These creamy, melt-in-your-mouth rich chocolate gluten free truffles just dare you to eat just one! These truffles are naturally gluten free, and if you use dairy-free chocolate, they can be vegan as well! They taste as if they came from a gourmet chocolatier.

A row of four gluten free truffles, each with a different coating.

Today I am sharing a recipe I found and tried. It is such a simple, yet incredible recipe. I know you are going to want to try it.

Give me chocolate…all types of chocolate! Do you feel the same? You won’t believe how easy these rich and creamy dark chocolate truffles are to make at home.

My latest find is a chocolate cookbook by Alice Medrich titled, “Seriously Bitter Sweet. The Ultimate Dessert Makers Guide to Chocolate.”  I definitely want to be clear that this is NOT a gluten free cookbook. It has many recipes that are gluten free, and I am going to attempt to make gluten free versions for my family.

If you love chocolate as much as we do, you will love these gluten free chocolate recipes!

Rows of coated truffles in a pan.

These homemade dark chocolate truffles taste as good as any fancy store-bought truffle! Once you learn how to make your own gluten free chocolate truffles from scratch and realize how much money you can save, you will never buy truffles again!

Photos of the ingredients needed to make truffles.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Chocolate – High-quality chocolate is best. Feel free to use dark, bittersweet, or milk chocolate in this recipe! See below for some of my favorites.
  • Heavy Cream – You want to use heavy whipping cream and not half and half or any low-fat option. I know there is now a company making dairy-free heavy cream, but I have not tested it in this recipe yet.
  • Grand Marnier or Cointreau – Orange liquor adds flavor notes to the chocolate that makes it even better. These are fermented with orange peels, and you can read more about the process and whether orange liquor is gluten free.
  • Toppings – You can roll your truffles in so many toppings. I like to use cocoa powder and chopped nuts. There is a full list of fun options below.

What Chocolate is Best for Making Truffles?

A row of dark chocolate truffles. One covered in cocoa powder, another in nuts, and the last coconut.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Melting chocolate in a bowl over a pot of boiling water.

Step 1: Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. I don’t have a double broiler, so I placed this metal bowl of chocolate over a pan of boiling water to melt the chocolate.

You do not want to microwave the chocolate, and I discuss this more in the recipe FAQ below.

Step 2: Remove the bowl from the double boiler and set it aside once the chocolate is melted. You want the chocolate to cool to 115 to 125 degrees F.

Step 3: Line a pan with plastic wrap.

Step 4: Heat your heavy cream over medium-high heat in a saucepan until it begins to boil. Pour in the orange liquor and use a whisk to quickly blend the orange liquor into the cream.

Step 5: Remove the cream mixture and pour the chocolate into the cream mixture.

Melted chocolate dripping off an immersion blender.

Step 6: Use an immersion blender to blend the chocolate and cream until the mixture is completely smooth and creamy.

I love, love, love my Cuisinart Immersion Blender. I even used its grinder attachment to chop the nuts in which we rolled some truffles.

Step 7: Pour the chocolate mixture into the plastic wrap-lined pan. Let it cool to room temperature.

🔑 Sandi says: You can make these ahead and refrigerate the chocolate, but you will need to let it cool back to room temperature before you shape and roll them in toppings.

Topping truffles and putting onto wax paper.

My son, who has a serious love for chocolate, volunteered to help me make truffles. I have to say I was impressed that he didn’t eat more than he made!!! He is my partner in crime when it comes to all things sweet.

Step 8: Add your chosen toppings for the gluten free truffles into small bowls.

Step 9: Use a small cookie scoop to scoop up some of the chocolate. Use your hands to roll it into a ball.

Step 10: Roll the chocolate in a coating. Be sure all of the chocolate ball’s surface is coated. Place it onto a pan.

Step 11: Refrigerate the chocolate, then enjoy!!

Roll the truffles in these coatings:

  • cocoa powder
  • coconut
  • chopped nuts
  • shaved chocolate
  • dip in chocolate that hardens
  • cinnamon

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you microwave the chocolate?

When it comes to truffles and delicate chocolate flavors, I hesitate to recommend using the microwave. The risk of burning your chocolate in a microwave is much higher, and that can impart some strong, not-so-pleasant flavors into your truffles.

How do you roll the chocolate into balls?

Using your hands is the best way to roll the chocolate into balls.

How do you store chocolate truffles?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

More Easy Gluten Free Candy Recipes:

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If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. This helps others know that this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

Rows of coated truffles in a pan.

Dark Chocolate Truffles Three Ways

Sandi Gaertner
This is a simple tutorial to make gourmet gluten free chocolate truffles from scratch.
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Candy Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 24 truffles
Calories 100 kcal


  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 10 ounces dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or another orange liquor
  • nuts cocoa, coconut, etc for rolling.


  • In a double boiler, melt chocolate on low heat.
  • Stir with a whisk often. Remove from the heat when the chocolate is fully melted.
  • Line a pan with plastic wrap so it comes up on the sides as well.
  • In a sauce pan, heat heavy cream to boiling.
  • Remove from heat and add Grand Marnier. Whisk to blend.
  • Cool the chocolate to 115 to 125 degrees F.
  • Pour the chocolate into cream mixture, and use an immersion blender to blend until velvety smooth.
  • Pour chocolate mixture into pan, on top of plastic wrap.
  • Allow to cool for 2 hours at room temperature.
  • When cooled, fold plastic wrap on top and allow to sit overnight.
  • (You can put it in the refrigerator, but you will need to take it out and allow it to be at room temperature again to roll it.)
  • Use a small scoop or spoon to scoop out chocolate. Using a very gentle touch, roll softly between your hands to make a small ball.
  • Roll the ball in cocoa, nuts, or coconut. (You can even dip it in chocolate shell if you would like a hard outside.)
  • Store in the refrigerator.
  • (* Please know the book goes into an enormous amount of detail to make these, and gives a lot of options. These directions are what I did to make my truffles.)


  1. Make sure the chocolate is cool before starting to roll it into balls.
  2. I recommend using high-quality chocolate.
  3. Do not melt the chocolate in the microwave.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.004gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 4mgPotassium: 92mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 114IUVitamin C: 0.04mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
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