Chocolate Beer Truffles

by Erin

Memorial weekend is nearly upon us! Do you have any festive activities planned? My weekend has not been dictated as of yet, but I do know that one of my friends is coming from out of town to visit. Granted, I will be going into work on Monday regardless of the holiday, because that’s the life of a graduate student, but that doesn’t mean we cannot enjoy a regular length weekend. Added bonus = the pool opens Saturday!

(P.S. Memorial weekend was always the time for pools to open growing up in the North. So I figured when I moved to the South pools would open sooner due to earlier warm weather. But of course this logic does not seem to follow.)

In preparation for the holiday weekend the Holiday Recipe Club got together to create themed recipes using one of three ingredients: watermelon, beer, pork. I really wanted to make a strawberry-watermelon beverage for you because it sounded incredibly refreshing and perfect for the weekend, but there lies the problem – I would’ve had to make it before the weekend because obviously today is the day to post! Maybe I will end up making and sharing later if you’re lucky ;-).

Anywho, I went with the fun idea of adding beer to chocolate truffles. I used Sam Adams Alpine Spring for these because it sounded almost as refreshing as that watermelon drink. I bet a chocolate (or regular) stout would be a great choice as well. As for the assembly, these truffles were not as easy to roll as those I’ve made in the past. I found I needed to rinse and dry my hands between rolling every truffle, which was a bit tedious. Hard work pays off though, right?

Be sure to check out all the other recipes linked up at the bottom of this post. And join in on the fun by signing up through the Holiday Recipe Club’s contact page.

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Makes approximately 2 dozen truffles


9 oz. dark chocolate, 65% cacao

1/2 cup heavy cream

3 Tbsp beer

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Place chocolate and heavy cream in a heat-proof bowl over (not on) simmering water. Let chocolate and cream heat up for 3 minutes untouched. After 3 minutes whisk mixture until fully incorporated. Remove bowl from heat and let cool for 20-30 minutes. Slowly and gently stir in beer. Pour finished mixture into a flat casserole pan. Cover the surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.
  2. Remove chilled truffle mixture. Using a melon-baller, scoop out chocolate rounds. Finish forming 1-inch truffles by hand and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Dust truffles with unsweetened cocoa powder to finish*.

*If not serving immediately, keep rolled truffles in the fridge and dust with cocoa powder just prior to serving.

Source: Endless Simmer

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Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. May 29, 2012 - 9:03 pm

These are such a yummy treat! Never really thought about combining chocolate and beer like this!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels May 29, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Oh dear I think I just drooled all over myself. Mmmm I’ll take 10 of them please :)

Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats May 27, 2012 - 8:17 pm

I do love chocolate truffles and must try this recipe.. never tried making truffle with beer incorporated. Sounds ultra tempting.. perhaps I can send some to my friends too so that they can feel like they are on top of the world while eating these babies.. LOL.. xoxo

spiffycookie May 27, 2012 - 9:15 pm

Unfortunately I don’t think these would ship well. Maybe if you coated them in chocolate?

Teri @ The Freshman Cook May 27, 2012 - 7:58 pm

What a wonderful recipe. I love chocolate truffles, but I have never made them with beer in the recipe. I can’t wait to try it! I’ll bet the flavor is fantastic!

Devon @ the food bitch blog May 27, 2012 - 10:04 am

I’ll be making these now.. That’s what I’ll be doing. Beer & chocolate are two of my favorite things! I wonder how they’d be with a chocolate stout…….

spiffycookie May 27, 2012 - 7:13 pm

I wanted to make them with chocolate stout, I bet it’d be great.

Veronica May 26, 2012 - 8:16 pm

I’ve made chcolate cake with beer in it, so I know that they can make a good combo (beer and chocolate). I bet these were wonderful–they look so silky! Bliss.

Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef May 26, 2012 - 7:26 pm

Wacky combination but I bet they’re great.

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 25, 2012 - 9:00 pm

These sound good. I love me a truffle!

Jennie @themessybakerblog May 25, 2012 - 2:14 pm

Wow, these sound awesome. I love the addition of beer- very creative. Have a great holiday weekend.

Rhonda May 25, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Beer and truffles…now that is a chocolate that would appeal to my hubby! I wonder if a stout would have had a stronger beer flavor? Guess I’ll have to try and find out.

Jan May 25, 2012 - 11:31 am

This truffle sounds very interesting. Anything with chocolate has to be good!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 25, 2012 - 9:12 am

Super creative! Never would have thought to put beer in truffles!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers May 25, 2012 - 8:27 am

What a wonderful and great way to incorporate beer and chocolate! Love it!!

Jen @ Juanita's Cocina May 25, 2012 - 7:42 am

BEER truffles? Sign me up and make sure I’m first in line!!!

Katrina May 25, 2012 - 7:17 am

So fun! Love the sound of these!

K-bobo @ Gormandize with A-dizzle & K-bobo May 25, 2012 - 6:49 am

Great idea! I wish I had some of these right now, did the flavour of the beer stand out over the richness of the chocolate? I’ll have to give these a try I think.

spiffycookie May 25, 2012 - 7:50 am

The beer didn’t come out as a strong flavor to me.


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