How to make delicious little chocolate coconut truffles with a lovely white chocolate taste and coconut flavor. This recipe is very easy to make at home and these little truffles are perfect as Christmas gifts or just to treat yourself.
Why you'll love this recipe
If you already know my super recipe for white chocolate truffles, then you won't be able to resist this even more delicious and flavorful version of homemade coconut truffles.
Everything we love about a creamy, soft truffle with a good white chocolate taste plus coconut and chopped almonds that give it an incredible flavor that reminds us of a few Raffaello's chocolates.
The recipe is super easy and quick to make at home, with just a few ingredients, a ganache made with white chocolate chips, and heavy cream in which we incorporate shredded coconut and chopped nuts that adds crunchy and tasty texture.
These coconut truffles are simply rolled in shredded coconut, but you can replace them with a melted chocolate coating, roll them in cocoa powder or a mixture of chopped nuts.
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Ingredients and substitutions
*You will find the quantities of the ingredients and the complete instructions in the recipe card at the end of the page.
- White chocolate: For a less sweet taste, use quality chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa butter.
- Heavy cream: Full-fat heavy cream with at least 30% fat or sweetened condensed milk, condensed coconut milk or coconut cream. You can also use sweetened condensed milk instead, but you will have to cook the preparation well to get a good truffle texture.
- Nuts: A mixture of unsweetened shredded coconut and crushed almonds, which you can substitute with hazelnuts or use only coconut.
- Salt and vanilla: Essential for flavoring and bringing out all the flavors, you can add coconut extract to enhance the flavor.
For decoration, I simply rolled the coconut balls in sweetened shredded coconut or unsweetened coconut flakes, but you can coat them with :
- Chocolate: Coating them in melted dark chocolate or use dark chocolate melting wafers to make a dark chocolate shell or white candy melt and decorate with toasted coconut.
- Cocoa powder: Roll them in unsweetened, bitter cocoa powder like the traditional truffle recipe.
- Nuts: chopped nuts, crushed peppermint, sprinkles and more.
How to make white chocolate coconut truffles
- In a mixing bowl, place finely chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips. Next, add the heavy cream, shredded coconut, chopped nuts, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
- In a double boiler, gently heat the mixture while stirring continuously until it becomes smooth and homogeneous, with the white chocolate completely melted.
- Afterward, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the mixture for a minimum of 2 hours, allowing it to firm up and become easier to work with.
Shape the balls
- Using an ice cream scoop, portion the white chocolate ganache into evenly sized-balls.
- Gently roll each portion between your palms to achieve a smooth and round shape and place your balls into a parchment paper.
- Immediately coat the ganache balls by rolling them in a bowl filled with shredded coconut.
- Transfer the finished truffles into individual small cups or serving dishes and indulge in their delightful flavor!
Storage and Freeze
In the fridge: Store truffles can be stored at room temperature for 1-2 weeks. Place them in an airtight container box with a tight-fitting lid to keep them soft and fresh.
How to freeze? You can also store them in the freezer for up to 3 months, well-wrapped in a storage bag or in a box.
Pro Tips for Truffles
- Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality white chocolate for the best flavor and texture in your truffles.
- Coconut Cream: Coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk can be used instead of heavy cream to create a creamy and rich truffle filling.
- Coconut Flavor: Enhance the coconut flavor by adding a touch of coconut extract or essence to the truffle mixture.
- Chill the Mixture: After mixing the coconut and white chocolate, refrigerate the mixture until it's firm enough to shape into truffles easily.
- Use a Melon Baller: To create uniformly sized truffles, use a melon baller or a small cookie scoop to portion the mixture before rolling it into balls.
- Chill Before Dipping: Before dipping the truffles in melted white chocolate, chill them in the freezer for a short time to prevent them from melting too quickly.
- Smooth Coating: Dip chilled coconut truffles into melted chocolate chips, melted milk chocolate, or white chocolate chips. Use a fork or a dipping tool to ensure a smooth and even coating. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off.
- Room Temperature Serving: For the best texture and flavor, serve the truffles at room temperature. Remove them from the fridge a little before serving.
Fruit Infusion: Add finely chopped dried fruits like dried apricots, cranberries, or pineapple to the truffle mixture for a fruity twist.
Nutty Crunch: Incorporate chopped nuts such as almonds, macadamias, or pistachios into the truffle filling for added texture and a nutty flavor.
Citrus Zest: Enhance the truffles with a burst of citrus flavor by adding grated lemon, lime, or orange zest to the mixture.
Spiced Delight: Mix in a pinch of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom for a spiced truffle variation with a hint of warmth.
Coffee Infusion: Infuse the truffle mixture with coffee flavor by adding a small amount of instant coffee granules or espresso powder.
Liqueur Twist: Replace a portion of the coconut cream with a flavored liqueur like coconut rum, amaretto, or Irish cream for an adult twist.
Pistachio Coating: Roll the truffles in finely ground pistachios after dipping them in white chocolate for a green and nutty exterior.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Question
Can I use other types of chocolate for these truffles?
While white chocolate is the traditional choice, you can experiment with milk or dark chocolate for different flavor profiles.
Can I make these truffles in advance?
Yes, you can make the truffle mixture in advance and store it in the fridge until you're ready to shape and coat the truffles.
Can I use sweetened shredded coconut instead of unsweetened?
Yes, you can use sweetened shredded coconut if you prefer a sweeter truffle. Adjust the sugar content in the truffle mixture accordingly.
How can I prevent the truffle mixture from becoming too sticky when rolling into balls?
If the mixture is too sticky, dust your hands lightly with powdered sugar or cocoa powder while rolling the truffles to make the process smoother.
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