Vegan Candy Cane “Kisses”

Think of the delight and surprise of your friends and family this Christmas when they open up this tiny package, only to find a non-dairy version of their favorite holiday chocolate candy treat. Hershey Kisses are my favorite chocolates because they are the perfect size when you have that sweet tooth nagging at you to devour something tasty. “Just enough” as I like to think of it…

Vegan Hershey Kisses

The holidays are quickly approaching which means we can find ourselves feeling bummed about that fact that there are less things those of us who are sensitive or allergic to certain foods can enjoy when that dessert plate is passed around. The good news, however, is that we are not limited–we just have to spend an extra minute in the kitchen to create the same foods we know we can love. I hope that I have proven to all of you up to this point that there really is no food that cannot be remade into a friendly version into what you can enjoy. But just in case I haven’t done my job, allow me to convince you with these Vegan Hershey Kisses.

Okay, let’s get baking. And by baking, I mean using a microwave. That is, unless you don’t own a microwave or are against using one. If so, no worries. Just use a double broiler or a small saucepan (if you are using the saucepan, be sure to keep an eye on the white chocolate, ensuring that it does not burn). Having said that, the instructions from this point on will be for the microwave. It’s only for 35 seconds per each Kiss. I think we will survive…


To make 1 vegan Hershey “Kiss” (adjust the recipe amount to accommodate however many you intend on making)

Vegan Hershey Kisses

Take 1 Tbsp. of non-dairy white chocolate chips and about 1/2 tsp. coconut oil. I like to put coconut oil into these because it makes it a little smoother in flavor and it melts just that much better. If you don’t like that oil or insert reason why you won’t eat it, no worries again. Don’t put it in.

Vegan Hershey Kisses

Melt the vegan white chocolate chips in the microwave for a good, hearty 35 seconds. Stir until completely melted.

Vegan Hershey Kisses

Add 1/2 Tbsp. of crushed candy canes (be sure to get them gluten-free and/or vegan if that is your jam) and stir until combined. Place into a very mini-sized funnel. Hi friends, check out THESE LINKS: Here is the mini funnel I was telling you about or look for something like this as a chocolate mold (click on the underlined sentences for the links).

Vegan Hershey Kisses

Place the Tbsp. of melted chocolate with crushed candy canes into the mini funnels (or molds). There is no need to grease these. The non-dairy white chocolate will freeze quickly and the material of the funnel will easy glide the chocolate out; it’s super easy! But because the funnels are tiny and are oddly shaped, I put mine into the mouth of a small milk bottle to prop it up.

Vegan Hershey Kisses

Freeze for 10-15 minutes, until the non-dairy chocolate is fully set and is easy to pop out of the mold. Now the reeeeaaaaalllly fun part: wrapping the Kisses in foil:

Vegan Hershey Kisses

Follow the pictures to guide you through how to wrap the Vegan Candy Cane Kisses in their foil as I sit back over here and pop another Vegan Hershey “Kiss” into my mouth. I can feel Christmas is already on it’s way with each piece…

Vegan Hershey Kisses


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  1. Woah! Thank you for this. I can make now a home made kisses for my own. :)

  2. This is sooo cute kisses, I can’t wait to make it at home.

  3. Hi Kookie! Can we make some of these when you come out in March for my birthday? I can’t wait ’till you come out! I have missed you! I love you!!!!:-)


  4. While in Time Square last night, I visited the Hershey store and they were passing out Cookies ‘N’ Cream Hershey Kisses. Two words: Yum. Me. Since Oreos are vegan (but are they gluten free??), I wonder if I could pull a Cookies ‘N’ Cream Kiss off??? Ah, who am I kidding? I will NEVER do that. But a girl can dream (hint hint). Love you, Sissy!

  5. How flippin’ cute is this?!

  6. OMG! I’m dying at this. White hershey’s kisses used to be my favorite pre-vegan. I could eat all of these!

    • I know, me too! I would buy them every holiday season and eat them until I got sick. hehe. Now we can eat these until we barf :)

  7. This is such a cool idea. I love the detail, even down to the “joy to the world” banner. I just went to our vegan grocery store and bought some white chocolate chips so I’m going to try this later this week!

  8. This is so amazing for gifting! I don’t know if I’d have the patience for it, although I certainly admire yours!

  9. super cool as usual!!i love the mini funnel. it is so cute!)

  10. This is incredible! I bet doing a variety of white and dark chocolate kisses would be an awesome gift (Hint, hint). 😉 Such a great idea, Cara!

  11. This is pure genius.

  12. Woman. Have I mentioned lately how much I love you? I was looking for just such a recipe last week, and couldn’t find anything!! I am SO making these this week.

    • I always love it when I read a comment that starts off with: Woman. Especially a comment from YOU! Do you know how much I love YOU?!

  13. Such a good idea to use the mini funnel! I love adding a little coco oil to chocolate for that super smooth texture, melty texture.

  14. Holy cute!!

  15. you are so damn creative, woman!

  16. Lovely! Did you know they’re called Hershey’s kisses because it looks like the machine that makes them is ‘kissing’ the conveyor belt!? Haha

    • I had no idea, Suzanne. It all makes sense now–and no wonder I can get mine to look exactly like the real thing. I need that machine! :)


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