Today is the day where I tell you how I am cut from the weirdest cloth ever.

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It is not far from the truth to say that for a holiday, I would rather… receivefoodthanjewerly. Uh huh. Did I say it fast enough?

I would though. Well, most of the time. I guess it depends? I should probably rethink this before I speak to my invisible internet friends and never receive jewelry every again in my life. But yes, I’d sort of prefer chocolate.

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It’s just that I’m kind of picky in the whole jewelry department, but probably not the way that you think I am. I sort of… like trashy jewelry? Uh, you probably already know that though if you followed me on Instagram last summer. I can say that because I will wear it. The real truth is that I adore costume jewelry. The more color the better. Give me gems and jewel tones and all sorts of things that should only be worn once or twice but that I abuse and overwear to death. I like color more than diamonds. I am so not elegant.

I mean, I say this as a 30-year old woman (ew) sitting here watching a rerun of full house (yes seriously) on Nickelodeon at 9:36 PM. What kind of jewelry do you THINK I want? Yeah.

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Obviously I wouldn’t kick a diamond out of bed (thought I sort of did pass one up on my 30th birthday and I thought my husband was going to have a heartichoke) but I’d gladly take some colorful junk from anthropology or j.crew h&m or… or… Target. No shame. Isn’t this the time in my life that I should be collecting things to hold dear and pass down to future generations in 50 years or something? I don’t quite think the neon blue hoop earrings will hold up in 2060.

I’m sorry future granddaughters, I have no bracelets or brooches for you because I was too busy eating chocolate studded with bacon and chili peppers. I have a really nice (50-year old) refrigerator though.

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Needless to say, I would be super excited to receive some truffles, especially truffles made with RED WINE on Valentine’s Day. Especially if said truffles were covered in a trillion multicolored pink sprinkles that stain your entire life pink when touched. Really… your entire life. My hands and face were pink for days. Yes, I sort of loved it. I realize that I’ve been a bit heavy handed on the sprinkles this week, so you can rest assured that this is the end of the sprinkles. For the moment.

Now maybe if someone could make me some edible jewelry… ? Yes. That would work.

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Cabernet Chocolate Truffles

Yield: makes about 30 truffles

Total Time: 2.5 hours (most is down time)

Ingredients:

3/4 cup heavy cream
5 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons of your favorite cabernet sauvignon
sprinkles or cocoa powder for rolling

Directions:

Add chopped chocolate to a large bowl.

Heat heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat. The minute it starts boiling, remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. Add wine. Let sit for 3 minutes, then whisk continuously until smooth. Press a piece of plastic wrap over top of the bowl and press down so it adheres to the chocolate. Refrigerate for at least two hours (I did so overnight - perfect!), then using a small melon baller or spoon, scoop chocolate out and roll them into balls, placing on a sheet of wax paper. Roll the truffles in cocoa or sprinkles, then refrigerate for about 30 minutes before serving. I definitely like these best cold, but they can sit out at room temperature for a few hours too. I do keep them refrigerated when not serving.

[adapted from martha stewart]

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Chocolate jewelry! Let’s do this.

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154 Responses to “Cabernet Chocolate Truffles.”

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    Carrie — February 7, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    I’d trade my diamond earrings from Christmas for a kitchen appliance. Sad…but the appliance would get more use!

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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — February 7, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    Edible jewelry…as in something stretchy and adorned with little sweet-tart candy o’s… ;) I love those
    Yeah, I was feeling the same way about my clothes when my gma recently told me that a historical society asked for any clothes from the ’40s ’50s and ’60s and she game them a few home sewn dresses…yeah I don’t think my collection of $6 Target tees will be snatched up 50 years from now!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — February 7, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    I’m totally with you on the jewelry! I prefer costume jewelry and always find something cute and bright in Target! :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 7, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    Well I have to say I would definitely prefer a trip to Tiffany than Godiva…but hey, ANY gifts are welcome. And these would be perfect. Heck, I’d even settle for like someone to wash the dishes on a Tuesday night. That would make a good gift :)

    And I’m loving the little sprinkle balls. I bet they add magnificent crunch!

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    Amanda — February 7, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    I love your whisk! Is it weird that I’ve never seen one like that?

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    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — February 7, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    Totally with you on food over jewelry. Also, if you haven’t tired it yet Ghirardelli makes some incredible Cabernet Dark chocolate that is a tiny bit mind blowing. Love the truffles.

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    • Katie — February 8th, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

      Oh i’ve been eyeing that Ghiradhelli flavor for FOREVER! Glad to hear it’s good :)

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — February 7, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    “Heartichoke” is my new favorite word.

    I am the same when it comes to gifts, though I think I can expand my things-I’d-rather-get-than-jewelry list to chocolate AND wine. So basically, these truffles. Every holiday. I would be thrilled.

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    Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies — February 7, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    Can’t go wrong with wine and chocolate!

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    Alyssa — February 7, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    I WOULD kick a diamond out of bed for truffles. I think my husband is secretly grateful for that… :) but I think I would maybe even kick HIM out of bed for truffles. That might be a problem.

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    Alison — February 7, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    These are PERFECT to make for my chocolate & wine loving husband! Also, I’m cracking up at the idea of you passing along neon hoops as a heirloom to your grandkids. Hilarious.

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    Simply Life — February 7, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    Oh I’m with you! My favorite gifts are when my husband surprises me with foods and meals that I would never buy myself!

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    sheila — February 7, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    sigh. in love with your pictures. mad photography skills you have

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    Alicia Greenrabbit — February 7, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    Heyyyyyyyy my grandmother left me pink neon daisy earrings!!!!!!!!!!

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    Marjie — February 7, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    Definitely making these for Vakentine’s Day… For myself and not to share. Maybe the benefits of being single this Valentine’s Day? Chocolate and red wine. Already dreaming.

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    Larry — February 7, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    Your life needs lots of Ring Pops, STAT.
    Sorry I’ve been MIA. I was out of work for a few days and then yesterday was OMGsoeffingcrazyIwantedtoDIE.
    Just like that.
    YAY I’M BACK!
    Is it sad that the only thing I really want for Valentine’s Day is the Harajuku Hugs Panda from Build-A-Bear? Sooooooooooooooooooooo gay.

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    Jessica — February 7, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    If I had a box of these one hand for one week out of every month, I’d be saving everyone a lot of time and be a lot less-ragey.

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    Holiday Baker Man — February 7, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

    Wine & Chocolate in 1…now only if a flower could make it in..

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    Cindy — February 7, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    Do you think you could substitute something for the red wine? I realize that’s the whole point, but I think my 10 year old daughter would prefer them without the wine. . .

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    Maya — February 7, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

    I am with you girl. I couldn’t care less about jewelry. (before we got engaged, the only ring my husband had to use as a sizing standard was a plastic Ninja turtle one from a cupcake.) But if he brings me home chocolate/tacos/food in general any day I’m head over heels.

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    Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes — February 7, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    There is absolutely no shame in costume jewelry addictions. Otherwise, I’d have a problem. Thank you for explaining how you got these truffles so.perfectly.round. I would have panicked when mine turned out like a deformed rock or play-dough “art”.

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    a farmer in the dell — February 7, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    I’m not a jewelry girl. But I am a chocolate girl! these look amazing!

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — February 7, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    Haha! My boyfriend told me at Christmas he was so lucky that I didn’t wear jewelry so he could spend money on more practical gifts for me, like a mandolin to make him homemade potato chips!

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    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — February 7, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

    Be still my heart. These truffles look so beyond amazing, I wouldn’t mind getting them for Valentine’s Day either. And do not fear about your love of all things sprinkles, it is beyond perfect and makes me want to buy all of the sprinkles at my closest Wegmans. IN LOVE.

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    Emily @ Life on Food — February 7, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    Give me food – chocolate – any day over jewelry. I wish I would get a box of these truffles soon.

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    Julie / Bound — February 7, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    But not the kind of edible jewelry that takes the form of necklaces made of Smarties, right? At least, like, a bracelet made of Rolos that you could bite the outer edges off? Much more sophisticated.

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    Tammy — February 7, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    Oh…I have just entered Heaven! I will be trying these this weekend!! I was looking for a good Misissippi Mud Cake recipe when I stumbled on this. Happen to have one o those?? LOL

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    Madeline — February 7, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    I am allergic to wine I was wondering if I could use other alcohol like kahlua or something ? They look so delicious by the way, I plan to make them for my loves

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    Vicki @ WITK — February 7, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

    I’m with you, I love cheap jewely. Anthropologie necklaces are my downfall!

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    Brittany @ eatingbirdfood — February 7, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

    Please send me some of these for my b-day next week.

    Thanks! ;)

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    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — February 8, 2013 @ 12:18 am

    Chocolate jewelry!? Sign me up, sugar.

    I foresee truffle-making in my near future. I’ve been seeing unbelievable looking recipes everywhere I look lately and I want to shove ‘em all in my mouth.

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    luv what you do — February 8, 2013 @ 12:22 am

    Those are adorable! I love the bright sprinkles and anything with wine and chocolate is right up my alley!

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    Spencer — February 8, 2013 @ 12:23 am

    Looks absolutely delicious! I reckon I could eat about 100 of them!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — February 8, 2013 @ 12:35 am

    Ha – I love Full House :-) But, I’m the opposite … I love yellow gold and diamonds. I used to be really into costume jewelry, and then one day I decided I look better in yellow gold.

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    Elma — February 8, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    I love those multicoloured pink sprinkles!! Photo nr.1 just pops out on the screen and makes me smile :-)

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    Amy — February 8, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    Just wondering what kind of chocolate you used for dark and milk? These look like so much fun and my 4 y/o (not me at all – sarcasm) will love the sprinkles!

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    • Jessica — February 8th, 2013 @ 11:13 am

      i used chocolate 72% and scharffen berger milk!

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    Arthur in the Garden! — February 8, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Beautiful!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 8, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    agreed- food is much better than jewelry!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — February 8, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    Gorgeous!

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    Yvonne — February 8, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    I Have good jewelry I never wear. I would prefer kitchen gadgets. Harder to wear but get so much more use.

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    Jessica@Stuck On Sweet — February 8, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    Wine, chocolate, and sprinkles? Where have you been all my life? These are darn cute and can’t wait to try them!

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    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — February 8, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

    Ages ago, when I was married, my husband thought the only thing to give on anniversaries and such was jewelry. i sat him down and seriously explained that for me what worked was a kitchen aid, an expensive ice cream maker, a new convection oven, etc. He nearly died, but followed the list and he couldn´t believe how happy I was! And I can never, ever pass a recipe that has chocolate and wine, it´s just too good a combination!

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    Nicole — February 8, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    Food > any gift ever (except a cookbook). I’m seriously always trying to convince people to just buy me random chocolates or candies or jams or spices or anything awesome I’ve never tried, but they’re like, “What, nooooo, because then when it’s gone you have no gift!” I HAVE THE MEMORIES, PEOPLE. GIFT ME FOOD.

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    Kelly — February 8, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    Umm, these look amazing. I’m totally making them for MYSELF on Valentine’s Day.

    Question, do you think they’d turn out if I used all dark chocolate? Or would that be too much? I just really prefer dark to milk.

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    Karie Engels — February 8, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

    Love this post!!

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    danielle — February 9, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    These look amazing! I wanted to let you know that I featured these today in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see!

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    Alexandria — February 10, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    LOVE your site! You have awesome recipes! I made these truffles yesturday and kept them in the fridge overnight, they were still very soft this morning and wouldn’t form into a ball when I tried to roll them. Did I do something wrong? Should I have put them in the freezer? Thanks for your time.

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    • brittany — February 12th, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

      I had the same problem! I even put mine in the freezer for a couple hours after they were overnight in the fridge. They still didn’t set up fully. I made some vague ball shapes (so I didn’t have to touch them *too* much) and covered them in sprinkles. I froze *those* and they still didn’t set up. Tasted delicious, but didn’t look great. :-/

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    Austin — February 10, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    Where can I get some pink sprinkles like that?!?! I can’t find them anywhere!

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    MikeVFMK — February 11, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

    Chocolate and wine in a truffle? Yes please. Like pronto. Meaning yesterday. In my face (well, preferably my mouth)

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    Alison H. — February 11, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    Can I kiss you? Right now. Would that be weird? No . . . crickets . . . Anyways, we are releasing our new 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon this Valentines Day and this is THE perfect recipe for our release party!!!!! Omg, I better make like 100 batches just to be sure they taste great. Thank you Jessica, you are the freakin’ best. You will be the talk of Ellensburg, Washington after this weekend :-).

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    bianka — February 12, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Failed at my first attempt into rolling the chocolate. They didn’t want to keep either shape, but it makes for a great spread!!

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