Orange Chocolate \\ Sweet Laurel
Orange chocolate candy often overcomplicates a naturally sweet treat that you can make yourself with very little effort. Instead of making candies with synthetic flavorings you can simply dehydrate real oranges, which friends find refreshingly neat for parties and gifts. If you do not have a dehydrator an oven set to low temp works just as well. Just make sure not to forget about them since they do take a bit!
2 oranges, sliced thinly
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate (100% cacao), (organic is preferable)
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or more depending on how dark you like it)
To dehydrate the orange slices without a dehydrator, pre heat oven to 225°F. Place orange slices directly onto a wire rack and leave to dry out in the oven for around 2-3 hours. Timing will depend on your oven and thickness of the slices.
Break baking chocolate into one inch pieces and place in thick saucepan or double boiler. Over a very low heat, melt baking chocolate. Once melted, take off heat and add maple syrup and stir. Dip the dried oranges halfway into the melted chocolate. Place on parchment paper to cool.