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Beer Chocolate Truffles

Beer Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate-beer truffles

If you want to make your man love truffles, add beer. Tamara Novacoviç with a tip that gives satisfaction across the gender gap.
By Tamara Novacoviç

Chocolate-beer truffles

Your eyes are not mistaken, these truffles contain beer. And it works pretty great with dark chocolate.

There’s something about men and beer. Eternal bond. Let us not be mistaken, I know a lot of women who consume beer, but I know even more men who consume (read: love) it.  Here in Croatia, beer is the heart of almost every (barbecue) party and football match. If you live here, you can never go wrong with beer. I live in a small town Karlovac where we have our (quite renowned) brewery which is over 150 years old. We even have a beer festival called simply “Beer days“, which is visited by 150 000 people every year. It’s quite a huge number for a small town like Karlovac.

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Beer acts like a social lubricant in societies and is probably the most popular alcoholic drink in the world. Why do men love it so much? Probably a question asked by many and the one that goes a long way back into the history of human societies and relations. Beer is more often associated with sporting events and pub games, all of which (still) tend to be the province of men. Back in the old days, I believe more men than women were playing sports and gambling, while women stayed at home to cook the meals and take care of the children. In this way, beer became part of men’s social lives. And we all know old habits die hard. Commercials definitely fuel this passion and men generally like things that are competitive, dangerous, rough. Well, most of them do. Also, beer has a calming effect and is probably a good antidote for stressful lifestile. Add social interactions that go with it and you get a whole beer drinking culture,  well spread throughout the world.

Here I’m giving you a recipe probably equally loved by men and women-chocolate beer truffles. I once tried adding a bit of chilli to them and it worked well, however, you can omit this step. I personally like these kind of flavor combinations and believe that beer works very well with dark chocolate. There is a small amount of it in these truffles so it gives them a nice, subtle flavor.

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Chocolate-beer truffles

Beer Chocolate Truffles

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  • Author: Tamara Novacoviç
  • Total Time: 3 hours 40 mins


Add beer to your next batch of chocolate truffles with this simple and delicious recipe.


  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp dark beer
  • 9 oz (255 g) dark chocolate
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/2 oz (40 g) cocoa powder
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp chili powder


  1. Combine heavy cream with vanilla seeds (scrape them from vanilla bean) and put on low heat. When it almost boils, remove from heat, add chopped chocolate and stir well until it combines. Leave to cool on room temperature.
  2. Slowly add beer to the previous mixture and pour it into a square baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to cool for 3 hours in the fridge. The mixture should be firm enough to shape truffles.
  3. Take 1 tsp of the mixture and shape uneven balls (truffles). Coat them with cocoa powder and serve. You can mix cocoa powder with a bit of chili powder.
  • Prep Time: 3 hours 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Chocolate
  • Cuisine: European
View Comments (15)
  • To the editors and chief,
    Congratulations on recognising and choosing such a young and talented cook and including her in your web site. Here recipes are worthy of the worlds best pastry shops, and she goes head to head with some of the best chefs that make them. I am sure that your readers will recognize her talent for baking, photography, her enthusiasm and learn a bit about the wonderful cuisine that we enjoy in this part of the world! There are some wonderful cakes coming your way!
    Bravo Tamara!

  • Tamara, I always knew you can do something like this! This is amazing!
    Congratulations on an excellent article!
    Truffles sounds fantastic :)

  • I’ve been making beer chocolate truffles for years now and really enjoy it. Can I leave a tip (as given by a chocolate shop owner in my city)? Leave out the cream and use a 5:1 ratio for chocolate and butter, ie. 500g choc to 100g of butter. The truffles last a lot longer.

  • Finally – a chocolate recipe I can teach at a grilling class ( I love grilled chocolate bruschetta, but I need something with a bit more cache – like these truffles)

  • This is like the most organic combination ever! There is something about a dark beer like a porter that goes extremely well with dark chocolate. I bet a bit of coffee would intensify the flavors a bit more. So going to try this!

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