Chocolate Orange Truffles are a symphony of flavors, where the richness of dark chocolate meets the tangy zest of orange. Each truffle is a bite-sized piece of heaven, offering a melt-in-your-mouth experience that’s both indulgent and refreshing.
These truffles are not just a treat for the palate but also a feast for the eyes. Their glossy chocolate exterior, dusted with fine sugar, and the hint of orange zest as garnish make them an elegant addition to any dessert table. Whether it’s a special occasion or a simple craving, these Chocolate Orange Truffles are sure to impress.
Table of contents
Chocolate Orange Truffles Recipe
- ⅔ cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 tbsp fresh orange zest (plus more for optional garnish)
- 1½ tsp pure orange extract
- 12-ounce package dark chocolate chips
- ½ cup granulated sugar (for rolling the truffles in)
- Begin by placing the heavy cream into a medium-sized bowl that’s safe for microwave use.
- Warm the cream in the microwave for 1 minute.
- Next, add the orange zest and orange extract to the cream, whisking them in thoroughly.
- Proceed to mix in the dark chocolate chips with the cream. Stir the mixture until the chocolate melts completely and blends in. If the chocolate doesn’t melt fully, you can put the bowl back in the microwave for additional 15-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is fully melted.
- After achieving a smooth chocolate mixture, cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator to chill for 30 to 35 minutes. This step is crucial to firm up the chocolate for molding.
- Once chilled, use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop or a regular tablespoon to portion out the chocolate.
- Roll each portion of chocolate in granulated sugar until they are fully coated.
- Arrange the sugar-coated truffles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Refrigerate the truffles until they are set and ready to be served.
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 1 minute | Total Time: 41 minutes
Kcal: 138 kcal per truffle | Servings: Makes about 20 truffles
Chocolate Orange Truffles FAQS
How Long Will Chocolate Truffles Keep?
Chocolate truffles can typically be stored for up to two weeks. If they are kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator, this can help maintain their freshness. However, the exact shelf life can depend on the ingredients used. For instance, truffles made with fresh cream may have a shorter lifespan. Always check for any changes in texture or smell to ensure they are still good to eat.
How Do You Keep Chocolate Truffles from Melting?
To prevent chocolate truffles from melting, store them in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. The ideal storage temperature is between 60-70°F (15-21°C). If your environment is warm, it’s best to keep them refrigerated. When serving, you can take them out of the fridge a few minutes beforehand to allow them to reach a slightly softer consistency, enhancing their flavor and texture.
What Makes Chocolate Truffles So Good?
The appeal of chocolate truffles lies in their rich, creamy texture and the depth of flavor they offer. The combination of high-quality chocolate with ingredients like cream and butter results in a smooth, melt-in-your-mouth experience. Additionally, the versatility in flavors – from classic dark chocolate to infused varieties like orange or mint – makes them a delightful treat for various taste preferences.
How Do You Enjoy Chocolate Truffles?
Chocolate truffles are best enjoyed at room temperature, as this allows their flavors and textures to be fully appreciated. They can be savored slowly, letting them melt in your mouth to experience the full range of flavors. Pairing them with a good coffee, tea, or even a glass of wine can also enhance the experience. Truffles can be a part of a dessert platter, used to complement other sweets, or simply enjoyed on their own as a luxurious treat.