These chocolate covered oranges have the perfect balance of rich and juicy flavors, which make them a great sweet treat to try and enjoy.
The combination of fruit and chocolate is great, especially if you’re trying to consciously make healthier food choices, and these chocolate covered oranges are just that and more! They are the perfect sweet treat to try making during the winters and are sure to be a hit with everyone in the family.
What’s best is that you’ll need just a teeny bit of effort to put them together. Ready to give the recipe a shot? Scroll down to know more about it.
Ingredients For the Recipe
With just 4 simple ingredients needed, this recipe is super easy to work with!
- ¼ cup melted chocolate
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Segments of 5 peeled mandarin oranges
- Flaky sea salt
Kitchen Tools Needed
How to Make the Chocolate Covered Oranges
Once you have all your ingredients and kitchen tools ready, here’s what you need to do to make the chocolate covered oranges.
Melt the chocolate in a big bowl and add the coconut oil.
Mix with the spoon until the chocolate is completely melted.
Dip an orange section half into the chocolate and leave the other half clear.
Place on a dish lined with baking paper.
Repeat the same procedure until you dip all the pieces in the melted chocolate.
Add a little salt on every piece over the chocolate and leave the chocolate to harden before you serve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Since the chocolate and the oranges are the hero ingredients of this recipe, it is exceptionally important to use the best quality chocolate you can get your hands on. Lindt Excellence is great, and you can pick the % you like to stick to. 85% dark is usually a great choice to stick to, but if you prefer the sweetness, you could choose regular milk chocolate too.
You could also just use chocolate chips instead, and reduce the amount of coconut oil you are adding into the mixture (since the chips already have some oil content).
Yes, you definitely can. While the best way to melt your chocolate is to do it using the double boiler method, which can be a tad bit time-consuming, but it’ll make sure that your chocolate doesn’t end up burning.
If you’re planning to melt your chocolate in the microwave, you might need to be careful not to burn the chocolate. A good way to do this is to keep stirring the chocolate at every 30-second interval. Also get the chocolate out when it almost melted, but not completely. That way, the residual heat will melt the rest of the chocolate, and you’ll end up with the perfect mixture.
Not just oranges, many other fruits can taste incredible when coated with chocolate. Berries are the obvious best choice- strawberries, raspberries, blueberries in specific, but that’s not all. You can use other fruits like kiwi, bananas, and even pineapples.
Just remember to pat these fruits dry and remove all the moisture before you coat them with chocolate to get that nice chocolate shell that you are looking for.
These simple chocolate covered oranges are topped with just a teeny bit of sea salt, but if you want to take it up a notch, you totally can. You can sprinkle some goji berries or freeze-dried strawberries on the melted chocolate before it solidifies, to give the oranges some additional flavor.
If you’re not too fond of getting another flavor into the mix, chopped nuts (especially walnuts, pistachios and pecans) are the best choice. They are nutritionally dense and also lend the chocolate-coated oranges a bit of texture.
If that’s not what you feel like doing, you can just stick to using sprinkles or some chopped mint leaves.
If you have some leftovers, you can just transfer them to an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to 3 days. Going beyond that is not recommended, as the orange segments can start to turn limp and release their juices, leaving you with one big mess of melted chocolate and orange juice.
Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
Think you’re all set and ready to try the recipe? You might want to keep these additional tips and tricks in mind to make sure you nail the recipe.
- Coconut oil is added to the melted chocolate to give it that shiny look once it solidifies and also to help it set well and hold its shape. If you are concerned about the flavor it will add to your chocolate, you can use refined coconut oil which has minimal taste.
- If you don’t have coconut oil, you could also use avocado oil instead. Just remember to use any of these oils to get that crack when you bite into the chocolate shell.
- While flaky sea salt is the best choice for this recipe, you could just use regular salt if that’s what you have at hand. Pink Himalayan salt is also an excellent option.
- While you could always use any other kind of orange that you prefer, mandarin oranges are the best choice, since they are easy to segment, and you don’t have to worry about the seeds.
- After you segment the orange, give it a quick check and let go of any segments that are torn or have any juice seeping through. The juice from those segments will seep into the chocolate and cause it to clump.
- Make sure you place the chocolate covered oranges on a sheet of parchment paper or baking paper instead of the pan. This will make it easy for you to remove them once the chocolate has been set.
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- ¼ cup (40g) melted chocolate
- 1 teaspoon (5g) coconut oil
- 5 peeled and segmented mandarin oranges
- Flaky sea salt
- Melt the chocolate in a big bowl and add the coconut oil.
- Mix with the spoon until the chocolate is completely melted.
- Dip an orange section half into the chocolate and leave the other half clear.
- Place on a dish lined with baking paper.
- Repeat the same procedure until you dip all the pieces in the melted chocolate.
- Add a little salt on every piece over the chocolate and allow the chocolate to harden before you serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 8Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g