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Chocolate Balsamic Truffles

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Chocolate Balsamic Truffles: Outrageously rich and delicious with a secret ingredient! Perfect for holiday gifting and entertaining!

These Dark Chocolate Truffles get a marvelous depth of flavor from a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Chocolate Balsamic Truffles in a egg carton tray and one in the foreground with a bite removed

Chocolate Balsamic Truffles

I had been hoarding a marvelous array of exquisite Olive Tap extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars that arrived before Christmas. The first I broke out was a decadent Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar for these Chocolate Balsamic Truffles. Balsamic truffles? Yes, you heard that right. A quality, aged balsamic is sweet and syrupy and provides a certain unrecognizable depth of flavor. You can increase the amount if you really want to taste the tang of the vinegar, less if you’re wary this first time, or just try the recipe as written. I bet no one will guess the mystery ingredient!

Chocolate Balsamic Truffles in a ceramic egg carton

Easy Dark Chocolate Truffles

Do you know how easy is is to make truffles??? These beauties would be perfect for your Valentine or for Christmas gifting and entertaining. It literally takes a minute or two to melt the chocolate and cream…and mere minutes to roll them. There is just a bit of down time for chilling, but you MUST try them.

You may wonder why I rolled these in hot cocoa mix instead of plain cocoa powder…straight up cocoa powder can sometimes taste bitter, so a sweetened premixed option is an easy substitution. The hubby popped one into his mouth as soon as he spotted a bowl of these truffles on the kitchen counter. Many of you know about his persnickety palate…and there were only compliments as these melted deliciously in his mouth.

Then I sent the rest to a birthday party with Tom (the son who calls me when he is asked to bring a dish to a party…somehow he always finagles a dessert, knowing I’ll pinch hit). They disappeared in a flash. I wasn’t surprised.

Overhead view of Chocolate Balsamic Truffles in an egg crate dish

Chocolate Balsamic Truffles | Luscious chocolate candy with a certain je ne sais quoi

Chocolate Balsamic Truffles

Easy, decadent homemade truffles with a touch of balsamic vinegar for depth of flavor!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Yield 3 dozen truffles


  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I used Scharffen Berger)
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, aged (I used The Olive Tap's Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup dry hot cocoa mix (I used Godiva)


  1. Gently melt chocolate and cream in the microwave, stopping and stirring at 30-second intervals till smooth. Stir in balsamic vinegar.
  2. Cool in the refrigerator for an hour, then let sit at room temperature for about 2 hours, till mixture reaches a good rolling consistency.
  3. Scoop out teaspoonfuls of chocolate. Shape into balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate if soft to firm up a bit, then re-roll into smooth balls.
  4. Roll in sifted hot cocoa mix and serve or store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 truffles

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g


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69 comments on “Chocolate Balsamic Truffles”

  1. Love the idea of rolling truffles in hot cocoa mix Liz! My favorite flavor is dark chocolate, thanks for the fun give-away:@)

  2. Chocolate and balsamic sounds like is a fabulous combination, I’d love to taste these!

  3. Chocolate anything is my favorite!

  4. I love truffles with a hint of booze, especially chambord.

  5. Dark chocolate and mint!

  6. I cannot imagine balsamic in truffles, but you knoooww I love chocolate so I’d def. try! 😛

  7. Oh Lizzy you can’t do that!! Im hungry now and still I dont know what I will make for lunch lol
    Are adorable and delicious Im sure!!

  8. Dark chocolate Raspberry

  9. what an easy sweet bites for valentine….
    great recipe and shoots my friend!!!

  10. Rum dark chocolate

  11. I like white chocolate truffles! I also looooove balsamic vinegar!

  12. Your truffles look so pretty, Liz, especially nestled in that egg holder. The texture looks perfect too! I don’t have good balsamic vinegar at home but I do have a few Scharffen Berger chocolate bars and whipping cream. You’re making me want to run home right now and whip up some truffles!

  13. Dark chocolate is my favorite truffle!

  14. I love how pretty these truffles look Liz! Chocolate and balsamic sound like a great combination and can’t wait to give these a try 🙂

  15. An aged balsamic is actually perfect indeed for sweets. I enjoy a touch of regular balsamic with strawberries or such. The truffles look so amazing. Great idea to use hot choco powder.

  16. I love balsamic truffles. I make mine with raspberry balsamic and they don’t last long in our house. Yours look beautiful and perfect.

  17. Dark chocolate! Thanks –

  18. Oooooh, I love the combination of chocolate and balsamic…these sound amazing! And they look so heavenly!

  19. Oh Lizzy, you continue to tempt me! I love truffles!

  20. My favorite truffle is chocolate rolled in finally chopped hazelnuts.

  21. I’m in! Great giveaway and recipe for truffles, i am so making these! xo

  22. Sounds delicious!

  23. Truffles are easy to make…and don’t they make the most delicious treat to share?! These look beautiful Liz. Thank you for sharing them!

  24. My favorite is white or dark chocolate.

  25. Love these gorgeous truffles, Liz! The addition of balsamic is perfect & I’m not surprised they disappeared in a flash!

  26. Raspberry! YUM!!

  27. I’d have to say cherry truffles are my favorite.

  28. The darker the chocolate the better. We had some once that had bits of what I thought was coffee bean in it… Unbelievably good!!

  29. Any chocolate is my favorite and I can’t wait to try making this recipe for my favorite valentines!! Thanks for the great give-aways and great recipes!!

  30. Dark chocolate is my favorite.

  31. I have to always try new flavors of olive oil, balsamico vinegar, and any other Italian specialty….thanks for great giveaway Liz! I want those balsamic truffles now!!! xo

  32. Oops, I commented before I read your question! Air-head me! Favorite flavor — always raspberries in chocolate! xo again! 🙂

  33. dark chocolate truffles.

  34. Love this Liz! Looks so delicious!! The flavours sound amazing and I love how you stored them.

  35. I love balsamic with berries so I know I’d adore these truffles!

  36. Lizzy,
    These look so decadent. The hubby would eat every single one. He loves balsamic vinegar. I love the idea of using hot cocoa mix instead of unsweetened cocoa and then you used Godiva – that’s just ups the wow factor.

  37. I have the same ribbon! I love how your son calls you when he has a food need. I haven’t seen chocolate balsamic before. I love the look of your truffles – they really do look like they would melt in the mouth xx

  38. anything chocolate! YUMM!

  39. Such an interesting combination! I would not have though to have combined the two but I’m liking the idea!

  40. As they said in Tennessee, “I’m all swimmy headed” thinking about chocolate balsamic!

  41. This sounds like is a wonderful combination and they look fantastic too.

  42. I just have a weakness for such cute truffles 🙂 It’s been a while since I made truffles 🙂

  43. Well, I’m not surprised that they disappeared. This is an exquisite combination of flavors…all in one delicious bite! 🙂 ela

  44. Those truffles look amazing and with a little balsamic in there too – yum. Great recipe

  45. We have never combined olive oil with chocolate before. On top of that you added balsamic, making it even more interesting! So this is happening. This weekend:)
    Thank you for sharing Liz!

  46. Chocolate Raspberry is my favorite!

  47. i love to make & eat mocha truffles. thanks ,what a nice giveaway

  48. Chocolate vinegar will definitely be my favorite without a doubt once made into your delectable looking truffles =)

  49. Wow – these look great! I’ve never thought of using balsamic in truffles before – very unique!

  50. Anything with chocolate is great so I love any truffle but I know that I would LOVE these with your chocolate balsamic!. Love the egg tray display, too.

  51. Oh, these babies wouldn’t last long in my house!

  52. a dark chocolate with cocoa on the outside. LOVE!

  53. I love plain old chocolate truffles. Although anything with coffee is good too! 🙂

  54. I’ve been craving raspberry truffles lately, actually.

  55. Mine would have to be a cherry cordial truffle. Yummy!

  56. What a coincidence Liz, I have a bottle of chocolate balsamic that my dear friend Kristy (Eat, Play, Love, a family food adventure) gave me as a gift the first time we met in Toronto! I’ve been saving it for a pile of strawberries, but I think this would be WAY better. And only 1/4 cup cream sounds absolutely perfect! 3 dozen too? I will definetly make these for my special valentine. Did Mr Food Scrooge eat them?

  57. Wow! They look decadent and yet seem easy to prepare. I MUST make these.
    I have a confession to make….over the last year, I’ve been gluten free and sugar free (which is part of the reason I haven’t been blogging as much – that and a move and hectic schedule). I’m sure that I would want to make and devour every good treat I see on your blog! Since the holidays, I’m back to eating “some” tempting treats. This is a great place to start – lol 😉

  58. These look so marvelous. I love the dark chocolate truffle.

  59. These look so wonderful! I think I’ll try these for Valentine’s Day! And I love how you placed them on an egg plate for your photos, I would have never thought of that! My friend gave me one for Christmas and now I have multiple uses for it. 😉

  60. Gorgeous truffles, Liz! What a great combination of flavors: chocolate and balsamic…

  61. I do love me some chocolate & hazelnut truffles. :+)

  62. Ohh I love balsamic vinegar! Never would’ve guessed to pair it with chocolate. I’ll have to try these truffles.

  63. dark chocolate

  64. Balsamic is amazing and chocolate is to die for, these must be heavenly.

  65. My favorite truffle flavor is dark chocolate.

    I recently had dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds and they were good !

  66. I wander over to this blog because the truffles sounded so scrumptious ! can’t wait to try them

  67. chocolate basalmic truffles

  68. They sound so original Liz, and they look sensational! Will try these for sure!

  69. Super unusual with the vinegar.

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