We all have flavors that “speak” to us. My brother loves anything that’s triple chocolate. My boyfriend loves anything that’s chocolate with chili. And me? I love anything that’s chocolate-orange. Family stories have long attributed this preference to an ice cream flavor at Laura Secord’s in Canada. According to the story, I used to love a flavor called “Tiger Tiger,” which was orange ice cream with a chocolate stripe. But when I Googled the flavor recently, I discovered that perhaps our memory is wrong – other Tiger Tiger fans mention that it had a licorice stripe, not chocolate. So maybe that isn’t where I learned to love chocolate-orange. Regardless, the flavor has become a fixture for me, and I pretty much never cheat on it. Ice cream, cookies, you name it – if chocolate-orange is an option, I’m going to get it.
Here are some of the best chocolate-orange treats I’ve had in the past. Are there any other chocolate-orange goodies you recommend? And what’s your go-to flavor?
– Chocolate Orange Confetti from Three Twins. This brand is a Bay Area staple, which means I have access to it whenever I want. I consider that a win
– Swiss Orange Chip from Swensen’s. Another Bay Area favorite, and readily available at a local scoop shop
-If I ever end up in Santa Barbara I want to try McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams because their take on Chocolate Orange sounds divine
– Patisserie Bigot in Amboise, France has one of the best chocolate orange variations I have ever tasted. If you somehow end up nearby, I recommend visiting trying their chocolate orange macaron. A most wonderful mix of perfect macaron pastry with a rich chocolate filling. Order the macaron and a cup of tea, then stay for a while – it’s a rather charming place to enjoy an afternoon
– A friend brought some chocolate orange cookies to my recent cookie swap, and of course I squealed with delight, then begged her for the recipe. These cookies incorporate cardamom as well as orange, which makes for a really unique flavor
– Valor Chocolates is a Spanish company that both operates their own shops and sells chocolate bars through other channels. If you’re able to visit one of their Spanish “chocolaterias” I suggest you order a (big) cup of the Mediterraneo drinking chocolate. It’s rich, melted chocolate with a tinge of orange. Much thicker and richer than what we know as “hot chocolate” here in the U.S.
– I discovered Cote D’Or’s Orange chocolate bar when I was living in France for the summer. It’s a high quality chocolate bar, for a relatively fair price compared to many of the other bars out there