Chocolate Orange Truffles

12 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Chocolate Orange Truffles are the perfect homemade candy made with creamy, dark chocolate, orange flavor, and orange sugar coating.

Homemade Candy Recipes like this one are surprisingly easy to make! You only need a handful of ingredients to make a classic Chocolate Truffle, and adding the citrus flavor and orange sugar coating just makes them even more delicious without a lot of extra work.

Chocolate Orange Truffles in serving bowl with bite taken

This recipe gives you the perfect combination of chocolate and zesty orange flavor. The creamy chocolate truffle center is a dark chocolate lover’s dream come true. Then to add even more amazing flavor, you also get orange extract and a delightful orange sugar coating. The flavors pair perfectly and are super easy to bring together. 

Combining the creamy chocolate orange ganache is a simple matter of melting the chocolate and cream together. Then stir in the orange extract once it’s smooth. All the hands-on parts of this recipe go by super quickly and are oh-so-easy. Just keep in mind that you need to start the prep time well in advance so the orange zest can dry out and that the ganache needs at least an hour of chilling time when you’re planning. 

The finished truffles are perfect to give as a gift. Make sure to give them time to set, then you can package them in a festive box lined with wax paper. You can also add other homemade chocolates like Chocolate Pretzels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, and Oreo Balls. That way you have a complete box of homemade chocolates to give. 

Chocolate Orange Truffles Collage



  • Orange sugar: The orange sugar coating is super easy to make. All you need to do is combine orange zest with sugar. The orange zest gives the sugar some fresh flavor which goes amazing with the creamy chocolate and orange filling. 
  • Chocolate ganache: You only need 2 ingredients to make the chocolate mixture. Just melt together the chocolate chips and heavy cream for a glossy chocolate mixture. 
  • Orange flavor: The orange extract easily adds lots of orange flavor to the chocolate, and then you just have to let the mixture set in the fridge. 


How do you make orange sugar to coat Chocolate Orange Truffles?

You need to start this part of the recipe well in advance. The night before you want to serve the Chocolate Orange Truffles, zest an orange and let it sit out uncovered overnight. Once it’s completely dried, you can add the orange zest and sugar to the food processor, and pulse the sugar mixture into a fine powder.

How do you make chocolate ganache for truffle filling?

Add the chocolate and heavy cream to a heat-proof bowl. Then microwave for 1 minute to melt chocolate. Let it sit, then stir until the chocolate mixture is glossy. You could also melt the chocolate in a medium saucepan if you prefer. Once the chocolate is smooth, stir in the orange extract. Put the chocolate mixture in the fridge for 1 hour. 

How do you roll chocolate filling into Chocolate Orange Truffles?

Prepare waxed paper-lined baking sheets, and then take the chocolate ganache from the fridge. Roll the chocolate into 1 inch balls, but be careful not to handle them too much or they’ll start to melt. Then roll the truffles in the orange sugar, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Once they’re all done, you can arrange them on a serving plate or package them to give as gifts.

Chocolate Orange Truffles on parchment paper


  • White chocolate orange truffles: If you’d prefer white chocolate truffles, you can replace dark chocolate with white chocolate chips. Melt the white chocolate chips down and mix them with the other ingredients according to the recipe. 
  • Chocolate coating: Instead of just making the creamy chocolate filling, you can also coat the truffles in melted chocolate. Dip the truffles in semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate chips. Then tap off any excess chocolate, and let them harden before serving. 
  • Peppermint chocolate truffles: For another great holiday treat, you can replace the orange flavoring with peppermint. Add peppermint extract to the chocolate truffle mixture, and coat the outside in crushed candy cane pieces. 
  • Lemon: You can also replace all the orange ingredients in the recipe with lemon extract and lemon zest to make delicious lemon chocolates. 



  • Serve: As long as it’s not too warm in your house, the Chocolate Orange Truffles can stay good covered in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 1 week. 
  • Store: If you’d rather keep them in the fridge, put the truffles in an airtight container and keep them for up to 4 weeks. 
  • Freeze: To freeze the truffles, place them on a baking tray and freeze for 1-2 hours until hard. Then transfer them to a sealable container to keep frozen for up to a full year. 
Chocolate Orange Truffles in serving bowl with bite taken

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Chocolate Orange Truffles

Chocolate Orange Truffles are the perfect homemade candy made with creamy, dark chocolate, orange flavor, and orange sugar coating.
Yield 12 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Candy
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


Orange Sugar:

  • 1 orange , zested
  • 1 cup sugar

Orange Truffles:

  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract


To make orange sugar:

  • Zest the orange, avoiding the white pith as much as possible.
  • Let zest sit out overnight uncovered (or until completely dried).
  • Add zest and sugar to a small food processor and pulse until the sugar and zest are a fine powder.

Truffle filling:

  • Add chocolate and heavy cream to a microwave-safe bowl and stir together.
  • Microwave for 1 minute.
  • Wait one minute then stir until smooth and glossy.
  • Add in orange extract and stir until smooth.
  • Let cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Roll into 1 inch balls and coat in orange sugar.


Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 222IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1mg
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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