Chocolate Covered Oranges

// Enjoy dairy-free Chocolate Covered Oranges! A fusion of tangy citrus and rich chocolate, perfect for a sweet treat or festive dessert.



Chocolate Covered Oranges are a delightful fusion of tangy and juicy oranges with rich chocolate and orange zest.

With a crisp chocolate coating and juicy orange slices inside, these mouthwatering Chocolate Covered Oranges come together in just 10 minutes.

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On this page, I have shared a step-by-step picture and video recipe on how to make perfect chocolate-coated oranges with all the tips and variations!

About Chocolate Covered Oranges

Chocolate Covered Oranges, also known as chocolate dipped orange or chocolate coated oranges, are delectable sweet bites that mingle the bright, tangy flavors of citrus fruit with the rich decadence of dark chocolate.

This healthy 10-minute dark chocolate covered oranges recipe takes the classic combination of chocolate and citrus to new heights.

It is a quick and easy recipe that offers a fresh twist on traditional chocolate covered fruit, infusing each slice of orange with a burst of citrus bliss. Oranges covered in chocolate are a beautiful and delicious treat.

The combination of citrus-infused chocolate and fresh orange slices creates a balance of bright refreshing flavors and indulgent taste.

Loaded with zesty flavor and decadent sweetness, this classic and super easy chocolate-coated orange recipe gets done in no time.

Each bite of this tantalizing delicacy bursts with various textures and tastes, from the crisp snap of the dark chocolate coating to the juicy burst of orange essence within.

Whether you are a chocolate enthusiast or a citrus lover - these chocolate-dipped oranges are a must-try for you.

These delectable orange chocolate slices make a stunning and delicious addition to dessert platters or holiday gift baskets. They can also be served at parties, get-togethers, or simply when you are craving something juicy and sweet.

Try these healthy and delicious chocolate treats on Valentine’s or any time your heart desires, and their perfectly balanced and tangy taste will make you fall in love.

chocolate covered orange slice on a wooden board with some more chocolate coated oranges on a plate

These Chocolate Covered Oranges

  • Are easy and simple to make

  • Are vegan & gluten-free

  • Are refreshingly delicious

  • Are the best chocolate fruit treats

  • Are sure to become your new favorite

  • Are so full of textures & flavors

  • Delight the senses

  • Are a tantalizing blend of tangy & sweet

  • Have a burst of citrus and rich chocolate

  • Are ideal treats for any occasion

  • Have a delightful contrast of textures & flavors

  • Are wonderful for satisfying chocolate cravings

  • Are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Ingredients

  • Fresh oranges: I used 2 large-sized fresh oranges here. Make sure that you go for ripe, juicy oranges to get the best taste, flavor, and texture.

  • Dark chocolate: For a rich and indulgent chocolate coating, I have used real dark chocolate. Since it is the star of the show, make sure that you choose high-quality premium dark chocolate. You can also opt for dark chocolate chips.

  • Coconut oil: A little bit of coconut oil is used to thin out the chocolate. It is only used for easy dipping, so if you don’t want coconut oil you can totally skip it. You can also use a little bit of butter if you are not a fan of coconut flavor.

  • Orange zest: To intensify the orange flavor, I have added extra orange flavor by adding freshly grated orange zest to the melted chocolate mixture. It tastes like orange chocolate. You can also add a few drops of orange extract or orange flavor.

I have also used a bit of orange zest as a garnish to add a pop of color and zesty flair.

Variations

Other Citrus Fruits

For a variation on this recipe, you can also use other citrus fruits like mandarins, tangerines, or clementines.

Chocolate Nut-Coated Oranges

For a nutty touch, you can add any of your favorite roasted and crushed nuts to melted chocolate. They add richness, crunch, and flavor. You can use roasted hazelnuts, almonds, or peanuts here.

Chocolate Coconut Covered Oranges 

For this version, swap dark chocolate with white chocolate and add 1 tablespoon of toasted desiccated coconut for tropical flavors. For a gourmet presentation, you can also garnish them with toasted coconut flakes.

Half-Dipped Chocolate Oranges

For a unique twist, instead of dipping whole slices, you can also choose to dip only half slices.

Double Chocolate Coated Oranges

In this version, you can choose to dip the orange slices in one type of melted chocolate, for example, dark or milk. Once it is firm and set, drizzle it with white chocolate.

Dairy Free Chocolate-Coated Oranges

Use vegan-friendly chocolate or chocolate chips for coating to ensure that your chocolate-covered orange slices are dairy-free and vegan-friendly.

Spiced Chocolate Oranges

Love a spicy touch in your chocolates? Why not enhance your chocolate-covered oranges by mixing them with sweet-scented and warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, or nutmeg? 

You can even add some chili flakes along with flaky salt for a spicy, salty touch. The blend of rich chocolate and aromatic spices will surely tantalize your taste buds.

a chocolate covered orange cut in half on a wooden board

Storage Suggestions

To store, place the hardened chocolate covered orange slices in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Freezing: You can also freeze these slices in a freezer for a longer shelf life. To freeze, wrap each slice in plastic wrap and transfer the chocolate-dipped oranges to a ziplock bag and freeze for up to 3 months. You can serve it as a frozen treat or thaw it for 30 minutes at room temperature before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Chocolate-coated oranges taste so refreshing and indulging when served chilled straight from the refrigerator. But if you prefer a softer texture, then you can also serve them at room temperature.

Serving options: 

As Dessert: You can serve these chocolate orange recipes as a dessert alone or with a cup of hot chocolate, a cup of coffee, or some fresh juice.

In Platters: When serving at parties, you can add them to the dessert platter along with other fruit desserts like chocolate covered kiwi, chocolate pomegranate bites, chocolate covered blueberries, banana peanut butter chocolate bites, chocolate covered grapes, b Chocolate Banana bark, pomegranate Greek Yogurt Bites, for visual appeal and flavor variety.

With Ice Cream: Want an exotic and indulging experience? Then try pairing them with vanilla ice cream, gelato, or mango frozen yogurt for a luxurious treat.

Garnishes: You can also use these slices to decorate cakes or dessert plates. Alternatively, you can also use frozen chocolate-coated orange slices as garnishes for cocktails or mocktails for added flair.

Professional Tips & Tricks to Make the Best Chocolate Covered Oranges 

  1. Pat Dry: Oranges are loaded with juice, so make sure that the orange slices are thoroughly dried before dipping them in chocolate. This step prevents the chocolate from seizing.

  2. Melting Chocolate: For chocolate melting, you can either use a microwave like me, or use a double boiler. To melt it in the microwave, microwave in short bursts with coconut oil until smooth and creamy.

  3. Chocolate: Feel free to experiment with different types of chocolates for coating. You can go for white chocolate or milk chocolate. You can also use different chocolates to create a unique flavor.

  4. Toppings: I have topped these slices with orange zest. You can also sprinkle a pinch of flaky or sea salt over the chocolate dipped oranges to balance the sweetness and enhance the flavors. Other topping options are nuts.

  5. Coconut Oil: For a glossy shine, adding coconut oil is recommended. Also, make sure to chill the dipped oranges in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

  6. Candied orange slices: Instead of using regular oranges, you can also make chocolate dipped orange using candied oranges.

someone is holding a chocolate covered ornage with zest on top in their hand

FAQ

What type of chocolate is best for dipping oranges?

Dark chocolate is recommended for dipping oranges as it goes really well with the bright citrus flavor. However, you can also use milk chocolate, white chocolate, or any other chocolate of your choice.

Can I use other citrus fruits besides oranges?

Yes, you can surely make these chocolate-dipped oranges using other citrus fruits such as tangerines or clementines for a variety of flavors. You can also make chocolate-covered mandarin oranges by using mandarin oranges.

How long do chocolate coated oranges stay fresh?

These chocolate-covered oranges stay fresh for up to one week when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. However, for the best flavor, taste, and texture, it is highly advised to relish them within 4-5 days of making.

Are chocolate-covered oranges gluten-free?

Yes, these chocolate-covered oranges are naturally gluten free. Make sure to check the labels on chocolate for gluten sensitivities or dietary restrictions.

Do oranges and chocolate go together?

Yes, oranges and chocolates are one of the best chocolate fruit pairings. The bright, tangy flavors of citrus fruit go gorgeously with the rich and creamy taste of dark chocolate.

Whether enjoyed as a snack, dessert, or indulgent treat, chocolate-covered oranges are a crowd-pleaser. The contrast of refreshing, sweet, and tangy flavors is worth a try.

How to make chocolate covered oranges?

Making chocolate-covered oranges is straightforward. To make chocolate-covered oranges, simply peel the oranges, segment, and pat dry the slices. Melt the chocolate with coconut oil in a double boiler or microwave. 

Add orange zest to melted chocolate and mix well. Dip orange slices into the melted chocolate, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with additional orange zest for extra flavor, then refrigerate until the chocolate sets.

Enjoy chilled for a refreshing and indulgent treat!


Chocolate Covered Oranges (Step-by-step photo instructions)

How to make Chocolate Covered Orange

  1. Place the chocolate pieces and coconut oil in a microwave-safe cup. Microwave the mixture in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval. Continue microwaving and stirring until the chocolate and coconut oil are smooth and fully melted. Alternatively, you can use the double boiler method. Fill a saucepan with an inch or two of water and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Place a heatproof bowl over the saucepan. Add the chocolate and coconut oil to the bowl and stir constantly until the chocolate is melted.
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  3. Grate the zest from 1/2 orange using a fine grater or zester. Stir the grated orange zest into the melted chocolate until well combined.
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  5. Peel the orange and divide it into segments. Pat them gently using a clean kitchen towel or paper towels to absorb excess moisture.
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  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Using a fork or a dipping tool, dip each orange slice into the orange zest-infused melted chocolate. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off, then place the dipped orange slice onto the prepared baking sheet.
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  9. You can keep them as is, or if desired, sprinkle a pinch of additional orange zest or sea salt flakes over the chocolate-covered oranges while the chocolate is still wet. Once all the orange slices are dipped and decorated, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.
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  11. Serve and store: Once the chocolate has hardened, remove the chocolate-covered orange slices from the refrigerator. Serve them immediately as a delightful snack or dessert. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
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Chocolate Covered Oranges [Recipe]

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Enjoy dairy-free Chocolate Covered Oranges! A fusion of tangy citrus and rich chocolate, perfect for a sweet treat or festive dessert.
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Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
7 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Desserts American 14
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
88 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Chocolate Covered Oranges
  • 2 large oranges
  • 8 oz (225g) good quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Optional: sea salt flakes or orange zest for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

How to make Chocolate Covered Orange
  1. Place the chocolate pieces and coconut oil in a microwave-safe cup. Microwave the mixture in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval. Continue microwaving and stirring until the chocolate and coconut oil are smooth and fully melted. Alternatively, you can use the double boiler method. Fill a saucepan with an inch or two of water and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Place a heatproof bowl over the saucepan. Add the chocolate and coconut oil to the bowl and stir constantly until the chocolate is melted.
  2. Grate the zest from 1/2 orange using a fine grater or zester. Stir the grated orange zest into the melted chocolate until well combined.
  3. Peel the orange and divide it into segments. Pat them gently using a clean kitchen towel or paper towels to absorb excess moisture.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Using a fork or a dipping tool, dip each orange slice into the orange zest-infused melted chocolate. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off, then place the dipped orange slice onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. You can keep them as is, or if desired, sprinkle a pinch of additional orange zest or sea salt flakes over the chocolate-covered oranges while the chocolate is still wet. Once all the orange slices are dipped and decorated, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.
  6. Serve and store: Once the chocolate has hardened, remove the chocolate-covered orange slices from the refrigerator. Serve them immediately as a delightful snack or dessert. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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NOTES:

  1. Oranges are loaded with juice, so make sure that the orange slices are thoroughly dried before dipping them in chocolate. This step prevents the chocolate from seizing.
  2. For chocolate melting, you can either use a microwave like me, or use a double boiler. To melt it in the microwave, microwave in short bursts with coconut oil until smooth and creamy.


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