Citrus Cranberry Chocolate Truffles

by Marla on February 2, 2012 · 54 comments

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Vegan dark chocolate truffles recipe with candied orange peel and dried cranberries
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!

Freebie DIY Valentine's Day Printables on Family Fresh Cooking
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.

Pip design studio egg cups and dark chocolate truffles

This time of year it seems like a lot of us crave citrus. And chocolate. We like to eat the flavors of the sun even in the peak of winter.

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.

Dried candied orange peel and cranberries in a Pip Design Studio Egg bowl

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.

Marie Antoinette cupcake topper with pink rose

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…

Vegan dark chocolate truffles recipe with Marie Antoinette cupcake topper

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.

Pip Design Studio egg cups with bright patterns

As you know I also have a very deep love for every single thing made by Pip Studio. My bedroom is a great reflection of this love.

So are those egg cups.

Tangerines & clementine oranges in red pouch

Vegan dark chocolate truffles recipe with candied orange peel and dried cranberries

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.

Vegan dark chocolate truffles recipe with candied orange peel and dried cranberries
Have you ever made homemade truffles? What do you like to add to yours?

Citrus Cranberry Chocolate Truffles

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 25 Chocolate Truffles

Citrus Cranberry Chocolate Truffles


  • 12 ounces (340 grams) Dark Chocolate or your favorite Milk, or White varieties *see note
  • 3/4 cups (178 grams) unsweetened Almond Milk *see note
  • 2 Tangerines, remove seeds, purée in blender (use any citrus to yield 1/4 cup (50 grams) pulpy juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons pure Coffee Extract
  • 2 teaspoons pure Orange Extract
  • pinch of fine Sea Salt
  • 6 droppers full of Vanilla Stevia Drops (if needed)
  • 1/4 (30 grams) cup dried fruit juice sweetened Cranberries, diced
  • 1/4 (38 grams) cup Candied Orange Peel, diced
  • 1/4 cup (24 grams) unsweetened Cocoa Powder


  • In a double boiler melt chocolate. I like to use the Bain marie method to melt chocolate. Carefully melting in a microwave is fine too. In a sauce pan bring whatever milk/cream you use to a boil. Remove from heat. Pour milk over chocolate and stir well to combine. Add tangerine juice, flavored extracts and sea salt. Remove chocolate from heat source. Stir in sweetener to taste (if needed.) Mix in dried cranberries and candied orange peel.
  • Transfer mixture to a bowl, smooth the top and let it cool a bit, cover the top with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until firm, about one hour. You are ready to make truffles when the chocolate is firm enough to make balls.
  • Have a small bowl filled with the cocoa powder handy. Scoop one tablespoon of the truffle mixture into your hands and roll between your palms to make round balls. Dip each truffle into the cocoa powder and roll around until nicely dusted.
  • Notes
  • I wanted to keep our truffles vegan and very light so I used almond milk. Coconut milk (low fat or fuller fat ones) would be another great option. Heavy cream will yield wonderful results too. The more fat in your "milk" option the creamier your truffles will be in texture and flavor.
  • I love the rich, bitter full flavor of unsweetened chocolate. Generally I use Scharffen Berger. It is best to get your hands on the highest quality chocolate you can find for homemade truffles. I add the sweetness back in with about 6 droppers full of my trusty Vanilla Stevia Drops
  • To keep these free of refined sugars use unsweetened chocolate, and fruit juice sweetened dried cranberries. Very little candied orange peel is used. You could omit this if needed. The extract and orange juice will still give you great citrus flavor.

Chocolate Truffles Recipe Links

{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cassie @ Bake Your Day February 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Lovely combination, Marla. These look sooo good!


2 Katie @ Raisins&Apples February 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm

These look AMAZING. I can’t wait to give them a try!


3 Angie February 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Your photography just gets better and better. And I adore chocolate and orange, especially fresh oranges. We have a ton of tasty fresh citrus here. Love it.


4 Marla February 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Thanks Angie! I know it. The citrus in Florida is amazing! I think you guys are in FL??


5 Rosa February 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Oh, I love those pretty cups…. I am a sucker for truffles and yours look wonderful!




6 Marla February 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Rosa, I am really wanting to dive through my screen to have at your latest chocolate creation. We are both huge fans of the more chocolate the better.


7 Kathryn February 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I love your additions of candied orange peel and dried cranberry – they must add such a nice zing to the truffles! I normally make mine with a splash of liqueur but these look so delicious I might have to make a non-boozy version!


8 Marla February 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Kathryn, “zing” is the perfect word. Boozy additions to truffles are a great thing. The flavored extracts make up for the booze ~ maybe 😉


9 heather February 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Simply gorgeous Marla. And orange is my favorite flavor with chocolate – very very yummy looking truffles!

Thanks for the link love!


10 Marla February 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Heather, now if I could just make a crepe cake like you!! That thing has made a huge imprint on my memory. I can only imagine how great it tastes.


11 Lora @cakeduchess February 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Candied orange peel and dried cranberries in a truffle? Oh my yumminess. Love all your pretty props; especially the bowls!


12 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Marla they are gorgeous, the recipe, the photography, I’ll take a dozen!

And those PIP bowls…omg, I want the whole collection, asap! :)


13 Sanjeeta kk February 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Oh..that’s lovely…citrus combined with cranberries and transformed into these delicious Truffles!


14 betty February 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm

it is such a perfect combination of flavours and I love your pictures


15 Shawna @ CheekyChicFamily February 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I’ve never made truffles before, but you may have convinced me to try. These look easy and oh so yummy. I love your photography. I’m learning and having a lot of problems with lighting.


16 Irina February 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Chocolate and orange – the best combo ever! As always gorgeous photos!


17 sugarfreemom February 3, 2012 at 4:19 am

These look amazing! I love the flavors you combined! I have not been able to find unsweetened cranberries at Whole foods market, do you have any online source for them?


18 Marla February 3, 2012 at 4:56 am

Hi! Thanks for asking. Let me clarify (and I just made the change to the recipe) The cranberries I use are free of refined sugars ~ they are however sweetened with apple juice. The flavor is much less cloying then the ones filled with sugar. If they had no sweetener at all they would probably be way too tart. Not a bad thing in my book, but probably not so well received by most. Eden Organic makes some great ones.


19 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots February 3, 2012 at 5:12 am

Yay truffles! These look most excellent! I love the added citrus flavor. I bet that just takes them to a whole different level. :) Thanks for linking back to my truffles, Marla!


20 Cookin' Canuck February 3, 2012 at 5:53 am

I am loving all of your adorable props in this post. I need to spend some time on Etsy! These truffles are so pretty and would be a very welcome gift for my sweetheart.


21 Diane February 3, 2012 at 7:00 am

Oh wow I cannot get out to the kitchen fast enough to make these. I love chocolate and I love orange so…….. Diane


22 Lauren at Keep It Sweet February 3, 2012 at 7:08 am

Georgeous post, Marla- I love your bowls!


23 Sweetsugarbelle February 3, 2012 at 10:24 am

In always feel like I am blubbering or using way too many exclamation points, but you just amaze me. Your photos, your props, topped off by an amazing recipe! Wow!


24 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather February 3, 2012 at 10:51 am

You truffles look so good, and those beautiful bowls just make them look even better! :)


25 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 3, 2012 at 10:59 am

What a wonderful recipe. I love the combination of orange and chocolate, they go so perfect together. These little truffles are perfect for Valentin’es Day. I plan on making a bunch of little truffles to give to my hubby this year, I think it’s a nicer touch making them then buying them. Hope he likes them!! I never seen candied orange peels, but then again I never looked for them. Where did you buy them?


26 Jennifer | Mother Thyme February 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

These are just lovely. The perfect little treat for your Valentine! I just adore the combination of ingredients in these. I bet they taste fabulous!


27 Jeanette February 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

What a nice combination flavors in this naturally sweet Valentine treat. Beautiful photos as usual!


28 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} February 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Chocolate and orange is such a delicious combo! Love the look of these truffles. Your photos are beautiful as ever Marla!


29 MikeVFMK February 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Love the combination and the pics!! Most of all, I love truffles and wish I could have a handful. Great post Marla! Chocolate and citrus is always a winner in my house.


30 sippitysup February 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Votre bon bons est formidable, donc doux et fruité. C’est parfait! Sorry I couldn’t resist, le petit crock made me do it. GREG


31 Marla February 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Oh la la! Greg, such a turn on when you speak francais! Glad you like my Chocolat Menier bowl. It likes being in the limelight!


32 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 4, 2012 at 1:39 am

Homemade truffles are the best! I love the flavors you’ve used here.


33 Joanne February 4, 2012 at 4:02 am

I’m so excited that you put almond milk in these to lighten them up! That’s certainly what I’ll be doing. And then I won’t feel quite SO guilty when I can’t stop popping them in my mouth!


34 Lucy lean February 4, 2012 at 7:12 am

Love your truffles – and thank you for the shout out for my marmalade – I think a Jaffa cake pop is in my future – inspired by this post. FYI – Jaffa cake has a little layer of slightly stale cake – not shortbread – and the deal is you can never just eat one!


35 Marla February 5, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Lucy, great did bit of info about those Jaffa Cakes! xo


36 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] February 4, 2012 at 7:29 am

I agree. I am always craving citrus this time of year. It seems to lift my spirits, ya know?

I have never made truffles before, and I cannot wait to use this recipe as a spring-board. Thanks Marla!


37 HeatherChristo February 4, 2012 at 8:46 am

What a beautiful idea for a valentines treat! these are beautiful. SO are those egg cups by the way- I have to check that site out!


38 aida mollenkamp February 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Such cute propping, Marla!


39 Alby February 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

This recipe looks wonderful. I love your attention to detail. I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks so much


40 Marla February 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Thanks Alby! Quite often my attention to detail keeps me from getting more done 😉


41 Bree February 6, 2012 at 11:55 am

Ohhh! Truffles are my weakness :)


42 Casey February 7, 2012 at 7:17 am

A beautiful combination. I have a feeling, this could become a favorite, very quickly.


43 Megan March 14, 2012 at 7:34 am

These sound fabulous, I love making truffles and my favorite is….
Oh it’s to hard to pick a favorite!!! :)


44 amy marantino April 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

these look great. i love chocolate with citrus


45 WeLoveChicken May 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I love truffles but I’ve never made them by myself. I’m going to prepare this recipe – I hope it works well.


46 Marla May 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I am sure it will ~ I hope so!


47 WeLoveChicken May 29, 2012 at 5:12 am

Yes, they turned pretty good – these truffles are delicious. Thanks!


48 Dawn McKinney June 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

These remind me of my favorite flavor of scones and the relish during the holidays! What a great way to ass it to a dessert!


49 Julia June 27, 2012 at 9:35 am

these truffles look and sound amazing! what camera lens do you use to photograph them? thanks, and awesome blog :)


50 Marla June 27, 2012 at 9:43 am

Thanks Julia! In that post I probably used my 50mm 1.2 lens. My favorite for food ~ maybe my 100 macro as well. OK, another favorite!


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