Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices

I hope you had the most wonderful Christmas this year. After all the indulgent food and sweets we consumed over the last couple of days (chocolate fondue, anyone?), I was in the mood for a healthy yet satisfying snack. As we sat dipping all sorts of fruits, marshmallows, and pretzels into the ever-continuing stream of chocolaty-goodness of our chocolate fountain, I was reminded of a recipe I had seen a couple of years ago on Food Network. Slices of mandarins or clementines dunked in chocolate… only this time I decided to sprinkle sea salt on top. If I had to live on this snack for the rest of my life, you would hear no objection from me! It’s the most addictive thing I’ve eaten in a long time.

Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarine Slices by Deliciously Yum!

There’s no better time to enjoy these than right now. Mandarin Oranges are so abundant and couldn’t be tastier. Extremely sweet and juicy – loved and adored by young and old. You might have some laying around the house todays since it’s a common stocking stuffer. Turn them into this fun and gorgeous snack!

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I may or may not have devoured this entire bowl in one sitting. It holds segments of about 4 mandarin oranges, which means I got plenty of Vitamin C and antioxidants that day. Living healthy is outrageously tasty!

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Say goodbye to granola bars and crackers. This snack takes almost no time to make and is guaranteed to stop your afternoon cravings. Don’t deprive yourself, instead take a handful of these and feel good about your choice!

Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarins by Deliciously Yum!

Haven’t been this excited about something in a while. Well, at least since my last find, which was about 1 1/2 weeks ago. Ha! We have a real winner here, guys. Especially since the new year and resolutions are coming up. This treat will absolutely not break your food-related resolutions – whatever they may be. And if it does, it’s so worth it!

Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices Topped with Sea Salt by Deliciously Yum!

Alright, time for me to stop talking so you and I can go to make these ASAP! I just can’t stand looking at this deliciousness. I have to have ’em. Like now.

Enjoy this last weekend of 2013, friends! Leaving you with this quote today:

β€œDon’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~ Dr.Seuss

Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices
Serves 5
The most amazing afternoon snack. Juicy and sweet mandarin slices dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt - Yum!
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  1. 5 mandarin oranges
  2. 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate or dark chocolate chips
  3. sea salt or coarse salt
  4. 1 teaspoon shortening, optional
  1. 1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside. Peel the mandarin oranges.
  2. 2. In a microwave safe bowl or with the help of a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and add shortening, if desired. Adding shortening is optional - it helps make the chocolate super smooth and easier to work with. Using only melted chocolate will work fine as well.
  3. 3. Dip each slice halfway into the melted chocolate and place on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and repeat until all slices are evenly coated and sprinkled with salt. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until chocolate has hardened. Enjoy!
  1. Salted Chocolate Covered Mandarin Slices will keep up to 2 days in an airtight container or storage bag in the fridge.
Adapted from foodnetwork
Adapted from foodnetwork
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  1. This brings back so many memories! My parents used to make these for holiday parties, and I haven’t had them in years. I don’t think they did salt on the top, but I love that variation, I’ll have to give it a try!

    • I like regular chocolate dipped mandarins as well, but the added sea salt is amazing! Your parents must have great taste :). So glad you stopped by to say hi!

  2. These look marvelous! I could eat these little cuties all day long, but now with adding chocolate…..why they must be divine! Thanks! My daughter is having a sleepover on New Year’s Eve and I think these will make an excellent little treat for the kids (and us grown ups) to have.

    • Thank you so much! I am planning on making these for our Christmas Eve Party as well. It’s the perfect treat to munch on while waiting and hanging out with your loved ones!

  3. Was wondering if you’ve ever used the ones packed in 100% juice instead of fresh ones? (after thoroughly drying them of course). Just wondering if that would work too?

    • Never tried using mandarins in fruit juice. I think it would be tough to dip them in chocolate since they are somewhat soft and fresh ones are a lot firmer. If you can make it work, I am sure they’d be equally as delicious.

  4. dipped in white chocolate with black sea salt as well as the dark chocolate with regular sea salt. Delish!

  5. hi Kathi,

    I have a great desire for fruits after these days and your recipe comes exactly at the right time!
    Quick and easy, I will try it !
    thx and best wishes from Germany


    • Thank you so much, Bettina! These are perfect for this time of year. Light, sweet and pretty healthy. Sending lots of love to Germany :).

  6. Hi Kathi,

    Just wanted you to know that we loved these and reviewed them after seeing them EVERYWHERE on Pinterest! (And hope it’s ok to leave you a note about this. We are kind of new to the blog world….as in, you were our first post!)

    Thanks and your recipes on here are all so tasty looking!

    • Thanks for letting me know, Gillian! I am so glad you gave them a try and thank you so very much for reviewing them! They look beautiful. Good luck on your blogging journey – there is so much to explore & learn. I am sure you’ll love it!!!

  7. One suggestion I would make — use a little coconut oil to help with the melting. Good for you, and works like a charm!

  8. Donna Kohn says:

    These would not last 2 days in my refrigerator, they would not make it to the refrigerator! Lol

  9. Kathi, these look so good! I always make chocolate covered strawberries, but now I have to make these!

    • Thank you so much, Shiran. These are so fun to make and a nice change from dipping just strawberries in chocolate, even though they are pretty delicious, too πŸ˜‰

  10. I am going to make these tonigh for an event at my office. One of the activities is a cooking competition and the requirements are it should be mandarin and helathy is important. Wish me luck!

  11. Marissa says:


    You are so cute!! I found your blog on Pinterest and have loved scrolling through it. I also was super excited to see that you are from Minnesota! I am too!! It’s the best and most beautiful place to call home πŸ™‚ This recipe looks delicious, and I can’t wait to try it tonight! Thanks for your idea! πŸ™‚

  12. Made these the other night and they were great. I used coconut oil instead of shortening and it worked just fine. This was a nice easy recipe for my 4yo son and I to do together. Thanks for posting!

  13. Stephanie Bacque says:

    Would tangerines work as well?

  14. Diem Korsgaard says:

    These were a hit last night at our progressive NYE block party! I used blood oranges in addition to mandarins and it was wonderful and so easy to make.

  15. Lea in Missouri says:

    I just bought some mandarins and found your recipe. Just what I need for a little extra at our family Christmas get together. I tried a “few” and they are delicious and so simple to make. Thanks for sharing!!

  16. This was a big hit at work!
    I don’t what went wrong but my sea salt looked like little droplets of water on the chocolate when it was being served. It still had the great salt taste but just not as pretty.
    What happened?
    I definitely be making this again !

    • Pamela Hoge says:

      I am not the creator of this awesome recipe; but have had a similar experience with chocolate/caramel and sea salt. I suspect that your chocolate might have simply been too warm and melted the sea salt. Next time, perhaps try refrigerating (or even freezing, for a few minutes) your chocolate-dipped mandarin slices before adding the sea salt.

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