Easy Orangettes Recipe

In addition to my Chocolate Florentins, my French Chocolate Truffles, and my Chocolate Mendiants, these Easy Orangettes are among my favorite chocolate food gifts to make for the holidays.

Orangettes are short strips of candied orange peel dipped in dark chocolate, and they’re a classic of French chocolate confections.

For mine, I take a bit of a shortcut though: I make them with candied orange peel I buy ready-made at G. Detou, a professional baking supply store so venerable my grandmother actually used to shop there. You could also make your own of course, using this recipe for Candied Orange Slices.

Easy orangettes ? Instant chocolate citrus gratification !

My easy orangettes are therefore a breeze to make, not to mention a real pleasure: few things in life can beat standing above a bowl of melted couverture chocolate (I use Manjari 64% couverture chocolate), dropping in candied orange strips by the handful, watching them swim around lusciously in their chocolate spa, scooping them out with your handy-dandy chocolate dipping fork, and setting them out to cool, maybe with a little soft music in the background.

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Chewy, smooth, and dark with subtle notes of citrusy bitterness, these have to be the easiest chocolate confections you can possibly make.

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Shortcut Orangettes Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours

Makes about 70.

Shortcut Orangettes Recipe


  • 230 grams (8 ounces) candied orange peel, bought from a professional baking supplies store
  • 200 grams (7 ounces) good-quality dark chocolate (I use Manjari 64% couverture chocolate)


  1. Have ready a baking sheet or tray lined with parchment paper, or a feuille guitare, a special sheet of food-safe plastic that chocolate makers use to ensure a shiny finish.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut the candied orange peel into 5-cm (2-inch) strips.
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  4. Melt the chocolate in a double-boiler or in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
  5. Drop a handful of orange peel strips into the melted chocolate, and stir to coat.
  6. Using a chocolate dipping fork (or ordinary fork with thin tines), fish the orangettes out of the chocolate one by one. Wait for the excess chocolate to drip off, then arrange on the prepared sheet.
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  8. Allow to rest in a cool place until completely set.

Easy Orangettes

  • fallenangel

    your shortcut orangettes are amazing… i’ll prepare them tomorrow for my aunt who just loves oranges and chocolate. I wanted to tell you that your blog is incredible and i’m going to vote right now for you…

  • abc

    Shouldn’t you temper your chocolate?

  • abc

    That sounds a little more personal than i wanted it to. I meant, is all well somehow with these if you dont?

  • I love buying orangettes. Who knew they could be so easy to make?

  • Abc – I don’t know, I’ve never really looked into the business of tempering your chocolate, it seems terribly involved, with precise temperatures and the like… In any case, these work perfectly well with simple, candidly melted chocolate — maybe a professional chocolate maker would frown at them, but my family didn’t! :)

  • Wow, Clotilde! How terrific to find you had the same idea I did! I made some candied orange rind before the holidays… just on a whim, wanted to see how it worked… and I did the same thing, melting milk chocolate chips and dipping the rind. (Though I have to say yours are much more photogenic!) What a treat!

    Bonne annee!

  • Best shortcut orangettes I ever ate are those made by MAGLIO ( a little producer in south-eastern Italy, where I live ), bought in Bari. Regularly I buy some, eating them in 2-3 days maximum.

  • Beauty Follower

    My fave choco-delight!

    • Love those too! I find the pairing of sweet and subtly bitter to be quite wonderful.

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