These elegant Caramelized White Chocolate Truffles are filled with smooth, rich, intensely flavored, and perfectly caramelized white chocolate and cream. The flavor is out of this world.

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This is a game changer.

In the past, I’ve always tolerated white chocolate as “that other chocolate which is not nearly as good as the dark stuff, but which pairs nicely with raspberries and can be used to make mousses when you want other flavors to shine, and which is legitimately delicious in macadamia nut cookies.” Okay, so that’s kind of a long description, but you get the idea. I was only lukewarm on the white stuff.

But now,  now that I know you can roast it in the oven and make the most amazing caramelized white chocolate, with a deep, nutty flavor with hints of brown sugar and butter? White chocolate and I are going to be verrrrry good friends.

In fact, I made these delicious Champagne White Chocolate Truffles you have to try! Check out these fun Disco Truffles and Rosemary and Raspberry Truffles for some other delightful flavors.

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Yes, if you can believe it, that dark caramel spread pictured up there is made from caramelized white chocolate and a little bit of cream. It’s smooth, rich, intensely flavored, and perfect as a filling for these elegant chocolate truffles.

I first learned about caramelizing white chocolate from David Lebovitz (of course) way back in 2009. Maybe my anti-white chocolate bias was too strong to really appreciate the implications back then, because it’s taken me years to finally try it for myself. Now that I’ve tried it, I’m kicking myself for waiting that long, because it is not at all a hard process, and it is SO good.

The wonderful thing about caramelizing white chocolate, as opposed to making actual caramel from sugar, is that there is very little effort required. Your oven does all the work for you! That’s basically every cook’s dream, right? The promise of the Jetsons has finally been delivered. You can sit fanning yourself with palm fronds, reading great literature, stopping only to stir the chocolate every so often, while your oven slaves away caramelizing all those milk solids, and at the end of the process you’ve transformed fairly bland white chocolate into a deeply golden caramel wonderland.

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So what can you do with caramelized white chocolate? Eat it, duh. Spread it on some toast, shut the door for some privacy, and go to town. Or experiment with using it in place of melted white chocolate in baking recipes. Add a spoonful to a mug of hot cocoa or coffee along with a pinch of salt for a crazy good salted caramel experience. Or hey, mix it with some cream and make an intensely rich filling for caramelized white chocolate truffles!

Caramelized White Chocolate Truffles |

These truffles are made using a mold, which is ideal when you want a filling that’s a little too soft to stand up to being rolled and dipped. I use a basic plastic truffle mold, but there are also nice silicone options out there if you’re a truffle-making machine. A few stripes of contrasting candy coating on the outside is a really easy way to add a bit of elegance to the truffles–just drizzle them inside the molds before you add the chocolate, and you’ll have a seamless decoration that looks like it was painted on.

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These truffles were a wonderful introduction to caramelized white chocolate, but I’m sure there are many more ways to incorporate this amazing ingredient. What do you think–how would you want to eat caramelized white chocolate?

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Caramelized White Chocolate Truffles

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You've never had white chocolate like this before! These elegant Caramelized White Chocolate Truffles are filled with smooth, rich, intensely flavored, and perfectly caramelized white chocolate and cream. The flavor is out of this world.
Prep2 hours
Cook1 hour 30 minutes
Total3 hours 30 minutes


  • 12 oz white chocolate, good-quality, finely chopped (do not use white chips or any white chocolate that does not have cocoa butter listed as an ingredient)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Big pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 lbs chocolate candy coating melts, tempered chocolate can be substituted, see Note below
  • A few ounces of white or light chocolate candy coating for decoration, optional
  • Round truffle molds


  • Preheat the oven to 250 F. Place the chopped chocolate into a glass dish in a shallow layer, and pour the vegetable oil on top. Place the chocolate in the oven for 10 minutes, then stir it with a rubber spatula. Continue to bake the chocolate, stirring after every 10 minutes, until the chocolate is a beautiful dark gold color and smells caramelized. The total baking time should be about 70-90 minutes—the exact time will depend on the chocolate, your oven, and the dish you’re using, so use your eyes and nose as a guide.
  • During the baking process, the chocolate will at times look grainy and unappetizing, but as you continue to bake and stir it, it should loosen up. Different brands of chocolate behave different, and it is possible you may need to add a touch more oil to get a smooth consistency toward the end of the process.
  • Remove the chocolate from the heat. Scrape it into a bowl and add a nice pinch of salt, stirring it in and adding more to taste if necessary. At this point it can be covered and saved for the next step in a day or two, or you can proceed to make the ganache immediately. If you are keeping it, the caramelized white chocolate will eventually solidify at room temperature, so you will end to microwave it gently to get it liquid again before proceeding.
  • Pour the heavy cream into a small saucepan and place it over medium heat. Heat the cream until it starts to simmer and small bubbles appear all along the sides of the pan. Pour the hot cream over the caramelized white chocolate and whisk them together until shiny and smooth. Let the filling cool to room temperature while you prepare the candy molds.
  • If you want to add striped decorations to your truffles, microwave the white or light chocolate candy coating until melted. Transfer it to a paper cone, piping bag with a small round tip, or plastic bag with a small hole cut in the tip. Pipe a few lines across each cavity of the mold, and repeat with as many colors as you’d like to use.
  • Place the chocolate candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave it until melted and smooth, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating. Spoon the chocolate coating into the cavities of the chocolate mold. Tap the mold gently against the countertop to remove any air bubbles. Let the chocolate sit at room temperature for several minutes, so that the chocolate thickens and just starts to set around the edges. Then, turn the mold upside-down over the chocolate bowl or a piece of parchment paper and let the excess chocolate coating drip out of the mold. Use a large chef’s knife, a bench scraper, or the side of an offset spatula to scrape the top of the mold clean and remove any excess chocolate. Refrigerate the tray to set the coating completely, for about 10 minutes.
  • Carefully spoon the caramelized white chocolate ganache into the cavities, making sure to leave room at the top for another layer of chocolate. Make sure that the temperature of the caramelized white chocolate ganache has cooled down until it is barely warm, so that it doesn’t melt through the coating.
  • Refrigerate the mold to set the filling, for about 10 minutes. Once set, spoon more chocolate candy coating on top of the filling to seal in the ganache. Scrape across the top of the mold again to remove excess chocolate from the top and sides of the candies. Refrigerate the molds once more to set the chocolate completely.
  • When you are ready to unmold the truffles, gently bend the mold to loosen the chocolates. Turn the mold out onto a sheet of parchment and flex it so that the chocolates drop out of the cavities. These Truffles can be kept at room temperature for 3-4 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. For the best taste and texture, serve them at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

If you do not want to use chocolate candy coating, you can use real chocolate instead. It is best to temper the chocolate if you want to use it, so that the candy will pop easily out of the molds and will be hard and shiny. Here is an illustrated tutorial showing how to temper chocolate. For molds, I use a basic plastic truffle mold like this. There are also nice silicon molds available if you want to invest more money in a good-quality long-term tool.

Measuring Tips

Our recipes are developed using weight measurements, and we highly recommend using a kitchen scale for baking whenever possible. However, if you prefer to use cups, volume measurements are provided as well. PLEASE NOTE: the adage “8 oz = 1 cup” is NOT true when speaking about weight, so don’t be concerned if the measurements don’t fit this formula.

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Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0mg
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  1. I’ve never heard of caramelized white chocolate. I may actually learn to like the stuff.

    You’re truffles are amazing. Why do you not have your own cooking show?

    1. Thank you, Norma! You are too sweet. Among many other reasons, I’m sure, is that I would die of awkwardness to watch myself on tv. I’ll stay in the kitchen and leave the limelight to other people. 🙂 But thank you for the nice words!

  2. Pretty sure caramelized white chocolate needs to become a requirement. I need a dozen of these right now! The different chocolates all in one truffle … mind boggling. And mouth partying haha! 🙂

  3. Oh My Gosh!!!!!!!! I love this idea of caramelizing white chocolate! That has never ever crossed my mind! I can’t wait to give these truffles a try! 😀 They look DELICIOUSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Thanks Samina! You should definitely try caramelizing white chocolate–it’s a whole different world! I’d love to see what you come up with if you give it a try. 🙂

  4. You’re like the queen of pretty candy seriously. How did you get these to look this flawless?? They’re so lovely I don’t think I could eat them…. Oh well, I would – that caramelised chocolate filling sounds bomb 😉

    1. Aw, thanks Consuelo! You are so sweet. If you lived closer I would hook you up with a dozen or two. 🙂

  5. I am in love with caramelized white chocolate! I’ve used it in baking and in frosting but not for candy…yet! I think once anyone tries it they will be hooked! Your truffles are beautiful! I have a LOT of trouble tempering chocolate and would hate to put candy melts on top of these delicious centers. Lately, I have been using the melting chocolate from It requires no tempering (goof-proof for me) and tastes like real chocolate instead of just sweet. I can’t wait to use it to make some of these beauties! Thanks!

    1. Oh my goodness, I love the thought of caramelized white chocolate in frosting. That sounds ah-mazing! I agree that candy melts are a poor substitute for real tempered chocolate. It’s good to hear that you like the Chocoley melting chocolate, I will have to check it out! You might also be interested in a post I wrote about tempering chocolate…it includes some tutorial pictures and a lot of explanation, you might find it helpful if you decide to jump back into tempering in the future. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and commenting, Wendy!

      1. I will definitely study your tutorial, Elizabeth. I am afraid that tempering might be out of my skill set but I hate to give up on a cooking challenge! 🙂

  6. Would like to make these for a big event probably 100+. Can I freeze them and if so, will the center soften when they thaw out? Excited to get started, thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Hi Brenda, I haven’t tried freezing them, so I would definitely recommend doing a test batch before the big event. My guess is that the centers would thaw okay. I would worry more about condensation on the chocolate causing unsightly spots, or the chocolate shell cracking as the center defrosts. Those might not be problems, but it’s something to look out for!

  7. This sounds delicious, but I don’t have molds and would like to try these as a dipped truffle. If I just put less cream, would they be a bit firmer and thus dippable?

    1. Hi Susan! Yes, you can make it firmer by using less cream. I haven’t tried it myself but I would start with 1/3 cup as a jumping-off place for experimentation. Let me know how it goes!

  8. This looks delicious!

    Do you know if the caramelised white chocolate sets as nicely as normal chocolate? I was wondering if it could be used as an actual shell! Thanks!

    1. Hi Lara,
      In my experience, it doesn’t set like normal chocolate. After caramelizing it has a thicker texture (closer to peanut butter than melted chocolate) and then it takes forever to set. Once it does, it’s…maybe crumblier is the right word?…just not quite the same as regular chocolate–it doesn’t have the shine and snap. You can definitely experiment with it but my guess is it won’t work quite as well. Let me know if you do give it a try!

  9. To get the white stripe decoration on top of the truffles, do you drizzle the white chocolate into the mold before added the rest of the chocolate? Or do you add the white drizzle after they’re done?

    1. Hi Emily, I add the drizzle to the mold before adding the rest of the chocolate. There are a few lines about this in the recipe if you want more info.

  10. Oh, wow! This was fantastic! I don’t know what’s better, watching it turn that beautiful shade of brown or eating it I mixed the caramelized white chocolate into some frosting and paired it with chocolate cake, yum! It stands up (and out) to the flavor of the cake. I used Hershey’s cocoa but this frosting makes me want to try something more aggressive and dark- I know you’ve suggested some brands so I’ll look back over your posts to find them. Thanks for posting this recipe and method. Will definitely use it over and over.

    1. Myra, I am thrilled that you liked the caramelized white chocolate! Isn’t it magical?! Pairing it with chocolate cake sounds delish. 🙂 My favorite splurge cocoa is Valrhona, but to be honest I don’t use it often because I’m a cheap person. 🙂 My favorite every day cocoa is Cacao Barry Extra Brute. I buy it in 2 kg bags on Amazon and it’s a great balance of high quality at a not-ridiculous price.