orange pistachio chocolates

I am pretty excited about these chocolates.  Dark chocolate, orange peel, and pistachios blend to create a unique, decadent candy. The salt crystals balance the bitterness of the dark chocolate and the orange peel. It's the perfect, paleo salty-sweet treat. Yipeee!

Personally, I find the hardest thing about the paleo diet is that right after dinner I really want something sweet.  So, rather than eating raw honey out of the jar, I made a batch of these and kept them in the fridge all week.  Just one hits the spot. 

Now, if you are insane, paleo nazi you'll have to abstain... I used 60% cacao dark chocolate chips, but there is some cane sugar in those chocolate chips. But, if you are an 80/20 person, these are a healthy, simple treat with a trace of sugar in them.

The best part... Well, the best part is eating them. The second best part is that these puppies only call for 4 ingredients and only take about 20 minutes (total) to make.  A easy, impressive treat to stash or share! Happy Friday! 

Orange-Pistachio Chocolates

Ingredients: 
1 cup 60% cacao chocolate chips
1/4 cup grated orange peel
1/4 cup crushed pistachios
Sea Salt

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 10 minutes
Yields: 12 candies 

Method:

1. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute or until melted, stirring ever 30 seconds. 

2. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Drop teaspoons of chocolate on paper about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle chocolate with orange peel and pistachios.  Lightly sprinkle sea salt. 

3. Freeze candies for ten minutes or until hard.  Refridgerate in an airtight container.

Note: If your pistachios are salted, go east on the sea salt or skip it all together.  

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