Chestnut Chocolate Truffles

Chestnut Chocolate Truffles

These Chestnut Chocolate Truffles combine decadence and richness of dark chocolate and natural sweetness of chestnuts. That’s an easy and festive holiday no-bake dessert!

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Chestnut Chocolate Truffles

Hello everyone. Happy Friday. Cheers!

Oh no, there’s no drinks today. Of course, you can check previously posted Homemade Gingerbread Cream Liquor and Cranberry Orange Cocktail. But today we are enjoying something different – these decadent truffles.

Who loves truffles and chocolate? Perhaps, that’s not the right way to ask you. Who loves truffles and chocolate during the holiday season? I think it’s one of the easiest and most festive treats you can enjoy. Importantly, truffles are a breeze to make, and they can stay fresh refrigerated for quite some time. (But they certainly disappear quickly.) While cookies and other desserts are so good too in December, probably most of us want quick and easy recipes for the holidays itself.

Anyway, I do have few recipes you might be interested.

Festive Chocolate Ideas

Gingerbread Chocolate Truffles

Irish Cream Truffles

Coffee Kahlua Truffles

Chestnut Chocolate Truffles

These Chestnut Chocolate Truffles are quite different. Firstly, they are moderately sweet (Some people would say barely). I really like the combo of extra dark chocolate and chestnuts. However, you can use semi-sweet or the combination of dark and milk chocolate. Alternatively, you can use this recipe as instructed, but instead of dusting the truffles with cacao powder, coat them in semi-sweet, sweet or even white chocolate. I think the combination of extra rich chocolate ganache with a sweet exteriors will be wonderful.

Also, chestnuts affect the ganache texture because of the starch content. The truffles are not that silky and smooth as you can expect from regular truffles. But it’s not too obvious. People will notice something different, but most of them probably won’t detect chestnuts at all!

I hope you like these truffles, and you will give it a try. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.


Chestnut Chocolate Truffles
Chestnut Chocolate Truffles

Chestnut Chocolate Truffles

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Candy, Truffles & Fudge, Christmas


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These Chestnut Chocolate Truffles combine decadence and richness of dark chocolate and natural sweetness of chestnuts. That’s an easy and festive holiday no-bake dessert!


  • 1/2 cup cream 18%

  • 300 gr. cooked and peeled chestnuts (I used pre-cooked, peeled, and vacuum-packaged)

  • 180 gr. dark or extra dark chocolate (70% and higher), nicely chopped

  • 2 tbsp. butter

  • 2 to 3 tbsp. dark cacao powder

  • a small pinch of salt, to taste

  • 1/4 tsp. of ground cinnamon or more, to taste

  • about 1/4 cup of dark cacao powder, for coating


  • Using a blender, pure the cooked and peeled chestnuts, until smooth.
  • Place the chopped chocolate and butter in a medium bowl.
  • Bring the cream to a boil. Off heat. Pour the boiling cream over the chopped chocolate. Let stand about 60 seconds then combine with a spatula.
  • Stir in the chestnut pure, cacao powder, salt, and cinnamon. Mix until well combine. The mixture will remain soft and sticky. Chill it for about 1 hour.
  • Scoop out some chocolate ganache (It’s easy to do with a small scoop like a melon spoon), then using your hands, shape the mixture into the balls. You might want to dust dust your hands lightly with some cocoa powder, to make the process easier.
  • Roll the truffles in the cocoa powder. If desired, you can coat them into melted chocolate instead. Keep refrigerated for 3-4 days. Enjoy!

22 thoughts on “Chestnut Chocolate Truffles

  1. Valentina says:

    There is simply no time I’m not in love with truffles and chocolate. It’s an everyday food if you ask me. And I absolutely adore the flavor of chestnuts. The more I eat and/or cook and bake with them, the more I love them. And I think they pair deliciously with chocolate. :-) ~Valentina

  2. Michelle says:

    My eldest son would love these! He really loves chestnuts and always begs me to buy the prepackaged ones, so I think I gotta make these for him!

  3. David @ Spiced says:

    I really love how you bake (and no-bake!) with chestnuts during the holiday season. That’s an ingredient I don’t have much experience with…but I clearly need to change that! These truffles sound fantastic, Ben. I know they wouldn’t last long in our fridge!
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    • Ben | Havocinthekitchen says:

      Thank you Tandy!
      Not really sure about the puree as, I assume, it’s significantly thinner than chestnuts I’ve used here (When minced in a blender, the texture / consistency is similar to very thick and starchy mashed potatoes.) If you’re adventurous, I would recommend reducing the cream to up to 1/4 of cup (And perhaps using heavy, whipping cream) and using only dark and extra dark chocolate.
      Otherwise, if the consistency still is not firm enough, stirring in few extra spoons of cacao will help.

  4. Marissa says:

    I love truffles and chocolate any time of year, but feel less guilty about eating them during the holidays, haha! My mother-in-law introduced me to chestnuts (in stuffing), and I’ve been hooked ever since. I bet they add an incredible depth of flavor and creaminess to these little treats!

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