Easy Homemade Orange Chocolate Fudge is so - you know it - fudgy, and with an intense flavor of both orange and chocolate. Orange and chocolate is a match made in heaven, which is why orange hot chocolate is my very fave too! These are made super easy with a few simple ingredients, including dark chocolate, real orange and sweetened condensed milk.
You can of course make it all from scratch using homemade sweetened condensed milk, but I often opt for a can, so no biggie! This orange chocolate fudge is a new addition to my Christmas Chocolates Box, but it is so good we can't just restrict ourselves to Christmas. Orange and chocolate is a winter flavor to me, and also Easter. So just take your pick!
And before I forget; I think you would love these vanilla coconut cupcakes with chocolate orange buttercream too!
Difference between fudge and truffles
So when I was making the Christmas Chocolates Box and was preparing these orange chocolate fudges, I also made the dreamy coffee chocolate truffles. I realized the textures were quite similar. So even though they are similar, then again they are not.
According to Julie's Café Bakery, fudge is a chewy, cubed-shaped candy that does not always contain chocolate, but it always have crystallized sugar. The crystallized sugar often comes in the form of cooking down milk with sugar, aka sweetened condensed milk, and sometimes also butter and other flavorings - like chocolate!
Truffles are more often a round-shaped candy, made with chocolate and heavy cream, aka chocolate ganache. It has a smooth mouthfeel. And much like my coffee chocolate truffles, rolled in unsweetened cocoa powder.
However, chocolate fudge and truffles are rather similar and if you like one, you'd most likely like the other too!
I almost can't believe all the delicious texture and flavor are coming from these 5 simple ingredients:
- sweetened condensed milk - homemade or store-bought, both are fine
- Peel of half an orange - make sure you avoid the bitter, white rind
- orange extract - I used LorAnn's orange bakery emulsion
- high quality semisweet chocolate
- orange liqueur - I used Cointreau, this can be omitted if you want
This fudge has just a clean orange chocolate flavor, and if using high quality chocolate, it is quite irresistible and much better even than Terry's chocolate orange.
I taste tested Terry's chocolate orange with the Norwegian equivalent once, and the Norwegian one was miles better because it used better chocolate. So just keep that in mind when looking at those chocolate chips!
You guessed it, I NEVER use chocolate chips or chocolate melts. Always a high quality block of chocolate. Your girl knows her chocolate.
How to make them
And the orange chocolate fudge is actually easier to make than to find the ingredients in your cupboard. In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk, peel of half an orange without the white rind, and orange extract. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Remove the orange peel.
Now add the chopped dark chocolate and orange liqueur. Let it sit for a minute and then stir until completely melted. Taste and adjust orange flavor if desired. Pour into a 8x8 inches (20x20 centimeters) pan covered with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Add plastic wrap directly on top of the mixture too, before chilling in the refrigerator for about 4 hours or until set.
Let it come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before you cut it into your desired size. In these photos I cut them in 6x6 = 36 pieces. Many like them even bigger (well, taller) and then you should use a smaller pan when cooling it.
I find they are quite heavy, so you can also double the cuts. But I might find them so because I can't stop at just one. So I'd especially cut them smaller if I'm serving them as part of a box of chocolates!
Did you like this recipe? Here are more chocolate treats I think you'd like:
- Orange hot chocolate
- White chocolate brown butter cookies
- Sheet pan chocolate cake
- Milk chocolate salted caramels
- Peppermint filled dark chocolates
- Creamy coffee chocolate truffles
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