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Spring is one of my favorite food times of the year because it’s perfectly acceptable to add coconut to every single dessert.

If you like coconut, these Coconut Cream Truffles are for you!

coconut cream truffles sliced in half in bowl


I have a slight bone to pick with Hershey’s Kisses. My absolute favorite Kiss flavor is the Coconut Cream. Every year after Valentine’s Day I start impatiently stalking Target for my shipment to come in. I usually buy a bag to bake with…and a bag to eat. But this year?

There are NO coconut cream kisses to be found! It’s like my own personal armageddon.

I’ve looked at Target. Walmart. The grocery store. I’ve looked again. I’ve done laps in the Easter and candy and specialty aisles with no luck. I even tweeted @HersheysKisses and asked and they said they were rolling them out…and still to date…nada.

It’s a sad, sad day in the Crazy household.

I even bought another brand, a popular one that has very good chocolate. But you know what? All I tasted was the chocolate. The coconut got lost because of how good this brand of chocolate is.

So I decided to take matters into my own hands.

I made my own coconut cream truffles. The coconut cream to chocolate ratio is way in favor of the coconut. #win

Two photo collage of Coconut Cream truffles in blue and green bowls

These are a simple butter-based truffle with triple the coconut stirred right in.

Once you mix up the base of the truffle (butter and powdered sugar) you add vanilla and coconut extract. I know, another extract to buy. But honestly, if you want that punch of coconut flavor, you need the extract. Shredded coconut alone doesn’t pack the wallop I was hoping for. Buy the generic extract at Walmart and it won’t cost you a bunch.

The second coconut layer comes from Cream of Coconut. I bought the Coco Real brand. You can find it in the liquor section of your grocery store. It’s used as a mixer in lots of drinks, but it doesn’t actually have alcohol in it. I supposed you could use the canned cream of coconut you find in the Asian foods aisle, but I really don’t like that stuff. I’ve tried using it before and the flavor just turns me off. The Cream of Coconut reminds me of coconut oil in texture, but it packs a strong coconut flavor.

And last, of course, there is actual shredded coconut in the truffle. It adds some texture and flavor and gives it that nice coconut chew, as I like to call it. The three ingredients together give these a great coconut flavor!

Coconut Cream Truffles with shredded coconut on top sitting on a wooden table

Once you have the truffles rolled and chilled, it’s time to dip them. You can use a candy melt made for dipping (my favorite is Candiquik) or you can use semi-sweet baking chocolate (my favorite is Ghiradelli). Use what you like best! Both  of these (and Almond Bark and Wilton’s Candy Melts) can be found in the baking aisle at your local grocery store or Walmart/Target.

Hate dipping? Me too. But it’s actually easier than you think, and gets easier the more you do it. I made a video tutorial awhile back explaining how I dip truffles without throwing a tantrum, if you’re interested. The post also has some helpful tricks and tips about all the candy choices and dipping in general.

Depending on when you’re serving these truffles, you can decorate them in so many ways. Drizzle them with chocolate or coconut, like I did. Use pretty sprinkles or chocolate jimmies. Or, if you’re making them for Easter, they’d be really eye-catching with some pastel candy drizzled over the top (Wilton sells all different colors).

I went easy, with more coconut. I’m a coconut addict after all.

Like lemon and dark chocolate, coconut is something that I’ve only become obsessed with since I started blogging.

I was kind of hoping that would happen with beets and kale, but so far no dice.

Coconut Cream Truffles in a light blue bowl inside a lime green bowl with one truffle on top cut in half to show filling

I’ll stick with sugar thankyouverymuch.

coconut cream truffles sliced in half in bowl

Coconut Cream Truffles

4.63 from 8 votes
These are the perfect coconut truffle: a creamy center filled with coconut flavor and shredded coconut, all surrounded by chocolate. When you can't find your favorite coconut cream candies at the store, these are the perfect stand-in.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Yield 20 truffles
Serving Size 1 truffle


  • ¼ cup (57g) butter , softened
  • 1 ½ cups (170g) powdered sugar
  • Pinch salt (see note)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons cream of coconut (i.e. Coco Real, see note)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 8 ounces chocolate candy melts (see note)
  • Toasted Coconut , optional, for topping


  • Beat butter with a hand mixer until smooth. Mix in powdered sugar and salt and mix until crumbly.
  • Add extracts and 2 tablespoons coconut cream, mixing until thick and smooth, adding up to 2 additional tablespoons of cream of coconut. If you're using a stand mixer it might come together with 2-3 tablespoons. If you're using a hand mixer you might need up to 4 tablespoons.
  • Drop tablespoon sized balls on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet and roll into uniform balls. Chill for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator or 30 minutes in the freezer before dipping. You can wrap the cookie sheet plastic wrap and chill overnight, if needed.
  • When ready to dip, melt candy melts according to package directions. Dip each ball into the melts, tapping off the excess, and place on a new cookie sheet lined with wax paper. (If your truffles start to get soft, pop them in the freezer for a few minutes before continuing.) Sprinkle with sprinkles or coconut, if desired.
  • Chill until set, store in refrigerator. Best served at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

  • Butter and salt - If using salted butter, use a pinch of salt. If using unsalted butter, add 1/8 teaspoon.
  • Cream of Coconut - I used CocoReal brand, found in the mixer aisle (near the alcohol). You can also get the can of cream of coconut (found in the same place) but be sure to shake it.
  • Chocolate - I like using Ghiradelli candy melts (found in the baking aisle). They come in milk, dark, or white chocolate flavor. You can also use almond bark or Candiqik or baking chocolate bars.
  • Top with a drizzle of leftover chocolate or some toasted coconut for garnish.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1truffle | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on May 31, 2020

Dorothy Kern

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  1. You definitely do not want to use the cream of coconut found in the Asian food aisle. Not the same thing at all. Cream of coconut is sweetened, that is not and it has a different consistency all together.

  2. Without question, obsessed. I’m now on my third week of making these and can’t get enough. There isn’t anything you need to modify. I have been using Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting chips and typically leave the coconut cream balls in the fridge over night before dipping them in chocolate.

  3. Hi Dorothy

    Would you use sweetened shredded coconut or unsweetened? Or would it matter?

    Thank you – so excited to make these!