Balsamic Chocolate Truffles

I’ve never made truffles before, but there’s one thing I know, and that’s the fact that I like to eat them.  As I continue with my theme of baking treats that are good to give as gifts, I have prepared two different types of chocoalte truffles.  This is the first.  (The second will be blogged shortly.)  I went into this thinking that truffles might be hard to make, but they aren’t!  Yay!

These truffles have a definite balsamic flavor, which I really enjoy.  They’re smooth and creamy with a nice powdered coating.  I happen to have a strawberry balsamic vinegar and a blueberry balsamic vinegar in my cabinet, and I think next time I make these I might experiment further with those flavors.

The original recipe claimed that this made 36 truffles.  I think they meant 36 Tic-tacs, because in order to get 36 these would have to be pretty small.  I got about 15-20 and mine were about 1″ diameter.  Don’t tease me with a little bitty truffle.

Balsamic Chocolate Truffles
source: Giada DeLaurentiis

8 1/2 oz dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 c heavy cream
2 t balsamic vinegar
1/2 c cocoa powder

  • Melt chocolate and heavy cream in a double boiler over hot but not simmering water.
  • Place melted chocolate in a small bowl and add vinegar, stirring well to combine.
  • Cool in refrigerator for 1 hour, then remove from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 2 hours.  The chocolate is ready when it is firm but still moldable.
  • Use a teaspoon your fingers to scoop out the chocolate and shape into balls.  Place on a tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Place cocoa powder in a shallowd dish.  Roll a few truffles at a time in the cocoa powder to coat, and then return to baking sheet.  You may have to coat them twice to get a consistent layer.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Makes: 15-20 of my size, 36 of Giada DeLaurentiis size  😉
Calories: around 73

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One Response to Balsamic Chocolate Truffles

  1. Carrie says:

    I never EVER would’ve though that balsamic vinegar and chocolate would be good together. But I trust you, and will make these once it is safe to go grocery shopping again.

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