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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6 dozen


  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening


  • Place chocolate chips in a bowl; set aside. In a saucepan, bring cream and orange zest 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 76 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • mamaknowsbest
    Dec 28, 2015

    Fantastic! Although I'm a Taste of Home volunteer food editor, I have not made this recipe. Instead for the past two years I've had my teenage son make them while I supervised! This recipe is very easy but packs a great flavor in a small candy. Makes incredible gifts that teachers now request my son make!

  • carolynstowers
    Dec 22, 2015

    This is the best candy I have ever made. I make many different kind of candy at Xmas to give away to my children and grandchildren. This candy will not be in their candy trays. My husband and I decided to keep it all it's too good to give away. The only problem I had it took about 6 hrs to harden before I could dip into choc. ( My husband said I had out done myself it was excellent).

  • PoohGal79
    Jun 25, 2013

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  • karynp6
    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.

  • Motorhomegal
    Feb 16, 2011

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

  • georgy1
    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!

  • suziethefoodie
    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!

  • angelasandoval
    Dec 17, 2009

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

  • pepper6
    Dec 10, 2009

    Delicious! Worth the effort.

  • vewebber58
    Dec 5, 2009

    I've made these several times for Christmas, and think they are delicious. Chocolate and orange together are a flavor combination I find irresistable, and these fill the bill wonderfully . I like to make up boxes or baskets of goodies for friends and family at Christmas and these are perfect for that.