Homemade Dairy-Free Chocolate Kisses for Every Sweet Occasion

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Chocolate kisses are a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day–or any time! Since Hershey Kisses have dairy, I decided to make some dairy-free ones to enjoy. First, I mastered semi-sweet and dark dairy-free chocolate kisses. Then I moved on to white chocolate and peanut butter kisses with the help of Alisa’s White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chips Recipes in the newest edition of Go Dairy Free. After that, I had some fun making custom half and half vegan flavors.

Homemade Dairy-Free Chocolate Kisses Recipe - Shown in semi-sweet chocolate, peanut butter, and white chocolate! Vegan, gluten-free and optionally allergy-friendly too!

Homemade Dairy-Free Chocolate Kisses for Every Sweet Occasion

We might not be able to buy dairy-free Hershey’s Kisses at the store, but it’s fun and easy to make your own with a few simple tricks and supplies.

I bought these Large Chocolate Chip Molds, which produce the perfect Hershey’s Kiss size. They make quite a few, so you’ll have enough for parties or a big batch of peanut blossom cookies.

To get the perfect tips I use a toothpick. It gets into that little crevice at the end where air can easily get trapped. After a little practice, you’ll get the hang of it.

If making these chocolate kisses with kids, you can use the counter top method for safely melting the cocoa butter or chocolate. Here is the delicious dairy-free chocolate we used plus more suggestions for you to try at home.

Homemade Dairy-Free Chocolate Kisses Recipe - Shown in semi-sweet chocolate, peanut butter, and white chocolate! Vegan, gluten-free and optionally allergy-friendly too!

Semi-Sweet and Dark Dairy-Free Chocolate Kisses

For the ones shown, I used Kirkland Signature Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. They’re safe for our needs, affordable, and delicious. But there are many dairy-free brands available. See our Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips Guide for allergy-friendly, sugar-free, and even paleo options. That big list also includes several store brands, full ingredient lists, and allergen information.

For truly homemade, use the Mylk Chocolate and dark or semi-sweet Quick Chocolate Chunks Recipes in the 2nd edition of Go Dairy Free.

Go Dairy Free - The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance and Casein-Free LivingWhite Dairy-Free Chocolate Kisses

There are a few white chocolate options in our Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips GuideBut I prefer to make homemade for taste, cost, and ease.

For the white chocolate kisses shown, I used the White Chocolate Recipe in the 2nd edition of Go Dairy Free (on page 428). To make that recipe, you just need food-grade cocoa butter (I used Divine Organics Sacred Cacao Raw Premium “Rio Arriba” Cacao Butter), powdered sugar, coconut milk powder (I used Z Naturals Food Organic Coconut Milk Powder), and vanilla. Alisa recommends a vanilla powder or vanilla paste for best results.

Peanut Butter Dairy-Free Chocolate Kisses

For the peanut butter chocolate kisses shown, I used the Peanut Butter Chips Recipe in the 2nd edition of Go Dairy Free (on page 429). To make that recipe, you just need the same food-grade cocoa butter, powdered sugar, peanut powder, and salt. It’s simple and delicious!

Homemade Dairy-Free Chocolate Kisses Recipe - Shown in semi-sweet chocolate, peanut butter, and white chocolate! Vegan, gluten-free and optionally allergy-friendly too!

Special Diet Notes: Homemade Chocolate Kisses

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and optionally top food allergy-friendly.

See our Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Guide to find the brands that suit your special diet needs best, or try one of the homemade recipes in Go Dairy Free. You can actually make paleo or sugar-free keto chocolate kisses, if needed!

Homemade Dairy-Free Chocolate Kisses
 
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Please note that the Prep time is hands-on time only. Allow about 30 minutes for the chocolate to set up.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 ounces chocolate kisses
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips (see Chocolate Tips in post above)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (can sub sustainable palm oil for coconut-free)
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate, and whisk in the coconut oil and salt (if using).
  2. Pour the melted chocolate into large chocolate chip molds, and tap it gently on the counter to remove air bubbles.
  3. Use a toothpick to gently guide the melted chocolate down into the point of each mold.
  4. Freeze the chocolate in the molds for approximately 30 minutes or until firm.
  5. Gently pop the kisses out of the molds, and store them in an airtight container.

Key Supplies: Homemade Dairy-Free Chocolate Kisses

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About Author

Sarah is the Associate Editor for Go Dairy Free. She also shares food and daily dilemmas as a milk allergy mom via her blog, No Whey, Mama. Sarah’s previous experience includes work as a copy editor at Thoroughbred Times magazine, a content writer at Travelago.com, and an intern at Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

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