HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE ORANGE STICKS

Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate – a favorite holiday candy!

Chocolate Orange Sticks are one of my absolute favorite holiday treats! When I was a kid, every year my dad would get a box of chocolate covered orange sticks in his stocking for Christmas and he was very nice to share since I learned to love them too!  I recently found a recipe for this special treat and I was really nervous that they wouldn’t taste as good as the kind in the box, but the homemade version was even better!  They turned out amazing! Like many candy recipes, the process takes a little bit of time but it is definitely worth it.

Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate - a favorite holiday candy!

You can store these for a week at room temperature (maybe longer, but they’ve never lasted that long at my house!) and they still taste fresh! Since they are so easy to store, this makes this candy the perfect treat to ship to friends and family who live far away – these hold up better than a lot of other homemade treats.

Update: I’ve since created a raspberry version of these and they are amazing too! I can’t decide which ones I like better, so I just have to make both every time! 

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HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE ORANGE STICKS  

  • 3 Tbsp unflavored gelatin (I used 4 of the little packets)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 5-6 drops orange food coloring
  • 12 oz melting chocolate or chocolate almond bark
  1. Soften the gelatin in cold water and set aside.
  2. Combine sugar and hot water, stir until dissolved.  Bring to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the gelatin mixture and slowly boil on medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour into well-greased molds. I purchased this mold from Amazon, but I also used two mini loaf pans for the remainder of the mixture and the loaf pans worked just as well as the silicone mold.
  4. Let stand over night and then dip into melted chocolate.   I also drizzled a little white chocolate on top just for fun.  Enjoy!
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Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate - a favorite holiday candy!
Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate - a favorite holiday candy!
Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate - a favorite holiday candy!
Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate - a favorite holiday candy!
Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate - a favorite holiday candy!
Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate - a favorite holiday candy!
Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate - a favorite holiday candy!
Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate - a favorite holiday candy!
Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate - a favorite holiday candy!
Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate - a favorite holiday candy!
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HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE ORANGE STICKS

Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate - a favorite holiday candy!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 60 sticks
Author Butter With a Side of Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp unflavored gelatin I used 4 of the little packets
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 5-6 drops orange food coloring
  • 12 oz melting chocolate or chocolate almond bark

Instructions

  1. Soften the gelatin in cold water and set aside.
  2. Combine sugar and hot water, stir until dissolved. Bring to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the gelatin mixture and slowly boil on medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour into well-greased molds. I've used silicone molds and mini loaf pans and the loaf pans work just as well as the silicone mold.
  4. Let stand over night and then dip into melted chocolate. I also drizzled a little white chocolate on top just for fun. Enjoy!

Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate - a favorite holiday candy!

Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate - a favorite holiday candy!

Chocolate Orange Sticks are made with a delicious orange jelly filling dipped in melted chocolate - a favorite holiday candy!

30 COMMENTS

  1. Ice stick molds work really well for this adventure!! they are just a bit thinner giving you a bit more chocolate with your orange.

    • I don’t usually refrigerate these when I make them – I’ve had them last up to a week if kept in an airtight container on the counter. I think they might even be ok longer than that, but they are so good, they tend to disappear within a few days!

  2. Did you cut the pieces before letting them sit overnight or right before dipping in chocolate? These are my favorite candies ever, and I want them to work out right the first time. Thanks!

    • I always cut them after letting them sit overnight. You can dip them as soon as you’d like after cutting them. These are one of my favorite treats too – I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve made these! Enjoy!

  3. i was undering if i did the excat recipe for the raspberry for the oranger sticks if it would work. use the oranger jello instead of the juice and the lemon juice. i also found some raspberry danish dessert glaze it is like the gelatine would that work also.

    • I have never used agar agar, but after doing a little bit of research it looks like it should be a good substitute! Let me know how they turn out!

  4. I love orange sticks. So do my grandchildren but you can’t always find them in the stores. Can you use the milk chocolate chocolate chips as your dipping chocolate or do you recommend using the candy dipping chocolate? Do you grease the silicone pans and if so what do you recommend?

    • I’m sure you can use milk chocolate chips to dip, but you may have to add 1-2 tsp of shortening to thin it out just a little bit to make the dipping easier. I have used actually dipping chocolate but often use chocolate almond bark and it works very well too. I do grease the silicone pans very well and have always just used PAM cooking spray. It works wonderfully!

  5. I made the orange sticks the only mold was same material that was showed but i only had star shapes, andf i had to use the chocolate chips, i guess it could of been better, but tasted fine to us. thank you.

  6. Excellent recipe! I need molds! I hand cut all of them so the uniformity is off but no one will care because they taste great! I used one 10 oz pkg of Giradelli dark melting wafers-perfect amount.
    Thank you again my Grandmother will be thrilled!

    • I just store them in an airtight container at room temperature and they last at least a week that way. You could probably store them in the fridge if you wanted them to stay fresh a bit longer, but I would set them out prior to serving so they can get back to room temperature.

    • I’ve never had that happen, so I’m not sure, but yes, it sounds like the mixture may have been overcooked? Or perhaps there was too much gelatin added somehow?

  7. Can these orange sticks be made sugar free with splenda? My husband loves these and is diabetic, I have bought them sugar free in Gresham Oregon. Just wondering if you know or I will just try it
    Inez

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