Cardamom Scented Dark Chocolate Truffles

  • Forget the flowers. Forget the gifts. If you really want to make your sweetheart swoon, make these delicately rich, melt-in-your mouth, handmade chocolate truffles. This is by far one of our easiest recipes, and definitely our most decadent. The cardamom adds a distinct and complex citrusy flavor to the chocolate resulting in an exotic, sexy, and delicious bite of pure bliss.
  • Prep time: 5 minutes, plus 30 minutes for chilling and rolling
  • Cook time: 3 minutes
  • Makes 1 pound of chocolate truffles


  • 12 ounces 72% dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • paper candy cups for serving, optional


  • Place the bittersweet chocolate and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, warm the cream and cardamom to almost boiling and pour over the chocolate. Gently whisk by hand until completely combined and smooth. Set the melted chocolate over a bowl of ice, or in the fridge, and whisk occasionally until well chilled.
  • When the chocolate is quite stiff, but not hard, quickly roll into balls (as the chocolate will start to melt from the heat of your hands). Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder and place in paper candy cups if desired. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until ready to serve.