Simple Boozy Bitter Chocolate Truffles

Indulgence takes many forms, but when it comes to satisfying your cravings, few can resist the allure of dark and bitter chocolate. In this delectable journey, we explore a recipe that encapsulates the essence of decadence: homemade dark chocolate truffles infused with the rich and robust flavors of Armagnac-soaked prunes. As we embark on this culinary adventure, you’ll discover that there’s more to life’s bitter moments than meets the eye.

The inspiration for this recipe hails from the prestigious La Maison du Chocolat, known for crafting exquisite confections that redefine the boundaries of taste. In our quest to replicate their divine creations, we’ve tailored the process to create an irresistible treat, elevated by the marriage of deep cocoa and the subtle warmth of Armagnac. This combination is a testament to how the contrast between bitterness and boozy sweetness can be a harmonious delight for the palate.

Whether you’re a seasoned chocolatier or a novice in the kitchen, this journey promises to be both rewarding and enjoyable. The truffle-making process is a tactile experience, from the delicate handling of dark chocolate to the aromatic infusion of Armagnac. So, prepare your taste buds for an expedition through the luscious world of chocolate truffles, where bitterness becomes the canvas for a symphony of flavors and textures.

What fun is bitterness without booze? There you have it. I’ll make chocolate truffles, dark and bitter chocolate truffles, and I’ll make it boozy. Rum perhaps. No, Armagnac, better yet, Armagnac with some prunes soaked in it. 

Simple Boozy Bitter Chocolate Truffles

Boozy Bitter Chocolate Truffles
Simple Boozy Bitter Chocolate Truffles 2

recipe adapted from La Maison du Chocolat


  • 8oz very dark, very bitter chocolate. I used Valrhona Extra-Amer.
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup Armagnac, or Rum, as you please
  • almost 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • (optional: 6oz of chocolate to coat)


  1. Chop up the 8oz chocolate into very small pieces, and place the chopped chocolates in a medium glass bowl. In a small pan, bring the cream to a boil, then remove from heat immediately and pour the hot cream over the chocolate bits. Let stand a couple of minutes to melt.
  2. Stir the chocolate and cream until well incorporated. Add the Armagnac or whatever booze you’re using, and mix well to completely incorporate the booze into the chocolate. Let stand outside the fridge until cools down completely.
  3. Put the cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop up slightly less than the tablespoon of chocolate and gently roll it into a ball. You might need to press the chocolate a bit together before rolling.
  4. Place it on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Repeat the rolling until you’re done with the ganache batter, you should have 30-40 little chocolate balls on the cookie sheet. You can toss these balls in the bowl with cocoa to coat them, or you can first dip them into melted chocolate to form a thin crust before coating them with cocoa.
  5. Put another medium bowl over a pot of simmering water, add the optional 6oz of chopped chocolate, and stir until just melted. Remove from heat immediately. 
  6. Dip the chocolate balls into the melted chocolate, do this with 3-4 ganache balls at a time, remove them, and place them back on the cookie sheet.
  7. Remove the chocolate balls from the melted chocolate and put them immediately into the bowl of cocoa.
  8. Toss until they are well coated and place them back on the cookie sheet to dry. Store them in an airtight container if you want to keep them for a while.

In the end, the transformation of those seemingly mundane ingredients into a multitude of dark and bitter chocolate truffles, each hiding a boozy surprise, is a testament to the magic of homemade indulgence. These little spheres of delight encapsulate the essence of sophistication and luxury, but they’re also a labor of love that anyone can undertake. As you savor the first bite of a truffle, you’ll realize that the wait, the meticulous rolling, and the artful coating were all worth it.

From the moment the Valrhona Extra-Amer chocolate meets the fiery heat of the cream to the final dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder, every step in this recipe leads to a treasure trove of flavors. The Armagnac-soaked prunes lend their distinctive character, infusing each truffle with a boozy warmth that elevates the experience. Whether you choose to enrobe your truffles in an extra layer of chocolate or embrace the simplicity of a cocoa powder finish, the result is an edible masterpiece that’s guaranteed to delight and impress.

So, in your pursuit of culinary pleasures, remember that life’s bitterness becomes all the more enjoyable when it’s accompanied by a hint of booze, a touch of creativity, and a lot of love. These dark and bitter chocolate truffles are a true embodiment of culinary artistry, a gift you can create for yourself or share with friends and loved ones. With each bite, you’ll find a reason to cherish the bitter moments in life, for they are often the ones that lead to the sweetest indulgences.


Irresistible Chocolate Truffles: A Homemade Delight!

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October 23, 2023

I recently stumbled upon this amazing chocolate truffle recipe, and it has truly exceeded all my expectations. The velvety, dark chocolate ganache is incredibly rich and decadent, creating a melt-in-your-mouth experience that’s pure heaven.

What sets this recipe apart is the ingenious addition of Armagnac-soaked prunes, which infuse each truffle with a subtle boozy twist, adding depth and complexity to the flavor. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, making this a fantastic choice for both seasoned bakers and beginners.

The end result is a batch of sumptuous truffles, beautifully coated in unsweetened cocoa powder, offering a sophisticated and professional touch. These truffles are not just delicious, but they also make for a delightful homemade gift, guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. I wholeheartedly recommend this recipe for an unforgettable chocolatey experience!


Delightful Chocolate Truffles Recipe Unveiled!

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October 23, 2023

I recently stumbled upon a truly exceptional chocolate truffle recipe that I can’t wait to share with fellow dessert enthusiasts. This recipe promises a culinary adventure that results in the most exquisite dark and bitter chocolate truffles. The infusion of Armagnac-soaked prunes adds a rich, boozy twist that takes these truffles to a whole new level of decadence.

The step-by-step instructions provided are incredibly user-friendly, making this a treat that anyone can master. What truly sets this recipe apart is the careful balance of bitterness, sweetness, and a touch of creativity, resulting in a delightful culinary masterpiece that’s sure to impress both the cook and their lucky audience. So, whether you’re a seasoned chocolatier or just looking for a fun project, this chocolate truffle recipe is a must-try for your next sweet adventure!


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