Disco Truffles for New Year’s Eve

It’s almost New Year’s Eve, y’all! Time to do what Prince says and party like it’s 1999. So switch out those smart phones for brick-sized cell phones, blast the Ricky Martin tunes, and let’s all invest in some dot-coms or something. Yesss!

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It’s a little funny that I’m sharing a New Year’s Eve party recipe, because I am so not the NYE partying type. My “biggest” NYE experience was probably the time I spent New Year’s in Trafalgar Square in London. Picture huge crowds pressing in on each other, everyone drunk and boisterous and yelling, DJs playing music, people dancing and singing, and every single person taking turns blowing their smoke in my face. [True story. I think there was a sign-up sheet being passed around.]

Despite my secondhand emphysema, it wasn’t all bad. I went with a group of friends and we ended up having a fun time, but it did reinforce my anti-social tendencies, and since then I’ve kept my New Year’s Eve activities a lot more low-key.

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So with that being said, you should totally make these Disco Truffles for the blow-out, raging party you’ll be hosting this year! Or for your quiet, intimate gathering of classy people drinking wine and discussing foreign films! Or for you and your cats and your knitting! I don’t judge.

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So let’s talk Disco Truffles. These gorgeous truffles have all the glitz and glamour of disco, without the flared pants and John Travolta dance moves. And lest you think I’m weirdly obsessed with an outdated musical genre, they actually get their name from the “disco dust” that decorates the chocolate shell (more on disco dust, and where to find it, down below).

They’re simple but eye-catching, and the silver and gold add the perfect amount of holiday sparkle to any party!

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Since the disco dust decoration is the New Years-ish part of the recipe, the filling can actually be anything you’d like! Make regular truffles, cake truffles, or do what I did…combine the two! For my Disco Truffles, I made brownie truffles and stuffed them with small chocolate truffles. The whole thing is dipped in chocolate coating, so they’re extra chocolatey and very rich, which seems really appropriate for a glitzy party food. I like the surprise of the chocolate truffle inside the brownie layer, but you can always simplify things and use just one element of the filling instead.

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This is my favorite kind of recipe—one that looks amazing, tastes legit, but is actually pretty easy to throw together. (It’s nice when the showstopping factor can be purchased in a small jar!) Of course these would also be great for any birthday party or other special occasion, so keep these in mind even if your NYE plans don’t require any extra sparkle this year.

Happy 2014, friends! I’m sending you all virtual disco truffles and air kisses. See you on the other side!

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Recipe Notes: Disco Dust can be found at many cake or candy supply stores, or on many online retailers, like Amazon. (Buy gold disco dust or silver disco dust here.)  Note that disco dust is non-toxic but is not always labeled as edible. My personal feeling is that so little is consumed, a small amount doesn’t hurt, but if you are concerned, read labels carefully and look for brands that are clearly labeled food-safe or edible.

Disco Truffles
Disco Truffles are brownie truffles, stuffed with chocolate truffles, and decorated with disco dust. Perfect for New Year's Eve or any party!
Recipe type: Candy
Serves: 32 truffles
  • 7 oz semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 9x13 pan brownies, baked and cooled (cakey brownies are recommended--from a mix is fine)
  • ¼-1/2 cup prepared chocolate frosting
  • 28 oz chocolate candy coating
  • Disco dust (gold and/or silver)
  1. Place the chopped semi-sweet chocolate in a medium bowl. Pour the cream into a small saucepan and add the light corn syrup and a pinch of salt. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring it to a simmer, heating it until bubbles appear along the sides of the pan, but don't bring it to a boil.
  2. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and let it sit for one minute to soften the chocolate. Gently whisk together the chocolate and cream until melted, shiny, and smooth. Add the butter and whisk it in until combined.
  3. Press a layer of cling wrap on top of the chocolate ganache. Refrigerate the bowl for 1-2 hours, checking the texture every 30 minutes, until it's firm enough to roll but not rock-hard. Roll the truffles into 32 small balls, about ½-inch to ¾-inch wide. If they get sticky, dust your palms with cocoa powder and roll the balls between your palms to make them round. Place the truffles on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Refrigerate the tray of truffles.
  4. Crumble the brownies into a large bowl. Add ¼ cup of chocolate frosting, and stir them together. Depending on how moist your brownies are, you may need to add additional frosting to get the brownie mixture to be a soft, moist consistency. When you squeeze it between your hands, it should easily hold a ball shape, but not be too wet or greasy.
  5. Scoop a spoonful of brownie mixture and press it around a chocolate truffle. Roll it between your palms, and place it back on the baking sheet. Repeat until all of the truffles are covered with a brownie layer. Refrigerate the tray the brownie truffles are firm.
  6. Melt the chocolate candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after every 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Use dipping tools or forks to dip a truffle into the chocolate, then remove it from the bowl and let excess drip back into the bowl. Place the truffle on the prepared baking sheet, and while the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle the top with a pinch of disco dust. Repeat until all of the truffles have been dipped and decorated.
  7. Store Disco Truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. For the best taste and texture, bring them to room temperature before serving.


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50 Responses to Disco Truffles for New Year’s Eve
  1. How perfect are these!?! As always, your photos are stunning!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Sarah! Turns out that everything is prettier to photograph when it’s covered in glitter! Happy new year!

  2. These are super cute, and your photos are lovely as always. I’m not the NYE partying type either. I would rather be at home with a bunch of these and laughing at the people freezing their butts off in Times Square!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Right?! Once was enough for me–to say I had the experience, and then to rock the bunny slippers for all subsequent years. :)

  3. So my friend Ari just told me I needed to check out your blog – She said I’d love it because you use “full fat ingredients” like I do and you’re a runner. Haha that girl..

    But she was completely right! I totally love your little corner of the internet :) I’m excited to check out more!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Awesome, thank you so much, Nicole! You get one high five for loving full-fat ingredients, and a second for being a runner. So glad Ari connected us, and can’t wait to check out your blog!

  4. Johlene says:

    These look delicious and what´s wrong with the disco genre.. I found myself humming a song from the 70´s after reading your title :-)
    Have a very happy NEW YEAR and may 2014 be your most amazing year ever!! Xx

    • Elizabeth says:

      Haha, absolutely nothing! It’s just too easy to make fun of, with the questionable fashion and all. :) I actually think disco is coming back, so we’re right on trend! Happy new year Johlene!

  5. Danguole says:

    Waiiiiiit, should I dump my Ask Jeeves stock? What’s next?

    Love how you live dangerously with food-safe labels or lack thereof. My kinda gal. Gorgeous work as always my friend, and Happy New Year!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Haha, NOPE, that stuff is coming back! You know how Apple made a huge rebound a decade or so ago? Well, AskJeeves is just waiting in the wings… hold tight!

      I hate to recommend things that aren’t technically meant to be edible, but…c’mon. Everyone eats silver dragees, and everyone can use a little disco dust now and then. And please don’t sue me. :) Happy new year to you!

  6. Hang up the disco ball and let’s all do the electric slide! They look beautiful!

  7. Ashley says:

    These are sooo fun! Our New Year’s Eve plans are usually low-key too. I went to a few too many giant-crowd-people-dancing-too-close-to-me parties … no more : ) haha Cheers to 2014!!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Low key is the way to go! My life got 100% better when I realized I should do things *I* thought were fun, not what other people told me would be fun. Being an old person is awesome. :) Cheers to you, Ashley!

  8. These are absolutely perfect for NYE!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Erin! Since there are never any actual disco balls in my NYE plans, I figured I should make the edible kind instead. :) Happy New Year!

  9. I love the name!! These are too much fun!!!

  10. These look so legit. Too legit to quit. Quit eating them ever, that is. HAPPY NEW YEAR’S (eve).

  11. Liz says:

    Love the pics and the truffles look so gooey good! Happy 2014 to you and your family! :)

  12. Truffles inside of truffles!? They’re so sparkly and so perfect for New Years! I don’t usually do anything crazy for NYE. Don’t think I could have handled that London situation haha. Happy New Year’s!

  13. What a wonderful idea for new years!! They look so sparkly and festive, perfect for new years! Have a Happy New Year!

  14. I love these! They are almost too pretty to eat..almost.

  15. Ohmygoodness, these sound incredible and look gorgeous! You hereby get the award for best use of disco dust in my book. :D LOVE the idea of a truffle stuffed within a truffle too!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Alexandra! I’m pretty addicted to disco dust (and luster dust, and highlighter dust…) so that award means a lot. :) Cheers!

  16. That disco dust is amazing. Wow, I need some! All my desserts would become party perfect! :) Can you believe I didn’t make truffles at all this year? What better way to start the New Year’s, right? Happy New Years!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Yes, you definitely need some disco dust–it makes everything more fun! And oh my gosh, no truffles at all last year…time to remedy that stat! Happy new year Mary Frances!

  17. Dina says:

    these are so great for new year’s!

  18. Risa says:

    These are stunning. Which of course you know! And for the record, you officially have me hooked on disco dust!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Risa! And if I have hooked you on disco dust, then my work here is done…I love the stuff, so glad to see the love spreading! :)

  19. You’re not trying to DENY a weird obsession with outdated music, are you?? That would be a shame. . . . These are gorgeous, and in case you were feeling bad for being anti-social, me and my hubs sent out a selfie (that would actually be an “ussie”, I guess)at 11:15PM on New Year’s Eve, of us going to bed. Just let us join your anti-social, not-partying-for-New Year’s club. . . .

    • Elizabeth says:

      Haha, of course not! I think disco is coming back in a big way…well, modern disco, but you know what I mean. It’s just too easy to make fun of the time period because of some questionable fashion and dance choices! :) P.S. All cool kids go to bed at a reasonable hour on NYE, no shame in that game! Happy 2014!

  20. Wow! Those are some razzle dazzle treats! That’s like a Baz Luhrman version of a dessert. I love it! : )

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hah, I love it! What a great compliment. These are a little Gatsby-esque, now that you mention it….Leo D not included! Thanks Heather!

  21. These are gorgeous!!! I love that you made these brownies with truffle filling!! These would be great to make for that special someone for V-day.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Jackie! You’re right, these would be an awesome V-day dessert. And I’ve also made similar truffles with cake instead of brownies, and it also works nicely…just in case you want to stuff your truffles into something different. :) Enjoy!

  22. So glad I stumbled across these on foodgawker, and no surprise they are yours! I missed the boat on making them for NYE but now I can add Disco Dust to my proverbial kitchen tool belt. Thank you for always upping the ante. Best Wishes for 2014!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Meggan! YES get yourself some disco dust, then try not to sprinkle it on everything…it’s hard to resist! Thanks for the kind words, and happy 2014 to you as well!

  23. Happy New Year, Elizabeth!!! I’m so not a NYE party person either…we have a tradition of spending it at my mother-in-law’s, eating homemade cheese fondue, and trying to stay away to watch the ball drop (party animals!!). I’m so happy I found your blog in 2013 (or i suppose you found mine) and I can’t wait to see what tasty treats you create this year. These truffles are so sparkly! What a perfect New Year’s treat.

  24. One of the first recipes I saw this new year were these truffles. When I saw them everything in me went *aww, that would’ve been such an amazing idea* But then I scrolled down and saw the recipe and *I NEED THIS!* I mean.. chocolate, covered in brownies, covered in chocolate? This is going to be made as soon as possible… Thank you for sharing yet another creative and inspiring recipe! :)

  25. Tara says:

    I do oreos for friends/family…
    I have recently been asked to do oreos for a shower with a “glitter” theme so I googled “glitter on chocolate” and found this image.
    Is it difficult to use in any way? I’m seeing on some sites that the glitter “melts in” to the chocolate thus making it undetectable??
    Thoughts? advice?

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Tara! No, I don’t think the disco dust is difficult at all. You can see another example of it in these Caramel Shortbread Squares–I just sprinkled a pinch of dust over the wet chocolate, like I imagine you’d be doing with the oreos:


      As you can see the dust didn’t really melt into the chocolate too much and it’s still very visible. Maybe some people were using a different kind of dust and had trouble? Hope this helps!

  26. Rae says:

    Disco dust is NOT EDIBLE. It is plastic craft glitter. It is not FDA approved, or approved in any other way for use on food that will be consumed.

    You can make “edible glitter” using colored sugar and FDA approved, edible luster dust or colored gum arabic sprinkles.

    Highlighter dust is also not edible and is for decoration [that will NOT be eaten] only.

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