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Chocolate Orange Truffles

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons orange flavoring
  • Cocoa powder
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening

Prep Time:

20 minutes

Cook Time:

5 minutes

Serves:

35

Chocolate Orange Truffles are a favorite candy to treat your guests to during any holiday season.

Why Try? Truffles may sound sophisticated (translate: difficult) but these are actually quite easy to make in a few simple steps.

Foodie Byte: Experiment with other flavorings or liquors, depending on your tastes. If these are a gift, keep in mind your recipients’ preferences and go with a non-alcoholic flavoring when in doubt.

Preparation

  1. Heat the whipping cream and butter together just to a simmer, then add chocolate. Remove from heat while chocolate melts. Add flavoring. Stir until glossy and pour into a chilled bowl. Set aside until firm.
  2. Once firm, use a small melon baller and scoop ganache out. Roll by hand, using cocoa powder to reduce stickiness. Chill until firm.
  3. Melt 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate with 2 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening in the microwave for about 1 minute. Stir until melted; microwave additional seconds as needed. Drop each ball individually into chocolate, roll with a fork until coated, then use the fork to lift out and place on parchment paper. Chill and keep refrigerated.

Nutritional Information

Calories 81, Carbohydrates 7g, Cholesterol 5mg, Fat 5g, Fat Calories 48, Protein 0.05g, Saturated Fat 4g, Sodium 13mg. Daily Values: Calcium 1.53mg 0%, Phos 1.47mg 0%, Zinc 0.01mg 0%, Panto 0.01mg 0%, Biotin 0.03mcg 10%, Iodine 0.31mcg 0%, Magnesium 0.16mg 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Vitamin B12 0%, Vitamin D 0%, Vit E-a-Toco 1%, Vitamin A 1%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.