I have to be totally honest with you, after I passed the age of giving out Valentines at school (which I always adored), I have always found the fact that Valentine’s Day has become a day generally so focused on giving gifts, to just be a tad bit silly. I grew up with my mom saying to us kids every single year without fail, something along the lines of: “I don’t need one special day or any fancy gifts to show my love to you or your dad, I love you each and every single day of the year”. I have to say, I couldn’t agree more with my mother. I have always felt like the holiday was less about love and more about the greeting card industry, the jewelry stores and florists make out like bandits, and besides Easter, I have to imagine this is the biggest day of the year for chocolatiers. I also have to be real here for a sec, I kinda resent that this day has been somewhat stolen by those in monogamist romantic relationships! If it’s a day about love, then shouldn’t we celebrate ALL love? That of the romantic variety but also plutonic friends, parental, puppy-love (like I’m talking your actual pooch), your favorite co-worker, anyone and everyone that you have love for?
Don’t get it twisted, I don’t at all frown upon a day focused on love, how could I? What kind of V-day scrooge that would make me? It’s far from this. Nothing in this world makes me happier than love and I can only wish and hope that every day, every person has the pleasure of experiencing some love on some level, even if just that sweet look of adoration from their pooch on their morning walk. Love should be celebrated each and every day, so a day that puts it at the forefront, this certainly brings a smile to my face. But I say, collectively, we take that energy so many focus into this one single day and we extend it out throughout the year. Do sweet things for one other, share sweet thoughts with the people you love most, tell them you love them, surprise someone with homemade chocolates – these acts of love are are even better on a random Tuesday, not just on February 14th, one time a year.
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, if you want to give gifts, I am, just as any other holiday, very much in favor of those of the homemade variety. I also love the idea of thoughtful actions in lieu of presents and sweet unexpected somethings like breakfast in bed or a homemade meal, traditions, special outings, picnics etc. The gifts that come from the heart, they will, like cupid’s arrow, cut through with such vigor!
This love of homemade gifts, it’s actually pretty perfect for a holiday like Valentine’s Day. I have never been the type to long for jewels or flowers, but you also have to know that my love for chocolate, this passion, it knows no holidays. These truffles are my way of honoring this day focused on love. I think of these as a far more thoughtful and personal way to give chocolate and flowers to that special someone you adore. Your partner, a parent, sibling, friend, coworker, yoga teacher – whomever brings you joy and whom you want to bring it right back to! Show your love with these Dark Chocolate Rose Water Truffles and I can promise your love and adoration will be felt in the deepest places of their soul (and their tummy)!
Creamy, rich dark chocolate truffles, infused with your passion, thoughtfulness and of course, a hint of rose water – this is one of the sweetest ways to celebrate a day focused on love, or any ‘ol day, for that matter!
- ½ cup full-fat organic coconut milk (the canned kind)
- ¼ cup organic virgin coconut oil
- 10 ounces organic, fair-trade super dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) – chopped – I used 85% Dark Chocolate*
- 1 teaspoon rosewater
- dash of salt
- ¼ cup raw cacao powder, for rolling
- other options for rolling: melted chocolate, dried culinary rose petals, coconut, almonds
- In a double boiler, heat coconut oil and coconut milk over a low/medium heat, whisking until the oil is just melted and well incorporated. Add the chocolate, stirring continuously, not allowing it to heat too quickly. Just as soon as it is melted, remove from the heat. You have to be very careful with dark chocolate, it can very easily seize up if heated too quickly. Add the rose water and a pinch of sea salt. Stir to combine.
- Pour into a 8×8 baking dish, a glass loaf pan or a pie pan and refrigerate until the mixture is mostly set, but still pliable, about 45 minutes to an hour or so (it may take longer depending on the depth of your pan). Using a 1″ melon baller or a tablespoon, scoop out the chocolate and roll into balls using your hands. Place the cocoa power onto a small plate and roll the balls in the cocoa powder to coat, you can also put the cocoa powder in your hands and roll them around that way. See recipe notes below for other preparations. Set them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Once all have been rolled, place the sheet into the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes, up to overnight to fully set.
- Store the finished truffles in the refrigerator.
- These truffles will keep up to two weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature for about 15 minutes, just before serving, if you’d like.
You can also coat these truffles in melted chocolate, if you prefer and you could beautifully adorn each with a couple dried culinary rose petals