Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles are easy, decadent homemade truffles,infused with Pinot Noir wine that melt in your mouth and are made on the lighter side!
Every holiday, or any occasion really, Mike surprises me with truffles. He insists the truffles are for me and usually refuses when I offer to share. With both Father’s Day and his birthday coming up, I wanted to make something to surprise him (early because, well…I know he reads the blog regularly. Hi Honey!) I have had a ‘healthified’ dark chocolate truffle recipe bookmarked for years, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to make it.
Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles are easy to make using just a few simple ingredients. They take minutes to prepare and then chill, shape, roll and then back to refrigerate until serving. I rolled my truffles in cocoa powder and flaked coconut, but crushed cookies or finely ground nuts would also be an excellent coating. This recipe uses both semisweet and bittersweet chocolate for a wonderful, deep chocolate flavor.
The original recipe calls for hazelnut liqueur, but since we have nut allergies in the house I needed to find a substitute. One night when we were enjoying a favorite Pinot Noir wine, from Gallo Family Vineyards, I knew immediately the rich cherry and fruit flavors in this medium-bodied wine would be excellent in the dark chocolate truffles. To me, wine and chocolate is one of those combinations that is deliciously complementary, like wine and cheese or coffee and chocolate. Feel free to experiment with other favorite red wines in the recipe as well, such as Gallo Family Vineyards’ Café Zinfandel or Merlot.
- 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- ½ cup half and half
- 2 tablespoons Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Noir wine
- cocoa powder (for coating)
- coconut (for coating)
- finely chopped nuts (for coating)
- In a small sauce pan over low heat, melt chocolate (slowly) until smooth.
- Remove from heat and stir in half and half and wine. Put in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or until firm enough to hold a ball shape.
- Put coating ingredients on a shallow bowl. (I used coconut and cocoa powder). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Scoop out teaspoonful and gently roll into a ball and then roll in coating. Place on parchment paper and repeat with remaining truffle mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
This week for Sunday Supper, we are partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards for a Father’s Day Feast! We are sharing recipes for the men in our lives featuring Pinot Noir or Café Zinfandel wines as part of the recipe or as a pairing. As you are preparing your Father’s Day menu, you will definitely want to check out the recipes below.
Father’s Day Salads and Main Dishes:
- Avocado and Quinoa Salad by Ruffles & Truffles
- Baked Lentil Chilaquiles Casserole by Shockingly Delicious
- Barbecue Chicken with Pinot Noir Blueberry Sauce by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Chicken in a Caramelized Onion Wine Sauce by Family Foodie
- Filet Mignon with Mushrooms and Pinot Noir Sauce by Hip Foodie Mom
- French Onion Soup au Gratin Stuffed Meatballs by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Southwestern Zinfandel Glaze by Cooking On The Ranch
- Jambalaya Kabobs by Foxes Love Lemons
- Man Burgers Stuffed with Pinot Noir Caramelized Onions by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Marinated Flank Steak by The Foodie Army Wife
- Mushroom Topped Pinot Noir Burgers by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pinot Noir Glazed Salmon by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Pinot Noir Mushroom Reduction Sauce with Grilled T-Bone Steak by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Red Wine Meatball Subs by Momma’s Meals
Father’s Day Sweets and Treats:
- Angel Food Cake Smores Skewers by Melanie Makes
- Cafe Zinfandel Cake & Pinot Noir Quinoa by NinjaBaking.com
- Cherry Pinot Noir Pie by girlichef
- Chocolate Decadence with Cafe Zinfandel Whipped Cream and Raspberry Sauce by Desserts Required
- Hot Fudge Pudding Cake by Magnolia Days
- Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles by Alida’s Kitchen
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Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.