Dark Chocolate Kentucky Bourbon Truffles


Chocolate, Kentucky Bourbon Truffles are easy to make and are a crowd-pleaser.
The US Government mandates that chocolate labeled “Bittersweet” contain at least 35% cocoa solids, though most bittersweet chocolate is made of at least 50% cocoa. Bittersweet chocolate is dark and rich in flavor and appeals to dark chocolate lovers.  Dark chocolate has been gaining an increasingly positive reputation recently due to its health benefits.  Research has proven, that in moderation, dark chocolate with a cocoa content of around 70% can lower blood pressure, prevent heart disease, improve your mood and protect your skin.

Dark Chocolate Kentucky Bourbon Truffles

Over time, I really developed a taste for the richness of dark chocolate.  Unsweetened chocolate contains virtually no sugar, which means it can taste incredibly dark and bitter; it is also known as “baking chocolate”.  As its name implies, unsweetened chocolate is used primarily in baking recipes adding a rich, smooth foundation to tasty confections like brownies and cakes.  For some people, dark chocolate can taste nasty because their palates are used to a very high level of sugar.  My preference in chocolate is high-quality dark chocolate with about 70 % cocoa content that gives me the complex delicious flavor that I’m looking for in chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Kentucky Bourbon Truffles

Dark Chocolate Kentucky Bourbon Truffles

Dark Chocolate Kentucky Bourbon Truffles

Kentucky Bourbon Truffles

Chef Norbert
Chocolate, Kentucky Bourbon Truffles are easy to make and are a crowd-pleaser.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 72 kcal


  • 4 fl oz heavy cream
  • 7 oz dark baking chocolate - 72 % cocoa chopped
  • 1/2 oz butter
  • 1 fl oz bourbon
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder


Make truffles

  • Bring the cream to a boil and pour 1/3 over the chocolate
    4 fl oz heavy cream, 7 oz dark baking chocolate - 72 % cocoa
  • With a spatula, mix rapidly to obtain a smooth and glossy texture. Gradually add the remaining hot cream, making sure to keep the smooth and glossy emulsion. Mix until the Chocolate is completely emulsified.
  • Stir in softened butter and mix thoroughly. Then add the Bourbon, salt, and stir. Let the melted chocolate (ganache) chill in the refrigerator for a few hours, until set.
    1/2 oz butter, 1 fl oz bourbon, 1 pinch sea salt

Temper the ganache

  • Temper the ganache to room temperature and the consistency of toothpaste and put it in a piping bag. Pipe small balls on greaseproof paper. Let the truffles cool at room temperature, and roll balls between your hands to make a regular shape.
  • Roll truffle in Cocoa powder, chill and stamp with seal stamp. Keep chilled for service
    1/4 cup cocoa powder

Chef Notes

  1. Tip: Run your hands under cold water before rolling the ganache, it will make it easier to shape the truffles.


Serving: 1Truffle | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate

Keyword Bourbon, chocolate, Truffles
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  1. Added 1/2 oz more M&M to my recipe.

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