Orange & Ginger Chocolate Truffles

orange_chocolate_truffles_1One of the last things we did before leaving for Australia was cleaning out our pantry and fridge. We found a bag of cacao butter that needed to be used, so these happened. We do truffles quite often at home but most often it’s different versions of our date & chocolate truffles. As a Christmas treat, this cacao butter version is more decadent and creamier. They are the kind of truffles that smudge your teeth on the first bite and have delicate chocolate, orange and ginger flavours that keep on dancing on your tongue even after they are eaten. Wrap them in a jar and give them away as a last minute Christmas gift. Just make sure to save a few for yourself.


Cacao butter is pure oil from the cacao bean and has a delicate chocolate aroma. It usually comes in a solid chunk or bar. Cacao butter consists of healthy fats including the essential omega fatty acids and is high in antioxidants. It melts on low temperature and is therefore great for raw food desserts and homemade chocolate. Try also adding it to smoothies, ice cream or rub it on your skin as a moisturiser.

Apotechary_gksAnother little project that we worked on before we left was this Natural Apotechary poster that we created together with Swedish designers Dry Things. Luise has listed healthy ingredients from A to Z and explains a bit about why they are good for you. It’s 50×70 cm (19,5×27,5 inches) large. All their posters are made with the highest quality and printed on beautiful paper. It’s available in Dry Things cute little shop in Stockholm and in their webshop.

We are working on a recipe and a post about our time here in Australia. In short, we are having a wonderful wonderful time. Best thing about the trip is that we get to spend all our days with these two monkeys! You can follow us on Instagram if you want to see more photos from our trip (David | Luise).


Cacao Butter Truffles with Orange & Ginger
15-20 truffles

4 tbsp raw cacao butter (break off small pieces)
3 tbsp raw coconut oil
4 tbsp raw honey
3/4 cup / 60 g cacao powder + more for rolling
4 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger (or less if you prefer it milder)
1/2 tsp flaky sea salt

Heat water in a small saucepan, place a heatproof bowl on top. Measure out all ingredients. Melt the cacao butter over a water bath, while stirring. Remove from heat, add coconut oil and honey and whisk until well combined. Add cacao powder, orange juice and sea salt and whisk until thick and smooth, for about 30 seconds to a minute. Place in the fridge to cool and set for 10 minutes. Then form 15 – 20 small round truffles with your hands; they should be half the size of a golf ball. Roll the truffles in cacao powder and store in the fridge.


PS. If you are in Sydney you are welcome to meet up with us on a picnic tomorrow (Sunday). It’s very last minute and completely chillaxed. We just thought it could be fun to meet up with like-minded. We’ll be in beautiful Nielsen Park from 3.30 pm. Bring food and drinks and we can all share a bit with each other.


  • These are so gorgeous - simply beautiful and I"m sure they're so delicious - lovely! Mary
  • Steph
    Love the recipe! You're here in Oz! Wonderful! (How did I miss that! Just read through the blog and yep I totes missed it!) Anyhoo the weather's been magic for you I think (Im in Brissie and its been brilliant here). Hope you saw the start to the Sydney to Hobart today... It was a beautiful day in Sydney today!
  • YES! (you cant see me jumping up and down in joy here, which is a good thing) I'm going to make these for Christmas to be shared, I have been so picky about my last dessert recipe, and was beginning to despair that I couldn't find what I was really looking for. THIS is exactly it. I have you to thank for this, and I will be sure to mention it to the entire house full!
  • Oh no have only just seen.this in Sydney - wouldve loved to.have come. R u having any more meet ups?
  • These look so delicious! I love the ginger and orange at Christmas time. It would look great on the cookie tray with the gingerbread men!
  • Jo
    Hmmmm its still way too liquid too roll balls.... Should I wait a little longer while leaving it in the fridge..?
  • Jo
    Making them right now! How long do they keep in the fridge? Can you also store them in the freezer?
  • These look so delicious! I love the combination of cacao and orange, and ginger sounds like it would take the flavors over the top. I was just trying to think of some quick, edible gifts to make for the holidays and now I think I'm definitely going to have to give these a shot!! Thanks so much. :)
  • Chocolate is everywhere! It's Christmas, so I've got a great excuse! Now, I've had recipe somewhere for delicious truffles...somewhere in a drawer...I think I'll try yours. The orange twist sounds great!
  • Glad to hear you're enjoying your Australian holiday. Nielson Park is a beautiful spot for a picnic and usually oddly uncrowded in the weekends leading up to Christmas (everybody must be out shopping)
  • I've always wanted to try and make truffles and these look gorgeous I think I'll have to try and make the recipe. They look great, perfect for Christmas gifts x FashionableFoodBlog
  • Oh gosh! isn't it genius! I made ginger orange cookies today, but I couldn't even think of ginger orange truffles!
  • Such easy but delicious looking truffles. Love the orange and ginger in these especially. Wish I could be at your picnic!
  • This is a fabulous recipe! I love the orange and ginger mixed with the chocolate :)
  • That is one beautiful looking poster! And these truffles look amazing. I also have a bag of cacao butter in my pantry that I have been waiting to use (I am not sure what I was waiting for...), so I will make these because they look perfect! Have a great time in Australia!
  • Karin Krouse
    Thanks for this delicious sounding recipe, will probably get into it today! Have a wonderful time here in Down Under, it is pretty special! I immigrated to Melbourne about 18 years ago, from Munich. Enjoy, and if you need help just email me. I mean it.
  • I used to get processed chocolate oranges in my stocking every year at Christmas. I'll be asking for these instead this year!
  • This looks amazing David and Luise - so delicious and a perfect winter gift!
  • I buy cacao butter for my body...I will have to save a few ounces for this delicious looking recipe.
  • We'll make sure to make those for our next picnic! Too bad we're not in Sydney to share them with you guys. Enjoy the sunny beaches!
  • These look beautiful and are my absolute favorite flavors!
  • These look delicious! I tried to make a "white chocolate" truffle yesterday with cacao butter and they ended up being too flaky (?) to roll properly. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe.
  • Beautiful recipe! Thank you!
  • Those look wonderful! I've never tried cacao butter...maybe someday, because it sounds very interesting :)
  • Wow, these look amazing! My mother in law makes something very similar when ever we visit her at Christmas time at the beach in NZ. I'm sad that we won't be travelling back home to NZ for christmas this year to enjoy these treats - I think I will just have to give this recipe a try and make some myself this year instead. Thanks Luise! Rachel
  • Julia
    I made something similar yesterday to give it away to my friends and relatives for Christmas:-) I love you:)
  • emily
    I love your date truffles and can't wait to try these. Orange, ginger and chocolate sounds like an awesome combo! Enjoy your trip, wish I could be there to join the picnic!

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