Jewel Box Truffles

Jewel Box Truffles on a glass tray

Jewel Box Truffles ~ I dare you to find a better or easier holiday food gift than these adorable bedazzled chocolates. And the best part? If you can melt chocolate, you can make them!

A glass platter of jewel box truffles

Do you remember my Jewel Box Labneh Balls? They were so much fun I knew I had to try my hand at ‘jeweling’ something else, and truffles were an obvious choice. Instead of the savory coatings I used for the yogurt cheese, I’m using sweet ingredients to create my little gems.

Jewel Box Truffles on a glass tray

These are just perfect for holiday giving, and just as perfect for setting out on the dessert table. I guarantee they’ll cause a stir as everyone hunts and pecks for just the right one.

What is a chocolate truffle?

  • Truffles are little balls made from chilled chocolate ganache. Ganache is a combination of heavy cream and chocolate that starts out liquid but becomes a deliciously firm and silky when chilled. Among chocolate lovers it’s pretty much the ultimate chocolate experience.
  • The ganache used to make truffles can be left plain or flavored with extracts or liquors.
  • Truffles must be rolled or coated because the ganache is too soft and sticky to be left bare. They can be simply rolled in cocoa powder, they can be coated with melted chocolate, or they can be coated with any number of other toppings, like I’ve done.

Jewel Box Truffles on a glass plate

There are lots of directions to go with these, and while I went for the glitz factor with sprinkles and sparkly sugars, you could definitely keep this more down to earth with chopped nuts, coconut, and that type of thing. You could go for all chocolate using different types of cocoa powder, chocolate sprinkles, grated chocolate, and crushed chocolate candy like Heath Bars, Nestle Crunch, etc.

A collection of Jewel Box Truffles

What can I coat my truffles with?

So many things! I bet you have a bunch of them in your kitchen right now:

  • Classic coatings
    • cocoa powder
    • powdered sugar
    • finely chopped nuts
    • crushed peppermint
    • coconut
  • sprinkle toppings (smaller shapes and sizes work best)
    • jimmies
    • non-pareils
    • drageés (little balls)
    • colored sugar
  • other toppings
    • matcha powder
    • dehydrated raspberry powder
    • crushed cookies or gingersnaps
    • crushed toffee
    • espresso powder
    • cinnamon or cinnamon sugar
    • add a touch of chili powder or cayenne pepper to cocoa powder for a kick
    • sugar in the raw
    • chia seeds

A glass tray of colorful Jewel Box Truffles

Rolling truffles is really very easy (if a little bit messy) and when you roll them in your toppings they end up looking quite professional!

Tip: If you decide to go with a million different coatings like I did, do yourself a favor and use a muffin tin to coral all your supplies.

Jewel Box Truffles in a white box

I like to keep my truffles in the refrigerator, I like the texture chilled, but you can also leave them at room temperature for an hour or so before serving if you like them softer. They’ll keep for about 2 weeks in the fridge.

tvfgi recommends: Metallic Foil Bon Bon Cups

These tiny foil cups are ideal for serving and displaying truffles, it keeps them protected and shows them off perfectly. The foil cups makes it easy for people to grab what they want and take it away with them for easy nibbling. If your grocery store doesn’t carry them, a craft store will, and you can always get them on Amazon.

Candy Gift Box

Truffles are delicate and you can’t just throw them in a cellophane bag for gifting. Find a flat shallow box that can hold a selection. You can buy ones meant for homemade candy, above, or you can repurpose any small gift box you have at home. Just make sure you fit your truffles in snugly so they won’t shift around.

Jewel Box Truffles on a glass tray
4 from 22 votes

Jewel Box Truffles

Jewel Box Truffles ~ I dare you to find a better or easier holiday food gift than these adorable bedazzled chocolates.  And the best part?  If you can melt chocolate, you can make them!
Course candy, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
chilling 2 hours
Yield 27 truffles
Author Sue Moran


  • microwave (optional)
  • small cookie scoop


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 10 ounces of dark chocolate I used a 10 ounce bag of Nestle dark chocolate chips

coating suggestions

  • ground nuts such as almonds pistachios, walnuts, peanuts and hazelnuts
  • dehydrated raspberry powder I ground Trader Joe's dehydrated raspberries into a fine powder in my coffee grinder
  • crushed peppermint
  • crushed toffee candy or Butter Brickle Bits
  • sprinkles
  • colored sugar
  • powdered sugar
  • raw sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • matcha powder


  • Put the cream in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high until the cream comes to a simmer, about one to one and a half minutes. Add the chocolate chips and let sit for 5 minutes without stirring.
  • Stir the chocolate and cream together until it becomes smooth and glossy. Any small lumps should eventually melt. If for some reason you still have lumps after stirring for a minute or so, then you can reheat the mixture VERY briefly in the microwave. (Sometimes if you just let the ganache sit for a minute or so more, the lumps will vanish.
  • Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours. This allows the ganache to firm up enough to be scoopable.
  • Using a small scoop, portion out the ganache and roll in your hands into a round, 1 inch ball. Immediately roll in your topping, gently tossing it around to get it completely coated. Set down on a tray or in a candy wrapper cup. I like to work in batches of maybe 5 or 6 truffles at a time ~ scoop them first, then roll them all, and then coat.
  • Note: I find it helpful to have a damp towel and a dry towel handy to wipe my hands clean as I work.
  • Refrigerate the truffles after they are all coated.

Cook's notes

If you would like to double or triple this recipe, do it in separate batches.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    Penny Ramirez
    December 28, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks, Sue – you’ve just defined my NYE sleepover with the kids activity! Can’t wait to see what they’ll select to decorate their truffles!

    • Reply
      December 29, 2020 at 6:25 am

      Fun idea! ~ but let me caution you that the coatings won’t stick unless the truffles are freshly made. If you make the ganache and roll them in advance they won’t have be sticky enough. Just a heads up.

  • Reply
    Tricia B.
    December 19, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Oh my!! These look like little colored gemstones. I know what I’ll be doing over the holidays – making these for friends. Gee… I’d LOVE to receive a box of these for myself & not even sharing w/hubby!!? These are great for giving any time of the year! I’m also looking to make your Chocolate Thumbprint cookies… looks so good for anytime of year/holidays!
    Thanks Sue for all your wonderful recipes!

  • Reply
    July 26, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    I love this! I am raiding my pantry to find all the sprinkles, decorating sugar and topping I can find!

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