Easy, Decadent Orange Mocha Truffles

Rich and fudgey orange mocha truffles are an easy decadent treat!

I’m comin’ at ya with a simple but oh so divine recipe for all you chocolate/orange lovers out there. This one is inspired by my absolute favorite now-retired Starbuck’s specialty drink of all time, the Mocha Valencia. I’m know I’m dating myself here, but in its heyday, I’d drop money at the ‘Bucks twice a day for that dreamy beverage. It could be ordered hot or iced with the former being sweet, chocolatey (from the mocha syrup) and citrusy (from the Valencia orange syrup) with a bitter finish of orange zest at the bottom of the cup. If a frapp was more your style, dark chocolate chips were blended into the mix to achieve the desired contrast in this amazing medley of flavors.

I contacted Starbuck’s several times asking them to put it back on their menu, but they responded that they just didn’t feel that the Mocha Valencia resonated with their customers and thanked me for reaching out. Bummer. I’ve attempted more than once to recreate the drink in my own kitchen, but I’ve never really been able to get it quite right. Maybe it was really that iconic Starbuck’s coffee aroma and hipster vibe that made the drink after all. Whatever the case, I was left with the vibrant memory of that remarkable flavor combination and determined to resurrect it one way or another.

Enter these easy, rich orange mocha truffles. Dark chocolate, coffee-flavored cream and orange liquor form the ganache base of these sweet morsels of sheer heaven, while zest and Paradise Candied Fruit Co.’s candied orange peel give the perfect texture and bitter finish to this decadent treat. As an added bonus, no stove-top is needed, no baking required, and this recipe can be put together in minutes!

So put on your favorite coffee-house melodies and let’s get cooking!

Orange Mocha Truffles Pin
Print Recipe
Orange Mocha Truffles
Dark fudgey truffles with coffee and orange liquor make the perfect treat in this quick and easy recipe!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 seconds in microwave
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
depending on truffle size
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces chopped dark bitter-sweet choclate (or chips)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
  • 2 tablespoons orange liquor
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/3 cup candied orange peel I used Paradise Frui Co.'s candied orange peel
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 seconds in microwave
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
depending on truffle size
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces chopped dark bitter-sweet choclate (or chips)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
  • 2 tablespoons orange liquor
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/3 cup candied orange peel I used Paradise Frui Co.'s candied orange peel
Instructions
  1. Pour chocolate chips or chopped chocolate into a bowl.
  2. Stir instant coffee powder into heavy cream and heat in microwave 30 seconds on high power (just until hot).
  3. Pour hot cream in the bowl over chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes.
    Hot cream and chocolate in bowl
  4. Whisk hot cream and chocolate together until smooth and glossy.
    chocolate and cream being mixed until glossy
  5. Whisk orange liquor into chocolate mixture.
  6. Add orange zest and candied orange pieces into chocolate mixture and stir just until combined.
    melted chocolate ganache with orange zest and candied orange peel being whisked in
  7. Pour chocolate orange mixture into shallow dish and pop into fridge to firm up, approximately 1 hour.
    shallow baking dish with melted chocolate ganache
  8. Once chocolate mixture is firm, use spoon to scoop out and form into balls with your hands. Work quickly as body heat will soften the mixture very quickly. food-grade service gloves work well with this task, but are not necessary. Put rolled truffles into fridge for a few minutes to firm up before rolling in cocoa powder or sugar to finish off your truffles. Store in refrigerator until ready to eat.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.