When a girl needs her chocolate, don’t get in her way, she needs her chocolate.
Hey now, let’s not discount the health benefits of dark chocolate, okay?
Daily Occasionally, I’ll grab a handful of chocolate chips when my cravings kick into full force. That usually does the trick. The other night my husband and I were dreaming aloud about food, mostly sugar filled. Quite common for the two of us. Later, I decided to experiment with the chocolate bars stashed in the freezer… and that’s when these heavenly pieces came about.
The combination of chocolate and orange reminds me of my grandma. It’s her favorite. If you’re not a fan, you can change it out for almond, vanilla or even peppermint extract. Either way, it’s a piece of homemade chocolate, I think you’re going to like it. a lot.
[Photographed by Lisa Thiele | With Style and Grace]
Orange Dark Chocolate and Coconut Pieces
[Adapted by Elana’s Pantry]
- 2 cups quality dark chocolate, bar or chips
- 1 teaspoon orange extract [or almond extract]
- 1 cup almonds, toasted and then chopped
- 1 cup shredded [sweetened or unsweetened] coconut, toasted
Make sure almonds and coconut are completely cool before you stir into the melted chocolate.
I used silicon baking cups, but you can use either a cupcake pan [sprayed with non-stick] or drop directly onto parchment paper – lined baking sheet. With an ice cream scooper or spoon, drop chocolate mixture into the cups or onto parchment paper.
Place baking pan/sheet in the refrigerated for about 2 hours, allowing them to harden. Once they were hardened, I placed them in a container and placed them back in the fridge. I prefer my chocolate pieces cold.
August 25 2011