Earl Grey & Citrus Vegan Truffle ‘Pops’

Vegan Truffles

I recently perused through a local bridal show to do some networking and gain a little inspiration for my hair business.  This adorable chocolate company and their “certified green” sign caught my eye. So I stopped and asked, “what exactly makes you green?” the lady at the booth exclaimed that they proudly get all of their ingredients from local farms. That’s great. My next question naturally was “do you have any vegan chocolates?”. No? Hmmm, not my lucky day. I wondered…  is it really that hard to create vegan chocolates when we have such fabulous dairy alternatives?

I’m not going to lie, I tasted their tea infused chocolate. In fact, it was my inspiration for this recipe and yes,  it tasted a little bit like heaven, but upon rising the next morning, my inner ears went ballistic from the dairy! That’s right. After kicking dairy, I finally figured out that in fact, it is the source of that annoying allergy which I down right refused to believe was from dairy, way back when. After all, I was an addict, like so many. When you are unaware, as I was back then of the amazing world of vegan cooking, cheese is just about in every single friggin standard American recipe there is! So you go with it. Lying to yourself. Because of course, it couldn’t be the dairy! Then you do your homework! Let me just throw this out there: Hey moms, ever wonder why your little ones get all those ear infections?

Earl Grey & Citrus Vegan Truffle ‘Pops’

I have to say, truffle making is fun! Determined to recreate the Earl Grey experience and make it even better I added an orange chocolate ganache coating to compliment the delicate lavender like bergamot flavor. I dressed these babies up for Valentine’s day and thought a ‘pop’ would be a fun way to enjoy a much larger truffle … more chocolate… Oh yaaah… but without getting your hands all dirty. Truffles can be such messy little things! But there’s no reason you can’t present a classic truffle that’s not a ‘pop’ using this recipe. It actually screams to be rolled in powdered sugar. The whole point of this creation is that I used coconut milk (instead of blended cashews which seem to be a popular vegan recipe) due to it’s good fat and good for you fat content. Since coconut oil has such a high heat point I figured the milk might melt the chocolate perfectly… and it did. If you are in the mood for coconut you won’t taste it here, unless of course that’s what you crave. Then go right ahead and change it up. The beauty of a truffle recipe is that the variations are endless… I’ll talk about these in a bit.

What You’ll Need

1 can Coconut Milk. You need 1 Cup after it’s all said and done

14 oz Dark Chocolate, high quality (70% or so)

10 tea bags or more, Earl Grey Tea. I used Stash brand

8 oz additional Dark Chocolate

1 tsp flavored Orange Oil

Lollipop Sticks

Paper Candy Cups

Directions

Break or chop 14 oz of the chocolate into small pieces and place in a large bowl.

Bring the coconut milk to a light boil and place 10 tea bags into the pot. If there are strings, cut them off or keep them outside the pot. Steep the tea in the boiling milk for 2-3 minutes and use a potato masher to gently squeeze the tea from the bags into the milk. After the tea bags are squeezed of all flavor you can get out of them, gently squeeze the tea bags again up and against the side of the pot to remove what coconut milk you can salvage and discard the tea bags.

Bring the coconut milk to a faster boil. This won’t take but a few seconds… Pour the boiling coconut milk over the chocolate in the large bowl and keep stirring until all of the chocolate has melted and the batter is smooth.

This will be the base for your Earl Grey Truffle. Thicken the creamy ganache by whisking it, or putting it into the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes or just until it is thick enough to form truffle balls using two spoons or your hands, or other spherical device. Shape into smooth round balls and put them on a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper and place your lollipop sticks into the centers.

The basic ganache will be sticky and wet but dries quickly! Don’t let it cool too long if putting it in the refrigerator! I panicked because these dried faster than I could shape them nicely, then I realized if you put them back in your hand and roll, the heat from your hand melts them again just enough to re-shape them perfectly!

Last Step

dipped vegan truffles

In a double boiler, melt the remaining 8 oz of chocolate and add the orange oil extract. Dip and roll your truffle into this melted mixture and place to dry on parchment or wax paper. When your truffles are dry, you can place them in colorful candy cups for a cute presentation.

*Note: These truffles have just a hint of Earl Grey. If you want them stronger, use more tea bags and more coconut milk, maybe 4-5  oz or more. The tea bags soak up and remove a lot of the coconut milk and you want to be sure you end up with 1 Cup for melting your chocolate.

Variations

  • You could skip this last step and roll your Earl Grey truffle into powdered sugar or a good cocoa powder (which will add a bitter flavor) when its still warm from rolling in your hands and then place them in the candy cups.  If you go this route try adding the orange oil to the main truffle recipe if you still want the hint of orange with your Earl Grey
  • Dip into the melted chocolate and then into crushed nuts
  • You can skip the Earl Grey all together and just dip the plain truffle into the orange chocolate. Or make the truffles orange chocolate and just dip them into the powdered sugar or a good bitter cocoa powder
  • Go ahead, go the coconut route… add coconut extract to either part of the recipe  instead of the Earl Grey and orange and roll in coconut flakes! Or just plain dark chocolate truffles rolled in coconut flakes

If you get creative and try flavored alcohol, research it a bit as the alcohol tends to stiffen the main truffle ganache and then you might have to start all over! Oil extracts are better to use, so I have read.

This was an inspiring experience in the kitchen for me because so many ideas came to mind! But I guess I should note that these will appeal more to bitter dark chocolate lovers. You can certainly sweeten your experience. Try adding Agave?

Happy Valentines Day and I hope you enjoy,

The Karmatarian~

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2 Responses so far »

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    erica said,

    this sounds amazingly delicious! i cant wait to make it. Thanks for all the great info.

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    karmatarian said,

    Your welcome Erica :) Thanks for your support and for taking the time to comment. Let me know if you try these. Or stop over tomorrow. I have extra to share!!!!


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