April 01, 2015

Blood Oranges and Bittersweet Chocolate

Candied Blood Oranges Cloaked in Bittersweet Chocolate

When I was a kid--heck, even now--one of my favorite candy combinations was orange and chocolate.

At my grandparent's house, my grandmother didn't need a holiday to pull out one of those double-tiered boxes of assorted chocolates. Any Sunday would do--and as the box made its way around the room, I'd prepare myself to throw an Academy Award winning tantrum if anyone dared take the orange butter cream before it was my turn to select.

My temper tantrums and moody flareups were well-known, so thinking back now, I'm pretty sure my family felt a little uncomfortable making their choices. It may have even been a little like playing chocolate roulette. Somehow though, my grandmother had the skills of a great conductor and she would follow the box around the room, quietly orchestrating everyone's choice until magically, when my hand slipped in between the empty wrappers, I would expertly find the one I'd been searching.

The first bite of those magnificent little wonders would befuddle my palate with the kick of citrus sweetness from the orange and then, everything would turn dark and creamy and wonderful as the chocolate melted away upon my tongue.

It's been a really long time since I've had one of those chocolates, but I never deny myself a little homemade confectionery especially chosen to tickle those memories back into being. One of my favorite sweet treats is making use of the beautiful, local fruits and pairing them with bittersweet chocolate. While you won't need to spend days in your kitchen to whip out this treat, you're efforts will be well-rewarded--plus, it's the best way to use up the last of the Blood Oranges before throwing ourselves headfirst into strawberry season.