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DIY: Orange Hot chocolate

As I’m kind of addicted to hot chocolate and Its nearing Christmas, I thought I would do something really festive and combined the two. Something like the Orange hot chocolate.

Hand up, who here been really craving hot chocolate for the last couples of weeks? Oh good I’m not the only one then. It has become my drink staple as the weather has turns cold and miserable, well we are in winter after all. I find myself making a mug as soon as I get home as it a great way for my body to warm up, or even sometime when I’m out I will happily sit in a cafe for a few hours drinking some hot chocolate watching the world goes by while also warming myself up.

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This is such a simple thing to do and if you are having a party or got some people coming round then, this is an amazing way to serve hot chocolate to your guests.

If you are under a certain age and not allowed to play with sharp knife then do ask a for adult help as this does involved using sharp knife.

What you will need is: 



As much oranges as you like, make sure you pick them being large and actually ripe.

Milk of your choice.

Terry’s chocolate orange (and a few extra to nibble along the way).

Marshmallow (optional).

What to do: 

Start with your sharp knife (and this is where you might need an adult help) and cut off the top – this act as a lid to orange mug so don’t throw it away.

When you cut off the top you will see the inside of the orange, get a large spoon and bowl (or glass as you will be scooping out fresh orange juice, so there no need to waste it) and start scooping out the inside into a bowl. Imagine you are scooping out a pumpkin for Halloween so you don’t want part of the orange ‘bits’ to be left in. Something like this:



(Those to be fair when I was taking this picture I hasn’t quite completed the hollowing part, but you get the idea.) 

Do be warned also as this can get sticky and very messy. Once you completely hollowed it out leave it aside for the next part.

Pour your milk into a pan and place it on the hob on a medium heat, keep stirring as milk can stick to the bottom as it get warmer. Only do this for a few minutes.



Then this is the fun part, start adding the Terry’s chocolate orange, add as many as you like, it all depends on how chocolaty you want it to be. As the chocolate melt it will stick to pan so keep stirring it as before. By now you should get something like this:



Doesn’t that look amazing! After a couple of minutes and the chocolate has melted – you could pour into a mug and be done with it. But where’s the fun in that?

Very carefully pour your hot chocolate into your now hollowed orange, it might be an idea to first pour the hot chocolate into a pouring cylinder and then pout it into the orange.

Cut a hole at the top of the orange (the part you cut out first) as this will make it like a lid and this is where you put your straw through.

If you like too add some marshmallow or whipped cream  then go ahead.

And finally by now you should have your finished orange hot chocolate:





Fairly simple and straight forward, also something a little extra this Christmas time.

Let me know if you decide to make this for yourself as I would love to see your result. I hope you understood my instructions and also let me know if you would like me to do more DIY type post in the future.









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  • Ashley
    December 3, 2016

    This sounds beyond yummy! My little one would love the idea of drinking out of an orange!

  • Anna Nuttall
    December 3, 2016

    It would be a good way to get in their vitamin C.

  • Tal
    December 3, 2016

    This is such a cute idea! Great for kids too! I’m not much of an orange chocolate person, but love Hot Chocolate. Does the orange skin get hot?

  • Anna Nuttall
    December 3, 2016

    Not too hot – the same if the hot chocolate was in a mug. However my advice would be to wait for the drink to cool down for a bit before giving to kids. xx

  • Candace
    December 3, 2016

    You have read my mind! Nice got a similar post written for next week lol

    Got to live orange hot chocolate!

  • Internationalcaty
    December 3, 2016

    Okay, this is very interesting. I would have thought with the hot chocolate it would melt the orange.

  • Serena
    December 3, 2016

    Love this idea, orange chocolate is my fave!

  • Amy
    December 3, 2016

    Yum! That looks like a fun idea!

  • Anna Nuttall
    December 3, 2016

    No it doesn’t. Just gotta make sure you scoop out all the orange first.

  • Rose
    December 3, 2016

    Chocolate oranges are the best! I love the idea of serving the hot chocolate right in the orange.

  • Nancy
    December 3, 2016

    Oh wow this looks yummy! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • michelle
    December 3, 2016

    OMG! This is so cute and creative..My nieces would love to do this with me.

  • Alyssa
    December 3, 2016

    What a fun idea!! I sure do love hot chocolate 🙂

  • Amber Myers
    December 3, 2016

    This looks so amazing! I need to try this out.

  • Gabbi Byrd
    December 3, 2016

    This is such a cool recipe! Hot chocolate is my fave around this time of year 🙂

  • Ellie Augustin
    December 3, 2016

    Wow! I have to try this! How delicious does this look and my kids would love this idea. They would giggle at the fact that they are drinking from an orange oh yes! Thanks so much for sharing this.

  • JanD
    December 3, 2016

    I never thought that oranges that are hollowed could ever stand the heat of hot chocolate. It’s so cute looking, especially the baby marshmallows floating in it.

  • Cricket Plunkett
    December 3, 2016

    Chocolate and orange is one of my favorite flavor combos, and this is such a fun idea!

  • Jasmine Eclipse
    December 3, 2016

    Orange hot chocolate? Hmmm….. I’ll have to think about this! It’s an interesting idea and really cute that you use the peel as the cup, but I’m not too sure about how I would like chocolate and orange mixed together… haha

  • Michelle
    December 4, 2016

    I never thought of that combination. I like the idea a lot!

  • Nicole
    December 4, 2016

    Oh, wow, this sounds amazing! Iowa winter is coming, and I’m starting to shiver already. I was just thinking about hot chocolate, so I’m definitely going to have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing.

  • Amanda @bephoenixfit
    December 4, 2016

    This would be really fun and unique for a holiday party! I must try it!

  • Heather Denniston
    December 4, 2016

    For reals? You are giving me ANOTHER way to eat chocolate????? oh boy!

  • Kristin
    December 4, 2016

    Oh my gosh, i love this idea! For some reason I’m the only one in my house who loves the orange and chocolate combo.. MIGHT have to sneak this one in this season!

  • Madame X
    December 4, 2016

    Oooh wow, this is so nice and fun to drink in! Brilliant idea, my daughter will love this 😉

  • Lulle
    December 4, 2016

    It looks so fun and yummy! I’m also a big fan of chocolate but I never even thought about doing that.

  • Girl
    December 4, 2016

    I’ve never seen a drink being served in an orange peel before. This is such a cute idea! Would love to try it with whipped cream on top 🙂

  • JcCee
    December 4, 2016

    I will have to try this with my kids. We love hot chocolate but I never thought to try it with an orange. Adding this to our list 🙂

  • Krista Dial
    December 5, 2016

    Yum!! That sounds amazing! I love enjoying hot chocolate year-round…especially this time of year. One of my favorite types of candies is chocolate covered candied orange rinds. Ever had one of those? Delish! I think I’d really like this too…definitely going to try this during Christmas break!

  • Ritika Chakrabarty
    December 5, 2016

    Oh, i LOVE this! Chocolate and orange are amazing together!

  • Leticia
    December 5, 2016

    This is so unique! I love chocolate and I love oranges! What an interesting blend. Now I have to try it! Thanks for the recipe!! But what is Terry’s chocolate orange? Never heard of that?

  • Dylan Cutler
    December 5, 2016

    Cute use of an orange! I imagine finding one that doesn’t tip over may be challenging!

  • Nina
    December 5, 2016

    This is such a cute and creative idea! I would have never thought to do this. Where I am in Spain, people eat oranges all the time. We have plenty of them, so I will have to try this!


  • Jae | Dreaming of Leaving
    December 5, 2016

    I am kind of addicted to hot chocolate as well and this recipe I must try! Great post 🙂 xo

  • Aireona- Nightborn Travel
    December 5, 2016

    I have a cold right now, so this literally looks like heaven. I have never thought about mixing hot chocolate and oranges before, but it is just so right!

  • Sheree
    December 5, 2016

    This is such a great idea! Why is it so much more fun to drink things out of non cups? I may need to try this!

  • Sassy
    December 5, 2016

    Wow, this is new to me! Would love to try it!

  • Coralee
    December 5, 2016

    What a great food combination 🙂 Ymmmm can’t wait to try 🙂 Cheers

  • Reynna Delacruz
    December 5, 2016

    This is such a great idea! The end result looked so awesome and I bet it tasted amazing!

  • courtney
    December 8, 2016

    I love terry’s chocolate oranges and this is such a smart way to have that taste in a yummy drink.

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