe you choose to start with, you’ll soon want to work through all 15 of these excellent condensed milk truffle recipes. Once you’ve gotten a taste for their amazing flavor, you’ll never want to go back to using other types of dairy in your truffle mix again!

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