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I often find myself wishing I had an arsenal of healthier pre-made snacks for when my sweet tooth rears her ugly head. When she takes over, watch out. I can become ravenous, illogical, and momentarily convinced that I haven’t eaten for days.
What do I go for first?
If there isn’t a Dairy Queen or other ice cream shop within arm’s reach, I take no prisoners and devour whatever’s in sight.
These rampages usually end in a tummy ache and not feeling so great about my unpreparedness.
This simple little recipe is one I keep in regular rotation to help soothe my sweet tooth without much damage.
If you’re not familiar, a Chocolate Orange is an orange flavored chocolate … orange. It’s shaped like an orange and wrapped in aluminum. You smack it on a hard surface to break apart all the orange wedges. It’s a delicious little chocolate candy that I love to keep in the freezer.
As with most of my kitchen pursuits, I crafted a way to satisfy my craving for a Chocolate Orange using healthier methods.
I like to use clementines or tangerines for this recipe. They peal easily and usually have minimal rind on the fruit.
I dip them in melted very dark chocolate. I recommend you go for the highest dark chocolate percentage you can stand. My favorite is Green & Blacks Fair Trade Organic 85% Dark Chocolate. It’s silky smooth and doesn’t taste like coffee grinds – unlike other dark chocolate brands.
A close second is the 60% Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Chips found in the baking isle.
Staying in line with my Chocolate Orange habits, I like to keep my Healthier Chocolate Orange in the freezer for cool and refreshing access.
- 7 Small/Medium-Sized Tangerines Clementines, or Oranges
- 3.5 oz Dark Chocolate
- In either a double boiler or (the easy way) a microwavable dish, melt your chocolate.
- Peel each orange section out picking off extra rind and strings.
- Line a baking sheet with either parchment or wax paper.
- Dip half of each orange section into the melted dark chocolate and place on the baking sheet.
- Let sit in freezer for at least 2 hours, or until frozen.
- Keep in freezer in a Ziploc/airtight bag.
- Time: 15 minutes prep; 2 hours in freezer
Approximate Nutrition Facts:
- Serving size: 8 Dipped Sections (Approx. One Orange)
- Makes Approximately 7 Servings
- 135 Calories; 7 g Fat; 2.5 g Protein; 12 g Sugar