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White Chocolate Ganache – Snowball Truffles

Rich and silky smooth, White Chocolate Ganache is a great recipe to have on hand. Whip it to create an airy cake filling or frosting, roll it in crystal sugar to make Snowball Truffles, or drizzle it on a cheesecake. The possibilities are endless.

white chocolate ganache snowball truffles on a plate

How White Chocolate Ganache is different than Dark Chocolate Ganache:

I bet when you hear the word “ganache” you immediately think of a luscious, dark chocolate treat that can be rolled into truffles, used to ice a cake, or fill a tart shell. But did you know that you can also make ganache from white chocolate?

I’ve used White Chocolate Ganache in a bunch of recipes on this blog. But I decided it was time to post this as a separate recipe because it is so versatile.

I absolutely adore Dark Chocolate Ganache. I think it’s an essential recipe to have on hand for making desserts and pastries. But, much as I love dark chocolate, it is a very assertive flavor that pretty much takes over any dish.

No matter which flavors you put into dark ganache, the predominent flavor will always be chocolate. Believe me, as an avowed chocoholic, most of the time I’m perfectly fine with that.

White chocolate is made from cocoa butter, milk solids and vanilla. It doesn’t have the “chocolate liquor” that gives dark chocolate it’s chocolatiness.

White chocolate has a fairly neutral flavor. Thanks to that neutral flavor, White Chocolate Ganache will take on other flavors very nicely.

Because it’s fairly soft, White Chocolate Ganache becomes incredibly airy and melts-in-your-mouth when it’s whipped. Whip up some White Chocolate Ganache for a decadent and delicious cake frosting. 

Scroll through the step by step photos to see how to make White Chocolate Ganache:

chopped white chocolate in a bowl
Chop the white chocolate into small bits that will melt easily in the hot cream.
a bowl of white chocolate and cream
Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and let it sit for a couple of minutes.
a whisk in a bowl of liquid white chocolate ganache
Gently stir until all the bits of chocolate are melted.
a bowl of chilled white chocolate ganache
The ganache will firm up as it cools.

Tips for Making Perfect White Chocolate Ganache:

  • White chocolate is softer than dark chocolate and can’t take as much cream. Dark Chocolate Ganache can be made with as much as 2x the weight of cream to chocolate.
  • Use high quality white chocolate, not white chocolate chips or “coating chocolate”. The quality of the ganache is only as good as the quality of the chocolate.
  • After lots of testing, I found that the proportion of 8-10 oz of white chocolate to 4 oz of cream yields a white chocolate ganache that will set up firm, but is still soft enough to whip into an airy frosting.
  • Because I was making truffles with this ganache I used 10 oz of white chocolate and 4 oz of cream.
  • For a slightly softer ganache suitable for glazing a cake or whipping into a frosting, use 8 oz of chocolate and 4 oz of cream.
  • If you don’t chop the chocolate very fine you might find a few bits that don’t want to melt. If you try to reheat the entire batch of ganache you might overdo it. Just remove a small amount (1/2 cup), heat that in the microwave and stir it into the ganche to melt the remaining chocolate.
  • If you what to whip the ganache let it cool to room temperature, but don’t let it firm up completely. Use whipped ganache immediately because it will set very quickly once the air is whipped into it.
  • White Chocolate Ganache can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days and then should be refrigerated or frozen for longer term storage.

I think a few drops of peppermint oil would be the perfect flavoring for these Snowball Truffles. Wouldn’t they look great on your holiday table? Package them in a box with colorful ribbons for a wonderful homemade gift.

a tray of Snowball Truffles

Check out these recipes that use White Chocolate Ganache in all sorts of creative ways: White Chocolate Raspberry Brownies, Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Pumpkin Ganache, White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake, Guinness Fudge Cake with Guinness Ganache, Spice Cake with Spiced Ganache.

If you love this recipe as much as I do, I’d really appreciate a 5-star review.

white chocolate ganache snowball truffles

White Chocolate Ganache

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Creamy smooth White Chocolate Ganache is the base for so many great filling and frostings. A good basic recipe to have on hand.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (10 oz, 285g) white chocolate, finely chopped (not chips)
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 120 ml) heavy cream
  • flavors to taste (a few drops of peppermint oil would be nice for Snowball Truffles)

Instructions

  1. Place the chopped white chocolate in a bowl. Heat the cream in the microwave until it's scalding hot. Immediately pour the cream over the chopped chocolate and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Gently stir the ganache until it comes together and all the bits of white chocolate are melted.
  2. If some of the chocolate doesn't melt, remove 1/2 cup of the ganache and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir the heated ganache back into the bowl. Repeat until all the bits of chocolate are melted. Let the ganache chill until firm if making truffles (see note)
  3. Scoop the chilled ganache and roll in crystal sugar to make Snowball Truffles.

Notes

If making whipped ganache for a filling let the ganache cool to room temperature, then whip until light and airy

Some of my favorite flavor add-ins are ground cinnamon, orange zest/Grand Marnier and instant coffee. Add the solid flavorings to the cream before heating. Add any liquid flavors after all the chocolate is melted.

Did you make this recipe?

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Rebecca

Friday 30th of July 2021

Can this be used to coat a cake underneath fondant?

Eileen Gray

Saturday 31st of July 2021

Sure.

Jasmin B

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

Hey Eileen.

I just found this recipe tonight and I am excited to try it. Just wondering though if this recipe would work with dairy free items, and if it would be suitable for filling chocolates. Thank you kindly in advance.

Eileen Gray

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

This can definitely be used as a filling for chocolates. I don't see any reason you shouldn't be able to use dairy-free milk like coconut or almond milk. The texture might be slightly different, but I'm sure it would work.

Rhonda Ford

Wednesday 25th of October 2017

Hi Eileen, do you have any other suggestions for rolling/dipping besides crystal sugar? Great recipe and easy to follow instructions. Thank you. Rhonda

Eileen Gray

Wednesday 25th of October 2017

Hi Rhonda, I think white nonpareils would also be nice and in keeping with the "snowball" theme. You could use any other color or shape sprinkles, depending on the effect you want. You could roll them in melted white chocolate and let them set. Unfortunately, powdered sugar would just melt away so that's not an option. There is a product called "snow sugar" that is a non-melting powdered sugar, but, personally, I don't think it tastes very good.

Malcolm Cruickshank

Friday 20th of October 2017

Eileen, you may be able to help me. Using a recipe partly similar to this, I have been trying to develop a Cremeux using white chocolate. My imagination tells me I should be able to get a consistency like thick dollop cream, that will stand up when plated, rather than run, and give a silky mouthfeel, with a delicious white chocolate kick..I am trying to avoid the slightly floury mouth feel that's often present when a more thickened custard approach is used.

Melinda

Sunday 7th of January 2018

I did a white chocolate chip (one 11oz bag)with (1can) sweetened condensed milk wirh a teaspoon of vanilla . Melted over boiling water. A little thicker than I wanted but formed nicely.

Eileen Gray

Friday 20th of October 2017

Hi Malcolm. Hmmm, I get what you're asking. I'm not sure this white chocolate ganache would get the exact texture you're after. When I whip the room temperature ganache (as I did for the pumpkin ganache in my ginger cookies) it becomes the texture of loose whipped cream. But it is still flowy. After chilling a bit it becomes firmer. I think you'd have to maybe play with making a white chocolate whipped cream, rather than a ganache. I haven't done it specifically with white chocolate, but I have made chocolate whipped cream by liasoning (is that a verb??) melted chocolate into whipped cream.

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