Orange Caramel Dark Chocolates

Home made chocolates make a special Valentine’s Day gift. Especially when made in cute little heart shaped molds.  You can get them pretty inexpensively, and they make the chocolates look professional when really they are quite simple to make.  I like to make caramels.  I use dates for the caramel and it is so good, you would never know it is not regular caramel.  For the ones I am sharing with you today, I use a little orange juice in them to brighten them up since citrus is so good this time of the year.  Make these to give as a gift, and whoever you give it to will feel very special.

Author: Amy Lyons O’Neil

Amy has worked for Fresh and Natural Foods since 2006 contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan food and recipe blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She has also written 3 cookbooks. She specializes in vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local, fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.



To make the caramel, combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Add a Tbsp or more of water if too thick. Press the mixture thorough a fine meshed strainer to remove any date bits. Place into a pastry bag and pipe small 1/2 tsp mounds onto a piece of foil. Place in the freezer until hardened slightly. When caramel is frozen, melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Take your chocolate mold and fill holes half full with chocolate. Take your caramel and spoon one mound into each hole on top of the chocolate. Top with remaining chocolate in the holes so it is even with the top of the mold. Place in the freezer to harden, then pop out of the molds and enjoy!

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Recipe Type

  • Allergen Friendly
  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Heart Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Course Type

  • Dessert

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Easy