Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles
I have your Friday night right here: 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.
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. 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.
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.
- 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.
Recommended Tools for Making These Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles
- Baking Sheets. Incredibly useful kitchen tools.
- Batter Scoop. For making perfectly-sized truffles.
- Mixing Bowls. These make preparing the batter simple.
- Small Whisk. No more splashing all over the place.
More “I Love You” Food Like These Wine Truffles
- Strawberry Heart Scones
- White Chocolate Creme Brûlée
- Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies with Raspberry Cream Cheese Filling
- French Hot Chocolate
Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles are singing you karaoke. Won’t you be their Valentine?
Dark Chocolate Red Wine 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
- Place chopped chocolate in a large mixing bowl. Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium high, just until it boils. Pour hot cream directly into the bowl with chocolate, then add wine, powdered sugar, vanilla and espresso powder. Gently whisk the mixture together until chocolate is smooth and melted. (If chocolate does not melt completely, place it over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until it melts completely.) Cover bowl, then place it in refrigerator to set, 1 to 2 hours.1
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and dust cocoa powder into a wide plate or pie dish. With a small scoop, melon baller, or spoon, scoop chocolate and form it into a ball, then it roll in cocoa powder. Place on baking sheet, then repeat with remaining chocolate.2
- Refrigerate truffles for 30 minutes to set. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature.
Nutrition InformationAmount per serving (1 (of 24)) — Calories: 75, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Potassium: 57mg, Carbohydrates: 5g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 78%, Calcium: 9%, Iron: 1%
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