Citrus Cranberry Chocolate Truffles
February 2, 2012
Remember the chocolate truffles recipe I promised to share with you in my Valentine’s DIY printables post? Well here it is! I need to make another batch asap as they were polished off very quickly. Have you ever made homemade truffles before? They are so simple, quick and easy to prepare. Growing up I always thought of this decadent little treat as the quintessential opulent dessert. These days you can find them everywhere in all kinds of unique flavor combinations.
Let’s make some truffles!
Here is a photo of these chocolates all dressed up for Valentine’s Day with my “Little Angels” freebie printables. Make some chocolate and get all crafty at the same time.
It makes sense to bring some sunny tastes into dark grey days.
At the markets you can find all sorts of vibrant citrus fruits. From little juicy Clementines to Tangelos, Tangerines and Mandarines. To their larger cousins – Navel, Valencia and way more. All varieties burst with bright flavor and pair very well with chocolate.
I add more citrusy flavor to these truffles with candied orange peel and orange extract. Three pure extract (meaning not artificial) flavors were used in this recipe coffee, vanilla and orange. I call for two teaspoons of each. Mix and match the ratios according to your taste preference. Nielsen-Massey has a wonderful selection of pure extracts for your enjoyment.
I will never forget the first time I ever tasted orange with chocolate. When we used to spend the summers on our home away from home in Devon, England one of the biggest treats was a fresh pack of McVite’s Jaffa Cakes. Have you ever had these? They have a huge cult following. These cakey-cookies even have their own webpage.
What is a Jaffa Cake? Picture soft & crumbly cake-shortbread type cookies with a layer of orange marmalade and a coating of dark chocolate. They are irresistible to say the least! As kids we referred to them as “biscuits” and not “cookies.” In the UK we acted as if. Naturally.
Come to think of it you could easily make your very own Jaffa Cakes. If you do, my good friend Lucy Lean from Ladles and Jellyspoons has a heavenly recipe for orange marmalade you could whip up. Not to mention she is British, so she probably understands a thing or two about my obsession with Jaffa Cakes.
A few of these truffles make the perfect dessert, snack or lunch box treat! We love little treats & goodies tucked inside our lunch boxes. Planned or as a surprise…
Aren’t these Marie Antoinette cupcake picks splendid! They are hand made by a gal called Luv Crystals on Etsy.
I have a very large addiction to Etsy. That is a whole other story that we can get into another time. Thankfully I spend more time pinning items then actually shelling out cash.
So are those egg cups.
I only crave the deepest darkest chocolate I can find. In this recipe I use my Scharffen Berger unsweetened bars paired with almond milk. This keeps them dark and light at the same time.
The nice thing about this is you can swap out any of the ingredients to make them as decadent as you wish. Use heavy cream or coconut milk for a creamier truffle. The almond milk yields a more crumbly texture. Crumbly in the most chocolatey, fabulous kind of way.
I promise you this – no matter what milk or cream you use happiness prevails.
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