Lemon Chocolate Truffles: Zesty Zing for your Dessert-ing

Do you love sweet, delicious truffles?

Who doesn’t?

Sometimes, when you bite into a truffle, it might seem almost too sweet. Of course, everyone loves satisfying a sweet tooth craving, but what do you do when you want a little something extra out of your batch of truffles? What happens when you want to balance that level of sweetness with something a little different?

If you’re looking for a way to make your next batch of truffles with plenty of extra flavor, look no further! This article is here to show you how to make some incredible truffles by adding the taste of lemon into the mix.

When you add lemons and lemon ingredients to your chocolate truffles, you unlock an entirely new world of flavors and taste combinations with a lot of complexity. A plain chocolate truffle can get a burst of intense taste when you bring lemon into the equation! Best of all, it’s pretty easy to add lemon to your truffle recipes, without really affecting the ratios too much.

This article is here to show you the 7 best lemon chocolate truffle recipes to help you get started learning how to make them. By the time you’ve finished checking out the recipes here, you’ll be ready to walk into your kitchen and start rolling truffles right away!

I’ll also give you some information to help you get started making truffles from the ground up. You’ll be provided with tips and tricks for keeping your truffles looking and tasting great no matter what.

It’s time to start learning! Grab your apron and let’s head to the kitchen to make lemon chocolate truffles your whole family will love.

Why Lemon and Chocolate?

If you’ve never tried lemon and chocolate together, you might be surprised at this article. At first glance, you might not even think lemon and chocolate seem like they’d go together well at all! This is a normal reaction to the idea, but don’t worry—they’re actually really excellent flavors that pair perfectly and create a unique and inviting aroma and flavor all their own.

Lemon might not pair too well with milk chocolate, simply because the sweet nature of milk chocolate and its mild flavor can’t really hold up to the acid flavor of lemon. However, if you pair lemon with dark chocolate instead, you can combine the bittersweet taste of the dark chocolate with the rich flavor of lemon easily. The two help strike a delicious balance between each other, creating a full, well-rounded flavor.

White chocolate goes even better with lemon, since it’s a simple taste that has a lot of sweetness that can easily combine with just about any other flavor. White chocolate tends to take on the taste of whatever it’s paired with, so it can handle lemon pretty well. Because of this, most of the chocolate lemon truffle recipes you encounter are likely to be made with white chocolate instead of milk or dark. However, that’s not always the case, and you can feel free to experiment with any type of chocolate you desire!

Tips and Tricks for Truffle Preparation

Making truffles is always a bit of a process, and sometimes, it can be pretty complicated. If you’ve never made a truffle before, or if you’ve tried but weren’t happy with the end result, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these tips and tricks to help make everything go much more smoothly in the future. You can experiment with them all to see which ones work best for you!

  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler instead of in the microwave whenever possible. To set up a double boiler, you will need a small saucepan and a large bowl that is resistant to heat, like a glass, ceramic, or stainless steel one. Place about an inch of water in the bottom of the saucepan, and set it over medium heat on the stove. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer constantly. Place the heat-resistant bowl over the saucepan, but be sure there are a couple of inches of space between its bottom and the water in the pan. Place the chocolate in the bowl and let it melt using the steaming heat from the simmering water. Using a double boiler makes it easier to keep chocolate smooth and creamy, and to melt it safely without burning.
  • Choose chocolate that’s of a higher quality to ensure better truffles. While you can definitely make chocolate truffles with chocolate chips or CandiQuik, these types of chocolate don’t usually get the job done quite as well. They tend to include a lot of extra sugar that you don’t need to make a delicious truffle, and they also sometimes throw off the consistency of the candy, too. Your best bet is to use baking chocolate that is at least 70% cacao (when making dark chocolate truffles), or to opt for good melting chocolate for milk and white truffles.
  • Use heavy whipping cream in place of most other types of dairy. This helps truffles get the dense and creamy consistency you need in order to roll them out successfully. You can substitute full-fat coconut cream in most instances, but you might need to change the ratios appropriately if so. Milk and half-and-half won’t get the right texture when you use them in your ganache filling.
  • You don’t necessarily need fresh lemons for lemon chocolate truffles. Some recipes will call for them, and others will at least require fresh lemon zest. However, if you don’t have fresh lemons on hand you can easily use lemon oil or lemon extract to get the job done. It’s best not to use bottled lemon juice, however, just to keep things tasting as good as possible!
  • Always let your truffles set up before rolling them out. If you try to roll a truffle that hasn’t set up, you’ll wind up with something that falls apart and can’t form into the right shape at all. The longer you can let them chill to set up, the better off you’ll be, especially when making lemon truffles. Lemon truffles also can’t have very liquid centers, and should always be allowed to form fully before coating.
  • Lemon truffles may not dip well into chocolate coating. Although it’s possible to dip any kind of truffle in melted chocolate to coat it and make it snappy on the outside, this style may not lend itself too well to lemon truffles. The acidity in the lemon can sometimes cause the chocolate to curdle, and even if it doesn’t, the overpowering chocolate flavor from a candy coating can take away from the lemon taste. It’s best to roll lemon chocolate truffles in powdered sugar, sanding sugar, or cocoa powder, depending on the flavor you’re going for.

1. Sweet Lemon Truffles

Mix up this deliciously sweet recipe for white chocolate lemon truffles and decorate it to look beautiful! This is a great recipe for anyone looking to try out something a little more challenging than other truffle recipes, without making it too tough. They are a nice, solid truffle that will not melt too easily, and will hold up to a lot of exposure to room temperature. Serve them at your next party!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: 3

lemon white chocolate truffles

source: http://www.swankyrecipes.com/lemon-truffles.html

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp cold unsalted butter
  • 1-1/4 cup high-quality finely chopped white baking chocolate
  • 5 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 tbsp finely chopped lemon zest
  • Yellow sanding sugar to coat

Procedure

1. Combine butter and chocolate in a large, microwave-safe bowl and melt according to chocolate’s package directions.

2. Add lemon zest and heavy cream to a small saucepan and heat on low, but do not boil.

3. Add corn syrup and lemon extract, then stir to combine thoroughly.

4. Combine chocolate mixture and cream mixture. Stir to combine again.

5. Keep stirring until mixture becomes silky.

6. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours.

7. Scoop out 1-inch balls of mixture.

8. Roll in yellow sanding sugar to coat well.

9. Return to refrigerator to chill for a few minutes to set up.

10. Serve.

2. Easy Lemon Truffles

Make these easy lemon white chocolate truffles the next time you need to put together a perfect dessert fast! This recipe can be completed in a very short amount of time, which makes it a great solution when you find yourself lacking a dessert for your next party or get-together. It is one of the easiest lemon truffle recipes around, and it makes for an incredible texture and flavor every time!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: 2

dark chocolate lemon truffles

source: http://omgchocolatedesserts.com/white-chocolate-lemon-truffles/

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 8oz high-quality finely chopped white baking chocolate
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • Powdered sugar to coat

Procedure

1. Set up a double boiler on the stove.

2. Add butter, cream, and white chocolate to double boiler.

3. Stir until melted and smooth.

4. Add lemon extract and salt, and stir again to combine thoroughly.

5. Remove from heat.

6. Let stand at room temperature for a few minutes to cool slightly.

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

8. Scoop out 1-inch balls with a melon baller, then place on a lined baking sheet.

9. Roll into powdered sugar to coat completely.

10. Chill for a few minutes in the refrigerator to set up again.

11. Serve.

3. Sugary Lemon Truffles

These lemon and white chocolate truffles include a special ingredient for the coating that makes them look like they’re shimmering and sparkling when you set them out to serve. They make a great dessert for holiday parties especially, since they look a little bit like glimmering, icy snowballs! These are a big hit with kids, too. If you want to add a little food coloring to jazz up your truffles, this recipe is a great one for that.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: 2

lemon chocolate truffles

source: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/12/sparkly-white-chocolate-lemon-truffles/

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 10oz high-quality roughly chopped white baking chocolate
  • 6 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 drop pure lemon oil
  • 1 tsp corn syrup
  • ½ lemon, zested
  • White sanding sugar to coat

Procedure

1. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine butter and white chocolate.

2. Microwave on medium for 30 seconds.

3. Stir, then microwave for 20 seconds more. Stir again.

4. In a small saucepan, combine corn syrup and whipping cream and heat over medium until just bubbling.

5. Pour cream over melted butter and chocolate mixture immediately.

6. Stir to combine thoroughly.

7. Add lemon zest and lemon oil, then stir again well.

8. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

9. Scoop out 1-inch balls from chilled mixture.

10. Roll, then dip in sanding sugar to coat.

11. Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to firm.

12. Serve.

4. Tropical Truffles

Are you looking for a delicious variation on the other white chocolate and lemon truffles listed here? If so, this is the recipe for you! This tasty recipe combines the ingredients and method of other simple white truffles with a coconut coating that is sure to surprise and delight you, your family, and any guests you might have at your next gathering. When you’re looking for that little something extra in your truffles, reach for this recipe and you won’t be disappointed!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Difficulty: 2

dark chocolate lemon truffles recipe

source: http://www.bakeplaysmile.com/lemon-white-chocolate-truffles/

Ingredients

  • 9oz high-quality roughly chopped white baking chocolate
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • More coconut, to coat

Procedure

1. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate together with lemon extract and cream, uncovered, for 3 minutes at half power. Stir every 30 seconds.

2. Remove from microwave and add coconut. Stir to combine thoroughly.

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

4. Roll 2tsp of mixture into balls.

5. Roll balls in remaining coconut to coat thoroughly.

6. Place truffles on a lined baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

7. Serve.

5. Lemon Dark Chocolate Truffles

Opt for this dark chocolate lemon truffles recipe when you want something more bittersweet than a white chocolate truffle. You might be surprised at how well dark chocolate and lemon can really work together to create a sweet, acidic treat that’s sure to please. This is a simple recipe that doesn’t take too long to complete, and it’s always a crowd pleaser!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Difficulty: 3

white chocolate and lemon truffles

source: https://tastespace.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/lemon-bittersweet-chocolate-truffles/

Ingredients

  • 4 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • ¾ cup and 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 8oz high-quality finely chopped dark baking chocolate
  • 2oz high-quality un-chopped dark baking chocolate
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Dutch process cocoa powder

Procedure

1. Heat lemon zest and heavy whipping cream in a large saucepan over medium heat until just before simmering.

2. Remove from heat and add all chopped chocolate, reserving block chocolate.

3. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes.

4. Stir slowly and gently until chocolate is melted ands mooth.

5. Add lemon juice and whisk to combine thoroughly.

6. Pour chocolate mixture into a shallow bowl and let cool to room temperature.

7. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 4 hours.

8. Grate block chocolate roughly into a large bowl.

9. Coat your hands with the cocoa powder and roll the mixture into 1-inch balls.

10. Roll balls in grated baking chocolate.

11. Chill for 10 minutes in the refrigerator.

12. Serve.

6. Vegan Lemon Truffles

Have you got a vegan in your family, or are you yourself looking for a great vegan truffle recipe? Look no further than this great twist on the dairy-based dark chocolate lemon truffles recipe! This recipe uses coconut milk in place of dairy products to create a delicious batch of truffles that are sure to fool even the pickiest of your family members. Best of all, since it’s a vegan recipe, it’s very healthy!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hours

Difficulty: 3

lemon and white chocolate truffles

source: http://theeverydayveggie.com/vegan-dark-chocolate-lemon-truffles/

Ingredients

  • 3.5oz high-quality roughly chopped dark baking chocolate
  • ¼ coconut milk, full-fat
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon zest
  • ¼ cup Dutch process cocoa powder

Procedure

1. Set up a double boiler on the stove.

2. Heat coconut milk in double boiler until just before boiling.

3. Pour hot coconut milk over dark chocolate in a heat-resistant bowl.

4. Stir to melt chocolate thoroughly.

5. Add lemon rind and lemon juice, then stir again.

6. Refrigerator for one hour.

7. Roll mixture into a total of 12 balls quickly before the mixture gets too warm.

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

9. Roll in cocoa powder, then return to refrigerator for a couple minutes more.

10. Serve.

7. Fresh Lemon Truffles

This tasty recipe for lemon chocolate truffles uses freshly-squeezed lemon juice for a great flavor that won’t fade, even after storing for a few days. It’s easy to put together and even easier to chow down on this great truffle recipe! If you’re looking for an even more unique and rich flavor, consider adding a drop or two of vanilla extract to really bring out the taste of white chocolate.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Difficulty: 2

white chocolate lemon truffles

source: http://witandwhistle.com/2012/05/31/white-chocolate-lemon-truffles/

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1/3 cup and 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • 9oz high-quality finely chopped white baking chocolate
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into slices
  • White sugar to coat

Procedure

1. Combine heavy cream in a small saucepan (non-aluminum) with all lemon zest.

2. Heat on low until just simmer. Stir slowly.

3. Remove from heat and cover tightly.

4. Let sit for 20 minutes at room temperature.

5. In a separate, heat-resistant bowl, combine salt, butter, and white chocolate.

6. Reheat the cream again over low, uncovered, stirring slowly.

7. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and strain into white chocolate bowl.

8. Press lemon zest into strainer to remove all liquid.

9. Set up a double boiler with white chocolate mixture.

10. Stir often until chocolate is almost completely melted, then remove from double boiler and stir until melted completely.

11. Add lemon juice and stir again.

12. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, then cover tightly and chill for 3 hours more.

13. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls while still cold.

14. Roll balls in white sugar to coat thoroughly.

15. Place on a lined baking sheet and chill for 15 minutes to set up again.

16. Serve.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are a lot of truffle recipes to choose from when you want to enjoy the sweet taste of chocolate alongside the acidity of lemon! Whether you’re looking for a white or dark chocolate truffle recipe, or if you prefer your truffles coated in confectioner’s sugar or cocoa, there’s something here for you.

If you’re looking for the best overall lemon chocolate truffle recipe, be sure to try out the Tropical Truffles! These truffles are very tasty, and they take the concept of a white chocolate lemon truffle to the next level by adding coconut. The texture is much nicer with a little bit of a crunch from the coconut, and the recipe is very easy to follow, even if you’ve never made a truffle before.

Of course, if you’re looking for something more in the realm of dark chocolate, the Lemon Dark Chocolate Truffles are a great way to go. This is another very easy recipe that doesn’t take a lot of previous experience to pull off perfectly. The end result of this recipe is a delicious flavor that’s got a lot of bittersweet goodness to help satisfy a more discerning sweet tooth.

No matter which truffle recipe you choose to make, you’ll be rewarded with an incredible flavor and a perfect texture every time. Each of these truffle recipes is designed to be easy to follow, even if you’ve never made any kind of sweets before. Although it might take a little practice to get the truffles to the right size and consistency, you should have no trouble putting them together quickly and easily once you give it a try!

Choose your favorite truffle recipe from the list, gather your ingredients, and get ready to start cooking! You’ll have delicious truffles worthy of serving to guests or just keeping all to yourself in no time.

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