I have your Friday night right here: Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles.

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles

As it turns out, I also have my Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning 10 a.m. “energy boost.”  

A small container of indulgent, velvety smooth, and deadly dark chocolate truffles is not as easy to forget about in one’s refrigerator as one might suspect, no matter how carefully one hides it.

It also turns out that, when those dark chocolate truffles are spiked with lush Cabernet, they might as well be doing a tap dance and singing karaoke—forget about forgetting them.

Easy Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles
Red wine is the perfect addition to make the best chocolate truffles

I’ll admit my Wednesday argument that baked black pepper garlic chicken wings are the ultimate Valentine’s dinner was a bit of a tough sell, but I’m hoping you’ll agree with me that red wine truffles deserve to be in the running for ultimate Valentine’s dessert.

They’re rich. They’re romantic. Like these Bourbon Balls, they’re naughty enough to be exciting, but not so naughty that I don’t feel like a lady at the end of the night.

My perfect date.

Easy homemade dark chocolate wine truffles

What are Chocolate Truffles Made From?

Making homemade truffles is as simple as melt, stir, roll, with a little chill time in between. Honestly, it’s a little dangerous having this kind of power.

The finished wine truffles are indulgent, addictive, and sure to win the affection of whomever takes a taste. Strike that: it’s exceedingly dangerous having this kind of power.

The Ingredients

  • Chocolate. Bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate will work best here.
  • Heavy Cream. For the most creamy and rich truffles.
  • Dry Red Wine. Choose a dry red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Powdered Sugar. Creates a delicious texture.
  • Vanilla + Espresso Powder. Both of these additions create unbelievably scrumptious flavor.
  • Cocoa Powder. While the cocoa dust on the outside is optional, after testing a few batches, I became convinced that life would be better if more things were dusted in chocolate. I like the balance of bitterness that the cocoa provides, but if you are looking for something sweeter or extra festive, rolling them in Valentine pink and red sprinkles would be fun and cute.
Red wine and dark chocolate are the perfect combo in these easy homemade truffles

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Red wine and chocolate together make the best homemade truffles

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Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles are singing you karaoke. Won’t you be their Valentine?

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles. The perfect touch of decadence to end with after a romantic dinner for two!

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles

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Red wine and chocolate are the perfect pairing in this easy recipe for indulgent truffles. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, romantic occasions, or any chocolate lover who deserves a treat (including you!).

Prep: 25 mins
Total: 3 hrs 15 mins

Servings: 24 truffles


  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (or semi-sweet) roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2 teaspoons Imperial Sugar Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder
  • Cocoa powder for dusting


Serving: 1(of 24)Calories: 75kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 7mgPotassium: 57mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 78IUCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Thanks for this delicious recipe! I made these tonight and they taste great but are very gooey.  I feel like I must have done something wrong but all my quantities were right.  I even froze the dough for about an hour before rolling them and they were still pretty gooey when I was rolling them.  Did you have that problem at all? I’m hoping maybe they’ll firm up a bit overnight but I’m worried! I refrigerated the dough for 2 hours and froze it for an hour, it seems like it shouldn’t have been gooey at all at that point.  I’m planning to make these as part of assorted truffle gift boxes for Christmas so would love to get these right!

    1. Hi Meredith! These truffles are definitely very soft at room temperature, but they shouldn’t be ultra gooey. It sounds like too much liquid (or not enough chocolate!) I haven’t tried reheating a ganache truffle mixture in order to add more chocolate to thicken it up, but this is an option you could try to save your current batch. The main precaution is to be careful not to burn the chocolate when you reheat it (I’d suggest heating it in a bowl over simmering water—don’t let the water touch the bowl).) Heat it just enough to be able to melt more chocolate into the mix, then stir and reform.

  2. So I tried to make these but they never seem to set in the fridge. Don’t quite know what I did wrong especially since I’m an amateur in the kitchen. Ended up with red wine chocolate ‘moose’ but it tasted AMAZING so who’s complaining? ;)

    1. Hi Ado! It sounds like a bit too much liquid was added, but regardless, I’m glad that you enjoyed the results. Red wine mousse sounds pretty divine :) Thanks for trying the recipe and letting me know how it turned out!

  3. I love chocolate and wine. This wine truffle will be the perfect excuse to start happy hour right now:)

    1. Chocolate and wine are some of the best things in life! And I say happy hour chocolates are welcome all day, any day :)

    1. Hi Connie, if the person is no longer drinking alcohol, I wouldn’t recommend this recipe, because the wine doesn’t cook out of the truffles at all. To be safe, you can also ask the person his/her preference.

  4. Recipe is very gooey and won’t hold the ball shape. Tastes good…. but definitely not able to roll it in a ball… very disappointed

    I see others had that problem… so I was EXACT with my measurements. Didn’t help….1 star

    1. Hi Amy, I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble with this recipe. I have not had this issue before, and it’s so hard to say what might’ve happened without being in the kitchen with you. I know it’s frustrating to try a recipe and not have it turn out, so I really wish you would’ve enjoyed it!

    1. Hi Cassie! I’ve not tried freezing these myself, but from what I can find online, it seems like it would be fine. I’d recommend consuming them within 3 days for the best wine flavor. I hope this helps!

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