chocolate dipped oranges

This post originally appeared on my blog, Living From Scratch, where we were talking about simple Valentine’s Day celebrations. Chocolate dipped orange sections are a great change from other chocolate treats this time of year. They are simple to make, healthier, less expensive, and certainly tastier. With about a week before Valentine’s Day, you have plenty of time. Give these a try this year!

The original post appears below.

Chocolate-dipped fruit is a wonderful indulgence, but this time of year the strawberries in the stores are not enjoyable. They are flavorless and have the texture of softballs to keep them intact as they travel thousands of miles to my produce section. Instead, I made chocolate-dipped mandarin oranges. I love the orange-chocolate combination and the touch of sea salt (thanks for that idea, Food Network!) brings it all together in a really sophisticated way.

This recipe is so simple, it’s embarrassing. Peel and section 5-6 mandarin oranges (the number of sections that get dipped will depend on how thick you make your chocolate layer). Melt about 4 ounces of good dark chocolate in a bowl over simmering water or a double boiler. Dip each orange section about halfway into the chocolate. Move the section to a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle each section with a few grains of coarse sea or kosher salt and let harden. You can put them into the fridge if you need them to harden faster. These take such a short time that you could start these after you get home from work and they’ll be ready for dessert.

These are absolutely delicious and only have about 50 calories per three sections, so you can indulge even if you’re watching your calorie intake. Enjoy!