Malteser Truffles (Malteser Chocolate Balls) are a fun recipe to make at home! Using the crunchy malt covered chocolate balls we know and love, we turn them into blissful yum! Chocolate covered and dusted with biscuit crumb these homemade truffles melt in your mouth.
Of all the many reasons why you will love this recipe (chocolate and yum come to mind), these are the points I think you will love the most:
- No bake: these are the perfect easy no bake treat! Use the microwave to melt the chocolate and the hard work is done!
- Homemade truffles: are a lot easier than you might think to make. We simply prep, combine, then roll the mixture into balls.
- Everyday ingredients: we only need 3 ingredients to make the truffles and the biscuit crumb is an optional 4th ingredient used to decorate.
- Gift giving idea: place the truffles into clear plastic bags or boxes with a pretty ribbon to give to loved ones who love chocolate.
- Fun and creative: time in the kitchen can be very therapeutic! You will find your worries disappear when you have a Malteser chocolate ball squelching around in your palms, begging to be dipped in melted chocolate!
Everything you need to make the recipe is shown in the photo below. For exact measurements and detailed instructions scroll to the printable recipe card below.
As you can see, the recipe calls for:
- Maltesers: these are malt covered chocolate balls available in the sweets section of the supermarket. There are a wide variety of milk, dark and white chocolate Malteser's. I am using regular milk chocolate ones. In other countries, there is a similar product called whoppers.
- Sweetened condensed milk: this will be with the powered milks in the supermarket and comes in a tin. It is different to evaporated milk. The texture is thick and the taste is super sweet. It won't matter if you use full fat or reduced fat.
- Milk chocolate: this is what we use to coat the truffles in. As you can see from the photos, I use a chocolate layer with chocolate drizzled over the top.
- Vanilla Biscuits: I use plain vanilla biscuits, Marie or Maria work well. Malt biscuits are fine too. We use these to create a crumb which we sprinkle on top of the truffles to decorate.
Top Tip: blitz the vanilla biscuits to start with then remove from the food processor and set aside. Then blitz the Maltesers. They are more sticky than the biscuits and you want the decorating crumb to be dry and fine.
Here are the step by step instructions to make the recipe. We start by blitzing the biscuit crumb. You will need a food processor or zip lock bag and spoon.
- Blitz the vanilla biscuits (Photo 1)
- Add the Maltesers to food processor and blitz (Photo 2)
- Pour sweetened condensed milk into Maltesers (Photo 3)
- Stir to combine (Photo 4)
How to Make Malteser Truffles
Start by crushing the vanilla biscuits into a fine crumb. Then add the Maltesers to the food processor and blitz till roughly chopped up.
Next add the sweetened condensed milk to the crushed Malteser's and use a spoon to combine.
- Portion and roll the truffles into balls, chill (Photo 5)
- Dip the truffles into the melted milk chocolate (Photo 6)
- Place on lined tray as you go (Photo 7)
- Drizzle more chocolate over the top and sprinkle with biscuit crumb (Photo 8)
I use a mini cookie scoop to portion the mixture from the bowl onto the baking tray. Then I use clean hands to roll these portions into balls.
This bit does get a bit sticky (and squelchy noise wise!) as you roll the balls in your palms, however, it is the best way to ensure smooth round shapes.
Once the truffles are rolled into balls, pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This is so that they don't fall apart in the melted chocolate.
Malteser Chocolate Balls
Microwave the milk chocolate in a heatproof jug and use a fork to dip each truffle (one by one) into the chocolate. Hold the fork above the bowl, then move to the tray and use a skewer to get the ball off the fork. You can also tip the fork to get them off, however, you will see indents from where the fork was holding the truffle. A skewer at the base of the fork pushing the truffle off onto the baking paper will ensure smooth chocolate covered balls.
You might find that there is a little bit of excess chocolate on the base of the truffles after they have set.
This will depend on how much chocolate has been shaken off them after they have been dipped in chocolate.
You can break these off or cut them off with a knife.
The texture of the inner truffle, reveals the crunchy chocolate and malt balls that we crushed up and is sticky and sweet from the condensed milk.
You might find it a struggle to stop at gobbling down only 1 truffle!
These go down very well with a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee!!
You could also serve them after dinner for dessert as a little snack and a glass of vino!
👍 How to Guide
How to Store
Store the truffles in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.
How to Freeze
To freeze the truffles, wrap in cling film and place in the freezer. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.
How to Reheat
This is a no bake recipe that does not require heating or reheating!
🛎 Tasty Tips
Here are my top tips and tricks so that you master this recipe from the get go:
- When making the biscuit crumb for decorating, blitz until the biscuits are a fine crumb.
- When you blitz the Malteser's, keep the texture a little rough so that the truffles have a crunchy inner texture.
- Use the microwave to melt the chocolate, it is quick and easy!
- A mini cookie scoop will come in handy to portion the mixture and have even sized chocolate balls.
- Use a zip lock bag with small hole cut in the corner to drizzle the melted chocolate on top of the truffles.
- Sprinkle the biscuit crumb on top of the truffles whilst the chocolate is still wet so that it sticks to the chocolate.
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
How many calories are in a single Malteser truffle?
There are 173kcal in each Malteser Truffle.
What are Malteser's truffles made of?
A store bought giftbox of Malteser truffles has milk chocolate, a malt filling, milk chocolate and honeycomb pieces.
These homemade Malteser truffles have Malteser's, sweetened condensed milk and milk chocolate with an optional biscuit crumb on top for decorating.
What do they call Maltesers in America?
Whoppers are the American version of Maltesers.
Both are milk chocolate covered malt balls which come in a variety of flavours.
Is there honeycomb in Maltesers?
Traditionally store bought Maltesers do not have honeycomb in them. However, boxes of store bought Maltesers truffles do contain honeycomb.
😍 More Easy Chocolate Recipes
If you love getting a roll on and working with chocolate in your kitchen, you might like to try these recipes also:
- Microwave Chocolate Fudge
- Christmas Oreo Balls
- Lemon Cheesecake Bliss Balls
- Chocolate Orange Fudge
- Snickers Fudge
The slogan for Malteser's is 'the lighter way to enjoy chocolate', hmmmm not sure that combining them with sweetened condensed milk, dipping them in chocolate, drizzling more chocolate over the top and then sprinkling biscuit crumbs on top really is what they had in mind when they came up with it, haha but all kindofs of yum, right!
- 1 Food processor
- 1 Small bowl
- 1 Medium sized mixing bowl
- 1 Spoon
- 1 Mini Cookie Scoop
- 1 Baking tray
- 1 Baking paper
- 1 Heatproof jug
- 1 Skewer
- 1 Zip lock bag
- 1 Scissors
- 5 plain vanilla biscuits Note 1
- 380 grams Maltesers Note 2
- 120 ml sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup milk chocolate
- Line the tray: line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
- Crush the biscuits: add plain vanilla biscuits to food processor and blitz for 5 seconds to form a rough crumb. Transfer into small bowl and set aside (decoration).
- Crush the Maltesers: add Maltesers to food processor and blitz for 10 to 15 seconds till roughly crushed.
- Combine: transfer the crushed Maltesers into a medium sized mixing bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk and stir to combine.
- Roll into balls: use a mini cookie scoop to portion the wet truffle mixture and place onto lined baking tray. Then work individually to pick up each portion and roll it into a ball.
- Chill the truffles: place the truffles into the fridge for at least 30 mins.
- Melt the chocolate: add the chocolate to a heatproof jug and use the microwave to melt it for 1-2 mins. Remove and stir after 1 min, then 2 mins.
- Coat the truffles: remove truffles from the fridge, using a fork and working one by one, place the truffles onto the fork and dip into the melted chocolate. Pull the fork up and hold it above the jug. Gently shake to allow excess chocolate to drip off. Use a skewer at the base of the truffle to push it off the fork onto the tray.
- Decorate the truffles: pour remaining chocolate into a zip lock bag and use scissors to snip a tiny hole on one side of the bag. Drizzle the chocolate back and forth over the truffles to decorate. Sprinkle biscuit crumbs on top of the melted chocolate (optional).
- Serve: place in the fridge until ready to serve.
- Note 1 - Vanilla Biscuits: these are an optional ingredient and as you will see throughout the photos in the post, they are used to decorate the truffles. You will only need about 5 of them max. You can use the food processor to blitz them, but if you don't have one, simply pop them in a zip lock bag, push to remove the air, seal and bang them with the back of a spoon.
- Note 2 - Maltesers: you can get a 280 gram share packet of these, however, we need a little bit more to ensure we can make 20 truffles. So either purchase 2 share bags and measure 100 grams from these or a smaller bag.
- Note 3 - Technique: Microwave the milk chocolate in a heatproof jug and use a fork to dip each truffle (one by one) into the chocolate. Hold the fork above the bowl, then move to the tray and use a skewer to get the ball off the fork. You can also tip the fork to get them off, however, you will see indents from where the fork was holding the truffle. A skewer at the base of the fork pushing the truffle off onto the baking paper will ensure smooth chocolate covered balls.