Chocolate Nutella Truffles for Valentine’s Day
Flabbergasted as to what to get for your vegan lover in your life? Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered, with chocolate. hazelnut. truffles.
I know a lot of people who hate Valentine’s Day with a vengeance, which is a sentiment that I don’t understand. It’s a whole holiday dedicated to other people giving you chocolate and tacky cards that sing and more chocolate! And while Halloween is also centered around giving out chocolate, you can often get stuck with yucky candy like Dots or Almond Joys (a misnomer if you ask me, as they neither give me joy nor a lot of almonds) or the dreaded Tootsie Roll during Halloween. Valentine’s Day is all about dark sexy oozing chocolate truffles in suggestive packaging rather than crappy candy meant to appease seething masses of kids with undeveloped taste buds.
Two things that I really missed as a vegan were Nutella and Ferrero Rochers. Nutella, I would eat with a butter knife straight out of a the jar, and the speed at which I could eat Ferrero Rochers was only hindered by 1) the speed at which I could unwrap the damn individually wrapped things and 2) the limited amount of chocolates in a box. On a related note, my friend once gave me a box of 24 chocolates for my 16th birthday, and I ate every single one of them before my birthday was over. I think I vowed never to eat ever again after that night, but as you can see, I am clearly over that phase.
This recipe is a little time intensive, but if you want chocolate truffles in your life you’re going to have to work for it! All it involves is toasting up the hazelnuts, whizzing up the vegan Nutella in your food processor, then rolling the hazelnut filling, and dipping it in chocolate. It’s fun to make in the kitchen with your lover (…except if you are dating my boyfriend, who insisted on “taste testing” half of my Nutella before I could make them into truffles which is really just not conducive to the making truffles thing) and it’s a whole lot cheaper and better tasting than going out and buying store-bought truffles.