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We love Maple Nut Candy! If you live on the West Coast, you may know what these are: Maple Walnut Truffles are a See’s Candy copycat recipe. This iconic maple candy recipe will bring back those childhood memories. How sweet!
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Homemade Maple Nut Candy
Never had a maple nut truffle before? It tastes just like it sounds, with maple and walnut flavor but has the perfect amount of sweetness! The maple buttercream filling is coated in chocolate and the flavor tastes exactly like See’s Candy Maple Walnut Truffle.
Whether you are making these See’s Candy truffles as a gift or simply want to impress your guests, you will certainly enjoy the process of making them and they taste delicious! This is a must-share treat!
How this recipe works:
- The filling is quick to make, but it needs to chill for at least 30 minutes before you roll it into balls. Once you’ve rolled the filling into balls you will need to chill them for another 10 minutes.
- To make the maple walnut filling, use a hand or a stand mixer. It will make it easier to get the creamy texture for the filling.
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper. This will make it easy to remove the truffles once they’re set.
- Use a microwave-safe bowl for melting the candy melts.
- For dipping, use a spoon, fork, and toothpicks.
- To create the chocolate drizzle on top of each truffle, use a squeeze bottle or a plastic bag with the corner snipped off.
Ingredients in See’s Truffles
- Unsalted butter- softened
- Pure maple syrup- to give the closest taste of maple
- Powdered sugar- for the perfect coating
- Vanilla- just a little bit for an enhanced flavor
- Maple extract- this is what makes the maple candy taste just like See’s Candy’s original
- Chopped toasted walnuts – for that special crunch
- Chocolate candy melts- I like to use Ghiradeli melting wafers (see recipe notes for other options)
- Optional- heavy whipping cream
How to make Maple Nut Candy
- The filling is made with softened butter, maple syrup, powdered sugar, vanilla, and maple extract.
- Combine all of the ingredients until you have a creamy mixture. At this point, you can stir in chopped walnuts.
- Chill the filling for 30 minutes which will allow it to firm up so you can form it into balls.
- Once chilled, scoop a tablespoon of the filling and form it into a ball. Repeat with the rest of the filling, placing each ball on the baking sheet lined with wax paper.
- Chill the balls for at least 10 minutes or until you are ready to dip them in chocolate. I recommend only removing a few balls at a time from the refrigerator since they will be difficult to work with if they warm up.
Why you’ll love Maple Nut Candy
Although they might look complicated, homemade truffles are actually pretty easy to make. Have a bestie help you bake these maple nut truffles and enjoy the taste of nostalgia together when they are done! Maple Walnut Truffles are a delicious walnut candy truffle recipe – a See’s Copycat! These classic truffles are so good and will remind you of childhood.
No, the pancake syrup will alter the taste of the maple walnut truffle. Only use pure maple syrup.
You don’t have to if you don’t have it, but the maple truffle won’t have as strong of a flavor as the See’s Candy ones do.
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Maple Walnut Truffles
- ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter , softened
- 1 tablespoon (15ml) pure maple syrup
- 1 ½ cups (170g) powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon maple extract
- 1 cup (96g) chopped toasted walnuts (see note)
- 8 ounces chocolate candy melts such as Candiquik (see note)
- 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream optional – see note
- Mix butter, maple syrup, and powdered sugar with a hand mixer. Add both extracts and beat until creamy. If the mixture is having trouble coming together (if you're using a hand mixer it'll take longer) add 1 teaspoon heavy cream or milk and continue mixing, adding up to another teaspoon. Stir in walnuts.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon sized balls of dough and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill for 30 minutes.
- Melt your candy in a microwave safe bowl according to package directions. Roll each truffle between your palms to form a cohesive ball.
- Dip each truffle in the bowl of chocolate. 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. (See notes for link to my truffle dipping tips post.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Learn how to toast nuts here!
- The reason for adding the cream/milk is because if your butter isn’t soft enough when you start and/or if you’re using a hand mixer it might take awhile for your mixture to come together and it might need a little more moisture.
- This is like making buttercream, but you want it thicker so it’ll hold together in the truffle.
- Read all my truffle dipping tips here.
Classic Maple Walnut Truffles – a See’s copycat recipe! Make maple buttercream truffles covered in chocolate – such a great easy candy recipe.
Last Updated on December 20, 2022
Hi, Why chocolate melts? They are hydrogenated. Is there a good substitute? Thanks
They are made for dipping. You can also use baking chocolate bars from the baking aisle.
These are fantastic! Just as good if not better than See’s original.
I had to double the Powdered Sugar and the maple flavoring. It’s very good.
I’m making these now and they taste better than I remember (it’s been 40 yrs since I’ve had anything from See’s). I didn’t have the maple extract so I added an extra teaspoon of maple syrup. I’m waiting (impatiently) for the dough to chill so I can start dipping and snacking. Thank you for the recipe. It’s a keeper!!
Can I make ahead of time and then freeze them?
Yes but the chocolate might dull a bit when thawed. They’ll also keep in the fridge for at least a week – probably longer! There’s nothing really in them to go bad.
Can’t find maple extract anywhere.
I found maple extract on eBay