When you read "Balsamic Truffles
" you might have started gagging just a little. I admit the thought of vinegar-flavored chocolate isn't a pleasant one. But wait! These truffles actually don't taste a bit like vinegar! They have just a dash of balsamic vinegar--a spoonful per four dozen truffles--so they're not acidic or astringent. No whiff of salad dressing here. Instead, the slightly sweet, tangy vinegar intensifies the natural fruitiness of the chocolate and gives it a wonderful fruity, tangy flavor. Adding a bit of vinegar is a great way to "dress up" standard chocolate that might not be so special on its own, and give it a depth of flavor it otherwise lacks.
A word of caution: be gentle when you're adding the vinegar, use good-quality stuff (no 5-gallon plastic tubs from the dollar store, please!) and absolutely don't try to substitute other types of vinegar! Give it a try and tell me what you think--are you now a vinegar-chocolate convert?
Get the recipe: Balsamic Truffles
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