Sunday, December 18, 2011

the first post ever - loaded orange chocolate bites.

so, i've always wanted to have a blog but had the illusion that every blogger is completely original and comes up with all their ideas on their own. clearly i don't read blogs very often. thanks to pinterest, i quickly realized plenty of bloggers copy other people’s ideas, tweak them to fit their preferences, and simply give the original poster credit. Now that, I can do. 

So here we go: my not-so-original creations, with full credit to the idea sparker. hopefully these projects will spark some ideas for you! (if they do, please share, i would be sooo excited to see what you’ve made!)

creative idea #1: loaded orange chocolate bites
idea sparked by: Hershey

I started making these in high school after eating a delicious Hershey chocolate bar. I don’t remember what exactly was in theirs, but after a failed attempt and a few tweaks over the years, this is how my version’s ended up –

{Super important side note – this makes a zillion chocolates. I make them to give out for Christmas presents and actually, this year, i doubled the recipe. so clearly, if you’re making them just for you, don’t buy in bulk. or maybe you should. they’re addictive…}

  • 2.5 lbs Ghirardelli Candy Making and Dipping Bar {I get this at Sam’s Club}
  •      13.5 oz Dried Fruit Mix, sorted into separate bowls {I get Peterson Farms Cherry Berry Blend (blueberries, cranberries, and cherries) Also from Sam’s Club.}
  •       4 oz Almonds, ground in food processor {or smashed with meat tenderizer}
  •       Orange Extract


  •      1+ mini muffin trays
  •      wooden Spoon
  •      metal Spoon
  •      medium pot
  •      butter knife
  •      ½ tsp measuring spoon


  •      Cut chocolate bar into small pieces.

{I chop the chocolate and store it in a ziplock because 
I make these in batches throughout the month}

  • If you want to do it the right way, melt your chocolate like this. if not, just stick it in the pot on low, stirring frequently. {I’ve never had any problems melting it this way when using Ghirardelli}

  • When melted, add Orange extract in ½ tsp increments, tasting to find desired intensity. If too strong, add more chocolate.{darn.}

  •      Bring chocolate to work station. Fill each ungreased muffin tin with a small amount of chocolate {I do 1/3-1/2 spoonful, depending on size of spoon. it’s better if it’s not too thick.}

{My station.} 
{random info - i was out of the normal fruit mix and 
almonds, so i improvised for the pics. There are 
golden raisins and cashews in this batch}

  •      Gently wiggle muffin tray to spread the chocolate evenly. You want the whole base of each tin to be covered.

{Also, I have 2 mini muffin trays I use, but I only fill one at a time with chocolate. Once I tried to fill them both before adding the fruit and nuts but the chocolate in the second tray hardened by the time I got to it. I recommend just filling one tray at a time.} 

  •      Working quickly, add one cranberry, one cherry, and one blueberry to each cup. Then sprinkle with almond crumbs.

  •      Gently press fruit and nuts into chocolate to make sure they’ll stick. {When I don’t do this, I have a lot of almond crumbs fall off when removing them from the tins.}

  •      Place tray in fridge or freezer for 10ish minutes, or until hard. Gently remove from tins with a butter knife. I prefer to store these in the fridge, but they can be kept out at room temp also.

{tied up and ready to hand out for Christmas!}

  • Need your pot for something else, but it's still full of chocolate you haven't finished making? Pour your chocolate into paper muffin cups, and let it harden in fridge or freezer. Peel paper off and add to the rest of your chocolate stash to remelt later!

Questions or comments? i'd love to hear them!

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love and Christmas treats,


  1. Aw! Love the Blog! So fun! Can't wait to see what else you come up with... I promise to keep checking it! Your pics make it seem as if I were there! Ok, I was, but I love the way you're putting this together! And to all who read this... try the chocolate thingies.... they're A-mazing!!! :)

  2. Thank you for linking up to "It's a DIY Christmas" at Putting Down Roots! These little treats are right up my ally. They are perfect for gift giving! Thank you for sharing!
    Are you on instagram? Your blog name sounds so familiar! I'm trying to figure out our mutual cyber friends ;)

    1. yes, i am on instagram as amberthoughtofitsecond - kim summers introduced me to your blog awhile back - her and i go to the same church :-)