Chocolate Orange Truffles (Orange Chocolate Truffles) are a delightful treat that are delicious and also easy to make! Melting in your mouth with blissful yum they satisfy and will tick all of your boxes. With a moist chocolate biscuit base these truffles are zesty, fresh and the perfect festive treat 🎄😍.
My Chocolate Orange Fudge is a similar combination of flavours in a different style of chocolate yum form 🥰😉👍.
🤍 Recipe Highlights
Everything that you will come to know and love about this recipe is summarised in the points below:
- Simple ingredients: despite the decadent look of these truffles, all of the ingredients can be easily sought at the local grocery store.
- Festive theme: because we all like chocolate at the best of times, but love chocolate more and more during the festive season, these truffles tick the Christmas dessert and also gift giving time of year boxes!
- No complex ingredients: some truffles require heavy cream, milk chocolate, heavy whipping cream, cocoa powder, butter, Terry's Chocolate Orange or homemade chocolate and the list goes on! I intentionally developed the recipe with you in mind as I know that sometimes you want things to be simple, easy and not dipped in chocolate!
- Kid friendly: this is a recipe that the kids can help with! It is easy to show them how to portion and roll the mixture out and they will love the fun of decorating the balls with the coloured sprinkles.
The photo below is to show the ingredients needed to make the recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card for exact measurements and detailed instructions.
As you can see, the recipe calls for:
- Chocolate biscuits: we need plain chocolate biscuits with no toppings like sugar or sprinkles. You don't have to use the exact same brand or type as me (chocolate ripple biscuits), however, the quantity needs to be the same.
- Sweetened condensed milk: this thick sweet and sticky substance is an excellent go to when making many desserts. It brings things together (binds) and allows things to set in a no bake fashion.
- Orange juice: the 1st of our 2 ingredients to bring the orange flavour into the truffles. I use pulp free orange juice, however, if you want you can also use the with pulp version.
- Orange zest: we need enough of this to bring a zesty freshness to the recipe. The smell and texture of this citrus are 2nd to none. I use 1 regular size orange, zest it and then measure out the 2 tablespoons which get added to the truffle mixture.
- Chocolate orange sprinkles: these are want we use to coat the sprinkles. Giving the future eater an insight into what the chocolate holds in taste factor, they allude to the orange chocolate flavour.
Tasty Tip: you (most likely) won't be able to get chocolate orange sprinkles from the supermarket. What you will be able to get however, is 'chocolate sprinkles' and 'orange sprinkles', which you can then simply add to a bowl and stir to combine making your very own 'chocolate orange sprinkles' 😉.
Here are the step by step instructions to make the recipe. We start by crushing the biscuits in the food processor.
- Crush the biscuits in the food processor (Photo 1)
- Transfer to medium sized bowl (Photo 2)
- Then add sweetened condensed milk (Photo 3)
- Next add orange zest and orange juice (Photo 4)
👩🍳 How to Make Chocolate Orange Truffles
To make the truffles, start by crushing the biscuits in the food processor. Then transfer the biscuit crumb to a medium sized mixing bowl and add the sweetened condensed milk, orange juice and orange zest.
Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture together then place in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. This chill time is so that the truffles hold their shape when they are rolled.
- Stir to combine then chill for 2 hours.
Once the wet truffle mixture has been chilled for 2 hours, you can remove it from the fridge and get ready to portion and roll!
You will feel that it will stay together when rolled as the mixture won't be too sticky or wet.
You can see from the image below that the best way to set yourself up is to have the mixture, then sprinkles then a plate.
- Portion the mix, roll into balls, coat in sprinkles (Photo 6)
A mini cookie scoop is handy for the portion stage as it results in all of your truffles being the same size!
Repeat the portion, roll, decorate process until the mixture is all used up. Then place the truffles into the fridge in a sealed, air tight container.
The truffles will set firmly but can soften in warmer climates. So my recommendation is to keep them in the fridge until ready to serve!
👍 How to Guide
How to Store
Store the truffles in a sealed, air tight container.
They will last in the fridge for up to 5 days.
How to Freeze
My preference is not to freeze these as it takes away the soft moist biscuit texture of the truffles. If desperate however, you can freeze them and will need to let thaw prior to serving.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
These truffles work perfectly as a sweet treat on their own or a feature for a dessert table or platter.
If it is night time, a glass of port or red wine and these go down a treat!
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
What is orange truffles?
Orange truffles are usually ones that have an orange, chocolate cream base dusted with confectioner's sugar, a chocolate and cream base or biscuit base with orange juice and zest added.
Can you add orange oil to chocolate?
Yes, you can add orange oil to chocolate.
It can, however, be difficult to find or needs to be ordered in from Amazon or a speciality baking store. As a substitute orange juice and or orange zest can be used to bring the same flavour, in a more easy to get your hands on manner.
What flavor goes with orange and chocolate?
Orange and chocolate is match made in heaven. They work so well together.
For additional flavours that compliment this delightful pairing try cinnamon, coconut, rum, whisky or cacao.
Do chocolate truffles have real truffles in them?
Despite the name, chocolate truffles don't have actual truffles in them.
They are either made from a combination of chocolate and heavy or chocolate biscuits and sweetened condensed milk.
What does orange color pair well with?
The colour orange pairs well in cooking with milk and or dark chocolates. The combination is complimentary with dark chocolate and orange both being bold and holding their own colour.
😍 More Easy Sweet Chocolate Recipes
If you love making things with chocolate or sweet treats are your favourite thing to partake in 😉🥰, I know you will also love these recipes:
- Rocky Road Chocolate
- Malteser Fudge
- Snickers Fudge
- Candy Cane Fudge
- Turkish Delight Fudge
- Microwave Chocolate Fudge
- Chocolate Caramel Slice
- Coconut Bark
- Christmas Chocolates
Chocolate Orange Truffles
- 1 Food processor to blitz the biscuits
- 1 Medium sized mixing bowl to combine the truffle mixture
- 1 Wooden spoon to stir the mixture
- 1 Mini Cookie Scoop to portion the mixture
- 1 Small bowl to hold the sprinkles for decorating
- 500 grams/18 oz chocolate biscuits Note 1
- 300 grams sweetened condensed milk Note 2
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 2 tbs orange zest
- ¼ cup chocolate sprinkles
- ¼ cup orange coloured sprinkles
- Crush the biscuits: add the plain chocolate biscuits to the bowl of a food processor and blitz till finely crushed (around 15 seconds).
- Combine ingredients: transfer the crushed biscuits to a medium sized mixing bowl. Then add the sweetened condensed milk, orange juice and orange zest. Use a wooden spoon to stir and combine.
- Chill: place the wet truffle mixture into the fridge for 2 hours. This is to allow it to firm up a little so that the truffles hold their shape when they are rolled.
- Portion and roll: remove the truffle mixture from the fridge. Use a mini cookie scoop to portion and roll the mixture into balls, dropping into the bowl of sprinkles and coating as you go. Repeat till all mixture is rolled.
- To serve: store the truffles in an air tight container in the fridge until ready to serve. Serve chilled or allow to come to room temperature.
- Note 1 - Chocolate biscuits: you need plain biscuits that have no chocolate coating or sprinkles on top. I am using 2 x 250 gram packets. This is 16 ounces for my USA and Canadian readers.
- Note 2 - Sweetened condensed milk: it is totally fine to use the home brand version of this. The amount needed for the recipe is just less than 1 standard tin. This is to allow for the addition of the orange juice and orange zest also both wet ingredients.
- Note 3 - Orange juice: I am using pulp free orange juice. It is important to measure this and the orange zest as we are adding liquids to a biscuit mix and need to ensure the balls will hold their shape. Not measuring or adding too much of this may result in the balls not setting. So use measuring cups and you will be set 😉.
- Note 4 - Orange zest: I take 1 regular orange, zest it with a knife and chopping board, then measure 2 tablespoons of this and use that amount. Your standard orange might be bigger or small than mine and I know some readers like to be very specific, so use 2 tablespoons.