I have such an easy and delicious treat idea for you today. This is especially nice if you are working on your health and fitness but you still want a little something sweet. I like this for an after school surprise for my girls- especially if they have done a great job on eating well for lunch or as a lighter dessert option.
This literally takes just seconds and you can use any fruit that you like- pineapple, bananas, kiwi etc… I really like oranges and they are easy dippers so that is what I used. The tart and juicy orange will burst in your mouth followed by the sweet, creaminess of the chocolate. So yummy!
You only need three ingredients for this recipe and about 30 minutes time total to allow the chocolate to harden. If you want to ease up on the chocolate a bit you can just drizzle a small amount over the oranges instead of actually dipping and it is still delicious and a treat.
If you are using a chocolate bar a 3.5 oz size bar will work for at least 4 medium size oranges so you might want to adjust the recipe according to how many people you are serving.
- Oranges, tangerines or clementines- peeled and separated
- Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate (either chips or bars work)
- Coconut Oil
- Parchment paper lined cookie sheet
- Break up your chocolate bar and place in a microwave safe bowl- micro for 30 seconds.
- Remove and stir well.
- Add a small amount of coconut oil- approximately ½ teaspoon for a 3.5 oz chocolate bar. If you are using chocolate chips or dark chocolate you might add slightly more- about 1 teaspoon.
- Stir coconut oil in well to integrate with chocolate.
- Return to microwave in 20 second intervals until completely melted and smooth, stirring well each time.
- Dip the end of your orange slice into the chocolate mixture and place on a cookie sheet.
- Put in freezer for about 20 minutes until nice and hard and remove to enjoy!
For the chocolate, I have found chocolate bars melt a bit easier than chips so I don’t need as much coconut oil. The coconut oil will soften the chocolate so it is easier to work with and it will help the chocolate harden nicely when frozen. You want to just look at your mixture and adjust it according to the type of chocolate you use. Milk chocolate needs less oil and dark chocolate needs a tiny bit more oil. It should be a thick chocolate sauce- if you add too much coconut oil it will be too runny. If you don’t add enough it won’t freeze as nicely and it won’t be as easy to dip. So I like to go easy on the coconut oil as you can always add more as needed. Your consistency should be the same as a hot fudge sauce. Here is mine:
Trust me you really can’t mess this up and if you are like me, you will have a hard time not dunking your spoon straight into this sauce and eating it straight! This is delicious on ice cream and once you pour it over the ice cream it hardens immediately like a Magic Shell topping. So good!
And now you have little chocolate poppers! Yum, yum, yum!
I hope you enjoy these little treats! If you are a sweet/salty person you can also sprinkle a bit of sea salt on top of the melted chocolate before placing in the freezer. I actually like these without the sea salt and just the juiciness of the orange and the silkiness of the chocolate. It does make it feel a little more gourmet though to have a small bit of sea salt sprinkled on top. Fun for parties.
And here are a few other recipes you might enjoy:
Homemade Apple Butter – so easy in the Crock Pot!