Red Wine Chocolate Creme Brulee

I love Valentine’s Day!!! I feel like I say this every year in my Valentine’s Day post, but this holiday gets a lot of hate for being a made-up holiday. Aside from the fact that the holiday is named after a Saint, much like St. Patrick’s Day (which people don’t seem to be complaining about), it’s also a holiday promoting love. We shouldn’t need an excuse to celebrate love, we should be celebrating it every day, but why not have a day that revolves around love?! Plus, I’ll take any excuse for a theme, and to create a delicious dessert like this red wine chocolate creme brulee.

Chocolate red wine creme brulee in a white ramekin before the sugar topping

This recipe was actually not inspired by Valentine’s day, but by a friend’s birthday. My friend and I have a lot in common, and we constantly discover new similarities. Of the many things we have in common, our shared love of popcorn, wine, and desserts, especially creme brulee, are some of my favorites. In brainstorming ideas for her birthday dessert, I decided to combine some of our favorite things into this dessert. There’s not popcorn, but there is wine and chocolate in creme brulee form. And that’s pretty amazing, right??

Red Wine Chocolate creme brulee covered in red sanding sugar with a torch flaming the sugared surface
I used red sanding sugar to give this more of a Valentine’s Day feel!

As I was planning 2020 recipes, I knew that this would be the perfect Valentine’s day recipe. Red wine and chocolate make for such a romantic and delicious combo! Share your love with your partner, your girlfriends, your family, or anyone special in your life (except your pets) by impressing them with this super easy, insanely delicious treat!

Top view of 3 red wine chocolate creme brulees in white ramekins, one topped with red sugar, and the other two topped with white sugar

So do your Valentine’s plans include a night out on the town, or a cozy and romantic night in? Are you more of a fan of Galentine’s day? Or do you ignore it altogether? This year we’ll be celebrating a day late with a night at the theater after a quick dinner out before the show. Leave me a note in the comments with how you love to celebrate Valentine’s day!

three red wine chocolate creme brulee in white ramekins, the front of which is topped with red sugar, and the other two topped with white sugar

Red Wine Chocolate Creme Brulee

Cook Time40 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Servings: 4 creme brulees


  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup bittersweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt Diamond Crystal
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • sugar for topping


  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Combine cream and salt over low heat until just hot.
  • Remove from heat. Add in chocolate and stir until melted and smooth.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks and sugar until light.
  • Stir about a quarter of the cream mixture into the egg mixture, then pour the egg mixture into the cream mixture.
  • Stir in wine.
  • Pour into four ramekins and place ramekins in a baking dish.
  • Fill the baking dish with boiling water to about half way up the side of the ramekins.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, or until centers are barely set.
  • Remove from oven and remove ramekins from baking dish. Let cool for 15 minutes, then refrigerate for several hours.
  • Once set, sprinkle the tops of the custard with sugar and torch (or broil in the oven) until the sugar is browned.
  • Crack and enjoy!


2 thoughts on “Red Wine Chocolate Creme Brulee”

    • Thank you! I used a pinot noir because that’s my preference for red wine and I didn’t want the rest of the bottle to go to waste! Because the red wine bakes, you can really use any wine for the recipe itself, so I say go with one you like since this only calls for half a cup and you’ll have some leftovers for drinking! If you make it, let me know how it goes!!

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