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Balsamic Dark Chocolate Truffles

I made these quick and easy truffles last weekend for a tacky sweater Christmas party that my husband and I attended. I renamed these to play along with the tacky Christmas party theme as “Schweddy Balls” after the classic Christmas SNL skit. Everyone at the party got a big kick out of the name and fell in love with these rich mis-shappend balls. Sorry… I had too! I couldn’t resist. That skit is probably one of my favorites during the holidays!

Adapted from: Giada De Laurentiis

Balsamic Dark Chocolate Truffles

Prep Time: 3 hours, 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 35 minutes

Yield: 24


  • 10 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 2 tsps balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • mini cupcake wrappers


  1. Melt the chocolate and cream on low in a sauce pan. Make sure you stir constantly and do not let the chocolate come to a boil. You simply want to melt the chocolate. As soon as the chocolate pieces are melted remove the pan from the stove, and place melted chocolate in a small bowl. Stir in the balsamic vinegar. Cool the chocolate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Remove from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 1-1/2 - 2 hours, until firm but moldable.
  2. Use a teaspoon to scoop out chocolate. Use your fingertips to shape into balls about the size of a cherry. Set the chocolate balls on a parchment-lined tray.
  3. Place the cocoa powder in a small shallow dish. Roll each truffle individually in the cocoa powder; rolling to coat the entire truffle. Return the coated truffles to the baking sheet. Continue with the remaining truffles. Once all the truffles have been coated with cocoa powder place each individual truffle in a mini cupcake wrapper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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7 Responses to “Balsamic Dark Chocolate Truffles”

  1. posted on December 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm (#)

    Yum! I been thinking of trying Blue Cheese Truffles- I saw it on one of those Fancy Chocolatier Websites. They just sound strange but strange usually excites me! The balsamic twist here does the same!

  2. Danielle posted on December 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm (#)

    These sound great!

  3. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray posted on December 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm (#)

    These sound fabulous.

  4. While They Snooze posted on December 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm (#)

    I had 1… okay maybe like 4 of these at the party. They were fabulous!

  5. Danielle posted on December 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm (#)

    I wanted to let you know that I featured this in my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post today – stop by and see!

  6. Morsels of Life posted on December 21, 2011 at 4:09 am (#)

    I like chocolate and balsamic vinegar, but I never thought to combine the two! I'll have to give these a try. 🙂

  7. posted on December 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm (#)

    These look to die for – so gourmet! And I love how the comments say "X foodies said…" haha cute

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