Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate ganache is one of the most versatile components for anyone making desserts. If done right, ganache is at once smooth, velvety, rich, and creamy. It can be used as a topping, a filling, a mousse, a glaze. The possibilities are endless!

dark chocolate ganache in a glass bowl on a marble board

How To Make Ganache

The most important thing to remember about ganache is to use the best quality chocolate you can afford – preferably a couverture. Make sure you love the flavor of the particular chocolate you are using because there is nothing to mask a flavor you’re not fond of.

dark chocolate ganache in a glass bowl with a spoon on a marble board

Also, chips of any kind (white, dark, semi-sweet, milk) do not make for a smooth ganache. Chocolate (or white chocolate) chips are made to hold their shape when heated. I’m not saying you absolutely can not make a ganache from them, but it is extremely difficult.

dark chocolate ganache in a glass bowl on a marble board

You also have to be very careful about mixing it together. If you whisk it, you will wind up with bubbles in your ganache. Definitely not what you want. The best way is to stir gently with a spatula until the chocolate and cream come together.

Ganache will thicken as it sits out. And it needs to be stored in the refrigerator. When you are ready to use it, you can pop it in the microwave to reheat it.

dark chocolate ganache in a glass bowl with a spoon on a marble board


Smooth, creamy, rich. This is the ultimate topping for your desserts!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Additional Time 10 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Sauces
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 427 kcal


  • 1 cup chocolate pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • Place chocolate in a glass mixing bowl.
  • Heat cream just until bubbles form around edges.
  • Pour hot cream over chocolate.
  • Allow to sit undisturbed for 10-12 minutes.
  • Using a spatula, gently stir together until smooth. Do NOT beat!


Serving: 1/2 cupCalories: 427kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 5gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 49mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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  1. Can I make ganache with hold milk if so what amount of milk for the chocolate amount in your recipe.
    Thank you for your help and your recipes…
    And Merry Christmas

    1. Hi Lucy! You can not use whole milk to make ganache. The fat content is not high enough. Let me know if you have any more questions.
      Merry Christmas!