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These Red Wine Chocolate Truffles make the perfect treat and are so easy to make.
I know it seems impossible, but the holidays will be here before you know it! I feel like they always sneak up on me and I am scrambling to find gifts for everyone on my list. But this year I have the perfect gift for all my girlfriends – this new Wine Advent Calendar from Safeway – along with some easy Red Wine Chocolate Truffles for good measure.
How cute is this Wine Advent Calendar? It has 24 mini bottles of wine – one for each day of December leading up to Christmas. Each wine is different so you get to try a new wine every night. There are 13 reds, 9 whites and 2 rose – so there is something for everyone! You can go to this website to read tasting notes and pairing suggestions for each wine. The wines are from the premiere wine regions of the US – California, Oregon and Washington. It’s a great way to explore new regions and varieties you may never have thought to try before.
I’m imagining sending this to all my friends and having us do virtual wine tastings during the holiday season. And to really score friend points, I’m going to make a batch of these easy red wine chocolate truffles to send along as well. Not only is there red wine IN the truffles, but pair perfectly with any of the red wines in the Wine Advent Calendar. Imagine sitting down with a glass of wine and a rich chocolate truffle at the end of a crazy day. You deserve it.
The Red Wine Chocolate Truffles are so easy to make and only have a few, high quality ingredients. You can make these without even turning on your oven – as long as you have a microwave. The key to success is to gently melt the chocolate. So you want to chop the chocolate (use a good quality bar, not chocolate chips) Then pour hot cream over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. After that, you add the wine.
Almost any red wine will work in these red wine chocolate truffles. Cabernet Sauvingion, Merlot or even Pinot Noir! Take your pick. The chocolate ganache needs to chill for at least four hours before you roll it into balls. Dust your hands with cocoa powder and use a cookie scoop to portion out the ganache. Roll into balls and roll the balls in more cocoa powder. Store in the fridge or freezer. And don’t forget to serve with a nice glass of wine!
I shopped at Safeway, but you can also find the Wine Advent Calendar at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vons. Visit www.24daysofwine.com for more details on the wines!
Safeway also offers Grocery Delivery and Drive Up & Go™ for convenient ways to shop!
Red Wine Chocolate Truffles
- 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate bar chopped
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup red wine
- cocoa powder for rolling
- Place chopped chocolate in a medium bowl, set aside.
- Heat cream until simmering (not boiling). Add butter and stir until melted.
- Pour cream over chocolate. Stir until chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
- Add red wine and stir until incorporated
- Refrigerate mixture for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
- Dust hands with cocoa powder and use a cookie scoop to portion ganache mixture into balls. Roll into balls, then roll balls in cocoa powder.
- Store truffles in the refrigerator or freezer.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.