Orange Chocolate Fudge is the decadent, rich, uniquely flavored dessert combination that you didn’t know you needed.
If you’ve never had a Terry’s Chocolate Orange…you’re missing out. A friend of mine introduced me to them several years ago. The concept of a citrus fruit with dark chocolate appalled me. That is, until I accepted her offer to try it.
Ever since then, I have taken the opportunity to indulge in the strange flavor combo every chance I get. Most recently in the form of ice cream. An ice cream shop back home debuted orange chocolate ICE CREAM…yeah! Orange chocolate lovers are screaming internally with me.
Every time we visit home I think about it and pray that enough people like it for the shop to justify making more of it!
Opening a Terry’s Chocolate orange is part of the beauty of the experience! When you open the package and unveil the bright gold-foil-wrapped ball of deliciousness, the label has these simple instructions: “whack and unwrap!”
It’s super fun, and giving the ball a forceful “whack” loosens the orange slices, revealing the orange-shaped slices of citrus-flavored chocolate! See?
How fun is that?!
Fudge is another holiday favorite, so naturally I had to combine them. There’s so many different types of fudge, but this one is sure to stand out from the peppermint and old-fashioned ones you’d typically find at your office Christmas party.
How to Make Orange Chocolate Fudge
Thankfully, despite its outstanding appearance, this fudge is super simple to make!
It has your typical fudge ingredients:
+sweetened condensed milk
+semi-sweet chocolate chips
+a splash of vanilla extract
+one orange (for zest!)
+and of course, one whole Terry’s Dark Chocolate Orange!
To prepare the fudge, you simply add everything except the orange zest to a medium bowl placed over some gently boiling water. Stir frequently until the chocolate mixture is completely melted.
Next, add some of the orange zest to the fudge mixture. If you want your orange chocolate fudge to be less orange-y, you can skip this step! I, however, like an equal balance of both orange and chocolate, so I add a tablespoon of orange zest right into the fudge!
Third, you will pour the fudge mixture into a prepared 8×8 baking pan. It should be lined with parchment paper and lightly greased. The mixture will be thick, so make sure to use a metal or wooden spoon, or a sturdy silicon spatula to get every last drop into the pan!
Lastly, top the fudge with some more orange zest for garnish. You can get as creative as you want here–you could even do bigger orange curls or candied orange peels! The presentation possibilities are endless. 🙂
Leave the fudge in the fridge for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight. The fudge should be completely set and easy to cut into about 16-20 squares! If it is still a bit soft, you can put it back in the fridge or pop it in the freezer to quickly firm it up.
All that’s left to do after that is to devour it! I’ll be honest…I can only stomach one piece. That sad reality has a silver lining though…I get to savor it longer!
Please enjoy these and your holiday festivities…I hope you all have an amazing Christmas-time! Let me know how the fudge goes by leaving a rating and a comment! As always, if you want to tag me on Instagram to show off your creation, you can tag me @shavonnemorrison!
Orange Chocolate Fudge
- 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips dark chocolate can be used as well!
- 1 whole Terry's Dark Chocolate Orange
- 1 medium orange, zested you need at least 2 tbsp of zest from this orange; 1 tbsp to go into the fudge and 1 tbsp to garnish!
- Prepare an 8×8 baking dish by lining it with parchment paper and lightly greasing it with butter or a cooking spray.
- Fill a small saucepan with water until it is about 1/4 full. Bring this water to a gentle boil, meanwhile filling a medium bowl with all ingredients except the orange zest. I recommend giving your orange chocolate ball a "whack" as the packaging suggests, rather than placing an in-tact ball into the bowl with the other ingredients. This will ensure it melts evenly and quickly!
- Once the water in your saucepan comes to a low boil, place the medium bowl on top of the sauce pan. The steam rising up from the saucepan will gently melt the fudge mixture. Be sure to stir it frequently so all of the flavors blend together evenly. Note: If you make sure to watch your melting fudge mixture carefully, you can zest your orange while it melts!
- Once the fudge mixture is completely melted, remove it from the saucepan and immediately add 1 tbsp of orange zest. If you want your fudge to be more chocolate-y than orange-y, you can skip this step!
- Next, pour the fudge mixture into your prepared baking pan, spreading it to the edges so it's in an even layer. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp orange zest or desired garnish.
- Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight. Remove from fridge, cut into 16-20 squares and enjoy! Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.