Homemade Chocolate Truffles Recipe

A jar of brightly wrapped sweets is a very useful gift to have on stand-by for all those festive visits to friends and relatives.

These luxurious chocolate truffles are easy to make and absolutely melt-in-the-mouth divine to eat.

Make a big batch a few weeks before Christmas and freeze them until you're ready to give them out.

Get the kids involved and get them to customise their own jars and labels.

I found the foil sweet wrappers at Lakeland, who have a fab range of kit for blinging up your home made gifts.

Makes approx 40-50 truffles

50g butter

285ml double cream

280g dark chocolate, broken into pieces

cocoa powder for dusting

1. Melt the butter and double cream in a saucepan over a gentle heat until the butter has disappeared into the cream and it starts to simmer at the edges.

2. Put the chocolate chunks into a bowl and then pour over the warm liquid, then stir until you're left with a thick and velvety chocolate mixture.

3. Leave in the bowl to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Use a melon baller or teaspoon to scoop out small balls of mixture, then roll in sifted cocoa.

4. Wrap in coloured foil squares, pop in a decorated jar and then chill until ready to give as a gift.

They will keep for about 3 days in the fridge, or get ahead with your festive gift making and pop them in the freezer for up to a month.