Valentine’s Candied Blood Orange with Dark Chocolate Recipe by Jette Virdi

This is my candied blood orange with dark chocolate recipe, the perfect gift for your Valentine, or even just a thoughtful, yummy gift for a friend. It’s a beautiful mix of the beautiful colour and sweetness of the blood oranges with the bitter taste of the 70% dark chocolate.

The amount of sugar and water depends on the number of blood oranges you have, just be sure the ratio of sugar to water is 1 cup: 1 cup. If you’re using a wide saucepan maybe use 2 cups: 2 cups, so that there is enough depth to cook the orange half moons.


– blood oranges, cut into 1cm thick half moons
– dark chocolate
– sugar
– water

1. On a low heat stir the sugar and water till all the sugar is dissolved, then increase the heat until you get a rolling boil and add the slices. Cook for roughly 40 minutes, turning the slices every 10 minutes. You want the slices to become translucent…be very careful as the sugar water will bubble and boil and is really hot!

2. Once cooked, take them out of the sugar water and place them onto a cooling rack covered with baking paper. Leave to cool and in the meantime melt your chocolate in a microwave/bain marie.

3. Tip the candied blood orange slices or drizzle and leave to dry.

Package nicely and enjoy!

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JetteJette Virdi is a Dublin-based food stylist and creative entrepreneur. With a portfolio including  clients such as Rozanna Purcell, Rachel Allen and Bord Bia, she’s  your girl if you need an evocative  image or event. Well known within the food industry, she consults with Irish brands to create and  style recipes, to design and  manage product launches and and hosts creative corporate workshops  that boost productivity and team performance in the workplace. For more information and to  contact Jette for a project go to

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