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Visit These 7 Locations For Ultra-Chocolatey Vegan Truffles

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For those of you who love a classic one-to-two-bite dessert, truffles are the perfect treat for you. Simple, classic, elegant, and delicious, truffles are small chocolate confections that have a reputation for being a super-fancy and complicated to make, when in reality they really only require two ingredients: chocolate and (plant-based) cream.

Due to their visual appeal and enticing flavor profile, truffles have started to make a splash in the online food community. Luckily enough for plant-based eaters, there are several places you can go and seek out vegan truffles to buy. Here are our top seven spots across America to purchase plant-based truffles (and a couple of recipe recommendations from our Food Monster App to tide you over, too):

1. Las Vegas, Nevada

Veganbites Bakery

Veganbites

Veganbites Bakery is a thoughtful food company that creates healthy snacks, desserts and confections. It is Las Vegas’s first and only vegan and organic bakery, and its mission is to create the best-tasting cakes, cookies, candies, and snacks using only all-natural ingredients. They source ingredients that are organic, non-GMO, and we use no additives or artificial sweeteners.

Their truffles come in four flavors: coconut, almond, cocoa, and Oreo, and we want them all.

You can visit Veganbites Bakery at 8876 S Eastern Ave #101, Las Vegas, NV 89123.

2. San Marcos, Texas

The Candy Wraptor Dinosaur Cafe

Heather R./Yelp

The Candy Wraptor Dinosaur Café is a local family owned and operated business in Texas that proudly offers many vegan, low carb, sugar-free, and gluten-free options, and even has its own vegan, plant-based menu. The café is unique due to its dinosaur-themed decor, and a big hit with its customers.

“First thing I notice when I walked in was the life-sized raptor. Instantly fell in love with the place,” one reviewer wrote on Yelp. “The truffles were enticing. Ended up buying a few for the fiancé. Can’t wait to try all the vegan items!”

You can visit the Candy Wraptor Dinosaur Café at 2626 Hunter Rd #101, San Marcos, TX 78666.

3. Tempe, AZ

24 Carrots

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24 Carrots is a vegetarian cafe that opened up in 2008 as a juice bar, but they expanded their menu in 2010 to include breakfast and lunch options. Now, they make a wide array of delicious ( and nutritious) treats by hand every day, with a menu that features fresh, high-quality local, organic, and artisanal ingredients. Their menu is 100 percent vegan with gluten-free options available; just check out the gluten-free and vegan cookie dough truffles pictured above! Yum.

You can visit 24 Carrots at 1701 E Guadalupe Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283.

4. New York City, New York

Rose and Basil

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Rose and Basil, a café and dessert bar located in New York City’s East Village, serves up an array of 100 percent organic, allergy-friendly, and vegan truffles. Rose and Basil’s co-founders Loana Holt and William Wang offer more than eight flavors of vegan chocolate truffles, many of which are all-organic, sugar-free, gluten-free, and kosher. So they’re allergy friendly! Hungry visitors who want more than just dessert can also order some vegan beverages, as well as gluten-free and vegan Breakfast Jars. Learn more about them and their gorgeous vegan truffles here.

You can visit Rose and Basil at 104 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009.

Cocoa V Chocolat

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Cocoa V is an intimate vegan chocolate, wine, and pastry shop located in Chelsea, NYC that offers an impressive variety of dairy-free and vegan truffles to its customers. Cocoa V’s artisanal 100 percent dairy free, ethical vegan, and certified kosher products are produced on site, and the shop is committed to providing a completely vegan product line. From Lavendar Vanilla to Earl Grey Tea Truffle to Hazelnut Praline and more, you don’t want to miss out on these truffles.

You can visit Cocoa V at 174 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011.

Confectionary!

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Confectionery! is a joint sweet shop in New York City from Sweet Maresa’s and Lagusta’s Luscious, serving up organic, fair trade, and vegan sweets. From macarons to truffles to vegan pastries and more, Confectionery! is sure to never disappoint any plant-based eater with a sweet tooth to satisfy.

Visit them at 440 E 9th St., New York, NY 10009.

5. Branford, CT

G-Zen

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Known for their raw desserts, and grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free fare, G-Zen‘s desserts are made in-house from scratch daily by their Award-winning culinary team. They replace all the traditional ingredients found in most desserts like processed sugar, milk, and eggs, and substitute with plant-based alternatives like organic whole grain pastry flour and nut milks. They use unprocessed organic maple syrup, date sugar, coconut nectar, and other natural sweeteners. They offer Raw Cacao and Coconut Truffles on their dessert menu.

You can visit G-Zen at 2 E Main St #2, Branford, CT 06405.

6. Make Your Own

Don’t despair if you can’t make it down to one of the above locations for vegan truffles; we have your back. It’s easy and delicious to make your own plant-based chocolate truffles from the comfort of your own home — even tempering chocolate is a skill you can master!

The Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles With Smoked Sea Salt, pictured above, taste sort of like a nutty pumpkin pie. Fans of nuts will enjoy these Pistachio Coconut Dark Chocolate Truffles, while people who enjoy a zing of creamy citrus with their chocolate will appreciate this recipe for Creamsicle Truffles.

We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

Make sure to also check out some of our other American city guides, listed below:

Lead image source: Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles With Smoked Sea Salt 

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