Father’s Day is a perfect occasion to make Dad’s favorite candy. Dark Chocolate Orange Cream Candy is one of my husband’s favorite candy flavors.
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It’s time for this month’s Pinterest Challenge hosted by Erlene from My Pinterventures. This is always a fun blog hop with tons of great ideas and loads of creativity shared! It’s great to find a pin and give it your own spin. This year, each month will have a theme and the theme for May is Father’s Day or a project for the men in our lives.
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Since our children are adults, crafting for Father’s Day isn’t something I typically do. When I was thinking about this month’s challenge, I knew I would go with a recipe. Making one of my husband’s favorite candy treats was easy and he loves them.
The combination of dark chocolate and orange is his favorite sweet flavor combo. I’ve made an Orange Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting that he loves.
For an early Father’s Day treat, I was inspired by this pin from Just a Pinch for Valentine’s Day Chocolate Orange Creams.
Dark Chocolate and Orange Cream Candy
This is an easy candy to make and doesn’t require you to even turn on the stove! This candy needs refrigeration rather than heat.
The key ingredient for my spin on this recipe is using Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Candy Wafers. You can use chocolate chips like the pin I found, or even CandiQuik, but you’ll taste the difference if you use these wafers.
Making candy can be hard, but not this candy. Softened butter and light corn syrup are creamed together. Orange extract and a small amount of fresh squeezed juice from an orange give the candy its delicious orange flavor.
Powdered sugar is added one cup at a time until the desired consistency is reached. If you want the filling to be colored orange, add in a drop of red and a drop of yellow food coloring. I had planned on doing that, but I was out of yellow.
The orange cream filling needs to be wrapped in plastic and placed in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Chilling the filling means it’s easy to form small bite sized balls. Once the balls are formed, return to freezer for 15 minutes.
Melt the dark chocolate wafers following the directions on the package and dip each ball into the melted coating. I did about three at a time and then added chocolate sprinkles before the chocolate began to harden.
The candy needs to be placed in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes.
Place the candy in a basket, wrap twine around the basket and tie if off into a bow for an easy gift idea for Father’s Day.
My husband was very happy to receive an early gift for Father’s Day!
Ingredients List for Dark Chocolate Orange Cream Candy
- Light Corn Syrup
- Orange Extract
- Powdered Sugar
- Melting Wafers
These can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a week. That makes them an easy make ahead treat.
Try using strawberry or peppermint extract for other tasty flavor combinations. I’ve made dark chocolate peppermint patties a using a similar recipe and now I plan on making them using this one using this recipe.
Dark Chocolate and Orange Cream Candy
An easy, no cook recipe with a burst of orange flavor.
- 1/4 Cup Butter (Softened)
- 1/3 Cup Light Corn Syrup
- 3 tsp Orange Extract
- 1 tsp Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
- 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 10 oz package Chocolate Melting Wafers
Allow butter to soften at room temperature.
Cream butter, extract, and juice.
Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix on medium for 1 minute. Continue adding powdered sugar, one cup at time, beating between each addition until the filling has firmed and will hold its shape.
Remove filling from mixing bowl and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze for 30 minutes.
Place parchment paper on baking sheet and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Remove filling from freezer and pinch off small amounts of mixture and roll into bite sized balls.
Return to freezer for 15 minutes.
Melt chocolate melting wafers according to directions on package.
Remove balls from freezer and dip them into the melted chocolate, coating each piece. Add sprinkles if desired before the chocolate begins to harden.
Place tray in refrigerator for 5 minutes.
Place candy in a container and store in refrigerator for up to one week.
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