chocolate dipped candied orange slices

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Hello, Lovelies. We’re enjoying date night, but I had to stop by during intermission and share this awesome recipe with you. We love these VERY orangy, chocolate dipped confections with dry prosecco or a shot of espresso. They’re amazingly flavorful, and the chewy texture is what makes them addictive, in my opinion.

PS…thanks for all of the lovely emails inquiring where I purchased the candy wrappers…I took a photo of the wrappers from IKEA…and included a link HERE.

for approximately 12 candied orange slices:

3 cups water

1 cup sugar

2 oranges, sliced crosswise into 1/4 inch slices

In a large saucepan, mix water and sugar. Bring to boil. Add orange slices and cook over moderately high heat until liquid is reduced to a thin syrup and orange slices are translucent. (About 30 minutes.) Reduce heat to moderately low, and  gently turning the fruit slices occasionally, simmer until syrup is thick and reduced. Slices should be very tender but still intact. This should take an additional 30 minutes or so. Transfer orange slices to a cooling rack and cool completely.

In a microwave-safe cup, melt 1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips for about 40 seconds (or until just melted.) Watch closely while melting chocolate because it burns easily. Dip completely cooled candied orange slices into the melted chocolate, half way so you can still see half of the orange slice.  Repeat until all slices have been dipped and place each slice in a shallow candy wrapper as pictured above. Allow the chocolate to set and cool before eating (about 2 hours.)

The extra syrup in the pan can be transferred to a canning jar and used to sweeten iced tea (iced Earl Grey is especially nice sweetened with citrus syrup.)

Enjoy!

XO,

~Melissa

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