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Orange Chocolate Meltaways Recipe

Orange Chocolate Meltaways Recipe

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 YIELD:72 servings


  • 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
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening


  • 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.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 5826120 240393
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4001197 239990
Reviewed 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)."

karynp6 User ID: 867957 21149
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."

Motorhomegal User ID: 2005041 20386
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

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

georgy1 User ID: 996653 47026
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!"

suziethefoodie User ID: 5544582 52031
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!"

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 202466
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

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

pepper6 User ID: 1017789 44095
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"Delicious! Worth the effort."

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 20382
Reviewed 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."

JesusIsTheReason User ID: 4230735 47025
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2009

"I make alot of dipped candies, and I drop the ball or truffle into the melted chocolate, then lift it up with a fork and scrape the extra chocolate off on the edge of your container. Then I push the candy, onto wax-paper lined sheets, with a toothpick. [email protected]"

sgenet User ID: 2459901 52025
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2009

"Would be interested to know your method of dipping the meltaways into the melted chocolate.

Thank you

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