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Chocolate + Orange … yes please!

These two flavors always make me think about the winter holidays. When I was a little girl, my mom always bought little chocolate coated orange candy sticks for holiday parties. They were so yummy!

I love that certain food flavors can evoke a memory from the past. During this time of the year, I truly believe it’s important to hold onto special memories like that. Especially for those of us that are missing a loved one.

This will be my second Christmas without my mom. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t miss talking to her every day. She loved this time of year and always made the holidays so special for me {and my little family}.

Chocolate Orange Truffles ... these homemade little bites are so delicious + fun to make! They make a perfect holiday treat too! #realfood #paleo | Delicious Obsessions

To fill that void and honor my mom this holiday season, I decided to listen to some good ol’ Kenny & Dolly “A Christmas to Remember,” whip up a batch of homemade hot chocolate to sip on, and make some Chocolate Orange Truffles. 

My mom was not a huge chocolate fan, but she loved the chocolate + orange combo. It’s such a delicious flavor! With oranges in season, you might as well use them up … with chocolate.

These truffles are deletable!

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Don’t let the fanciness of the word “truffles” throw you off either, these are pretty easy to make. Yes, there’s a couple of waiting steps {while they set} … but besides that, they are very simple. I actually found making them to be pretty soothing, like food therapy. Is that a thing? The motion of rolling all of the beautiful little balls of chocolate was quite calming.

So, call it chocolate therapy if you want to. Or just make them. Indulge a little.

You can make them ahead of time too! They make the perfect little holiday treat. Make up a big batch because trust me, these babies will go fast. Make sure to save some for you, and then share the rest with family.

Chocolate Orange Truffles = To. Live. For.

Happy Holidays!

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Chocolate Orange Truffles :: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free

Yield: 20 Truffles
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

Don't let the fanciness of the word "truffles" throw you off either, these are pretty easy to make. You can make them ahead of time too! They make the perfect little holiday treat. Make up a big batch because trust me, these babies will go fast. Make sure to save some for you, and then share the rest with family.


For the Chocolate Orange Truffle Filling

For the Chocolate Coating


To Make the Chocolate Orange Truffles

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add cacao butter and allow to melt until almost fully liquified - about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add honey and butter, stirring just until melted.
  2. Pour mixture into a food processor or high powered blender. Add cacao powder, orange juice, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Pulse just until combined and thick.
  3. Using a spatula, spoon chocolate truffle mixture into a glass bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour {or overnight}.
  4. Prep a large baking sheet {that can be placed in the freezer} and line with unbleached parchment paper. Set aside.
  5. After chocolate truffle mixture has fully chilled, scoop out tablespoonfuls, roll into balls and place chocolate truffles on a lined baking sheet. You hands will get messy - take care not to roll the chocolate mixture too much or it will cause it to melt.
  6. Place chocolate truffles on the baking sheet in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes.
  7. While the chocolate truffles set up and chill in the freezer, make the chocolate coating.

To Make the Chocolate Coating

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add cacao butter and allow to melt - about 2 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and add cacao powder, honey and sea salt, whisking until fully incorporated and a syrup forms.
  3. Remove chocolate truffles from the freezer. Insert a toothpick into one truffle and dip into the liquid chocolate, gently moving around unit fully coated {if you don't have a toothpick, you can also do this by sitting the truffle on the tines of a fork and using a spoon to help coat the truffle}. Allow truffle to slightly drip off the excess chocolate coating. Use another toothpick or tines of a fork to gently remove the chocolate truffle onto the same chilled lined baking sheet. Repeat until all truffles are coated.
  4. Place chocolate-coated truffles back into the freezer for about 5-10 minutes until the chocolate coating has set.
  5. To Make the Optional Chocolate Drizzle:
  6. Once the chocolate coating has set, remove from the freezer. Using the tines of a fork, dip the fork in the remaining liquid chocolate and quickly move the fork back and forth in the air above the chocolates to make chocolate drizzles.
  7. Top with optional orange zest.


Yield: Varies, makes about 15-20 truffles.

Storage: I store the truffles in an airtight container in the freezer so they keep longer. They're delicious right out of the freezer.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 33mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

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