The very best and easiest homemade Vegan Vanilla Cream Chocolates! These little homemade chocolates are smooth and creamy and wrapped in a coating of chocolate that has the perfect *crack* when you bite into them. You would never know they’re completely dairy-free!
I promise they are not as hard as you think to make. In fact, this is a recipe that my mom makes every single year at Christmas (except peppermint instead of vanilla!) and they are a hit with everyone. We used to make them growing up but they weren’t vegan and I searched the internet far and wide for vegan peppermint patty recipes with no success. However, my mom decided to just use her trusty traditional recipe and vegabnize it, and they turned out great! So today I am sharing the vanilla version with you.
Tip: you can use ANY extract in these to make the flavour you want! We have also done hazelnut, almond, raspberry and lemon. Just make sure to start with a bit less extract and taste the batter as you add more, because some extracts can be overpowering versus vanilla which is extremely forgiving.
What do I need to make these chocolates?
- vegan butter (stick butter like Becel, Earth Island and Melt sticks are the best)
- sweetened condensed coconut milk (the brand I use is Let’s Do Organic, but here is a recipe to make your own at home!)
- vanilla extract
- powdered sugar
- dairy-free chocolate for dipping
Tempering the chocolate
You know when you pick up a chocolate bar from the store and you can hold onto it for quite a while before it starts to melt in your hands? And it has that nice *snap*? And it can sit at room temperature without going soft? That’s because it is tempered chocolate.
Guys, don’t get intimidated. I avoided teaching myself how to temper chocolate because it seemed soooo confusing with thermometers and double boilers etc. BUT, hear me out.
I found a blog post that has a microwave method for tempering chocolate and it was SO easy. That’s what I did and it worked great! Scroll down to the green recipe card (not the pink one) and near the bottom of the directions it has the microwave method directions.
Basically, you melt 2/3 of the chocolate in the microwave on 50% power for a minute at a time, stirring in between until its melted. Then, you slowly add the rest of the chocolate, stirring it to melt it in the heat of the already melted chocolate, and this cools the chocolate to the perfect temperature. Then you just start dipping! I swear it was the easiest thing ever and even easier if you have a thermometer you can use to double check its the perfect temperature. I just used a $6 candy thermometer from Bulk Barn.
See a video tutorial of how to make these chocolates along with 2 other delicious vegan treats!