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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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Apartment Hunting in Buenos Aires

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                 Apartment hunting in general is a huge pain in the butt.  It somehow always seems to consume and exhaust all efforts and financial obligations.  Apartment hunting in Buenos Aires might just be the worst.  Renting long-term, meaning more than 3 months, can be a huge challenge for both residents and foreigners alike.  Specifically in the case of foreigners the cheaper prices that a local would pay with a ‘garantia’ (basically a cosigner with some sort of collateral) isn’t available to people outside of the country.  This means that we’re stuck looking for furnished apartments which are usually rented as vacation apartments which automatically makes them much more expensive and on top of this the price is commonly charged in dollars.

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            Just for the sake of explanation, a garantia is someone who already owns property in Buenos Aires that puts themselves on the line should you completely trash your place or default on your rental payments.  On top of this, when you sign a lease with a garantia the contract on average lasts for about 2-3 years as opposed to 6 months or one year.  While this can be tricky to get around, just as with most things in Argentina, you can sometimes negotiate your way to a better deal.  Unfortunately with this way of doing things it tends to involve forking over a huge lump sum of money upfront.  The trick is to not give in to anything you don’t feel comfortable with and don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.  What you have to keep in mind is that you’re both going to come out on top of this situation because they want a tenant and you want an apartment.

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            But where to look for an apartment?  That’s a completely different story and there’s really no right or wrong answer.  If you speak enough Spanish to get by a good place to start your search would be in the rentals section of the newspaper Clarín’s website; as far as getting a good deal goes, this one will probably be your best bet.  What’s nice about this is that you can filter by location, number of rooms, or price.  Other places to look for apartments would be Craigslist Buenos Aires and CompartoDepto.  With Craigslist you might expect to do some haggling because typically the prices are listed in dollars and if you’re working on the peso that’s obviously not a great deal for you.  Other websites you can try are www.BuscaInmuebles.com and www.ArgenProp.com.ar .  These two are similar in style and you can filter what you’re looking for but keep in mind that they’re going to charge you not just a deposit on the apartment and possibly the last months rent as well but also they’re going to charge you a commission for their services.

Some other useful tips include finding a local to help you navigate the waters.  This gives you a bit of an upper hand in the sense that the landlord is less likely to overcharge and what have you.  Another useful tip that I kind of touched upon before is looking for an apartment that is rented ‘dueño directo’ which means that the owner is renting it as opposed to an ‘imobiliaria’ a.k.a. a realtor.

Best of luck to anyone undertaking this project.  I myself am in the middle of it right now and it’s a hassle for sure.  If you have any question, comments or helpful tips feel free to let us know below!