Coconut Milk Truffles

Coconut Milk Truffles –

Put the kids to bed, grab a glass of wine, and share a moment with this indulgence made for grown ups. Coconut milk adds subtle fruity notes to the deep bittersweet chocolate flavor. A roll in sweetened coconut provides a welcome texture to the melt-in-your mouth combination.

Ghiradelli Chocolate

We start with bittersweet chocolate. If you’re like me, you could rip that gold wrapper off, chow down, and call it a night. But then our recipe would look like this:

1. Open Chocolate
2. Eat Chocolate

And that would probably be the least informative blog recipe ever posted. So let’s get cooking and transform that chocolate into something extra special.

Chopping Chocolate

Chop the bar into small pieces. The smaller the pieces, the more evenly they will melt. With any recipe, the higher quality chocolate you use, the better it will taste. Ghiradelli gives consistently good results. If you really want to splurge go with a high-end chocolate like Valhrona.

Whatever you choose, make sure it is real chocolate. The ingredients will include cocoa butter.

Chocolate on Scale

Weigh your ingredients to make sure your truffles reach the perfect consistency. Scales are an inexpensive way to make sure you follow a recipe exactly. If you don’t have a scale and want to make truffles right now, it’s ok. I put cup measurements in the recipe too.

Coconut Milk in Pot

Heat the milk over medium heat until just boiling. Use full fat coconut milk. If you use reduced fat or light coconut milk these truffles won’t set correctly. I won’t cry over spilled milk but I might shed a tear over spoiled truffles.

Milk Meet Chocolate

Pour the hot milk over the chocolate. Add the butter and vanilla. If you want to make them vegan just leave the butter out. Then let them hang out for about five minutes. The coconut flavor in this recipe is subtle. If you want more coconut punch you can add a half a teaspoon of coconut extract here.

Coconut Milk and Chocolate with Whisk

Gently stir the mixture until just combined. Don’t let the sweet swirls of deliciousness hypnotize you into over mixing. If you stir too much it could become grainy.

Now congratulate yourself! You have created a coconut milk ganache. You could eat it just like this. It’s also a nice glaze for a cake or cupcakes. But we’re taking it further. So let’s continue marching down the road to truffle paradise.

Chocolate Truffle Scoop

Let the milk mix cool completely. This will take a few hours. I know it’s hard, I’ve been there. You will sample a spoon full. You will say, “just one more taste.” And then “Ok, just one more, I mean it this time.” But if you resist, your patience will be rewarded with an amazing dessert.

Truffles on Pan

 Once your ganache cools, scoop tablespoon sized balls. Then roll them into uniform shapes.  

Chopping Coconut

 Dunk the chocolates in a pile of chopped sweetened coconut. Press the coconut firmly into the chocolate.

Coconut Milk Truffles

Coconut milk truffles look beautiful and they taste even better.

Coconut Milk Truffles

If you’re new to making candy, it’s best to follow this recipe exactly using bittersweet chocolate. If you’d like to start your with something even easier, check out this basic chocolate ganache recipe.

If you’re a kitchen pro you can have some fun experimenting with the texture and flavor. Dark chocolate sets up firmer, so if you like that add a little more coconut milk. Semisweet chocolate sets up softer, so if you like that use a little less coconut milk. Let me know how your experiments work out in the comments.

Coconut Milk Truffle Pyramid

 These truffles make beautiful gifts. You will impress your friends if you bring them to a party.  

Coconut Milk Truffle Line

Or you can hide them from your friends and family in your secret pantry spot (It’s ok to admit you have one. We’re all friends here.) and reward yourself with a special indulgence after a long day.

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Coconut Milk Truffles

Yields 24
Coconut milk and bittersweet chocolate combine to create a decadent truffle. A sweetened coconut dip adds nice texture.

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  1. For Truffle
  2. 8 ounces (1 cup) bittersweet chocolate such as Ghiradelli 60% Cacao
  3. 6 ounces (3/4 cup) canned coconut milk
  4. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  6. For Coconut Dip
  7. 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  1. Chop chocolate into small pieces.
  2. Heat coconut milk over medium heat until just boiling.
  3. Pour hot milk over chocolate pieces.
  4. Add butter and vanilla.
  5. Let the mixture sit for five minutes.
  6. Stir gently with a whisk until completely melted.
  7. Cool completely at room temperature.
  8. Scoop into tablespoon sized balls.
  9. Roll balls in coconut.
  1. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Serve at room temperature.
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12 comments on Coconut Milk Truffles

  1. Julie
    December 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm (9 years ago)

    Coconut Heaven….can’t wait to try this recipe out 🙂

  2. Barbara Lancara
    March 3, 2014 at 11:18 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m unsure about the kind of coconut milk you use–the type (such as SoDelicious) in a carton like a milk carton or coconut milk in a can?

    • Laurie @ FrostingAndASmile
      March 4, 2014 at 7:52 am (8 years ago)

      Hello Barbara,
      That’s a great question! It seems like there are new coconut milk options in the store every week. I use canned coconut milk. Any brand is fine. The milk in cartons is sometimes watered down or has added sugar and flavorings. You want to use pure full-fat coconut milk to get the best texture in your truffles. Have fun making them!

  3. Michelle Heber
    September 24, 2014 at 11:28 am (8 years ago)

    Do you think you can use coconut oil in place of the butter?

    • Laurie @ FrostingAndASmile
      September 25, 2014 at 8:46 pm (8 years ago)

      It might work but I couldn’t say for sure since I haven’t tried it. If you try it will you please let me know how it is?

  4. Sarah Barns
    December 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm (8 years ago)

    this is the best thing ever! tastes like heaven!

  5. Sunnie
    December 13, 2015 at 11:03 am (7 years ago)

    I saw this recipe on the sodelicoius site, I’m thinking of making it for my mom in law who is dairy free. Do you know if this can be frozen at all? She won’t eat a of it at a time. Thanks!

    • Laurie @ FrostingAndASmile
      December 25, 2015 at 8:29 pm (7 years ago)

      I have never tried freezing these truffles so I couldn’t say for sure. If you try it, please let me know how it works out.

  6. ginapooh35
    February 22, 2016 at 9:48 pm (6 years ago)

    Are you, by chance, using a cast iron pot?