Irish whiskey chocolate truffles boast a deliciously creamy truffle center, flavored with this distinct spirit and original taste of Ireland.
Want to make something special for St. Paddy’s Day? Then why not create your own homemade chocolate truffles with an Irish twist.
Homemade Gifts With A Taste of Ireland
These chocolate truffles are perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day or for any special occasion. They can be made as a gift for someone who loves to celebrate being Irish any time of year.
Make them for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, or for someone Irish who is celebrating a birthday. They’re also wonderful as a homemade gift at Christmas time.
You can’t go wrong with chocolate gifts. But why not take your chocolate truffles to the next level of deliciousness and decadence, with these whiskey infused homemade Irish gifts.
You’re sure to impress your friends with these whiskey truffles. They’re perfect edible gifts. But remember they’re only suitable for those over 21 in America, or over 18 in Ireland.
There’s no cocoa powder required. They’re made with simple ingredients. Cream, chocolate chips and whiskey combine to form the center ganache.
Each treat is dipped in melted dark chocolate. A few green sprinkles or dusting sugar make them extra special for Irish occasions.
Ingredients for Homemade Irish Whiskey Chocolate Truffles
Here’s what you’ll need. You’ll find exact measurements in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.
- dark chocolate chips, (Ghirardelli is recommended)
- whiskey – Irish is preferred for a more distinctive flavor
- heavy whipping cream
- green colored dusting sugar or sprinkles of choice
Making A Reduced Alcohol Version of These Truffles
If you want the truffles to be a bit boozy (contain alcohol), simply add the whiskey when directed below.
If you’d like to cook off the alcohol before making the truffles follow these instructions.
Measure out a cup of whiskey and simmer it in a saucepan on low heat until it is reduced to ½ a cup of liquid. Alcohol boils away at just over 78° C, so this should remove most of the alcohol. They won’t be totally alcohol free, but most will be gone. Use the reduced whiskey to make the truffles as directed below.
Directions for Irish Whiskey Truffles
Put one half of the dark chocolate chips (10 ounces) in a glass bowl. That should be one packet. Make sure you are using a microwave safe bowl.
Pour in the whiskey and heavy whipping cream.
Place in the microwave and heat on medium power for 30 seconds.
Take out and stir with a spatula.
Place back in the microwave and heat on medium power for another 30 seconds.
The mixture should be smooth and creamy, forming a soft ganache consistency.
Repeat one more time if needed to melt all the dark chocolate chips.
Chocolate can burn very easily – do not overheat. You may wish to try 10 second bursts in the microwave at this stage to avoid burning the chocolate.
Allow the mixture to cool slightly. This takes about 10 to 20 minutes. The mixture needs to be warm to mold, but not too hot to handle.
Scoop out about a 1 inch ball and roll it into a sphere. Use a small cookie scoop to measure similar sized truffles.
If the mixture is still too warm and not keeping its shape, allow it to cool for a bit longer before shaping into balls.
Roll all of the mixture into truffle spheres.
Once all the balls have been shaped, melt the remaining dark chocolate in another glass bowl, using the 30 second increment method as described above. The microwave should be on medium power. Too high and the chocolate will burn.
If you need to loosen the chocolate just add a little vegetable oil – a teaspoon should be plenty.
Once it’s smooth and all the dark chocolate chips are melted, you’re ready to dip.
Using a spoon, dip one truffle ball at a time. Scoop it out of the dark chocolate once covered.
Place on a sheet of parchment to set.
Sprinkle immediately with the colored dusting sugar or sprinkles before the chocolate sets.
Repeat with the remaining truffle balls. Allow to set for approximately 20 minutes until the chocolate hardens again – you can expedite this by putting them in the fridge or freezer.
Don’t chill in the fridge for too long. Condensation can form on the outside of the chocolate and make them less appealing.
Remove from the parchment and place in an airtight container until ready to serve.
These treats will last at room temperature for about a week. Whiskey extends their shelf life.
Printable Recipe for Irish Truffles:
Here’s the printable recipe to add to your kitchen files if you wish.
Irish Whiskey Chocolate Truffles
- 20 ounces dark chocolate chips 2 x 10 ounce bags
- ½ cup whiskey
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons sprinkles green
- Measure out one bag (10 ounces) of dark chocolate chips and place in a glass bowl. Pour in the whiskey and heavy whipping cream. Place in the microwave and heat on medium power for 30 seconds. Take out and stir with a spatula.
- Place back in the microwave and heat on medium power for another 30 seconds. Mixture should be smooth and creamy, a soft ganache consistency. Repeat one more time if needed to melt all the dark chocolate chips. Chocolate can burn very easily - do not overheat.
- Allow the mixture to cool slightly - about 10-20 minutes. Scoop out about a 1 inch ball and roll into a sphere. If the mixture is still too warm and not keeping its shape, allow it to cool for a bit longer before shaping into balls.
- Once all the balls have been shaped, melt the remaining dark chocolate in another glass bowl, using the 30 second increments on medium power listed above. Once it’s smooth and all dark chocolate chips are melted, you’re ready to dip.
- Using a spoon, dip one truffle ball at a time and scoop out of the dark chocolate once covered. Place on a sheet of parchment to set.
- Sprinkle immediately with the colored dusting sugar or sprinkles before the chocolate sets.
- Repeat with the remaining truffle balls. Allow to set for approximately 10 minutes until the chocolate hardens again - you can expedite this by putting them in the fridge/freezer.
- When dry remove from parchment and place in an airtight container until ready to serve. Will last at room temperature for about a week.
Nutrition Information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
I hope you’ll enjoy this easy Irish inspired whiskey truffle recipe. You can package them in single servings for individual treats.
Six truffles are lovely when wrapped together in a presentation box.
I love how appetizing they look when presented in a bowl.
What a perfect way to end a special dinner for Saint Patrick’s Day.
Happy truffle making. I hope you enjoy this recipe, and that someday you’ll surprise someone with a special handmade chocolate gift, inspired by Ireland.
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Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)