Sunday, January 4, 2009

Slice of Orange Hot Chocolate

Terry's Dark Chocolate OrangeI thought I got a huge score at the 99 Cent Only Store a few weeks before Christmas when I found Terry’s Dark Chocolate Oranges for only 99 Cents. They even said they were good until February 2009.

I was still dubious and bought only one to try it out.

Sadly it was bloomed, though only slightly. Blooming is when the cocoa butter in chocolate migrates to the surface. As this was only the slightest haze, I figured a recipe where it was melted would at least mean I didn’t waste that buck. There are 20 orange slices in a Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

So after a few tries at proportions, I made some quite passable hot chocolate with it.

Terry's Dark Chocolate Orange

Recipe for One 12 ounce Cup of Hot Orange Chocolate (double or triple as necessary)

  • 10 ounces of milk
  • 3 Terry’s “Orange Slices” chopped finely (nothing larger than a chocolate chip)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cocoa (I like mine a little less sweet)
  • Pour milk into a saucepan and add chopped chocolate. Whisk over medium heat then add cocoa and continue to whisk until hot. Don’t boil.

    It’s sweet, creamy and with a slight hint of orange, it’s a nice change from overly sweet pre-made mixes. Add another slice if you want really rich hot chocolate.

    Next I might try making some chocolate pudding.

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    Comments
    1. Why didn’t you eat the chocolate as is? You can’t eat bloomed chocolate?

      Comment by Sweet Pursuit on 1/04/09 at 4:22 pm #
    2. Wow, there is a name for when chocolate gets icky.  That’s one of the things I like about your blog, I get to learn neat terms.

      Comment by Cat Skyfire on 1/05/09 at 3:10 am #
    3. Sera's avatar

      Oooooo, great idea! smile

      Comment by Sera on 1/05/09 at 3:14 am #
    4. Cat - it’s not icky, just a little discolored. It will taste the same, just look a bit funky. Check out some common candy visual variations:
      http://candydishblog.com/2008/10/27/variations-in-candy/

      Sweet - It’s perfectly fine to eat but not quite as pretty. Some folks like the complete aesthetic experience.

      I agree with Sera. This sounds really good! Thanks for doing the hard work of experimenting with this to find the perfect recipe!

      Comment by Carl Weaver on 1/05/09 at 7:06 am #
    5. Carl - I’m going to stick with icky.  It’s rare, for me, to have bloomed chocolate still taste as good as it should. I just could have abysmal luck, too.

      Comment by Cat Skyfire on 1/05/09 at 9:09 am #
    6. Sweet Pursuit - yes, you can eat bloomed chocolate, it won’t hurt you.

      Carl - I’m with Cat, I don’t think bloomed chocolate tastes the same. It’s chalky and loses its punch.

      The good news is I also found the oranges on sale at Walgreen’s in their 75% off sale and picked up what I hope is an unbloomed one for only 85 cents.

      Comment by cybele on 1/05/09 at 9:12 am #
    7. That sounds good. I’m afraid once you’ve had this kind of hot chocolate, it’s hard to use a mix, no matter how expensive or gourmet it is.
      I do this with left over holiday molds, like large hollow Thanksgiving turkeys or chocolate Christmas stockings.

      Comment by Jeanna on 1/05/09 at 3:20 pm #

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