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Orange Chocolate Meltaways

 Orange Chocolate Meltaways
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
72 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling

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 orange extract
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped toasted pecans
  • COATING:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 meltaway equals 76 calories,

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Orange Chocolate Meltaways (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 7 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.