Candied Blood Oranges dipped in Chocolate-WOW!

Candied Blood Oranges foodiecuriousI didn’t even know how delicious this would be when I started this project… I just googled around to find ideas for my Blood Oranges, and a friend suggested bringing in a bit of chocolate. Just candied, these are like beautiful stained glass windows, and dipped in chocolate they are just gorgeous.

You will need:

  • 2 blood oranges
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips (Ghirardeli are the best of course!)

I started by adding the water and sugar to my 10 inch frying pan over medium heat. While the sugar dissolved I cut the orange into thin rounds, about 1cm or thinner. I added the oranges to the sugar water and simmered very low for about an hour, turniCandied Blood Oranges Drying ng them every so often.

Next I laid the oranges out on waxed paper on top of two cooling racks. I set the cooling racks in the oven and set the oven to 150. The plan was to dry them out as much as possible. After an hour I pulled the oranges off of the paper, and they were strong enough to lay out on the racks without the paper. I then put them in the oven for another hour to dry more completely. (I lost some oranges because they were too dry and stuck to the paper, so be sure to peel the off while the oranges are still somewhat wet and sugary).

The oranges were still sticky, but fairly stiff once this was done. At this point they are candied oranges and they are gorgeous and really tasty. They’re great in hot tea, or aChocolate Dipped Candied Blood Orangess a garnish on a dessert, or just to eat on their own… but there is another level of deliciousness…

Put the chocolate chips in a mug or very small bowl and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Mix them and repeat for 30 seconds at a time until they are all melted and smooth. (never heat chocolate for more than 30 seconds or it can heat unevenly and seize up!).

Chocolate Dipped Candied Blood Orange

Now dip the orange circles into the chocolate half way and you will have a delicious, melt in your mouth treat! I also cut a bunch of the orange circles into quarters so they would be easy to just pop into your mouth.

These were SO easy and SO delicious! I only hope you have some ripe oranges handy so you can start yours now. Good luck!

20130202-205146.jpg Held up to the sun the light shines right through.

 

 

 

 

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