How to Make Chocolate Truffles and Pair Them with Wine

If you love chocolate truffles like I do and would like to know how to make them yourself, check out this post I wrote for the Anuva Wines Blog!

Chocolate and wine, a match made in heaven.  If any of you have been to one of our Buenos Aires Wine Tastings, you’ve tried our truffles.  Not to toot our own horn or anything, but they are delicious. And they make the perfect pairing to a bold glass of red wine. You might have been wondering how we make such tasty treats, so I’ve taken the liberty of writing out the steps for you all with some photos to go alongside.  Can you think of a better way to show your love to someone than with an excellent bottle of boutique Argentine wine and some homemade truffles to go with it??

So, put your apron on, this truffle making can get messy!  You’ll only need two ingredients to get started:

  • 400 grams dark chocolate (we use 70% cocoa)
  • 200 grams of cream

First step! Chop up your 400 grams of dark chocolate into small pieces:

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Up-close view of my own chocolate chopping technique:

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Ta-da! Chocolate chopped.

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Now, pour your cream into a pot and heat it up on the stove.

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Wait a few minutes until the cream is hot (but not boiling) and then pour in your chocolate bits.

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Then stir it all up! Now is a good time to have a little taste, you know, to make sure the proportions are right…

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Keep stirring until it looks all smooth and tasty like this:

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Then cover it up with some saran wrap and let it cool in the fridge for at least a few hours.  The longer you can leave it the better because the truffles roll much more easily if they are cold.

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Now it’s time to start molding! I like to use an ice cream scooper to scoop out some chocolate and then use my hands to make a little ball.  Some might wear gloves but I prefer to go au naturel.

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Now for the toppings! Here at Anuva we like to use chopped almonds, but you can use sprinkles, coconut shavings or whatever your creative mind can come up with.

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I made some with chocolate shavings as well:

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Now for the wine pairing you’ve all been waiting for…it was a tough decision, but I chose to go with a Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve by Las Perdices.

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The chocolate is obviously a hit, let’s see about the combo…

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Ahh!! Magical! If I hadn’t been at work I would have helped myself to the entire bottle and all the truffles!

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So, besides the Las Perdices Cab Sav Reserve, what else goes nicely with some homemade truffles? Here are my recommendations:

  • Amauta Corte III by El Porvenir de Cafayate
  • Gran Reserve Malbec by CarinaE
  • Caluna Blend by Caluna

All of these wine are full-bodied with robust aromas that pair divinely with the rich dark chocolate.  The toasty notes in the wine compliment the toasty flavors of the chocolate, and the cocoa butter counteracts the drying sensation from the tannins. All of these wines can be found at our wine store, so go ahead and taste the divine combination for yourself! Just make sure you look in the mirror before leaving the house…

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