Dark Chocolate & Merlot Truffle Recipe

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When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I think back to being a kid and hand-making my valentines for my friends. As an adult, I’ve taken the theme of DIY-ing gifts for Valentine’s Day with me. If something is a labor of love, it’s the ultimate sign of affection.

This recipe for Dark Chocolate & Merlot Truffles is exactly that. Skip the boxed chocolates this year – we’re combining everyone’s favorites: Wine and chocolate!

Dark Chocolate & Merlot Truffle Recipe - Discover, A World Market Blog

For these wine truffles, you’ll need a good Merlot and high quality dark chocolate. I like this World Market Sea Salt Chocolate Bar. I adore how the sea salt brings out the most delicious flavors in the creamy ganache.

Dark Chocolate & Merlot Truffle Recipe - Discover, A World Market Blog

The secret to getting these hard-shelled truffles perfect is in tempering the chocolate. The best way to temper is to melt your dark chocolate up to 120-122°F in a double boiler using a candy thermometer. Then let it cool down to a working temperature of 90°F. This allows the chocolate to stay smooth and harden at room temperature.

After the truffles have hardened and been released from their molds, you can wrap them up in pretty gift boxes for the perfect DIY present. You can also serve them as a dessert with the leftover wine.

Dark Chocolate & Merlot Truffle Recipe - Discover, A World Market Blog

These Merlot Truffles will last at room temperature for 3 days and in the fridge for one week.

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Marble Cutting Board | Dark Chocolate |  Merlot Wine | Candy Thermometer | Measuring Spoons

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