Chocolates are a classic gift for Valentine’s Day. Visit a grocery store or pharmacy and you’ll be hit with garish displays of heart-shaped boxes and assorted chocolates. It’s tempting to just snag one of these pre-wrapped chocolate gifts as you run your errands. Don’t!
This year, go for a healthier gift that shows your loved one how much you care. DIY your Valentine’s Day and make Matcha Truffles. You’ll be skipping out on all of the processed chocolates found in red, foil boxes, and the effort it takes to make your own gifts will definitely be appreciated.
- 8 oz (about 1⅓ cup) white chocolate, finely chopped
- 2½ tsp matcha
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp powdered sugar
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 bag dark chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- pinch of salt
- Pour the cream and add the butter to a saucepan over low heat.
- Add about half of the matcha and all of the salt.
- Keep mixture over heat until it starts to bubble and the matcha is fully blended in.
- Put white chocolate into ceramic or heat-friendly bowl.
- Pour the hot cream mixture over the white chocolate and mix until the chocolate is completely melted and the contents of the bowl are smooth.
- Chill mixture in refrigerator overnight.
- The following day, in a small bowl, mix the remaining matcha and all of the powdered sugar.
- In a microwave safe bowl, mix the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil.
- Microwave the chocolate chips at 30 second intervals, stirring often.
- Once the chocolate is melted, remove the white chocolate mixture from fridge.
- Use a spoon to scoop and shape the chilled white chocolate mixture into balls.
- Coat each ball with melted dark chocolate and sprinkle the matcha and powdered sugar mixture on top.
- Place each completed truffle on a parchment paper-lined plate or tray.
- Put plate in the freezer for about an hour to firm up the truffles.
- Enjoy and be sure to store extras in the fridge!
Even More Tea Gifts for Valentine’s Day
Don’t let the number of steps in the truffle recipe intimidate you. It’s a super simple (and fun!) recipe. But, if cooking isn’t your forte, there are other ways you can replace sugar-laden chocolates with tea! A nice, ceremonial-grade matcha is a great gift for the Valentine who isn’t into traditional gifts. You can also swap out chocolates for chocolate teas if your Valentine is more health-conscious. Or, if DIY is the way you want to go, check out our amazing DIY beauty gifts for ideas that will help your Valentine pamper themselves.
For more tea recipes, crafts, and ideas, you can always go to the Art of Tea Pinterest. We love tea in its usual, steeped-form. But, we also love to get creative with tea, and we encourage you to do the same!