chocolate covered oranges

Chocolate-Covered Oranges are an Easy 3-Ingredient Dessert

The Best Flavor Combinations are Simple

I’m going to tell you a secret: even though I write a food blog, I have my moments where I struggle for recipe inspiration. We’re all human; sometimes, our brains don’t have the energy to think after a long day. When I need recipe ideas, one place I turn to for inspiration is seasonal flavors. In my last article, I discussed making dried orange slices at home. Keeping with the seasonal flavor theme, I started brainstorming ways to use the dried slices in a dessert. I wanted to keep the ingredients simple to highlight the orange. I came up with chocolate-covered oranges you need to try to believe! 

Chocolate-Covered Oranges are Bite-Sized Bliss

Chocolate-covered oranges may only have three ingredients, but they pack flavor in every bite. Dried oranges, dark chocolate, and sea salt combine to create a knockout dessert. The sweetness of the orange will first hit your tastebuds, balanced with the bitterness of the dark chocolate. The sea salt kicks in at the end, enhancing the orange flavor and balancing the bitterness of the chocolate. The result is a light dessert with a touch of indulgence that’s easy to make at home. 

Chocolate Covered Orange Slices

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Course: Dessert
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the oranges on the parchment paper in a single layer. Set aside.
  • Melt the dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl or a double boiler on a stovetop.
  • Once the chocolate has melted, dip the orange slices into the chocolate, and coat halfway.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on the chocolate while still warm.
  • Allow the chocolate to fully harden before transferring the orange slices to an air-tight container.

Chocolate-Covered Oranges Recipe Questions and Tips

Can You Buy Dried Oranges?

Dried oranges are easy to make at home but require a few hours of baking time. To save time, you can buy dried oranges on Amazon instead.

Is the Peel Edible?

Even though the peel is typically discarded when eating an orange, it’s edible! Once dried, the peel loses its bitterness and takes on a subtly sweet flavor. 

How Should Chocolate-Covered Oranges Be Stored?

Chocolate-covered orange slices are best kept in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing them in direct sunlight. You can also add oxygen absorbers to the container to help extend the shelf life and preserve the flavor. 

How Long is the Shelf Life?

When stored in an air-tight container, chocolate-covered oranges can last up to 6 months from the date made. Periodically open the container to check for signs of moisture developing.  

Can You Make Chocolate-Covered Oranges with Fresh Oranges?

Yes, you can! I recommend removing the peel and diving the orange into wedges. Pat the wedges dry with a towel to avoid the moisture seizing the chocolate. Once dipped, store the chocolate-covered orange wedges for up to three days refrigerated in an air-tight container. 

Recipe Variations

Chocolate-covered oranges are easy to customize. If you aren’t a dark chocolate fan, you can use milk or white chocolate instead. You can also swap out the sea salt for chopped pistachios, shredded coconut, sprinkles, or even edible gold flakes

How to Melt Chocolate at Home

The two most popular methods when melting chocolate at home are in a microwave or a double boiler. Both methods can be used for all chocolate varieties. If melting whole bars of chocolate or large pieces, finely chop the chocolate first so it melts evenly. 

Microwave Method

Microwaving chocolate is the easiest melting method but requires careful timing. Once chocolate begins to melt, it can quickly burn. To melt chocolate in a microwave:

  1. Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. 
  2. Microwave for 30 seconds on half power.
  3. Stir the chocolate, scraping the sides and bottom to melt evenly.  
  4. Continue to microwave in 15-second intervals on half power. 
  5. Once 75% of the chocolate has melted, stop microwaving. Stir until the residual heat has fully melted the chocolate. 

Double Boiler Method

Melting chocolate in a double boiler has more steps than microwaving but reduces the chance of burning. A double boiler holds the chocolate and is placed over a pot of water on a stovetop. Once the water boils, the steam heats the chocolate. To use a double boiler: 

  1. Pour the chocolate into a double boiler and set it aside. 
  2. Add two inches of water to a pot and place it over high heat.
  3. Once the water begins to boil, decrease the heat to medium-low. 
  4. Place the double boiler on top of the pot of water. 
  5. Stir the chocolate frequently, being sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the boiler. 
  6. Once 75% of the chocolate has melted, turn the burner off and transfer the boiler to a heat-proof surface. 
  7. Continue to stir the chocolate until the remaining chocolate has melted. 

Fall in Love With Chocolate-Covered Orange Slices

The next time you crave something sweet, try making chocolate-covered orange slices! They may not be as rich as other desserts, but I love them. They’re simple regarding ingredients, but the flavor is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. So, the next time you plan a date night, make the night memorable with chocolate-covered oranges! 

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