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Spiced Hot Chocolate Truffle Gifts Recipe

Truffles make a versatile Christmas gift. Perfect to eat in their own right, but the twist on these is you can melt them down to make a delicious hot chocolate drink! Simply pour over hot milk in a heatproof glass or mug, and voilà!


30 truffles (10 with 3 truffles each)


15 minutes


1 hour, including setting times


For the truffles:

For the spiced sugar mix:

For the gift jars:


1. Heat the coconut milk, 20g of the cocoa powder and muscovado sugar, over a medium-low heat. Stir regularly, until the muscovado sugar has melted into the coconut milk and is smooth.

2. Put the dark and milk chocolate in a large bowl. Pour the hot coconut milk mixture over the chocolate and leave for a minute to melt. Mix together with a wooden spoon until the chocolate mixture is smooth and silky. Add the salt to taste. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then cover the bowl with cling film and put into the freezer for 30 minutes.

3. Using a melon baller or two teaspoons, divide the mixture into 30 portions and form into balls. If the mixture is too loose, put it back in the freezer briefly or if it’s too firm, heat in the microwave for a few seconds.

4. Transfer the truffles into an airtight container, leaving enough space so they’re not touching and put them in the freezer again for 20 minutes to set. Once out of the freezer, roll the truffles again until they form evenly rounded balls.

5. Put the remaining cocoa powder in a large bowl. Roll the truffles in the cocoa so they coat evenly. Put the truffles back into an airtight container, leaving enough space so they’re not touching, and set aside in the fridge.

6. In a bowl, mix together the spices, sugar and hazelnuts. Divide the sugar mixture evenly between the 10 glass jars.

7. To assemble as a gift: Put 3 truffles into each jar with the chopped chocolate, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 star anise, 3 cloves, 3 whole cardamom pods and . tsp dried rose petals. Wrap with a ribbon and add the instruction label. Write the instructions as follows:

To make a chocolate drink, you will need:

In the saucepan, gently heat up the milk with the whole spices. Put the truffles and half the spiced sugar into the glass or mug. Pour the hot milk through a sieve into the glass or mug. Mix until the truffles have dissolved. Sprinkle with the chopped chocolate and the rest of the spiced sugar.

Recipe courtesy of the Vegetarian Society. For more recipe inspiration, visit

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