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Chocolate Orange Fudge Sauce Recipe

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

Chocolate orange fudge sauce is divine any way you eat it!

Chocolate orange fudge sauce is divine any way you eat it!

We are ice cream lovers in our house, and every so often I have a special night with an ice cream sundae bar. The last time we had our treat night I included this awesome chocolate orange fudge sauce. It turned out even better than I had hoped it would, and everyone was back for seconds.

The one thing that both my husband and my daughter said was that it tasted exactly like our traditional Christmas chocolate orange.

Every year at Christmas, without fail, I get my husband a chocolate orange for his stocking. It's solid dark chocolate, shaped like an orange, and gets slammed down on the table so that the slices break apart. It's divine, and my husband and daughter are right, the sauce tastes just like that orange.

Rich, thick, and creamy chocolate orange fudge sauce holds up well on ice cream and is really easy to make. Try it the next time you want a special homemade treat.

This chocolate sauce is so good and the perfect topping for ice cream.

This chocolate sauce is so good and the perfect topping for ice cream.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

45 min

50 min

10 servings of 1/4 cup each

Note: The cook time includes the cooling time of at least 30 minutes.

Here are the ingredients you'll need.

Here are the ingredients you'll need.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons natural orange oil, see note below

Instructions

  1. Place the chocolate chips, evaporated milk, and sugar into a 2-quart saucepan.
  2. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Make sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the saucepan.
  3. Once it begins to boil, remove the mixture from the heat.
  4. Stir in the butter and flavoring, mixing completely.
  5. Cool for at least 30 minutes before putting into an airtight container. The sauce can be refrigerated for up to one month.
  6. To reheat, pour the desired amount into a microwaveable glass bowl. Heat for 10–15 seconds and stir. It can burn quickly so, DO NOT overheat.

A Note About Flavoring

I used a natural orange oil flavoring. A little goes a long way, so I started with a 1/2 teaspoon, but it did not have enough flavor. I continued adding in 1/2 teaspoon increments. Since I like a strong orange flavor, I ended up using 2 1/2 teaspoons.

For any type of flavoring you add, I highly suggest starting with a smaller amount and adding until you get to the taste you like. Every flavoring and extract is different.

Chocolate Orange Fudge Sauce Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Evaporated milk, chocolate chips, and sugar poured into the saucepan.

Step 1: Evaporated milk, chocolate chips, and sugar poured into the saucepan.

Step 2: The ingredients have been stirred together and are beginning to cook.

Step 2: The ingredients have been stirred together and are beginning to cook.

Step 3: The sauce is just beginning to boil.  Continue stirring constantly over medium heat.

Step 3: The sauce is just beginning to boil. Continue stirring constantly over medium heat.

Step 4: Remove from heat and add flavoring and butter to the warm sauce. Mix thoroughly.

Step 4: Remove from heat and add flavoring and butter to the warm sauce. Mix thoroughly.

Serving Suggestions

Since this sauce keeps so well, it makes a great gift. Get some pretty mason jars with airtight lids, put on a decorative bow, and you have the perfect Christmas gift.

Besides eating it directly from the spoon like I do, here are some other ideas:

  • Pour the sauce over vanilla ice cream.
  • Add a tablespoon or two to a big glass of milk.
  • Serve it as a dip. Just cut up fruits and place on a serving platter. Warm the sauce up slightly, add some skewers, and enjoy.

No matter how you serve it, it is sure to be a hit.

Don't Like Oranges? Try a Different Flavoring

Mint

Pineapple

Eggnog

Mango

Raspberry

Amaretto

Vanilla

Cherry

Rum

Pecan

This chocolate orange fudge sauce is just waiting to be poured over ice cream.

This chocolate orange fudge sauce is just waiting to be poured over ice cream.

© 2013 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 26, 2014:

Thank you justmesuzanne - I appreciate the support and glad you like this recipe. This is one of my favorites. I can't have it too often because we eat it all a bit too quickly.

justmesuzanne from Texas on August 24, 2014:

Yum! Voted up, awesome and pinned! :D

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 21, 2014:

Thanks Valene - I just made a batch of this the other evening. It really is good and we have some vanilla ice cream so I know what we are having for dessert today. Thanks for reading.

Valene from Missouri on February 19, 2014:

Great looking sauce! I LOVE those chocolate oranges, I bet that flavor is amazing on ice cream. Gotta try this, thanks.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 24, 2013:

Hi MDavisatTIERS - I have one of those oranges ready for my husbands stocking right now, although I'm not sure if it will make it to Christmas. A sundae buffet sounds wonderful. I might have to start a tradition like that. Glad you enjoyed the recipe and that you will be trying it out. Have a nice day.

Marilyn L Davis from Georgia on November 23, 2013:

Good morning, Glimmer; you had me at chocolate orange. I buy them as stocking stuffers and manage not to eat them all before depositing them in the grand kids stockings. They love them; we also have Nana's sundae buffets twice a year, so this sauce will debut in December, 2013 - looks like a holiday tradition was just added. ~Marilyn

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 23, 2013:

I really appreciate your kind comments Kathryn. This is super decadent, but hey, it's the holidays right? Everybody deserves a little decadence around this time of year. Thanks for noticing the photo change. Have a nice Thanksgiving and thanks for your support.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 23, 2013:

Thanks Mekenzie - I'm going to be making a couple batches for Christmas gifts this year. I think people like homemade touches like this.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 23, 2013:

Hi Audrey - Thanks so much for the kind comments. Your friends are going to love this gift although once you taste it, it may be hard to give it away. I look forward to reading your hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 23, 2013:

I appreciate the comments Rebecca. I love the cherry chocolate combo too and this time of year I think peppermint would go over well. Glad you liked the hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 23, 2013:

Thanks for sharing and reading Michelle! Enjoy the recipe!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on November 22, 2013:

This looks decadent!

I like those chocolate orange candies. I often have one for Christmas, too.

The variations and serving suggestions are a great addition, and the photos are great at showing the ingredients, and different steps.

I noticed that you changed your profile photo! It's nice to see your face.

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great night.

Voted up, sharing, and pinning.

~ Kathryn

Susan Ream from Michigan on November 22, 2013:

Decadent and tempting. Like your pictures too. It would make a great Christmas gift, who wouldn't love to get this as a present.

Great job!

Thanks,

Mekenzie

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on November 22, 2013:

My favorite combination. My friends are going to love this for their Christmas Gift. I'm writing a hub on home-made gifts for Christmas and will add a link to your hub. Look for it soon! Hugs ~ Audrey

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 22, 2013:

I recently discovered the deliciousness of orange with chocolate with some flavored marshmallows on a cup of hot cocoa. Lemon and lime? No. Orange, strawberry and cherry are fruit flavors that are really enhanced by chocolate . Your recipe sounds divine!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on November 22, 2013:

Delicious, Glim. Sharing this recipe.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 13, 2013:

Hi Amber - If you mean orange extract, then yes, it should work. Just add it slowly and test along the way (which is the fun part). I have found that extracts are not as strong as the oils, so you may need more, but definitely test. Enjoy the sauce!

Amber on November 12, 2013:

If I can't find orange oil flavoring, will regular orange flavoring work?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 24, 2013:

Thanks Monis Mas. I'm glad other people like chocolate and orange as much as me.

Agaltom on October 24, 2013:

This recipe sure is to die for :-)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 16, 2013:

Thanks so much Jackie! You definitely have to try this combo. You won't be disappointed.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 15, 2013:

I have never heard of chocolate orange! Thank you for introducing me, I have to try it. Will copy right now not to lose!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 15, 2013:

Hi Victoria - Sorry it has taken so long to respond, but was out of town for a few days. This is almost too decadent, but so good. The vanilla really brings out the chocolate flavor and is really a traditional fudge sauce. Enjoy and thanks for reading and commenting.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on October 10, 2013:

Definitely decadent! I like the option of all the different flavors. I'm thinking vanilla . . . . :-)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 05, 2013:

Thanks so much Crystal! We just ate the last of a batch yesterday. May have to make some more. I appreciate the votes.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 04, 2013:

Hi moronkee - I hope you give the recipe a try and I'm glad you stopped by to read and comment. Thank you.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 03, 2013:

I'm not sure if I want eat it or drown in it! Looks absolutely delicious. Voting up and useful.

Moronke Oluwatoyin on October 03, 2013:

This recipe looks delicious. I love chocolate flavours. Thanks for the tutorial.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on October 03, 2013:

What a clever and ingenious idea!! You are on a roll - LOVE shaped sugar scrub idea! I will have a look, wow I will be busy, cheers for great inspiration!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 03, 2013:

I'm glad Suzie! I was thinking that the sugar cubes one would give you an idea or two. Like shaped sugar scrubs or something! I can't wait to see your hub.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on October 03, 2013:

You could and you just gave me an idea or two!! Cheers!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 03, 2013:

oldiesmusic - Anything with chocolate and butter and I know it is going to be rich and yummy. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 03, 2013:

That is it Suzie, a terry's orange and they are so good! I am with you and think that mint would be a good one too, especially around the holidays. Many thanks for all of the support. Too bad you can't make a facial out of this (or maybe you can).

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 03, 2013:

Hi teaches - I love that orange and chocolate hub you did. Those are a delicious treat. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

oldiesmusic from United States on October 02, 2013:

Just even looking at the raw materials I knew that there was something so decadent coming out of them... chocolate and orange are always the best combo! Thanks for sharing :)

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on October 01, 2013:

Hi GTF,

WOW, this is so me!! LOVE it and it is definitely being made!! I love chocolate orange too, do you get your husband Terry's chocolate orange by any chance?? That is my must have favorite! Anyway this sounds gorgeous and great additional flavors, mint would be my next then vanilla!

Up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared, pinned!! Definitely a great gift idea too for my chocoholic family!!

Dianna Mendez on October 01, 2013:

Wow, this is a wonderful treat. I love the combination of orange and chocolate (I shared my hub recipe for something similar last year). Your photos have me drooling.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 30, 2013:

aviannovice - It's definitely a treat I can easily live with, but not too often or I won't be able to fit in my clothes anymore. Glad you stopped by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 30, 2013:

Hi cjarosz - It definitely is not on a diet menu, but hey, everything is ok every once in a while right? At least in my opinion it is. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 30, 2013:

Thanks Sharkye11 - A number of people have mentioned giving these as gifts and I am right there along with everybody. There are going to be some happy gift recipients this holiday! I appreciate your nice comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 30, 2013:

tireless traveler - I know what you mean. They really are good and this sauce is just like the dark chocolate ones. Glad you enjoyed the hub and hope you give the recipe a try.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 30, 2013:

Hi SamitaJassi - I'm glad you like chocolate as much as I do. It really is a delicious treat. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 30, 2013:

nArchuleta - Glad you enjoyed this recipe. I think they are called Terry's oranges and I can only ever find them at Christmas. My husband devours them so the whole family knows that it is his treat. Thanks for commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 30, 2013:

I appreciate the comments Patty and you are right, chocolate with fruit is really really delicious.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 30, 2013:

Thanks so much Jill! I don't know how we lived without digital cameras!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on September 30, 2013:

This is wonderful, and I think that I could easily live with it.

cjarosz on September 29, 2013:

This looks soo amazing!! If only it was on my diet. But man so tempting.!!!

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on September 29, 2013:

This sounds awesome! I'm not a huge sweet's lover, but around the holidays I do enjoy chocolate recipes. Love the idea of giving it in jars as gifts. That would be pretty and useful. Great hub! Voting up!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 29, 2013:

AliciaC - I hope your family loves it as much as we do. We still have a very little bit in the fridge which I may have to go eat before anyone else does. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 29, 2013:

Thanks so much prasetio30! I hope you like the recipe as much as we do. It's one of those easy but delicious ones that people seem to love.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 29, 2013:

Many thanks Mike! I appreciate your kind comments and hope you give it a try.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 29, 2013:

Hi Thelma - Thanks so much. I really love the idea of giving these as Christmas gifts. I appreciate the support and your gift recipients will be very happy!

Judy Specht from California on September 28, 2013:

Those chocolate covered oranges are so good. This is tempting beyond belief.

Samita Sharma from Chandigarh on September 27, 2013:

Oh! Gimmer its so yummy and my tongue are tempting... the best thing, that i love chocolate more than anything...

Nadia Archuleta from Denver, Colorado on September 27, 2013:

oh, yum! I can't wait to try this recipe!

What is that orange called? It's Italian, right? I know exactly which one you're talking about!

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 27, 2013:

Chocolate is always best with fruit imo. Pinned!

Jill Spencer from United States on September 27, 2013:

Love your pics! They look great.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 26, 2013:

This recipe sounds wonderfully delicious, Glimmer! It sounds easy to make, too. It's going to be a great treat for my family!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on September 26, 2013:

I love chocolate and I found new recipe from this hub. Thanks for sharing with us and I can't wait to make it soon. VOTED UP :-)

Prasetio

Mike Robbers from London on September 26, 2013:

Amazing recipe and so easy to follow instructions! Voted and pinned!

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on September 26, 2013:

Oh my! I would love to make this for Christmas. I can´t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Voted up and pinned for later use.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 26, 2013:

Hi Your Cousins - I don't think you'll be disappointed with this flavor combo. Glad you commented and hope you enjoy it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 26, 2013:

kitkat1141 - I think this would make a perfect gift, especially around the holidays. It does not take nearly as much time to do as baking cookies. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 26, 2013:

I'm glad you'll be trying this Toytasting. I bet you'll enjoy it. Thanks for your kind comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 26, 2013:

Nell - You would definitely be able to make this. Like you, I love those fancy chocolate orange bars and sometimes treat myself to one. This way it is in your fridge all the time. Thanks so much for reading!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 26, 2013:

Hi Michael Durden - I appreciate you reading and commenting and hope you get a chance to try this recipe. Thanks.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 26, 2013:

epbooks - I learned about too much flavoring the hard way a few years ago. There are so many different types out there so I always go slow when adding it. Glad you liked the hub. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 26, 2013:

Hi FlourishAnyway - Hope you give this a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed! Especially on a sundae. I appreciate your comments. Thanks!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 26, 2013:

Oh Sunshine - You have no idea what you are missing with that flavor combo, especially if you like oranges. You can always try a different flavor to change it up a bit. Thanks so much for reading and supporting. Have a great day!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 26, 2013:

Thanks so much for all of the support Bill! I'm with you...anything chocolate is awesome (unless it has hazelnuts, then not so much). Hope you give this recipe a try some time.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 26, 2013:

Thanks so much moonlake. I appreciate the support!

Your Cousins from Atlanta, GA on September 26, 2013:

I have never had a chocolate orange, but this sauce looks luxuriously delicious. I'd like to make it, though I don't think the sauce would make it to the ice cream!

kitkat1141 from Ontario, Canada on September 26, 2013:

This looks so easy and delicious. Love the idea to give it as a gift. Your pictures are very helpful. I am pinning this one!

Thanks

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 26, 2013:

Thanks very much DzyMsLizzy! It really is a great combination . I hope you like it as much as we do. The only problem is that I eat way too much of it after I make it! I appreciate the comments.

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on September 26, 2013:

I love chocolates. So chocolates with anything is a treat for me. This recipe of yours seems so easy. I am going to try it this weekend.

Thanks for sharing! :)

Nell Rose from England on September 25, 2013:

I love chocolate orange anything! in fact I bought a bar today, so this is so yummy! and it seems so easy to make too, even for me! love it! voted up!

Michael Durden on September 25, 2013:

Looks delicious. I will have to try this out. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on September 25, 2013:

Awesome recipe and very good tip about adding the flavoring. I'd be the poor soul who added too much too quickly. Thank you for sharing!

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 25, 2013:

Ohh-eee. Looks like it is chocolate brownie sundae time with extra fudge sauce. I love the idea of combining orange and chocolate. Voted up and more!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 25, 2013:

I've never had chocolate and orange combined, I'm willing to give it a shot since I like them both! Chocolate a whole lot more :)

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on September 25, 2013:

As I am a lover of all things chocolate this looks wonderful. Great job Glimmer, great photos and easy to follow directions. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc....

moonlake from America on September 25, 2013:

This sounds really good. Voted up and pinned.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on September 25, 2013:

Oh, I love chocolate oranges! This sounds divine. (and easy!) Thanks so much for sharing this--it will give me something new to add to my holiday gift repertoire, which was getting a bit too predictable.. ;-)

Voted up, awesome, useful, starred and shared.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 25, 2013:

I am sure this would be great in a fondue pot! I don't know if you could use zest. I imagine you would need a fair amount and I am not sure that it would permeate the chocolate like the liquid oil does. It may work. I would definitely grate it really finely so people would not bite down on a piece of the rind. If you try it, I'd be interested to know how it turns out. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Claudia Tello from Mexico on September 25, 2013:

Looks like a fantastic recipe for a chocolate fondue! I will definitely keep it in mind. Could I use orange zest instead of the orange oil?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 25, 2013:

Hi Paul - Thanks so much for reading and commenting! I appreciate it and hope you give this sauce a try.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 25, 2013:

Thanks Bill! This stuff is ridiculously good. It is not good to have in my house because we end up eating it far too quickly. Glad you liked it and let me know how it turns out.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 25, 2013:

These will make great gifts Susan! You are right, make an extra batch to keep. Just making it for this hub I sampled it far too many times! Hope you like it and thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on September 25, 2013:

Oh my, that looks delicious!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 25, 2013:

I am all over this recipe. Wow! Talk about made just for me. Thank you and you can bet I'll be making this soon.

bill

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on September 25, 2013:

Oh my! This is going on my gifts to make list for Christmas presents. And of course I'll keep a few jars for myself :) Looks and sounds heavenly.