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Orange Chocolate Fudge

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.

 

A stack of chocolate fudge, one is taken a bite of.

 

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!

 

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!

 

A vintage plate with three orange fudge on top of each other.

 

Ingredients

 

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.

 

Ingredients to make orange chocolate fudge.

 

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.

 

Steps to make the fudge.

Steps to fill the pan with the chocolate filling and then cut it into fudge.

 

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!

 

Enjoy!

 

Chocolate fudge seen from above.

 

Did you like this recipe? Here are more chocolate treats I think you'd like:

 

 

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A stack of chocolate fudge, one is taken a bite of.

Orange Chocolate Fudge

Yield: 36
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Easy Homemade Orange Chocolate Fudge is so - you know it - fudgy, and with an intense flavor of both orange and chocolate. A heavenly match!

Ingredients

  • 1 14 ounces can sweetened condensed milk (400 grams)*
  • Peel of half an orange, avoid white rinds
  • ¾-1 teaspoon orange extract (I used LorAnn's orange bakery emulsion)
  • 12 ounces high quality semisweet dark chocolate (340 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur (optional, I used Cointreau)

Instructions

  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, add and combine sweetened condensed milk, orange peel and orange extract. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Remove orange peel.
  2. Add chopped dark chocolate and orange liqueur if using. Let sit a minute and then stir until completely melted. Taste and check orange flavor, add more if desired.
  3. Add plastic wrap or parchment paper to the bottom of a 8x8 inches (20 x 20 centimeters) pan or something similar in size, making sure to bring the foil up the edges.
  4. Pour in the orange chocolate mixture, and cover the top directly with plastic wrap, try to avoid any air bubbles. Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 4 hours.
  5. Let it come to room temperature for 30 minutes or so before cutting into desired pieces. In these photos I cut the mixture in 6x6 = 36 pieces, but you can also double that.
  6. The fudge can last about 10 days in an airtight container in room temperature, but 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

Notes

* If you want to make it from scratch, I have a homemade sweetened condensed milk recipe as well!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1 fudge
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 3.8gSaturated Fat: 2.3gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 12.1gFiber: 0.6gSugar: 11.2gProtein: 1.3g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate, estimate for informational purposes only.

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