Italian Capezzoli di Venere (Chocolate Truffles of Venus) Recipe -
Italian Capezzoli di Venere (Chocolate Truffles of Venus) Recipe
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Italian Capezzoli di Venere (Chocolate Truffles of Venus)

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"For years I have been making this sublime chocolate treat, which I believe to be perfect for Valentine's Day. Created by combining a dark chocolate ganache with chestnuts, coating it with a creamy white chocolate coating, and finally topping the truffle with a nipple of pale pink sweet white chocolate. Naughty and delicious!"

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Original recipe makes 60 truffles Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr 30 mins

    2 hrs


  1. Place the dark chocolate into the top part of a double boiler over simmering water, and let the chocolate melt. Turn off the heat and let the chocolate cool.
  2. Place the chestnuts into the work bowl of a food processor, and process until the chestnuts are smoothly pureed, about 1 minute.
  3. Beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in the chestnuts, brandy, and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the chocolate, and pinch off about 1 tablespoon of filling per truffle. Roll the mixture into balls about 1 inch in diameter. If the mixture is too soft to hold its shape, chill for several minutes in refrigerator.
  4. Reserve about 1 ounce of white chocolate for tempering, and about 1 ounce for coloring. Melt the remaining 10 ounces of white chocolate over simmering water in a double boiler until the chocolate is melted and warm but not hot (about 105 degrees F (40 degrees C)). Remove the pan containing the melted chocolate from the double boiler, and add about 1 ounce of chopped, unmelted white chocolate. Stir the chocolate until the unmelted pieces of chocolate melt, and the temperature drops to 80 to 82 degrees F (27 to 28 degrees C)).
  5. Carefully dip each center in the melted white chocolate, and gently place the truffle onto a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper to cool and harden, about 15 minutes.
  6. Melt the remaining 1 ounce of chopped white chocolate over simmering water in a double boiler until the chocolate is melted and warm but not hot. Stir in a very small amount of powdered red food coloring until you get a desired shade of pink. Dip a little colored chocolate out with a spoon, dot each truffle with a pink dot, and allow the pink chocolate dots to set, about 15 minutes. Place the truffles into paper candy cups to serve.
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  • Cook's Notes
  • If the filling is too thin, as it often is for me, I make the "balls" and put them in the freezer to set. In fact, I find the very solid and cold ganache is ideal for coating with chocolate, although the constant dipping of frozen centers into the hot tempered chocolate may require you to reheat the chocolate once more or maybe even twice more during the process.
  • If the center is too thick, thin it out, teaspoon by teaspoon, with brandy.
  • Editor's Note
  • Don't use a water-based or paste food coloring containing water to color your white chocolate pink, or the water will cause the melted chocolate to harden and turn grainy. Buy powdered food colorings at a specialty bakery shop or cake decorating supply store.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 17, 2010

Wow, wow, and WOW!! The translation from Italian is actually "Venus' Nipples." If you've ever seen the movie "Amadeus," Salieri offers them to Mozart's wife and she giggles because the name is so naughty - but I digress. These are the real deal, authentic taste. The puree of chestnut adds a unique depth, characteristic of these gems. It's true that they're time consuming, but incredibly worth it. I have to point out that the recipe submitter said "high quality" chocolate, and that cannot be stressed enough. Your product will only taste as good as the chocolate you use. I used Lindt, which made for an incredibly delicious treat. Take the time to temper the white chocolate as described - it's spot on. If you melt it slowly, it will retain its lovely sheen, which gives your product high appeal. Kudos for this one!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 17, 2012

Didn't like these.. :P


8 Ratings

Sep 16, 2010

These truffles are heavenly!!! Preparing them is a little time-consuming but your efforts will be repaid. The recipe here is very detailed and easy to follow. Try to use fresh chestnuts if they are available. It gives the truffles a richer taste. For variety, add finely chopped toasted almonds or freshly grated nutmeg to the truffle mixture. Thank you, Ms. LaLeeRu!

Feb 28, 2011

TY for sharing this! I have been wanting to try this for more than 15 years, ever since I first saw them in the movie, Amadeus, haha! I appreciate the detailed directions. This is definitely a time-intensive recipe and not one for a beginner or those who are impatient. But I love it!

Dec 21, 2010

Rather time consuming, but delicious! Pretty too... I used fresh chestnuts and premium chocolate.

Feb 02, 2012

I did not try this recipe but I wanted to thank you for the tip about the food coloring. I thought it was just that I had the stove set too high. Thanks!

Dec 07, 2010

This is not an easy recipe to make. i guess if your more used to dealing with candy it is probably much easier but it was my first attempt at something like this (I wanted to surprise my wife). They did turn out tasty very much so actually but I had several challenges that I didn't know how to deal with. I would appreciate an email from someone who has experience making these so maybe I can ask some questions and do better next time :) email is THANKS!!

Feb 13, 2015

I just made this recipe for Valentine's Day tomorrow. I used 1 teaspoon of Brandy instead of 1/4 cup. The filling was perfect, not thin at all, so was easy to roll. I also used chopped hazelnuts instead of chestnuts. The taste was great! The only thing I would do next time is pour the white chocolate over the truffles on a cooling rack to make the coating look cleaner.


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  • Calories
  • 99 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.4 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 5 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 14 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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