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Find out how to make classic chocolate truffles with this easy recipe! Dark chocolate truffles made with chocolate and coconut cream are rich and creamy, and perfect for any chocolate-lover. 

Homemade dark chocolate truffles coated in crushed candy canes, powdered sugar, and chopped nuts. These easy vegan chocolate truffles are made with chocolate and coconut cream.

My girls have recently become quite the bakers. They love watching the Kids Baking Championship on Food Network and now ask to bake any chance they get. Last weekend we made a few different holiday treats for our neighbors, including these festive dark chocolate truffles. 

Chocolate truffles coated in cocoa powder, powdered sugar, crushed peppermints, or nuts are rich, creamy and intensely chocolatey. They make a fun homemade gift or treat for holiday parties. Let’s check out how they are made. 

Vegan Chocolate Truffle Ingredients

Ingredients for homemade chocolate truffles on a marble countertop. Guittard bittersweet chocolate, vegan semisweet chocolate, vanilla extract, coffee, and coconut cream.

Chocolate truffles are one of the easiest treats to make. There’s no baking involved, and unlike other candies, you don’t need to worry much about precise sugar temperatures. Chocolate truffles really require just two ingredients: dark chocolate and cream. I use canned coconut cream to keep this recipe dairy-free, and can’t taste any difference. 

It’s important here to use the best quality chocolate you can find. A splash of vanilla extract and brewed coffee enhance the chocolate flavor and are wonderful additions.

How to Make Dark Chocolate Truffles

Finely chopped semisweet and bittersweet chocolates in a bowl to make vegan chocolate truffles.

Finely Chop the Chocolate 

Because we don’t actually cook the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave, it’s crucial it’s very finely chopped. I rushed while photographing this recipe and some of the larger chocolate chunks didn’t melt. Let’s all learn from my mistake. 

Hot coconut cream is poured over finely chopped chocolate to make homemade dark chocolate truffles.

Heat the Cream

Heat the coconut cream in a small saucepan just until it boils. Remove from the heat and let cool a few seconds so it’s not scalding. My daughter opened the can and poured it into the saucepan and used about  half the solid cream and half the liquid. 

Hot cream and chopped chocolate are stirred together to create a ganache for homemade dark chocolate truffles.

Add the Hot Cream to the Chocolate

This is the fun part! Just like making a ganache, add the hot coconut cream to the bowl of chocolate and watch it become one magical melty concoction. 

Beautiful shiny melted chocolate and coconut cream ganache in a bowl on a marble counter.

Behold! Isn’t that silky chocolate ganache just beautiful? 

Vanilla extract is added to the chocolate ganache in this vegan chocolate truffle recipe.

Let’s add even more flavor. Add a little vanilla extract and coffee. Coffee always enhances chocolate. Try adding some to your next chocolate cake. 

A spoon scoops out hardened chocolate ganache to make dark chocolate truffles.

Let the chocolate mixture harden at room temperature for an hour, or you can speed up the process by popping it into the fridge for 30 minutes. 

A hand rolls homemade vegan dark chocolate truffles.

Spoon dollops of the chocolate mixture onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Then roll into balls. 

Chocolate Truffle Coating Ideas

A homemade dark chocolate truffle gets rolled in crushed candy canes.

Don’t mind the atrocious nails – that’s just life with an 8-year-old. There are a few different options for rolling your chocolate truffles. 

  • crushed peppermints or candy canes
  • chopped nuts (I love pecans or hazelnuts) 
  • cacao powder
  • powdered sugar
  • shredded coconut 
Assorted homemade dark chocolate truffles with candy cane, powdered sugar, and chopped nut coatings. This easy chocolate truffle recipe is vegan and gluten free.

How to Store Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate truffles are softer than regular chocolate, which means they melt more easily. Store your homemade truffles in the refrigerator, but you can serve them at room temperature. 

A variety of homemade chocolate truffles. This vegan dark chocolate truffle recipe is so easy and makes the perfect edible gift.

More Vegan Holiday Treats 

Easy dark chocolate truffles made with bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and coconut cream. These homemade truffles are dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free. They make a lovely homemade holiday gift.

Yield: about 30 truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Easy dark chocolate truffles made with bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and coconut cream. These homemade truffles are dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free. They make a lovely homemade holiday gift.
Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients

Truffles

  • 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (I used enjoy life)
  • 1 cup canned coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee

Coating Ideas

  • powdered sugar
  • cacao powder
  • crushed peppermints/candy canes
  • shredded coconut
  • finely chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Place the finely chopped bittersweet and semisweet chocolates into a medium sized bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the coconut cream (solid and liquid parts) to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool 20 seconds. Pour the hot coconut cream over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Stir in the vanilla and coffee.
  3. Let cool and harden at room temperature for an hour or in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Use two small spoons or a small cookie scoop to create roughly 1-inch dollops and place on the lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate until hardened, 30 minutes.
  5. Roll the dollops of chocolate into balls and then roll in your coatings. Store in the refrigerator.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten's Chocolate Truffles

Nutrition information is approximate and will vary depending on size.

Be sure to use vegan, and gluten-free chocolate if needed

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1 truffle
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 95