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!