Maple Walnut Truffles

These Maple Walnut Truffles have a whole lot of maple and walnut flavor, with the perfect amount of sweetness!

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How many of you have heard of See’s Candy? If you live East of Chicago, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about, but if you have ever lived on the West Coast, or been to an airport in the West, you’ll probably recognize the name.

See’s Candy is an iconic candy store here in California. I grew up on the stuff. The plant where it’s made is actually in South San Francisco, just minutes from my childhood home. The plant where they make the (totally nut-free) suckers is actually in Burlingame, my home town.

On a good wind day you can smell the chocolate from the factory near my hold house. It’s like watching Willy Wonka, only better.

Walking into a See’s store is like smelling home to me. No matter where I am, whenever I walk into the shop with the black-and-white checkered floor, I take a deep breath and I’m instantly transported to my childhood.

Several of their candies have been on my copycat bucket list for a very long time. (Butterscotch Squares, I’m looking at you!) I decided to start with one of my absolute favorites: the iconic (and See’s original) Maple Walnut Truffle.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my See’s Candy photo bombing last week. As part of the Sacramento Bloggers group, I was invited to a pre-grand opening tour of the newest See’s store in Folsom. A bunch of us bloggers, quite literally, got to go crazy in a candy store.

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I even got to go behind the counter. It was like a dream come true!

Of course, my trip to See’s was super inspiring. I came away with about 25 different things I want to copycat. And even though I also came home with several pounds of candy, I decided to make some.

Never enough sugar around yo’!

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I’ve always loved these Maple Walnut Truffles. When I was a kid, a 1-lb box of See’s lasted less than 24 hours in our house (and there were only three of us, my mom, dad, and me!) By the morning after, the box would be but an echo of brown wrappers, half pieces of fruit filled candy no one wanted, and the knife used to cut them.

I never needed to cut the Maple Walnut Truffles in half. I could identify them on site. Not perfectly spherical, they were higher than they were round.

Unfortunately, we all know that my truffles are lucky if they are spheres. Heck, they’re lucky if they don’t look like brains, so I wasn’t going to get the telltale See’s shape. I went for perfect round balls of delicious.

And I got them!

The maple filling is a maple buttercream, made with butter, powdered sugar, and flavoring. You mix in some toasted walnuts and then dip the truffles in chocolate.

These may not look like the original, but they sure do taste like them. I’m a little scared that I know how to make these now. And that I always have the ingredients to make them on-hand. Sugar highs, every day, for sure.

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I just wish I could replicate the chocolate-in-the-air smell. Now that would be cool!

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Maple Walnut Truffles

These Maple Walnut Truffles are a See's Candy Copycat! Just like the original, but made at home!


Ingredients:


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/4 teaspoon maple extract

  • 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts

  • 8 ounces chocolate candy melts (such as Candiquik)


Directions:


  1. Mix butter, maple syrup, and powdered sugar with a hand mixer. Add both extracts and beat until creamy. Stir in walnuts. Chill for 30 minutes.

  2. Once chilled, scoop 1 tablespoon sized balls of dough and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill again until just ready to dip (at least 10 minutes).

  3. Melt your candy in a microwave safe bowl according to package directions. Dip each truffle in the bowl of chocolate.

  4. Do not roll it around, use a spoon to spoon chocolate over the top. Lift onto a fork carefully and tap to remove excess chocolate. Place on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet. I find it best to use a toothpick to help the truffle slide off the fork without disturbing too much of the coating.

  5. Note: these truffles soften quickly. If you find them getting to soft, re-chill them and only remove a few at a time to dip.

  6. Chill dipped truffles for just a few minutes, until coating is semi-hard. Meanwhile transfer the remaining chocolate to a squeeze bottle (or a plastic bag with the tip cut off) and pipe swirls or swipes of chocolate over the top for decoration.


Notes:

To keep my chocolate warm, I like to heat my electric griddle to 200F and cover it with two kitchen towels. Then I place the bowl of melted chocolate on top to keep it warm and liquid while I dip.


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138 comments

  1. I bet these are so good! I haven’t heard of them before but I am all up for trying new flavors. 🙂

  2. I am not a nuts fan so would skip them (well other than peanuts but Im weird about that LOL) but the maple flavor and the soft centers and the maple extract, mmm! Huge fan of maple ext and use it in cookie recipes or anywhere I want to amp up the maple flavor!

  3. These looks sooooooo goooooood!!!! I got a laugh about the knife in the box. That was better than when I was a kid and all the pieces had bites taken out of them!
    Keep up the good work, love you,
    Mom

  4. Mmm, See’s candies. They make good stuff, and how lucky for you to be invited to their pre-opening. I love your version.

  5. my grandpa’s favorite candy is See’s! I always see this brand in the airports. These truffles look like I could easily pop a good dozen in my mouth!! I love maple.

  6. I was drooling as I watched all your instagrams in the candy shop…what an absolutely fun thing to do! Maple truffles sure do sound good. Yours are absolutely perfect looking to me!!!

  7. Oh you are a life saver!!! My mom talks about chocolate-covered maple candies she remembers as a kid and I haven’t been able to find what she was talking about (have tried some recipes, but never the right ones), I’m sure these are them!! I’ll find out for sure, cuz making these for her!!

  8. Seriously, what a dream trip! I only wish I could have tagged a long!! So fun and SO delicious!

    Now these truffles? Um, wow! I have never had anything like them before, but the flavors sound incredible! I love those soft gooey centers and the chocolate coating!! Perfect truffle for Thanksgiving too!

  9. Oh man I can almost taste these truffles! These are one of my favorites, with their creamy maple center and crunchy walnuts! Mmmm… My favorite truffles from Sees are the lemon and apple pie! But who am I kidding, I would eat them all! Lol thanks for the fun recipe Dorothy!

  10. Now I am craving candy! These look fabulous Dorothy!

  11. seriously, I feel like CRAP, but now my mouth is watering…literally. AMAZING Dorothy

  12. My very favorite fudge is Maple Walnut and I didn’t realize till now that it was missing the chocolate coating 🙂 Totally yummy and gorgeous too!

  13. Yummmm! I’m from Sacramento, but now live in New Jersey, and I used to always go in for a piece of candy when I went to Sunrise Mall.

  14. Mmmm, these look so delicious. Wonderful copycat recipe… can’t wait to see the others you come up with, too! 🙂

  15. I love maple ANYTHING! I’ve only been to a See’s once…and it was pretty much heaven on Earth. So glad I don’t have one close to me or I would probably weigh a ton. Although now I can just make my own! So pretty, Dorothy! 🙂

  16. Yummy! I love See’s candy, especially rum nougat, which has recently been discontinued 🙁 but hey, I love maple flavor, so I’m printing this to put on my list of goodies to make for Christmas.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  17. Loving that cute little candy shoppe! And loving these truffles… anything maple is a must try for me!

  18. I’ve never had See’s candy but one of my best friends from college grew up on the west coast and ALWAYS talks about it. I think I need to make these to see what the fuss is about : ) And maple walnut truffles just sound amazing anyway : )

  19. I always try to snag some See’s candies when I am out West. They are moving East though. At Christmas time they pop up at the malls. Not the same but something. These truffles look fantastic!

  20. I can almost smell the chocolate and the maple! Looks wonderful Dorothy and how lucky to get behind the counter!

  21. I wish I had these for breakfast with my cup of coffee. Now that would be delicious! I love the maple and walnut combo!

  22. Dorothy, these look wonderful!!! I love See’s, it’s my favorite chocolate! We live in Oregon so everytime we go to the mall we have to stop by See’s, and, if nothing else, get their free sample for the day. Best part of the whole mall trip!!! I can’t wait to make these. Maple is one of my favorite flavors. Their vanilla buttercream is my absolute fav. Could you make that so I can get the recipe from you? =o)

  23. These look amazing Dorothy! Like they totally came out from behind the counter! PS I’m ridiculously jealous that you got to play in a candy store!!! It brings up mental images of me just laying on the floor surrounded by empty brown paper cups 🙂

  24. Oh my goodness, these look wonderful! They certainly wouldn’t last too long in my house! 😉

  25. Love, love, and love!! Pinning these and will definitely make these sometime very soon. Such pretty photos, too :).

  26. wow these look amazing… love the idea of maple walnut and chocolate… so in a chocolate coma thinking about them 🙂

  27. Hi! My husband just got half a pound of chocolates from See’s last week. I was very good- I only had 2 pieces. We love the butterscotch squares the most! (and marzipan)
    *I also love the chocolate you posted about. I want to make them, but I have 2 ?’s: 1) Do I have to use melts, or can I use any other chocolate to coat the candy? 2) Where do I find maple extract? I hope it’s commonly found!

    Thanks for posting. And u r really pretty btw.

    • Me too! The Butterscotch squares are my favorite and they’re my next copycat! You should be able to find the maple extract at the grocery store or Walmart. It’s imitation, I’ve never been able to find pure. The candy melts are best because they don’t melt in your hand like chocolate chips would. You can get candiquik and or regular almond bark (white or chocolate) at Walmart and at most grocery stores, at least this time of year (Walmart year round). You can also find more pure chocolate melts (like Guittard) at places like Williams-Sonoma, and it gets pricey. Wilton makes melts you can find at most craft stores!

  28. I think I need to move from podunk MN to somewhere great and fab so I can taste test these candies 🙂 For now…I’ll settle for making them myself!

  29. Okay, really, who likes the fruit filled chocolates? (Not me:) And the knife thing sounded oh so familiar. I’ve never had these candies, but I’ll take a box of these copycats! (Or two … or seven, it really doesn’t matter;)

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  31. How fun to check out the store! I’m on the East coast so I don’t have a Sees near me, but I’ve tried it before – so yummy! These truffles look awesome!

  32. Maple is one of my favorite fall flavors- these truffles look amazing! I have never tried the real thing, but they sure do look good!

  33. We love See’s candy! Can’t wait to try these truffles!

  34. Really?? Just a buttercream filling?? Dorothy, that is WAY too good to be true… This recipe is deadly, in the sweetest kind of way! Although we might have to trade pecans for the walnuts in our family — my mom is really allergic.

    So happy that you had a great time in See’s!! I definitely would’ve gone crazy too. 🙂

  35. Um, yes please!! These truffles look super delicious. Can’t wait to try these babies! 🙂

  36. These look great, Dorothy!! I love the flavor combination, yum yum yum!

  37. Oh my gosh, these look incredible!!! What beautiful truffles, and the maple walnut flavors sound DELICIOUS in these!!!!! YUM!!!

  38. These look amazing! Pinning to try soon, or would make a great sweet treat to swap during the holidays!

  39. Maple Walnut is my ABSOLUTE favorite See’s candy. I’ve been known to buy a one pound box with nothing but these wonderful bits of Heaven. I’m not sure if I should thank you for the recipe–it could be a real problem :o) Dying to try it!

  40. Oh yum! I think I’ve heard of See’s candy…I traveled to California for work before, maybe that’s why? At any rate, any place that makes truffles like these is a-ok in my book!

  41. Those look sooooo good. I love maple anything. Actually, I love anything sweet. lol.

  42. I spent a good portion of my childhood living in California so See’s was definitely a part of a life! Then we moved to Indiana and they were gone. I’d all but forgotten about that delicious candy until we moved to Minnesota last year and saw their store at the Mall of America. I practically sprinted in to buy some treats. I’m totally going to try your copycat recipe too. You know, for days I don’t feel like going to the mall 😉

  43. Ohhhhh, Dorothy I know of what you speak here. See’s was always my guilty pleasure at Valentine’s day. I would covet all my favorites and share the less fornunately packed candy. Those candies you mentioned were my favorite too…specially the butterscotch squares and the walnut ones you showed plus oh yes, the “Mayfair” cherry/walnut creme was to die for.
    I am glad you showed these, will be a perfect addition to Christmas trays. Thank you so much, the memory of those stores lives on! I live in Napa, and we have one little store. It’s always packed.

  44. We got a See’s here a couple years ago and I am IN LOVE!! My favorites are their butterscotch suckers and their butterscotch bites that taste like gooey brown sugar. I can not WAIT to make these…..they look amazing!!

  45. Yum, love See’s candy and I would really love this recipe for these truffles thanks for posting I will def. be trying these out.

  46. Pinned this. Christmas is coming and I hate that line at Sees.

  47. These are one of my faves, too! The toasty walnuts and that warm maple flavor.. to die for. So jealous of the candy-smelling air in Burlingame!

  48. I love maple and walnuts! This sounds fantastic!

  49. I love See’s maple cream centers, but not a fan of the nuts. I have a homemade carmel recipe that has the taste and texture of See’s butterscotch chews. If you can come up with a recipe for their butterscotch squares or their milk bordeaux, let me know. Those are family favorites!

  50. Love, love, love See’s candies. They use Guttard chocolate for their chocolates. Love that you can get the Guttard chocolate chips in the grocery stores and at the Sur La Table here in CA. My favorite See’s candy–Bordeaux’s!!! Would love a copy cat recipe on that one. YUM!

    • Guittards also makes melts (better than chocolate chips for dipping) that you can buy in bag form, like the Wilton ones. I have to order them online, which is why I hardly ever use them. I need to order some for Christmas baking!

  51. I grew up in the East Bay and there is nothing like See’s Candy. My aunt got the See’s fudge recipe in @ 1952 and brought it home for my mom ot make. I still make it and love it. And Fantasy fudge is just a knock off and not the real thing. Did you know that See;s now sells their chocolate chips? I want to get some to use for the fudge .Now I have no choice but to make the Maple Walnut Truffles. Thank you for the recipe.

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  53. What is the best way to store these?

    • I like to store my truffles in the refrigerator until I’m ready to set them out, or about an hour before so they can come to room temperature. You can keep them on the counter in a sealed container, but they’ll last longer in the fridge, because of the butter. 🙂

  54. I lived in Watsonville, Calif. and was used to See’s Candy. When we first moved here about 29 years ago we did have a See’s Candy store before it left and was only in Denver. We finally have a See’s candy store that came back in a few years ago. Some people here think Stephanie’s or Mrs. May’s chocolates are the best. I don’t think they hold a candle to See’s. I guess it is just what one is brought up with.

    • Nothing is as good as See’s! 🙂

    • Many years ago, when my children were barely old enough to go to school, I worked at a See’s Candy Store for 2 years. We were told that when we were ‘on the clock’ we could not only eat all the candy we wanted we were actually encouraged to do so, so that we could describe in our own words what it tasted like. Believe it or not, I was a “Take Off Pounds Sensibly” member at goal almost the entire time. I ate little else on the days I ate See’s! I was not born or raised anywhere on or near the west coast and had never heard of See’s before. It truly is the best candy in my humble opinion. The company buys only the very best ingredients which is one of the reasons that their candy is soooo good! They actually give every customer a piece of candy to enjoy while they are selecting their purchase. Absolutely top notch! Like someone else mentioned, the only way I can keep See’s Candy in our home more than 24 hours is to hide it. I am able to ration it out to myself…savoring each piece…But not my hubby….gone in what appears as seconds! Since I live back in the CST zone again, alas…I have to order it online!!!

      • What a wonderful memory! I think I would have been 300 pounds if I worked there. Kind of like working where I do now, lol! 😉 Thanks for reading and sharing!

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  57. Just made these and they are delicious! I can’t wait to give them out as gifts.

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  59. Hi. Where can I find Maple extract?? I’ve been looking all over with no luck!!!

  60. I made these truffles and wrote about them here. These now my new favorite Christmas cookie. I had to tackle my mother for the last one. Thank you SOOOO much for sharing the recipe. It’s so wonderfully evil!!!! 🙂

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  62. I followed the ingredients and directions to the tee, after all the work and money, not to mention the time, they were WAY to sweet.  In to the garbage they all went.

  63. Am anxious to try your Maple Walnut Truffles: 1-because they sound and look delicious and 2-because they are a copycat recipe of a See’s candy!!!!! My problem: being a native of California I grew up with See’s candy and enjoyed them for many, many years, but now I live in Texas . . . There are no See’s stores in Texas!! (not REAL stores anyway, the grocery chain HEB carries a limited variety of boxed See’s, but it just isn’t the same (sigh)). So my question is: do you have any more recipes that copycat other See’s candies???

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  67. Is this salted or unsalted butter?

    • I use unsalted, but you can use salted if you like! Since it’s not baked, omit all salt if using salted butter and do a little taste taste before you roll them to see if you need to add any.

  68. Do you use pure maple syrup or pancake type maple syrup? These look very yummy!

  69. I grew up in Cal as well, so I know what you mean about the See’s candy. My favorite was the bordough creams

  70. Can these be frozen? for just a few days to make things easier for when it comes party time?

    • I haven’t frozen these, but I have frozen other truffles. Sometimes (not always) freezing chocolate can make it a little cloudy when it defrosts. If that happens, you can just drizzle them with more chocolate! 🙂

  71. I didn’t grow up with Cee’s Candy, I grew up with Mellie’s in Racine, WI. Every Christmas we would watch them make candy canes and my mom would let us pick our own.   Around Easter we would get our personalized Maple Walnut filled chocolate Easter Egg.  This was a tradition my mom started with my sister and me.  Unfortunately Mellie’s closed and we moved South never to have a maple walnut chocolate egg ever again.   Until …   With me now being a grandmother, I had to start the tradition again and was SO excited when I saw your recipe.  I made them this past Saturday morning and surprised my sister with one.  It almost brought tears to her eyes.  When my mom and our guests came over for Easter dinner and desserts…it was a hit.   My mom just called me 5 minutes ago asking if there were anymore Maple Walnut Eggs left?!?  🙂   THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your recipe.  

  72. Hey, Dorothy!  I wanted to let you know that I made and loved these!  They were so fun to make and full of flavor.  My mom shared them with her car dealer and they went crazy for them.  I posted about them on my blog and would love if you’d take a look 🙂

    http://piesandplots.net/maple-walnut-truffles/

  73. Unfortunately there is a glaring mistake in these Maple Walnut copy cats. See’s maple walnut candies are made with dark chocolate, not milk. There is a HUGE difference in taste.

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