Indulge in Decadence: Chocolate Wine Truffles Recipe

Welcome to my chocolate wine truffles recipe! If you’re a fan of delicious desserts that pack a punch, you won’t want to miss out on this recipe. Not only are these truffles made with bittersweet dark chocolate, but they also feature rich and flavorful red wine.

Why settle for ordinary chocolate truffles when you can elevate your taste buds with wine chocolate truffles that perfectly combine the richness of chocolate with the complexity of red wine? These dessert treats are perfect for indulging in after dinner, served as a sophisticated dessert at any party, or as an extra-special treat for you and your loved ones.

I created this recipe because I love experimenting with different flavor combinations, especially when it comes to decadent desserts. There’s just something about the combination of bittersweet dark chocolate and a well-rounded red wine that creates pure magic in both the taste and texture of these truffles.

With this recipe, I’ll guide you through every step so that you won’t have any trouble making these delicious chocolate truffles. So let’s dive into why you will love this recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate Wine Truffles
Chocolate Wine Truffles

Are you a chocolate lover? Do you enjoy sipping on a glass of sweet red wine after dinner? Then this recipe is the perfect indulgence for you! I present to you the delicious and decadent Chocolate Wine Truffles Recipe.

These truffles are made with dark bittersweet chocolate, sweet red wine, and heavy cream – all ingredients that enrich each other’s flavor. The creamy texture of the truffle coated in finely chopped walnuts and cocoa powder will give your taste buds an experience of luxury.

But why should you love this recipe? Well, let me convince you.

Firstly, this recipe is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a game night or celebrating Valentine’s Day, these delightful truffles will add a touch of elegance to any gathering.

Secondly, making these truffles is easier than it sounds. You only need a handful of ingredients, and most of them are probably already in your pantry. The preparation process also doesn’t require any special culinary skills. You just need to follow simple instructions to make the perfect chocolate truffles – no baking required!

Lastly, these truffles make for an excellent gift. Have a friend or family member who loves chocolate and wine? What better way to show them your appreciation than presenting them with these homemade delectable treats?

In conclusion, with its rich blend of bittersweet chocolate and sweet red wine flavors, and its ease of preparation, there is no doubt that this recipe will become your go-to dessert for any occasion. So why not indulge yourself in the heavenly world of Chocolate Wine Truffles?

Ingredient List

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with these indulgent chocolate wine truffles.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these indulgent chocolate wine truffles.

Here are the ingredients you will need for the Wine Chocolate Truffles Recipe:

  • Chocolate: 8 ounces of dark chocolate, finely chopped.
  • Heavy Cream: 1/2 cup of heavy cream.
  • Red Wine: 1/2 cup of sweet red wine, such as cabernet sauvignon or pinot noir.
  • Unsalted Butter: 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, cut into small pieces.
  • Cocoa Powder: 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder for dusting.
  • Sweetener: 2 tablespoons of honey, granulated sugar or any other sweetener you prefer.
  • Optional Ingredients: such as ground walnuts, chopped nuts or flavored extracts.

The Recipe How-To

 The combination of rich chocolate and your favorite red wine creates a decadent flavor that will melt in your mouth.
The combination of rich chocolate and your favorite red wine creates a decadent flavor that will melt in your mouth.

Now that you have gathered all the truffles ingredients, it’s time to create the perfect wine chocolate truffles!

Step One: Chop the Chocolate

Start by chopping 8 oz of bittersweet chocolate bar into small pieces, place them in a heatproof bowl and set aside.

Step Two: Heat the Cream

In a medium saucepan set over low heat, heat 1/2 cup of heavy cream until it comes to a simmer. Be careful not to boil the cream.

Step Three: Melt the Chocolate

Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and let sit for about 1-2 minutes. Then, using a whisk, stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. If there are still some small pieces of chocolate, place the bowl in the microwave and heat for 10-second intervals, giving it a quick stir in between until it’s completely melted.

Step Four: Add Red Wine

Add 1 cup of red wine, gradually stirring until fully incorporated into the chocolate.

Step Five: Add Butter

Stir 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter cut into small pieces into the wine-chocolate mixture. Mix well until the butter is fully melted.

Step Six: Chill for 2 Hours

Cover the chocolate-red wine mixture with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Step Seven: Form Truffle Balls

Using a small cookie scoop or melon baller, form small balls from the chilled chocolate mixtures. Roll each ball in either ground walnuts or cocoa powder before setting them aside on baking paper.

Step Eight: Chill Again

Return the truffle balls to chill in the refrigerator for an additional 20-30 minutes, or until firm.

Now your delicious homemade red wine truffles are ready to serve!

Substitutions and Variations

 A perfect treat for date night, girls' night in, or just a cozy night at home.
A perfect treat for date night, girls’ night in, or just a cozy night at home.

One of the best parts about this chocolate wine truffle recipe is that it is incredibly versatile, making it easy to substitute ingredients to suit your taste preferences or dietary needs. Here are some ideas for substitutions and variations:

– Wine: While the recipe calls for a sweet red wine, you can use any red wine that you enjoy. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, or Zinfandel would work well. If you prefer white wine, try using Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. If you want to skip the wine altogether, you can replace it with grape juice or water.

– Chocolate: This recipe calls for bittersweet chocolate, but you can use semi-sweet chocolate if that’s what you have on hand. For a sweeter truffle, use milk chocolate instead. You can also experiment with different percentages of dark chocolate to find the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness.

– Dairy-free: To make this recipe dairy-free, simply replace the heavy cream and butter with coconut milk and coconut oil. Use dairy-free chocolate chips or cocoa powder to ensure the truffles are completely vegan.

– Nut-free: If you have a nut allergy, skip the ground walnuts in the recipe and replace them with cocoa powder for a rich, chocolatey coating.

– Honey: While the recipe calls for honey as a natural sweetener, you can use maple syrup or agave nectar instead.

– Spices: For a festive touch, add some spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to the truffle mixture. You can also roll them in crushed candy canes during the holidays.

These are just a few examples of how you can customize this recipe to fit your preferences. Have fun experimenting with different flavors and textures until you find your perfect combination!

Serving and Pairing

 These truffles are also a delightful gift for your loved ones who appreciate the finer things in life.
These truffles are also a delightful gift for your loved ones who appreciate the finer things in life.

These wine chocolate truffles are a decadent treat that you can serve either as a dessert or as an after-dinner snack. The rich, intense flavors of the dark chocolate and red wine beautifully complement each other, making them perfect to pair with a medium-bodied sweet red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir.

To serve these truffles, I recommend dusting them with cocoa powder just before serving, which will add a subtle bitterness that complements the flavors of the chocolate and red wine. You can also sprinkle some ground walnuts on top of the truffles for added texture and nutty flavor.

As for pairing, I suggest serving these wine truffles with some fresh berries like raspberries or strawberries. The bright, fruity flavors of the berries create a refreshing contrast to the richness of the truffles. Another way to enjoy these truffles is to pair them with a cheeseboard that includes some semi-hard cheeses like Gouda or Cheddar.

If you want to make a more substantial dessert out of these wine chocolate truffles, you could serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Not only will it add a creamy element that balances out the richness of the chocolate and wine, but it will also complement the sweetness of these treats.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair these wine truffles, they are sure to be the star of your next dinner party or gathering.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Mix and match different wines to create a unique flavor profile that suits your palette.
Mix and match different wines to create a unique flavor profile that suits your palette.

These red wine chocolate truffles can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Simply place them in an airtight container or zip-top bag and store them in the coldest part of your fridge. Note that they should not be stored with other leftovers, as they will absorb the flavors of the other foods.

When it’s time to serve, you can take them out of the fridge and let them sit at room temperature for about 15-30 minutes before serving. This helps to bring out their full flavor and allows them to soften slightly. You can also reheat these truffles by placing them in a microwave-safe dish and microwaving for up to 10 seconds at a time, until they are just warmed through.

Just like any chocolate treat, it’s important to store these red wine chocolate truffles in a cool place away from direct sunlight or heat sources. If you plan on keeping them for longer than a week, they can also be frozen for up to 2-3 months.

Overall, these truffles are perfect for making ahead of time and storing for when you need a quick chocolate fix. Additionally, since red wine can add a level of complexity to the truffles, it is recommended that you serve them with a glass of sweet red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir. Serve these truffles after dinner as an impressive dessert or gift them to loved ones during special occasions.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Enjoy these truffles on their own or pair with a glass of wine for the ultimate indulgence.
Enjoy these truffles on their own or pair with a glass of wine for the ultimate indulgence.

To get the perfect wine chocolate truffles, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Firstly, use the best quality chocolate you can find. The higher the quality of your ingredients, the better your truffles will taste. Therefore, stick to dark chocolate (preferably above 60%) with bittersweet notes that will complement the red wine.

Secondly, ensure that all the ingredients are at room temperature before starting to make the truffles. This will allow for an even consistency and a smooth texture.

Thirdly, when melting chocolate over low heat, stir it continuously to prevent burning or seizing. It is important to take your time when melting chocolate to avoid ruining it.

Fourthly, roll the truffles into small balls using a cookie scooper or spoon instead of your hands. Rolling them in your hands can melt them due to body heat.

Fifthly, let the truffles set for at least 30 minutes or until they are firm before serving.

Lastly, for added texture or flavor, try coating the truffles with cocoa powder or ground walnuts. This will give them a nice crunchy texture and enhance their taste.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your wine chocolate truffles come out perfectly every time. Enjoy!


Before wrapping up this fantastic chocolate wine truffles recipe, let me guide you through some of the most commonly asked questions about it. You might find yourself wondering about how to make substitutions, the shelf-life of the truffles, or how to store them appropriately. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered in this FAQ section. Let’s dive right into it and clear up any queries you might have.

What wine is best for chocolate truffles?

Indulging in chocolate truffles can be a luscious experience for your taste buds, but pairing it with the right wine can make it even more delightful. White wines like Riesling and Moscato complement the richness of truffles, while red and white dessert wines add a sweet contrast to the bittersweet taste of chocolate. If you’re more of a red wine drinker, opt for a lighter Pinot Noir. You can also try savoring the truffle with Port wine to bring out its deep flavors.

What is the difference between chocolate truffles and regular truffles?

A truffle distinguishes itself from a regular chocolate by including a ganache, a smooth paste consisting of a mixture of chocolate and cream.

What makes a chocolate truffle a chocolate truffle?

Truffles are small, circular chocolate desserts with a powdered cocoa coating. They are named after a type of fungus with a similar appearance, which is considered a luxurious delicacy. These delectable treats are primarily made using heavy cream and high-quality chocolate, giving them a rich ganache filling.

What is the best way to melt chocolate for truffles?

To melt chocolate, heat one cup of water in a saucepan over low heat until simmering. Take a glass or metal bowl and place it over the pot, make sure it doesn’t touch the water. Add some chocolate chips to the bowl and let the steam melt the chocolate slowly. This cooking technique helps to avoid overheating and burning the chocolate.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these Chocolate Wine Truffles are the perfect indulgence for wine and chocolate lovers. This recipe combines the intense flavor of red wine with the rich, luscious taste of bittersweet chocolate, resulting in a heavenly dessert that is sure to please anyone’s palate.

With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, this recipe is perfect for beginners or experienced cooks alike. You can even experiment by using different types of wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir to create unique variations of these delicious truffles.

In addition, these truffles make a great gift for any occasion or can be served as an elegant dessert at dinner parties and special events. Pair them with a glass of sweet red wine to enhance their flavor and create an unforgettable dining experience.

Overall, this Chocolate Wine Truffle recipe is a must-try for any foodie who appreciates decadent desserts and fine wines. So why not give it a try? You won’t be disappointed!

Chocolate Wine Truffles

Chocolate Wine Truffles Recipe

I referred to these in a post as Raspberry Wine Truffles, because I had used raspberry wine. I've also used black cherry. So the name is up to the wine you use. You can also make White Wine Truffles by using white instead of red. These DO improve with age. At least a few weeks of aging and the flavor is so good.
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Servings 3 dozen truffles
Calories 625.3 kcal


  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers (about 55)
  • 2 cups ground walnuts
  • 1/3 cup sweet red wine (I've used raspberry and black cherry, doesn't have to be the expensive stuff)
  • granulated sugar


  • Heat the chocolate chips and honey in a 3 qt.
  • saucepan on low heat, and stir constantly until chocolate is melted.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in wafers, nuts and wine.
  • Shape mixture into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. An easy way to do this: Put your sugar (or cocoa if you are ever doing truffles that are rolled in cocoa)in a shallow pan with sides, then add some rolled truffles, and just kind of shake the pan gently back and forth, and from side to side. They roll around and coat themselves.
  • Store truffles in tightly covered cookie jar or metal can.
  • Let stand for several days to blend the flavors.
  • Flavor improves with age up to 4 weeks.
  • You can also do this with white wine: Omit the chocolate and do not heat the honey.
  • Use dry white wine instead of the red.
  • Mix all ingredients except sugar.
  • Continue to shape balls and roll in sugar.
  • This way makes 2 1/2 dozen truffles.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 493gCalories: 625.3kcalCarbohydrates: 57.9gProtein: 9.1gFat: 44.4gSaturated Fat: 11.4gSodium: 8.1mgFiber: 6gSugar: 47.8g
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