Orange Chocolate Meltaways Recipe
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Orange Chocolate Meltaways Recipe

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The terrific combination of chocolate and orange makes these some of the best truffles I've ever had. As holiday gifts, they're showstoppers. I have little time to cook, but when I do, I like to "get fancy." In this case, "fancy" doesn't have to be difficult. -Lori Kostecki, Wausau, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:72 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 72 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Orange Extract
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped toasted pecans
  • COATING:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 meltaway equals 76 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 7 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. Place chocolate chips in a bowl; set aside. In a saucepan, bring cream and orange peel to a gentle boil; immediately pour over chips. Let stand for 1 minute; whisk until smooth. Add extract. Cover and chill for 35 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken.
  2. Beat mixture for 10-15 seconds or just until it lightens in color (do not overbeat). Spoon rounded teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Cover and chill for 5 minutes.
  3. Gently shape into balls; roll half in nuts. In a microwave; melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip remaining balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 6 dozen.
Originally published as Orange Chocolate Meltaways in Taste of Home December/January 1998, p27

Nutritional Facts

1 meltaway equals 76 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 7 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Reviews for Orange Chocolate Meltaways

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Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"5 plus stars! The easiest and best truffle recipe I've found. AND they're beautiful and make surprisingly a lot. Will make every year for Christmas from now on! I found I had to microwave the chips a bit after stirring in the cream, as they were not completely melted. Maybe 20-30 seconds. I also found it helpful to refrigerate for 40-45 min instead of 35, maybe because I used the microwave. I used a teaspoon-sized rounded cookie scoop to make the balls, which was nice because then I didn't have to re-form them, just placed them directly in the freezer to chill. They dip well when frozen (less messy). I dipped in melted dark chocolate (used Ghirardellis) instead of milk chocolate and I loved the contrast between the inside and outside. Used the fork/toothpick method and it worked great. I didn't use nuts; instead I sprinkled all of mine with coarse white sparkling sugar in a little heap on the top (Wilton's--can be found in cupcake section) which was a very beautiful contrast to the dark chocolate. Also, I tried it both with the orange peel and without. It did have a much stronger orangey taste with it (so I would recommend using it) but it was good without as well."

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Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

" I strictly use a toothpick when I do "buckeyes."

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Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"This is a great easy gift to make. It looks and tastes like it took forever. Every time I make these, they get rave reviews!"

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Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"I love the combination of milk chocolate and semisweet, very smart! Chocolate and orange were made for each other and this simple and easy technique made fantastic truffles. Big hit!"

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Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"Wonderful! Thanks for the tip about using fork/toothpick dipping method...worked like a charm!"

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