If you ‘google’ chocolate orange in England, the first item on the list is Terry’s Chocolate Orange – a generously sized chocolate sphere, imitating an orange, in both appearance and flavour (segments and all). Now I did do some research in an attempt to identify exactly which genius established this flavour combination, but it truly was a pain in the ass and I can honestly say that I found nothing. But, what I did discover was that good old Terry conjured up this delightful faux orange way back in 1932 in York, England, which makes me slightly proud of my sister’s boyfriend since he comes from there- gotta give him credit for something!
Having grown up in England, there was always a Terry’s orange awaiting me in my stocking come Christmas morning, which I would over-indulge in throughout the day. However, the day came when I fumbled through my stocking another Christmas morning, only to find that my chocolate orange had been replaced by a Nestle assortment. What did I do to deserve such harsh treatment from my parents?!
My siblings were not as bothered by this fiasco, but it didn’t sit well with me and I searched far and wide – in my parent’s pantry – not sure for what, but something that would help me recreate the flavour that Terry had provided me with the last few years. A miniscule bottle of orange essence caught my eye and out it came, with me to the kitchen. I melted my entire box of assorted milk chocolate bars and in went the orange oil, and there it was, the flavour that I so longed.
Regardless of the moving time, my love for chocolate orange has never ceased. This flavour combination remains one of my favourites and is reminiscent of those childhood Christmases, though my eating habits have changed drastically. BUT, orange + chocolate = deliciousness, so despite my altered diet, this mixture remains a prominent feature and my new incorporation is in breakfast!
Makes 1 bowl
- 50g rolled oats
- 150ml sweetened almond milk
- 1-2 drops orange oil
- 1tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2tbsp chopped mixed nuts (optional)
- In a breakfast bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until the cocoa powder colours the milk brown.
- Leave in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 4 hours) before removing and consuming.
If you’re as obsessed with chocolate or as greedy as me then add a few chunks here and there, and some additional nuts and fruit and enjoy with your morning beverage.