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Orange Chocolate Truffles, luxuriously creamy and decadent, these are easy to make and perfect for gifts and parties! Options to add Spiced rum too!

Orange Chocolate Truffles, luxuriously creamy and decadent, these are easy to make and perfect for gifts and parties!

Oh my goodness! These Orange Chocolate Truffles scream Christmas! Christmas is all about spoiling ourselves and having a little luxury! So what better than some decadent Orange Chocolate Truffles! 

Christmas wouldn't be the same if we didn't have a chocolate or three to enjoy! These orange chocolate truffles are the perfect treat. They're very rich and creamy and make for perfect gifts over the holiday season. 

For this recipe, I've made it very easy and straightforward. You do need to allow yourself some time because the chocolate needs to firm up in the fridge, preferably overnight, but if you're really pushed for time, a few hours in the freezer should do it. 

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Serve these little balls of orange chocolate truffles at a New Year's Eve party! Arrange a few on small plates and dot them around the room for people to enjoy.

You can change the flavors and make a variety out of one batch, simply by dividing the mixture up before adding the flavors. In the recipe below, you'll see some handy tips on how to do this!. When I made these orange truffles, I split the batch in two and added some spiced rum to one batch, of course, just for the grown ups! 

How long do truffles keep for?

These truffles do need to be kept refrigerated and you can also freeze them without any risk of spoiling the quality. They will not go rock hard and take a matter of minutes to get to a temperature where it has defrosted, i.e as though they had been in the fridge.  So if you wanted to make ahead, say for a wedding party or celebration, then you will be fine.

Moving on from Christmas, these will also work nicely for the Easter holidays. Below, you can see a photo of some coconut and rum white chocolate truffles I made and simply presented them in less glittery mini cases.

Coconut and Rum White Chocolate Truffles, luxuriously creamy and decadent, these are easy to make and perfect for gifts and parties!

These orange chocolate truffles are also a lovely idea if you're hosting a dinner party and want to serve some chocolates after dinner with a coffee.

They're definitely luxurious and so creamy! When you bite into one, you get a very smooth, soft and creamy chocolate texture and taste of orange together with a hint of rum if you've added rum.

You can adjust the rum to less if you wish, or make a small batch with no alcohol if you have young ones wanting to try them. Just make sure you don't add MORE alcohol than the quantity in the ingredients otherwise the truffle won't set firm enough.

The texture of the cocoa powder on the outside just gives the truffle another hot of chocolate flavor and texture dimension and looks so pretty too! 

Orange Chocolate Truffles, luxuriously creamy and decadent, these are easy to make and perfect for gifts and parties!

So let's get straight to the recipe and see how we make these easy orange chocolate truffles. Please enjoy!

Prep Time

6 hours (includes chill time)

Cook Time

5 minutes

Makes

36

Ingredients you'll need

  • Spiced Rum (Optional) This addition gives a nice festive taste, particularly if making these for Christmas.
  • Milk Chocolate - Any good quality milk chocolate
  • Thick Double / Heavy Cream
  • Butter - Unsalted
  • Greek Yogurt - this adds to the velvety creaminess
  • Orange extract
  • Orange zest
  • Cocoa Powder

Please note, if you are dividing this mixture in to 2 batches to make one batch with rum, only add 1 TABLESPOON of rum to one batch and leave the other batch alcohol free.

Instructions

1. Break up the chocolate and place in a food processor. Pulse until the chocolate resembles granules similar to sugar.

Tip: freeze the chocolate for an hour beforehand so it is easier to process. If you don't have a processor, you will need to use a fine grater to grate the chocolate.

 Chocolate Truffles, Grating chocolate
How to make easy Chocolate Truffles, melting butter and cream

2. Place the cream and butter in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer. Be careful NOT to boil. Once simmering, remove from the heat and add the orange zest so it can infuse in the warm liquid.

How to make easy Chocolate Truffles, heating butter and cream


3. With the processor on low speed, carefully add the cream mixture through the feeding tube of the processor, to the chocolate until everything is combined and the mixture is smooth. ie. the chocolate should have melted from the hot cream mixture.

Chocolate Truffles, combining ingredients in food processor

4. Add the yogurt and blend again until combined. Then add the rum and orange extract.

Chocolate Truffles, adding yogurt

5. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and cover with parchment or clingfilm, and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight. If you want to pop in the freezer instead, you can do, just check after a few hours if the mixture is firm enough, by gently pressing in the center with your finger, it should feel a little like a firm sponge. (You need it firm enough to roll into balls).

Best way to make different flavors using one batch of truffle mixture

If you want to make several different flavors or some without alcohol, divide the mixture into separate bowls before adding the alcohol and write on a piece of parchment what the mixture is so you don't get confused. Here I made 4 different kinds out of one batch (the photos below show I have used white chocolate!)

How to make easy Chocolate Truffles, showing different flavor batches of truffles

6. To make the balls, add the cocoa powder to a small bowl, and when the mixture is firm enough, take a teaspoon and scoop out some of the mixture and roll into a ball. Place the ball in the cocoa powder and roll so it is covered.

Orange Chocolate Truffles, luxuriously creamy and decadent, these are easy to make and perfect for gifts and parties!

Then transfer the ball into a Tupperware lined with parchment paper, or directly into a mini cupcake case. Continue to do this until all the mixture is used. Place the truffles in the fridge or freezer until ready to eat.

TIP: if your hands are getting too hot when rolling, run them under cold water, dry off then continue.

These truffles will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or you can freeze them.

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our Orange Chocolate Truffles recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

Orange Chocolate Truffles, luxuriously creamy and decadent, these are easy to make and perfect for gifts and parties!

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Orange Chocolate Truffles, luxuriously creamy and decadent, these are easy to make and perfect for gifts and parties!

Orange Chocolate Truffles

Yield: 36
Prep Time: 6 hours
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

Orange Chocolate Truffles, luxuriously creamy and decadent, these are easy to make and perfect for gifts and parties! Options for the addition of spiced rum too!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Spiced Rum (Optional)
  • 5 oz or 150 g Milk Chocolate
  • 5 fl oz or 150 ml Thick Double / Heavy Cream
  • 1 oz or 25 g Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Teaspoon Orange extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Finely grated Orange zest
  • 4 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

Instructions

    1. Break up the chocolate and place in a food processor. Pulse until the chocolate resembles granules similar to sugar.

    **Tip: freeze the chocolate for an hour beforehand so it is easier to process. If you don't have a processor, you will need to use a fine grater to grate the chocolate.


    2. Place the cream and butter in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer. Be careful NOT to boil. Once simmering, remove from the heat and add the orange zest so it can infuse in the warm liquid.

    3. With the processor on low speed, carefully add the cream mixture through the feeding tube of the processor, to the chocolate until everything is combined and the mixture is smooth. ie. the chocolate should have melted from the hot cream mixture.

    4. Add the yogurt and blend again until combined. Then add the rum and orange extract.

    5. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and cover with parchment or clingfilm, and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight. If you want to pop in the freezer instead, you can do, just check after a few hours if the mixture is firm enough, by gently pressing in the center with your finger, it should feel a little like a firm sponge. (You need it firm enough to roll into balls).

    6. To make the balls, add the cocoa powder to a small bowl, and when the mixture is firm enough, take a teaspoon and scoop out some of the mixture and roll into a ball. Place the ball in the cocoa powder and roll so it is covered..


    Then transfer the ball into a Tupperware lined with parchment paper, or directly into a mini cupcake case. Continue to do this until all the mixture is used. Place the truffles in the fridge or freezer until ready to eat.

Notes

****Please note, if you are dividing this mixture in to 2 batches to make one batch with rum, only add 1 TABLESPOON of rum to one batch and leave the other batch alcohol free. 

*TIP: if your hands are getting too hot when rolling, run them under cold water, dry off then continue.

These truffles will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or you can freeze them.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 46Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

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