Palentine’s Day truffles and natural wrap tutorial

vegan chocolate truffles recipes


The 14th of February is more than just a day to buy your partner a bunch of flowers and a cheap card. It’s about showing all the people in your life just how much they mean to you, including your best pals!

To celebrate Palentine’s Day, the lovely Becki Clark has given us the recipe and tutorial for these delicious vegan chocolate truffles. She’s also provided you with a tutorial for naturally-dyed fabric so you can make them look professional and beautiful in sustainable gift wrapping. Tasty and environmentally friendly, a match made in heaven.

If you need some more Valentine’s Day inspiration, make sure you pick up the latest copy of Mollie Makes and check out our Palentine’s Day Pinterest board.

For the vegan chocolate truffles

Ingredients:

(will make 14-20 depending on size)

  • 400g Chocolate spread
  • 400g Icing sugar
  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Desiccated coconut
  • Paper truffle cases
  • Small tins

vegan chocolate truffles1. These truffles are super simple and easy to make but in no way lack in deliciousness! Firstly, you’ll need to empty your jar of chocolate spread (we used a 400g jar) into a large bowl.

2. Add in the same weight of icing sugar, so you have half icing sugar and half chocolate spread in the bowl.

vegan chocolate truffles3. Mix with a fork until the ingredients have combined – the mixture will become a lot thicker and stiff. Chill for 15 minutes in the fridge.

vegan chocolate truffles4. Pop your hazelnuts, almonds & coconut into three separate bowls.

vegan chocolate truffles5. Take the mixture from the fridge and use your hands to roll it into small balls. Roll each ball in one of the different coatings to create the truffles, until all the mixture has been used up. vegan chocolate truffles

6. Pop your finished vegan chocolate truffles into a tin and put back into the fridge to chill.

Sustainable gift wrapping – Naturally dyed fabric wrap

If you want to wash the fabric to reuse it, you’ll need to treat it before dyeing. Mix ½ cup of salt to 8 cups of water and place the damp fabric in to soak for an hour. Rinse with cool water and the fabric is ready to dye. If you’re just using it for wrapping however, you can dye the fabric as it is.

Materials:

  • 8 strawberries
  • Large saucepan
  • Sieve
  • Natural untreated fabric

1. Chop the strawberries and place in the saucepan, then pour over enough hot water to cover the fabric – we used a medium sized saucepan and eight cups of water. Simmer for 25 minutes.

2. Drain the strawberries from the liquid and pour the dye back into the saucepan. Add the fabric to the pan, then leave to absorb the dye. We left ours for 30 minutes to achieve a subtle shade of pink, but the longer you leave it, the deeper the final shade will be.

3. Remove the fabric from the dye, squeeze out any excess, and leave to dry.

Wrapping

Materials:

  • Your box of vegan chocolate truffles
  • Fabric
  • Grasses/dried flowers or foliage

1. If you don’t have time to dye your own fabric you could always raid your craft stash and use some fabric you already have.

2. Place your vegan chocolate truffles in a box in the middle of a large rectangle of fabric. Take opposite corners diagonally across the box, tie in a knot, then repeat with the remaining two corners to create a knot in the middle of the box.

3. Tuck foliage or dried grasses underneath the knot to add natural decoration. Sustainable gift wrapping made easy.

We hope you enjoy making these vegan chocolate truffles for all the important people in your life (including yourself, of course). Tag us in your pictures on Instagram using #molliemakers and share the love.

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