Red Wine Chocolate Truffles

Red wine gets infused with chocolate for an elegant treat and the perfect edible gift.  Everyone on your list will want Red Wine Chocolate Truffles

Red Wine Chocolate Truffles from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen | Rich dark chocolate is infused with red wine for a decadent chocolate truffle.

 

There’s no doubt in my mind and probably yours too that December is the busiest time of year.  You’ve got holidays to celebrate, parties to attend and probably a birthday or two (cheers December babies, wink wink).  There’s plenty of cheer in the air but it’s also a stressful time to get everything done and wrap up the year with a tidy bow.

Part of that stress can come from finding just the right gift for everyone on your list.  You know what I say this year?  Forget the crowded stores and give them something they will really love, a good bottle of wine and something sweet to nibble on.  The latest gadget is nice but a homemade edible gift is even better in my opinion.  Especially if it has wine and chocolate together!

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I started making edible gifts when I was back in college and was too poor to go shopping for anything other than a few baking ingredients.  That’s when I discovered how easy it was to make your own truffles at home and in some cases taste better than expensive ones from a chocolate shop.

Truffles are so easy, you have to wonder why you haven’t made them before, it’s simply heavy cream and chocolate.  After that you can infuse it with any flavor that you want from zest to pepper to cinnamon and of course wine!

Red wine goes beyond a before and during dinner and really is a natural pairing with chocolate.  Now while you may feel inclined to use something cheap, don’t.  Push that thought out of your mine, you want a good wine that you would drink on the regular for these truffles! Which is why I went with Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir.  Exuberant and fruit-forward, Gloria Ferrer wines are outstanding with  diverse and flavorful cuisine. The earthy and blackberry tastes of the wine shines through the truffles, making it a perfect after dinner treat.  Boxing them up with a bottle of the Pinot Noir or even a bottle of Gloria Ferrer sparkling wine is just the perfect elegant gift.

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Truffles to begin with are quite rich and a little bit of these go a long way.  As I said, all it takes is a few simple ingredients to make them a few tips to make sure yours turn out successful each and every time.

  • To start make sure your ganache is fully chilled before your roll your truffles.
  • When you scoop out the truffles from the ganache, I’ve found that a small cookie scoop works best for even sizing.
  • The ganache can melt quickly and it helps to pop them back in the freezer for about 5 minutes before rolling.
  • Wear disposable gloves when you roll.  The heat from your hands will cause the truffles to melt and your hands will be covered in chocolate.  Gloves are a barrier and yes they get messy but it speeds up the process.
  • While you can dip the finish product in chocolate, I prefer to keep things simple and give a simple dusting in good quality cocoa powder and a touch of sea salt on top.
  • Place the finished truffles in mini muffin cups for easy storage and presentation.  Tin boxes or jewelry boxes make the perfect way to wrap them up to present as a gift.
  • If you plan on shipping the truffles, freeze and ship frozen.  Pack with an ice pack to stay cool, they will be defrosted by the time they arrive but they will have kept fresh and in one shape!

Red Wine Chocolate Truffles
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (at least 60% cacao), chopped
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • good quality cocoa powder for dusting
  • Grey or fine sea salt for finishing

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat bring the wine and heavy cream to a simmer.
  2. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl and pour the wine and heavy cream mix over the chocolate. Let sit for about 30 seconds to let the chocolate soften and then whisk until the chocolate is completely melted.
  3. Cover and transfer to your refrigerator to chill until solid for at least 4-6 hours or overnight.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop- scoop ganache rounds onto a platter. Once all the truffles have been scooped place the platter in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
  5. Arrange a bowl with cocoa powder and another clean tray lined with mini muffin cups to place the finished truffles in.
  6. Remove the truffles from the freezer, put on disposable gloves and quickly roll the truffles so that they are evenly round and coat with cocoa powder. Place in a muffin cup and top with a touch of sea salt. Continue until all the truffles are rolled and coated.
  7. If sending out box up as needed. Store the truffles in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving.
  8. Truffles will stay good for about 3-4 weeks as long as they are refrigerated or frozen.
Recipe Type: Dessert, Chocolate
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8 thoughts on “Red Wine Chocolate Truffles

  1. Amanda

    I cannot think of anything better in this world than the recipe you have shared today. It is simply perfection!! I added that wine to my grocery list… I sure hope my liquor store carries it!

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  2. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

    Truffles really are so much easier than you’d think and they make the perfect holiday gift. I know I’d much rather a batch of these than something else I’ll throw in a drawer and not touch for the next few years before finally trashing it!

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