This easy chocolate orange fudge recipe only takes 5 ingredients and a few minutes to make. It is smooth, creamy and a perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
If you love chocolate and orange together, you are going to love this fudge! It is super easy to make with the help of condensed milk and chocolate chips.
The orange layer is flavored with orange extract. You can leave it white if you would like, but we think it’s fun to add a little orange food coloring as a teaser to the flavor you are about the enjoy.
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Chocolate orange fudge would be a great addition to your Christmas sweets menu. Give it as a gift or keep it all for yourself.
You could also make it for Halloween, the colors fit so nicely. You could even add cute sprinkles to the top to make it extra cute.
However it is quick and simple enough to make that you can really whip up a batch anytime a chocolate craving hits. It stores well too, so you can enjoy it a little bit at a time.
What Type of Chocolate Should You Use?
The beauty of this recipe is how forgiving and easy it is. You can use any kind of chocolate you like to make the base layer.
I used semi-sweet in these pictures because they have big chocolate flavor and the sweetness of the condensed milk helps to balance them out. If you like dark chocolate, you can use that as well.
For a milder flavor, go ahead and use milk chocolate. With the condensed milk, it will give a really mild and creamy finish.
For the top layer, white chocolate chips or candy melts work well. They add a little bit of vanilla flavor that goes well with the orange.
Tips and Tricks for Making Fudge
The best part about making fudge with sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips is it really is hard to mess it up. That said, there are a few things you should know to be successful.
First, chocolate scorches easily. So you want to melt it in short bursts in the microwave.
Start by putting your chocolate chips and condensed milk in a glass bowl and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Give it a good stir before returning it to the microwave for another 20 seconds.
At that point it should be pretty close to melted, but it will depend on your microwave. Keep cooking it in short bursts, stirring after each trip to the microwave, until it can be stirred smooth.
For the orange layer, you want to melt the white chocolate and condensed milk together before adding the food dye and extract.
Adding water or alcohol based extracts or dyes to the chocolate on its own can cause it to seize. However, adding it to the more ganache like mixture with the condensed milk will allow it to stir in nicely.
You may need to warm it another 10-20 seconds after adding the coloring and flavoring so that it is easy to spread over the chocolate layer. You want it to be smooth and spreadable.
I like to line the pan in aluminum foil and spray it with nonstick spray before adding the fudge. That way I can lift the whole batch out of the pan and cut nice clean lines for perfect squares of fudge.
However, that is not necessary. If you want to make the fudge right in the pan, you can. But you may have to sacrifice a few not so pretty pieces before you can get nice squares.
Frequently Asked Quesitons
What is the best way to serve fudge?
It is easiest to cut nice pieces of fudge while it is cold. After it is good and chilled, remove it from the refrigerator and cut into 1-inch squares.
Fudge is best enjoyed at room temperature though. That gives you the best flavor and creamiest texture, so allow it to sit out for a little bit and then dig in.
How do you store fudge?
Fudge can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks. Ideally it would be in a cool dark place, to prevent it from melting or getting too soft.
If you are stacking the fudge, put wax paper between the layers to keep them from sticking together. Extras can be frozen for longer storage.
What if I want a stronger orange flavor?
You can increase the orange extract a bit or add orange zest to your fudge if you would like the orange flavor to be stronger. As written, we think this recipe has a nice balance of chocolate and mild orange flavor.
Additional Orange Recipes You May Like:
If you like chocolate and orange together, orange chocolate brigadeiros may be for you. They are soft fudgy little ball of chocolate goodness that hail from Brazil.
Or try making chocolate covered orange cheesecake bon bons. The center is a smooth cream cheese and orange mixture that is dipped in chocolate for a fun treat.
This is just the tip of the recipe iceberg, feel free to type orange in the search bar at the top of the page to find more. What are your favorite ways to enjoy oranges?
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Chocolate Orange Fudge
- If desired, line 8×8" pan with aluminum foil to easily remove the foil later. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Put chocolate chips and 1 cup of the condensed milk in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 30 seconds then stir.12 ounces chocolate chips
- Heat on high for 20 seconds and stir again. Repeat until the mixture is smooth. Spread in prepared pan and put in the refrigerator while you work on the orange layer.
- Add white chips and the remaining condensed milk to a small microwave safe bowl. Heat in the same fashion as the chocolate chips.1 cup white baking chips
- When the mixture stirs smooth, add the orange extract and food coloring. Stir until evenly incorporated. Spread over the chocolate layer until smooth.½ teaspoon orange extract, 2 to 3 drops orange food coloring
- Return the pan to the refrigerator until the fudge is completely set, at least a half hour, before cutting.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 3 weeks.