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Spicy Chocolate Truffles are a rich chocolate truffle recipe inspired by Mexican Hot Chocolate with cinnamon and cayenne. These are an easy candy recipe for chocolate lovers everywhere!
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What is a Spicy Chocolate Truffle?
Spicy Chocolate Truffles are balls of delicious chocolate that are sweet, bitter, and slightly spicy! I was drinking a Mexican hot chocolate one day and was inspired by the intricate, complex flavors. That tongue-tingling beverage motivated me to create chocolate truffles inspired by the unique flavors of Mexican chocolate!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Truffles are super simple to make with just a few ingredients
- These store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks
- You can even freeze them!
Ingredients in Chocolate Truffles
- Chocolate – Semi-sweet baking chocolate (I prefer Ghiradelli or Baker’s)
- Heavy cream – No substitutions
- Vanilla extract – always buy pure vanilla
- Cinnamon and Cayenne pepper – for that Mexican spiced flavor
- Chocolate melts – For coating the truffles. I recommend using Ghiradelli Candy Melts, but you can also use Almond Bark or Candiquik (all are sold in the baking aisle).
How to Make Spicy Chocolate Truffles
- Combine ingredients: Break the chocolate into small chunks and place in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Heat heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it begins to bubble. Then, pour the heated cream over your broken chocolate. Stir until all chocolate has melted and the liquid has become smooth. Combine cayenne, vanilla, and cinnamon.
- Chill mixture: Place your chocolate mixture in the fridge and chill for at least 2 hours. Alternatively, you can let the mixture cool overnight.
- Scoop balls: Using a cookie scoop, create a ball of truffle about 1 to 2 tablespoons in size. Roll the ball into a uniform, circular shape and place it on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Continue until the mixture has been completely utilized.
- Decorate truffles: Use the chocolate melts to dip the tops of the truffles or utilize cocoa and powdered sugar to dust them. Decorate as desired.
- If your hot heavy cream doesn’t melt the chocolate all the way, feel free to pop your mixing bowl in the microwave and heat it for ten seconds at a time until melted.
- The decorating is where it gets interesting, so get creative! There’s no right or wrong way to do it. Dipped chocolate melt dotted with red sprinkles is a cute way to give a nod to the heat that the cayenne pepper brings.
Chocolate truffles can be an array of flavors, from macadamia to raspberry to mocha. These truffles are a spicy, sweet, and bitter combination.
If your truffles are too soft, you likely need more chocolate. Too much cream will create soft truffles.
Chocolate truffles freeze best in a zipped plastic bag placed inside airtight Tupperware.
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Spicy Chocolate Truffles
- 8 ounces (226g) semi-sweet baking chocolate
- ½ cup (118ml) heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 10 ounces Chocolate melts for dipping
- Break or cut chocolate into pieces. Place heavy cream in a small saucepan and heat just until it bubbles. Pour over chocolate. Stir until all chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. (If it is cold in your house and your chocolate doesn’t want to melt all the way you can put it in the microwave in 10 second increments to aid in melting.)
- Stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and cayenne. Chill mixture for at least 2 hours. You can also let it sit overnight.
- Use a cookie scoop (1 or 2 tablespoon) to scoop balls of truffle. Roll into uniform balls and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.
- Melt chocolate melts according to package directions. Dip truffles in chocolate and top with sprinkles, if desired. Chill to set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze.
- I prefer Ghiradelli or Baker’s baking bars
- For dipping, I recommend Ghiradelli Candy Melts. If you can’t find those, use Candiquik or Almond Bark (all three are sold in the baking aisle). You can dip these in milk or dark chocolate.
- In lieu of dipping, you can also roll them in cocoa, powdered sugar, or sprinkles instead.
- To decorate the tops, add leftover melted chocolate to a ziploc bag and cut off one tip to drizzle over the truffles after they’ve set.
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Spicy Chocolate Truffles are inspired by Mexican Chocolate! These are a rich chocolate truffle with cinnamon and cayenne for a little kick – they’re SO good and rich!
Last Updated on January 17, 2023
I have to question again the cost estimate for these truffles. It says $6, but the Ghiradelli melting wafers alone are $5.99 at Kroger, and the 2-4oz bars of baking chocolate are $6.58 (total). Those two ingredients alone are over $12. Could you explain how you come up with your cost estimates?
I made this as recipe says. Left in fridge overnight, still runny, Is there a fix for this? Wow. Costly to toss.
Did you use heavy cream?
Made this. It came out great. But I added 1 tsp. of Cayenne pepper. My people like it spicy. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
Sorry another question, would there be a difference f I use chocolate chips instead of a baking bar? Thanks again! 🙂
In the truffle, no. For the coating, the chocolate chips won’t give a shine and they don’t dry as hard, so it may come off in your hands more than baking chocolate. Enjoy!
Oh I forgot to ask you, can I use dark chocolate instead of semi sweet? Cause my husband loves anything with dark chocolate. Thanks.
Yes! You can use your favorite darkness. 🙂 Enjoy!
I can’t wait to make these! Thanks and Merry Christmas! 🙂
Hi!! These look sooo sinful!
Thank you Doreen! They’re SO good.
These ingredients –
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
are not mentioned in the instructions. Are they added to the filling or the coating?
Wow, where was my brain??? The filling, instructions updated shortly. 🙂
I totally hear you. On Christmas Eve, I was brainstorming ideas for Valentine’s Day while the rest of my family watched the Ice Age Christmas special on TV. I feel like I should work at a magazine or something — we’d totally be prepared for every holiday season way ahead of time!