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Chocolate Balsamic Truffles

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Chocolate Balsamic Truffles: Outrageously rich and delicious with a secret ingredient!

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

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 | Luscious chocolate candy with a certain je ne sais quoi

Outrageously Easy!

Do you know how easy is is to make truffles??? These beauties would be perfect for your Valentine…or tuck away this recipe for another special occasion. 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.

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Chocolate Balsamic Truffles

Easy, decadent homemade truffles!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 47 mins
  • Yield: 3 dozen truffles 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Candy


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


The Olive Tap’s flagship store is located in the historic village of Long Grove, Illinois. They offer some of the  “most unique, flavorful, and freshest award-winning extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars available.” And they have generously offered to give away a Little Italy Sampler to one of my readers with a US mailing address.

The giveaway has ended.

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Disclosure: The Olive Tap supplied me with a lovely selection of gourmet oils and vinegars . I was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of The Olive Tap.

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69 comments on “Chocolate Balsamic Truffles”

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

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

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

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

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

  6. 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?

  7. 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 😉

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

  9. 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. 😉

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

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

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

  13. dark chocolate

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

  15. My favorite truffle flavor is dark chocolate.

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

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

  17. chocolate basalmic truffles

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

  19. Super unusual with the vinegar.

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