Valentines Day is about giving joy, comfort, and pleasure…which to me means chocolate, and LOTS of it. If it were legal, I’d marry chocolate because I know it will always be there for me, during the good, bad, and ugly times. In fact, I’m so committed I have a piece of it every night. And because I get bored easily, I’m constantly buying different flavors and brands. (I guess you could call me a Chocolate Sl*t) One unusual flavor combination I found is Godiva’s Dark Chocolate Blood Orange.
I’m not a huge of the orange-chocolate combo, but the blood orange is actually not as sweet as regular orange, adding a nice contrast to the bittersweet dark chocolate. It almost feels like you’re getting kissed for the first time. A unexpected but quite pleasant sensation that lingers in your mouth.
Whether you’re single or in a relationship, treat yourself or significant other to Godiva’s Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Bar. Also great for Mother’s Day or a Summer Love Fest!
Brand: Godiva Chocolatier
Origin: New York, NY
Benefits: powerful source of antioxidants • improves blood flow
Ingredients: sugar • unsweetened chocolate processed with Alkali (to reduce acidity of natural cocoa) • cocoa butter • blood orange solids • butter oil (ghee) • soy lecithin (emulsifier) • natural flavor • red beet concentrate (for color and sweetness)
Calories: 220 per 2 squares
Replaces: other chocolate bars
Where: Check the candy/chocolate section of your local grocery or specialty store. I found mine at Wegman’s.
Store: Keep in a cool place at or below 65F. If it’s a hot day, store in the fridge.
Make Your Own: To make 20 Blood Orange Chocolate Truffles, start by heating 1/3 cup heavy cream and 1 teaspoon blood orange zest in a pot over medium-high heat until it steams. Place 5 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate in a bowl and pour hot cream through a strainer on top. Stir until melted and combined, then stir in 2 teaspoons blood orange juice. Chill in the fridge until completely solid, at least 2 hours or overnight. Use a cookie scoop, melon baller or spoon to scoop out a tablespoonful. Roll into a ball and place on a lined-baking sheet or plate. Place them in the fridge or freezer if they become too soft. Roll in cocoa powder or powdered sugar. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Taste & Texture: sweet, not bitter like most dark chocolate • fruity • subtle orange aroma • crunchy bits of candied blood orange
Uses: melt and use as a dip or drizzle • topping for yogurt, oatmeal, or ice cream • mix into cookie or bread dough • add to granola or trail mix
Have you tried Blood Orange Dark Chocolate?