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Chocolate Dipped Oranges

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I am slowly beginning to understand what everyone keeps telling me about pregnancy.

You know, how in your second trimester you have ALL THIS ENERGY, can stay up till 10pm {woot woot!} and just feel so darn good all the time. And then….and then……that magical energy sort of starts to wane as you slide into your third trimester. All of a sudden, you’re tired again, your low back is killing you and you’re craving citrus nonstop. That’s about where I am right now. Citrus.for.days. The other morning, I woke up ridiculously early {like 4:30am early} and craved grapefruit juice so incredibly badly that I almost went to the 24 hour Safeway in my pajamas to buy some right then and there.

I ended up sucking it up, staying in bed another two hours and then making chocolate covered oranges right after breakfast. I got the idea after inhaling one of those chocolate oranges from Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago and thinking it was sort of the best thing ever. You know, the chocolate that’s in the shape of an orange that you have to crack on the counter to release the segments?

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I came this close to not posting this “recipe” at all because, let’s be real, it’s not really a recipe at all. All we are doing, friends, is dunking orange segments into melted dark chocolate. Maaaaaybe sprinkling some sea salt on top. Definitely licking the bowl. However, they turned out so juicy and delicious that I had to share the method with you {let’s call it a “method”, mmk?}.

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I wasn’t a huge chocolate and fruit person until I got pregnant. Now I can’t get enough. These are so addicting….actually rather dangerous to keep in the house. But since both fruit and dark chocolate are practically health foods, I rationalize the whole situation.

I mean, but of course.

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Chocolate Dipped Oranges

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Ingredients:

1 large naval orange, peeled and divided into segments

2 cups dark chocolate chips

1 tsp vegetable oil

flaky sea salt {optional}

Directions:

In a double boiler or glass bowl in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips. If you’re using the microwave, zap at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth and melted. Then, stir in the vegetable oil and continue mixing until smooth and combined.

Dip orange segments into the melted chocolate halfway then lay on parchment paper to cool. Sprinkle with sea salt if you like.

Let chocolate dipped oranges set in the fridge for 1 hour until chocolate is hard. Enjoy!

Time:

~ 1 hour {includes time to cool and set}

 

 

 

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53 Comments

  • Reply
    Caroline L.
    January 28, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Chocolate oranges are the best – the smashing part never fails! But these look even better 🙂

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    Cara's Healthy Cravings
    January 28, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Definitely a health food in my books!
    Enjoy it!
    Now you can cover all your citrus fruits in chocolate 🙂

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    Tina@GottaRunNow
    January 28, 2014 at 4:12 am

    These would be fun to make for a special snack. Pinned!

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    Maryea {happy healthy mama}
    January 28, 2014 at 4:15 am

    I adore chocolate and orange together. Such a great combination. I am loving all things citrus right now, too. I’m not pregnant, though. 😉

    Does it really take 2 cups of chocolate chips for one orange? That seems like a lot of chocolate for just one orange!

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    Madison
    January 28, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Saw these on your IG yesterday and I said YES times a million. I could pop a few right now (or 20). 🙂

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    January 28, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Pregnancy has so many weird things about it, doesn’t it! These look way more amazing than grapefruit juice 🙂 I happen to have a few oranges on hand, too! And you look great, Jenna! pinned

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    January 28, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Mmmm I love chocolate and citrus together! As kids my sister and I had SO much fun in smashing those Terry’s Chocolate Oranges against the wall and breaking the segments apart. I like your idea of reversing the chocolate and orange quantities though – you can eat far more that way! 🙂

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    Ksenija @ With An Open Mind
    January 28, 2014 at 5:21 am

    I am all for easy and delicious snacks – and since these are basically health food *cough* I’ll be making them next week for some good ol’ study snacking. Citrus cravings aren’t the worst one to have I guess 😉

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    Lia @ Luscious Living
    January 28, 2014 at 5:26 am

    TJ’s has the only citrus chocolate things I enjoy. I’ve otherwise never been much of a citrus chocolate person myself, but these look really nice, good for a simple dessert table or also as a garnish for a dessert! Or, like you said, to just eat, refreshing and chocolatey.

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    Kathy@26point2south
    January 28, 2014 at 5:42 am

    They look amazing….but I’m a sucker for anything with chocolate

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    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    January 28, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Oh that looks amazing! It makes me think of edible arrangements. Yum!

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    Laura
    January 28, 2014 at 6:04 am

    I always crave citrus in the winter for some reason…and I crave chocolate all year round so this is the perfect combination

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    Chicago Jogger
    January 28, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Love the looks of this snack 🙂 I’ll definitely be trying it!

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    Cassie
    January 28, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Looks yummy!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife
    January 28, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Ahhh those oranges! I love the satisfaction of thumping it, then opening up the foil to reveal my handy work. Your lovely homemade version is the perfect way to get that same fix, but in a more wholesome way. Love!

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    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen
    January 28, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I think I ate fruit dipped in chocolate every day when I was pregnant. Have you tried pineapple yet? The best!!

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    Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes
    January 28, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Yum! My grandmother always used to have those dark chocolate oranges that crack open. These looks way better. 🙂

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    Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health
    January 28, 2014 at 7:53 am

    These look so yummy! I get crazy cravings during PMS, I panic so much about feeling that way for 9 months straight when pregnant! LOL

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    January 28, 2014 at 8:11 am

    looks so goood. I did something similar with candied ginger – I am tempted to try this already since oranges are in season now.

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking
    January 28, 2014 at 8:19 am

    During my pregnancy all I ate was fruit! I loooved it! Now, with the new baby, I rarely have time to sit down and enjoy my fruit love.

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    Janelle
    January 28, 2014 at 8:26 am

    You look adorable!

    I bought a bag of clementines recently with a plan to cover them in chocolate, but I seemed to pick up a bad batch. Bummer!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    January 28, 2014 at 8:26 am

    These look like a great way to deal with chocolate cravings – us non-pregnant gals definitely get them too! 😉 I’d still feel pretty darn virtuous eating an entire bowl of these.

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    Bryony @ Bryony Cooks
    January 28, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I love doing this! So easy and delicious; definitely satisfies a sweet tooth!

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    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
    January 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Yum! Great “recipe”! 😉

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    ErikaMC
    January 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I always love orange and dark chocolate flavored candies – why didn’t I ever think to do this?

    I’m not much of a cook or baker to know all the how-to’s and why’s but I’m curious to know what the purpose of the oil is. Can you leave it out or does it do something specific to the recipe?

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    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    January 28, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I love chocolate and oranges together—these look incredible!

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    Farah @ Fabulously Farah
    January 28, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Yum! I may need to whip up a batch of these today. You look great!

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    Judith Scott
    January 28, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Interesting what we crave while preggers. With my 1st I had the citrus thing, especially Lemon Merangue Pie.
    And watermelon. In the dead of winter. At Lake Tahoe. Also Mickey D’s fries, Couldn’t get enough.
    2nd time around it was chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. But not with citrus.
    Anyway this method looks fun, and I’m going to try with leftover chocolate frosting (from your 3 layer cake, which I made for a birthday last week) and some clementines. Sounds like you are doing well, though, that’s what is important.

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    January 28, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I love those chocolate oranges! Have you tried the white chocolate version? Insanely good.

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    Kelli
    January 28, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Wait…you’re in your third trimester? Time is flying!

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    Candace @ The Wheatless Kitchen
    January 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I can’t believe you’re already in your 3rd trimester! It seems like you JUST announced that you were pregnant! Now you are making me crave citrus, and I’m not even pregnant.

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    erin @hooleywithaz
    January 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

    yum! i am in week 12 right now (just announced!) and am slowly getting my appetite back. i can finally look at food blogs again without feeling ill thank goodness! citrus has been one of the only things i can easily stomach, and this is looking amazing.

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    Katrina @ WVS
    January 28, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I love the simplicity of these. Pretty and super tasty!

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    Ali
    January 28, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I’m always up for anyway to justify chocolate as a healthy snack option.

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    Kim @ Roaming Raspberry
    January 28, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Yum! Those look delish.

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    Katie sB
    January 28, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Those look so delicious! Is fun hearing about your pregnancy. 🙂

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    Christine (The Raw Project)
    January 28, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Yum, this looks simple and delicious! Wonder how it would taste with coconut oil in place of the vegetable oil, hmmm. Thanks!

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    Amy
    January 28, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Both health foods indeed 🙂
    I don’t know if you guys in the US got the Terry’s commercials with Dawn French in them. Here in Australia she was the face of the delicious chocolate orange, and whenever I would get one I would re-enact her line ‘It’s not Terry’s, it’s mine’ and send my Mum into laughter with my over dramatisation and drawling English accent.
    Obviously baby needs vitamin c and some other antioxidants – keep the chocolate oranges coming!

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    Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists
    January 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Love the simplicity of this. I think we can all agree, that the simple things are sometimes the best!

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    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily
    January 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Vitamin C & D! Score! I remember waking up in the wee hours of the morning during my 3rd trimester craving yogurt, cereal & apple juice and once a steak! 😉

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    Julianna @ Julianna Bananna
    January 28, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    i usually am not a fan of citrus + chocolate but dang these look good! might just have to give them a try!

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    Alexandra Aimee
    January 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    These look delicious, and they are such a simple classic, yet I’ve never thought to make them before! Thank you for the inspiration!

    — Alex at Brainy Girls Beauty

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    Urban Wife
    January 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Jenna, you look amazing! 🙂 The citrus craving I had during pregnancy was no joke. I ate a grapefruit every single day for breakfast. Nothing beats citrus & chocolate in my opinion.,

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    Emily @ Life on Food
    January 28, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Hehe this post made me laugh. I cannot imagine craving citrus that early in the morning. My husband loves the TJs oranges. This reminds me I should pick him up one for Valentine’s day.

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    Molly
    January 28, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    i … just drooled on my keyboard a bit. must make these now!

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    Joyce @ MustardSeeds+Hope
    January 28, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    simple + delicious. yay!

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    Kristin
    January 29, 2014 at 4:21 am

    If I recall, the directions on those chocolate oranges you buy say “whack it!” It always makes me laugh hahahah

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    Corina
    January 29, 2014 at 4:48 am

    I wish I would have some fruit cravings, even if it was with chocolate! I always feel that my diet gets much worse when I’m pregnant. At the moment I am just craving cake every afternoon.

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    Laura
    January 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Not as healthy – but I LOVE candied orange peel strips dipped in dark chocolate. My nana used to make them every Christmas.

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    dervla @ the curator
    January 31, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    first of all, this totally counts as a health food recipe. Second, i loved citrus while pregnant too, such a weird thing to crave – although i assume there’s some nutrient in there that we need. Congrats on the third trimester!

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    Jen @ The Well Read Fish
    February 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I totally make these – except I completely coat the oranges – messier, but MORE CHOCOLATE!

    Years ago (like 15) I had them at a place called The Chocolate Dipper in Boston and then have been making them and craving them always ever since.

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