Clementines are an accidental hybrid of the tangerine and the orange, said to be named for the priest who discovered them about 100 years ago, Father Clement of Algeria. He noticed a tree in the orchard of the orphanage where he worked, but ignored the new fruit until children began eating it and he got a taste. So, actually, it was the kids who discovered them. Their juicy citrus flavor is a perfect match for chocolate, as this quick and easy, kid-friendly recipe proves.
Hands-On Time: 20 minutes
Ready In: 40 minutes
Yield: about 20 pieces
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut
2 clementines, peeled and sectioned (a good job for kids)
- Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave (according to package instructions). Transfer to a small bowl and stir until cool enough for kids to touch, about 30 seconds.
- Pour the coconut into a bowl. Place the bowl of chocolate, the bowl of coconut, and a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper in a row. Dip one end of each clementine segment into the chocolate, then coat in the coconut, and put on the cookie sheet.
- Chill until the chocolate has hardened, 15 minutes.
What's Good for You
Everyone knows citrus fruits are good for the immune system. What's less well known is that the vitamin C they contain also helps the body absorb iron, which makes for healthy blood.