Jordan Winery chocolate mousse with edible flowers held by Jordan Winery Executive Chef Todd Knoll

Three Great Make-Ahead Dessert Recipes for Chocolate Lovers

No matter what you’re serving for dinner, a rich chocolate dessert is a welcome end to any meal. Rich, creamy, and dense, chocolate desserts are also ideal for making ahead of time, freeing up your time so you can enjoy dinner with your guests. Here are three of our favorite make-ahead chocolate dessert recipes that we often serve at Jordan Winery culinary events or for turn-down service in the winery guest suites.

Make-Ahead Dessert Recipe: Chocolate Truffles


Chocolate truffles presented on small white plate

In the Jordan Winery kitchen, we craft decadent truffles every month for our overnight guests. Filled with dark chocolate ganache, these elegant chocolate desserts go perfectly with a glass of Jordan’s silky cabernet sauvignon. These are a great make-ahead dessert that you can prepare in advance for a dinner party or have on hand for unexpected guests. Try our recipe for Chocolate Truffles with White, Dark and Milk Chocolate Ganache Filling at home.

Make-Ahead Dessert Recipe: Easy Chocolate Mousse


Chocolate mousse recipe from Jordan Winery

Chocolate mousse is another fantastic make-ahead party dessert idea. Our Easy Chocolate Mousse recipe uses just five ingredients and delivers the perfect blend of rich chocolate and luscious cream, making it an intriguing dinner party dessert idea. The high fat content from the cream helps balance out the tannins in an older vintage cabernet for a perfect wine pairing.

Make-Ahead Dessert Recipe: Decorative Chocolate Swirls


Decorative chocolate swirls with dark, white and dolce chocolate.

These artful chocolate pieces can be the finishing touch on an impressive dessert, or even a dessert on their own. Our recipe details how to temper chocolate and make your own beautiful Decorative Chocolate Swirls. Once you’ve mastered the technique, there’s no limit to the combinations of seasonings and chocolate varieties you can try. This is an easy make-ahead dessert that is perfect to bring to a party.

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