These easy to make Chocolate Dipped Dried Oranges are delicious, festive, and relatively healthy holiday treats and a perfect gift idea.Jump to Recipe
Hello, everyone – I hope you’re doing well. So am I. In fact, I am so pumped right now. Why? because I am sharing this awesome recipe with you, guys!
Chocolate Dipped Dried Oranges
Aren’t these Chocolate Dipped Dried Oranges gorgeous? Certainly, it’s quite embarrassing for me to call this a recipe. Because technically it is not. Truth be told, I wasn’t going to share this recipe, or well, this idea. Indeed, originally, it was not going to be a dessert, either. I dried out (We got a dehydrator last summer) some oranges, to use them as my props for festive photographs (As used in this Almond Cranberry Cheese Ball.) Later, I incorporated these orange rings into few recipes. So stay tune and start drying oranges :)
Then I realized that dipping these oranges into some chocolate would make a delicious and healthy threat. Still, I was not going to photograph and share the idea. However, when I saw the final result, I couldn’t resist. Gosh, they are so photogenic and beautiful, ain’t they?
Healthy yet Festive and Delicious Treat
As I mentioned, they are relatively healthy treats. That’s of course depends on the chocolate layer. If it’s going to be like 5 cm thick, just disregard the previous statement lol. Anyway, compared to all holiday cookies, fudge, and chocolate barks, this is way healthy.
Personally, I’ve decided that the main dessert part for our Christmas holidays would be exactly these Chocolate Dipped Dried Oranges. Certainly, I will make something more decadent and rich like cookies or chocolate truffles, but still this recipe will allow to indulge ourselves without thousand of extra calories and fats. I thing it’s a great deal!
Again, since this is not a real recipe, I cannot give you the exact proportions. I used about 100 gr. of chocolate for each ~ 15 orange rings (Licking is included lol.) Since using a microwave is an easiest way, you can always quickly melt some more chocolate, if necessary.
Needless to say this idea is extremely versatile. Use whatever chocolate you fancy. White chocolate adds and extra delightful sweetness. Dark (The darker, the better!) chocolate is amazing too; it reminds me some traditional (I believe British) chocolates. Swirls are always beautiful. Also, you can sprinkle the chocolate with something extra. Think chopped pistachios, dried cranberries, toffee bites, or maybe even a little sprinkle of cinnamon? The options are endless, and I will show a few later.
These orange slices are an excellent gift idea, too.
Can You Use Oven? Yes!
This recipe is developed for the dehydrator, but you can dry oranges in the oven. I haven’t done that myself, but as per Mr. Google, you should opt for lowest temperature possible (Most ovens goes to a minimum ~ 150 degrees C / 300 degrees F.), for about 2 to 3 hours or until crunchy. Keep an eye on them as they could turn too brown easily.
If you need to make a lot of these orange slices, make them in a few batches. Dried oranges would stay crisp for many days. But they have slightly softened, place them back in the dehydrator for ~ 30 minutes (In the oven for ~5-10 minutes), and they will be awesome again.
I hope you will like these Chocolate Dipped Dried Oranges and join my idea of having them for the holiday weekend. Also, please leave a few for Santa. Who knows, maybe he is considering to cut down on carbs and sugar this year :) Cheers and see you soon!
Chocolate Dipped Dried OrangesCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy
These easy to make Chocolate Dipped Dried Oranges are delicious, festive, and relatively healthy holiday treats and a perfect gift idea.
Fresh oranges, washed and dried
~ 100 gr, chocolate of your choice (for each ~15 dried orange slices)
~1/4 tsp. coconut oil
Optional: chopped pistachios, dried cranberries, toffee bits, sea salt flakes, etc. for sprinkling
- Using a very sharp knife or mandoline, slice oranges as thinly and evenly as possible. An average navel orange should give you about 6 nice rings and few segments.
- Arrange the orange slices (As much as you could squeeze leaving just a little of space between them) on the trays of your dehydrator. Use the recommended time and temperature found in the user manual, if available. I usually use ~ 160 degrees F, but the lower temperature is usually suggested.
- You might need to dry oranges from 10 to 16 hours depending on the temperature, size and quantity of the fruit slices. Keep in mind that the bottom and top trays are getting dried faster, so you might want to toss the trays after 6 first hours or so.
- The ready orange slices should be completely dry and brittle. Personally, I love when some slices are not completely dried, but that’s up to you. I would suggest these slices to be consumed first. Cool completely before dipping into the chocolate.
- Chop about 100 gr. of chocolate of your choice (for each ~15 slices), place into a microwave-safe bowl, add the coconut oil, and microwave for 20-30 seconds (Dark chocolate will be okay for 30 seconds, but if using white chocolate, I’d recommend smaller intervals.) Remove the bowl and stir, then repeat microwaving and stirring until fully melted (3 intervals should be sufficient in most cases.)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Dip each orange slice halfway in the melted chocolate, and lay on parchment paper. Immediately sprinkle with additional toppings, if decried. Let the chocolate fully set then transfer. I would recommend keeping them in cool room, but they will be fine even stored in the kitchen. Enjoy!