Chocolate Hazelnut Tartufo


My variation on a delicious dessert we experienced in Rome this spring. Called tartufo because it resembles a truffle.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 day 4 hrs
Total Time:
1 day 4 hrs 40 mins
8 balls


Chocolate-Hazelnut Gelato:

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • cup white sugar

  • 4 egg yolks

  • cup white sugar

  • ½ cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella®)

  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 ounces fine quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

  • 8 maraschino cherries

  • ½ cup frozen whipped topping, thawed


  1. Combine milk, cream, and 1/3 cup sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat; stir until the sugar dissolves, about 3 to 5 minutes. In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks and 1/3 cup sugar until the egg yolks are light in color, about 4 minutes. Stir 1/2 cup of the milk mixture into the egg yolks, then pour all of the egg mixture into the saucepan, stirring continuously. Cook, stirring continuously, until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

  2. Add the chocolate hazelnut spread, espresso powder, and vanilla, stirring until well combined. Pour through a mesh strainer into a bowl. Refrigerate several hours until cold.

  3. Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer gelato into an airtight container and place in freezer until solid.

  4. To make the tartufo: Scoop 4-ounce portions of gelato and form into balls using your hands. Poke a hole in each ball and place 1 cherry in each, cover with gelato, and place on a baking sheet. Roll gelato balls in the grated chocolate until coated and return to the freezer until ready to serve. Serve with whipped topping, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

394 Calories
24g Fat
39g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 394
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 150mg 50%
Sodium 57mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 191mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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