Who Wants Chocolate? An Amano Giveaway!

by jerseygirl on December 12, 2008 · 104 comments

Is that really chocolate covered oranges? Yes, it is. A while back I had bought some chocolate covered oranges and I have been dying to make some myself. Juicy oranges and bittersweet chocolate are a great combination. The nice people at Amano sent me some samples along with a beautiful gift pack that you can win. I made this delicious treat that goes perfect with a glass of red wine. This is NOT your everyday type of chocolate. This is award winning artisan chocolate made by hand using some of the finest cocoa beans. How can you win some chocolate? Check out their website http://www.amanochocolate.com/ . Come back and leave a comment telling me what you would do with the four beautiful chocolate bars. If you win, I will send you a four pack of their chocolate. The bars are so beautifully wrapped, I had to look at them a few days before using them.

Please leave your comment and email address by Monday, December 15th, 5pm EST. I will randomly choose a winner and announce on Tuesday. Good luck!

If you would like to make your own chocolate covered oranges, just melt some good quality chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Dip the orange sections until they are fully covered. Let them set on wax paper until hardened. Enjoy!

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That Girl December 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm

I may make this…AND chocolate covered grapefruit!


Stacey Snacks December 12, 2008 at 2:59 pm

very strange….2 Jersey girls making orange peels??? and candied oranges??
what are the chances?


Laura December 12, 2008 at 3:01 pm



alexandra's kitchen December 12, 2008 at 3:05 pm

And in such a pretty box, too! I love their design. I’ve never heard of Amano. Going to have to order a box immediately.


Kitt December 12, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Golly, you’re becoming the giveaway goddess! I will have to check out that chocolate. (I’ll abstain from the contest, since I was already a winner.)


Laurie December 12, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Oh Lisa! those look amazing! how great would they be as a cake topping too, all sliced up so you can see the insides? yummy! Laurie lalufkin@verizon.net


Culinarywannabe December 12, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Never thought of doing chocolate covered oranges. But anything dipped in chocolate is a-okay in my book!


pxilated December 12, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Amano is Awesome.


natalie December 12, 2008 at 3:28 pm

i rarely eat chocolate bars by themselves, but these look good enough to do so! YUM! (natalie.mclaury@gmail.com)


Debbie December 12, 2008 at 3:42 pm

That chocolate looks delicious!!!


Katrina December 12, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Cool chocolate! That’s a toughy figuring out what to do with them–they would almost need to be savored as is. But after tasting them, I’m sure I’d think of something! ๐Ÿ˜‰


jacquie December 12, 2008 at 4:30 pm

perhaps chocolate covered ginger and candied orange peels. and maybe some brownies.


ttfn300 December 12, 2008 at 4:32 pm

never tried that chocolate!! First I would try each of the chocolates, b/c if you can really taste all those flavors that would be a treat in itself! The honey I could see chopped in a banana-pb bread/muffins/cupcakes ๐Ÿ™‚ The rest, I’d wait nuntil I tried them to be inspired!


culinarycory.com December 12, 2008 at 4:51 pm

I love chocolate and orange together! So good! I’ve never heard of this brand before, thanks for sharing.


Never thought I'd be a soccer mom! December 12, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Wow! That looks amazing. If I were making something with chocolate I think that because of the time of year, I would have to make chewy chocolate dipped almond cookies for Christmas.


Laura P. December 12, 2008 at 5:25 pm

their chocolate looks fabulous! I would love to tell you that I would make something fabulous with them, but truthfully I’d probably just eat them and savor every bite. : )


Laura P. December 12, 2008 at 5:27 pm

forgot to leave my e-mail…
biogrrll@animail.net : )


bookworm December 12, 2008 at 5:49 pm

Yummy!! This looks divine, please enter me for it. I”ve always loved oranges, never thought about putting chocolate on them. What WAS I thinking???


Adam December 12, 2008 at 5:56 pm

I really like the look of the actual oranges in there, it looks pretty wicked cool ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for the welcoming back comment, it was nice. I’ll def work on that glute post this weekend for ya.

If you’d like any advice on the hip thing, let me know. It’s tough without looking at the person, but I’ll do what I can.

My email is on my profile.


Dawn December 12, 2008 at 6:28 pm

that does sound good…I love to try anything.


Amber December 12, 2008 at 6:29 pm

I would LOVE to win. I am a chocolate snob, I love the really good quality chocolate. I skip Hershey’s any day and head straight to the good stuff! I would have so much fun with this chocolate.

Your chocolate dipped oranges look awesome! Thanks!

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com


quitecontrary1977 December 12, 2008 at 7:44 pm

That photo made my mouth water at the suggestion of the juice of orange mingling with the bitter sweetness of chocolate.



Amy December 12, 2008 at 7:46 pm
Toystory December 12, 2008 at 8:43 pm

I just cannot image chocolate coating fruit…. seriously.


Kat Bryan December 12, 2008 at 8:58 pm

I would make chocolate covered cherries and pretzels and share with everyone.


kat December 12, 2008 at 8:58 pm

I’d be tempted just to eat them the way they are.


Jenna December 12, 2008 at 9:06 pm

That looks so good. I love chocolate orange. Thanks!


Anonymous December 12, 2008 at 9:39 pm

Lisa, those look like fresh oranges–how do you get the chocolate to stick? They look incredible.



Maria December 12, 2008 at 9:50 pm

I love chocolate and orange together! Another great giveaway! Thanks!


Topher December 12, 2008 at 10:41 pm

I think i’d make some truffles with them….mmmmm

Thanks for the opportunity!


Bunny December 12, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Chocolate covered orange slices….your killing me here! How long would they last? Not that they’ed last long ! I think I’d make a mousse for a cake filling with that beautiful chocolate!


Beeb December 12, 2008 at 11:10 pm

I love the idea of chocolate covered orange!

These bars are so special and beautifully wrapped, that I would give them as gifts!

Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

supercoupongirl AT gmail.com


kathemc(at)gmail(dot)com December 13, 2008 at 1:12 am

Three words: World’s. Biggest. S’more. ๐Ÿ™‚


littlecumulus December 13, 2008 at 1:19 am

Ooh la la. What a wonderful idea!


Charlotte December 13, 2008 at 1:40 am

I would have some friends over for a chocolate tasting party!


tze December 13, 2008 at 3:02 am

i will make a sinfully rich chocolate cake for my boy who flew across the pacific ocean for me just to celebrate my 21st birthday!! ๐Ÿ˜€


MommyV December 13, 2008 at 3:22 am

mmm chocolate covered anything! I’m in ๐Ÿ™‚


HoneyB December 13, 2008 at 4:29 am

Sounds awesome!


Jennifer December 13, 2008 at 8:08 am

oh how yummy! If I win I would eat one myself and maybe just maybe I might share with my husband the others.

Jennifer(Crooked-Needle Primitives)




Cassie December 13, 2008 at 9:06 am

Chocolate cherries, espresso cookies dipped in chocolate, drizzle it on biscottiโ€™s. The possibilities are endless.
Fudge or chocolate chip cookies ?? Very exciting.


lesleychef December 13, 2008 at 9:08 am

Bring back the fondue! I would serve that chocolate as a dip for fruit, also make chocolate cupcakes, top them with chocolate whipped cream, and then dip some fruit in the chocolate and use that to garnish the cupcakes!


The Blonde Duck December 13, 2008 at 9:15 am

I’m impressed!


Carole R December 13, 2008 at 9:18 am

WOW. What a neat site. For sure I am going to order some.

If I didn’t eat it first I would think long and hard about developing recipe(s) to make use of the wonderful flavors in the chocolate.

Like the others I have never heard of this brand. Thanks for educating us.


Amanda December 13, 2008 at 11:47 am

fondue party!!!


Pam December 13, 2008 at 1:20 pm

My husband loves chocolate and orange together…I may make this for his stocking this year – great recipe Lisa.


vwestermeyer December 13, 2008 at 1:28 pm

what a yummy giveaway


We Are Never Full December 13, 2008 at 1:36 pm

i would taste test each type of chocolate by sitting with a nice glass of red wine and a blindfold. i’d then decide which one i’d like best and then maybe make a souffle or hot chocolate w/ the rest of it.


Anya December 13, 2008 at 1:54 pm

I would try some in hot chocolate!Thanks.


Stacy December 13, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Yum, I want to win!



Mama Moose December 13, 2008 at 3:24 pm

I’ve never thought of doing this before but it looks so yummy!
themoosehouse at gmail dot com


Pat December 13, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Yummy! I LOVE chocolate. Would love to win those.



Jayme December 13, 2008 at 4:54 pm

looks great! sign me up!



The Bergant Family December 13, 2008 at 5:00 pm

I would love to melt them and put them inside my husband’s famous palacinke (Slovene Crepes)! Yum!


Catherine Wilkinson December 13, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Hello young lady! Sure have missed your blog and others…I’ve been on hiatus, as you know, but I’m trying to get back on track! Hey, your blog looks great! Some changes! Awesome! Good luck with the contest!


cookienurse December 13, 2008 at 8:08 pm

I would taste each bar and then figure out what treat I could pick to bring out their flavors! thanks for the contest!


Yasmeen December 13, 2008 at 8:23 pm

If I win that delectable box of chocolate ,I’ll gift to my niece who loves chocolate more than me.Thanks for another exciting giveaway lisa:)


cdziuba December 13, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Ie to have chocolate every day of my life, in some form or another! cdziuba@aol.com


Lawton December 13, 2008 at 9:04 pm

I am 9 months pregnant and spend my days running after my 2 ยฝ year old and 200 lbs. worth of unruly dogs. I would begin my day melting the Jembrana Premium Dark into my coffee cup to supplement the coffee I have gone so long without. I would top it of with steamed milk and get charged for the day on a honey infringed hot chocolate while I let the dogs out and fed my daughter.

At nap time, when some mothers might have a margarita and call a girlfriend (the whole time pretending they are not drinking a margarita in the middle of the afternoon) I would take the Madagascar Premium Dark from the freezer and snap off pieces while perusing sites like โ€œJersey Girl Cooksโ€ looking for holiday recipes.

After dinner I will serve chamomile tea with homemade macaroons that have taken me over a year to finally make โ€“ half dipped in the Cuyagua Premium Dark. While I serve them with pride, one of the dogs will jump up on the counter and polish off the rest of the melted chocolate and I will spend the rest of the evening debating if I should take him to the vet or count my losses and plan a trip to the pound for his replacement.

What about the Ocumare? When does she fit that in? Only an amateur would have to ask. Iโ€™ll have been sneaking the delicious raspberry and citrus bits out of a secret pocket in my purse all day to satisfy the cravings remaining in the 30 days left in this pregnancy. My daughter will have smelled this bouquet of chocolate on my breath, though I never let her catch me chewing, and will have negotiated watching a half hour of drama when we get home instead of Wow Wow Wubzy if I share with her. And I will.


Priscilla December 13, 2008 at 9:16 pm

I’d probably make something covered with chocolate, like chocolate covered pretzels or some cookie dough truffles!


Nancy December 13, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Chocolate covered cherries and strawberries sound scrumptious to me. I’d give those a try … along with the chocolate covered oranges.
Happy holidays, Lisa!

allibrary [at] aol [dot] com


Erin December 13, 2008 at 9:48 pm

I would make chocolate covered oranges, those sound amazing! And some chocolate covered strawberries…


veronica December 13, 2008 at 10:59 pm

yum, chocolate and orange is one of my favorite flavor combinations!


dolls123 December 13, 2008 at 11:48 pm

Make an awesome chocolate cake



princess210 December 13, 2008 at 11:55 pm

I would love to try this chocolate. I could take the shavings and top a cake. Or cover some pretzals for my daughter. The possibilities are endless! Thanks for having such a great giveaway!


Malaika December 14, 2008 at 12:37 am

I would do like you, admire their elegance for a few days until surrendering them to their ultimate purpose. I would love to make a holiday dessert platter with chocolate covered fruit. Iยดd try oranges, probably strawberries too. Darn, now Iยดm hungry for chocolate. Thanks for this great giveaway!



Renee G December 14, 2008 at 12:47 am

It sounds yummy, but a little messy.



DEBIJOT December 14, 2008 at 12:51 am

I would definitely have chocolate dipped strawberries.


LeslieVeg December 14, 2008 at 9:05 am

OMGosh, this Chocolate looks so Delicious! I am thinking I would just savor it by itself! YUM! Thanks for sharing!


FlipFlop Mom December 14, 2008 at 11:30 am

I’ve never heard of chocolate covered oranges.. but I could GO for it.. no problem.. LOL LOL…

Well.. the chocolate.. I’d be tempted to eat it plain.. BUT.. I probably would melt it and drizzle it over my cookie dough brownies!!! and give as gifts.. because they are deadly to a woman’s hiney!! รœ


tiff December 14, 2008 at 12:35 pm

well great! my mouth is watering all over the keyboard now. yummy!



black eyed susans kitchen December 14, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Hi Lisa, You come up with the best ideas! We are having an open house next Sunday for the people on our block…desserts only. I will be dipping pretzels in chocolate and making a tiramisu. Usually, I sprinkle cocoa powder on top, but chocolate shavings might be a festive touch. I may have to make some chocolate dipped orange peel as well. See…great ideas.
โ™ฅ, Susan


Erica December 14, 2008 at 4:35 pm

What a great give away! Perfect for Christmas! I have really wanted to try making chocolate covered dried fruit (pineapple in particular). I would love to bring it to our Christmas! My email is Itzyskitchen at gmail dot com! Hope you’re having a nice weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰


SkyLaur December 14, 2008 at 4:41 pm

I am obsessed with chocolate, I don’t think I’d cook with it, I’d just hide it and eat it while both my kids are sleeping…..mmmmmmmm


Emily December 14, 2008 at 4:41 pm

I know this sounds crazy, but I make my own potato chips and chocolate covered potato chips are the best ever! Yummy!!


nicole December 14, 2008 at 5:42 pm

Any fruit is good dipped in chocolate.


Betsy December 14, 2008 at 6:06 pm

oh my gosh this looks so delish! thanks for the giveaway!



Brooke December 14, 2008 at 6:51 pm

I’ve only recently discovered chocolate with sea salt! YUMMY! But chocolate covered grapefruit I’ve yet to try.


Debbie December 14, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Lisa, thanks for offering such a great prize. I haven’t had this brand of chocolate before, but it looks delicious! I love orange and chocolate – used to be a Brach’s candy with orange and chocolate that we had all the time when I was a kid – it was one of my all time favorites!



Anonymous December 14, 2008 at 9:09 pm

i would make chocolate covered bananas!


Laura December 14, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Given that they are single origin chocolates, I would have a chocolate tasting with some friends and taste them each side by side. ๐Ÿ™‚ (ljt2r@yahoo.com)


Knitopia December 14, 2008 at 11:33 pm

I’d have a tasting. I’d probably eat them as they are, but I might cover some ginger or biscotti. Yum.


InnaC December 14, 2008 at 11:37 pm

Sounds delicious!


Lori December 14, 2008 at 11:55 pm

Ooh, that looks so good. I like chocolate covered … any kind of fruit. Strawberries, blueberries…. ๐Ÿ™‚


Danielle December 15, 2008 at 12:02 am

I think a good old fashioned chocolate fondue with some good friends (strawberries and other fruit like pineapple.


Darius T. Williams December 15, 2008 at 12:14 am

OMG – I want chocolate – and this looks good!


One Creative Queen December 15, 2008 at 12:50 am

Oh…this looks better than, what was that again? lol I would really try to save the bars to make something utterly fantastic – but in all honesty, would most likely end up eating them…after I put the kids to bed. It would be my secret indulgence for a week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for this – I’ve never had chocolate covered oranges – but they sound way delish!!



Amy December 15, 2008 at 1:28 am

I would make some chocolate dipped biscotti. Yum!


Meg December 15, 2008 at 2:17 am

oh my! With such impressive chocolate, I’d have to attempt a delicious chocolate ganace-covered cheesecake or perhaps a semisweet chocolate mousse!


ikkinlala December 15, 2008 at 3:15 am

May Canadians enter? I would eat them plain, sharing with them with my family.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca


Candes December 15, 2008 at 4:13 am

I would use the Ocumare Grand Cru Dark Chocolate to make chocolate covered macadamia nuts. YUM!!!


Susan December 15, 2008 at 8:53 am

I would cover oranges and strawberries for sure but I think I would really like to cover my own coffee beans. I never tried it but I think I can make them just as good as the ones I buy! Yum!


Judy@nofearentertaining December 15, 2008 at 10:56 am

I would love to try this!!! besides eating them the possibilities are endless!!!


Megan December 15, 2008 at 11:14 am

After seeing the chocolate covered oranges, I woulld try that. And take them to Christmas dinner.


Jennifer December 15, 2008 at 11:18 am

YUM! If I won the bars, I would put them in my three sons’s Christmas stocking and my husband’s.

knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com


Allie December 15, 2008 at 11:27 am

I would make my husband some chocolate covered strawberries.

I’m making the chocolate covered oranges since I had some leftover from another project that I needed the peel for!


Dayna December 15, 2008 at 11:36 am

oooh orangettes… and chocolate covered ginger for Christmas!
I’ve tried to get this chocolate so many times. Tried to get it directly and it NEVER showed… twice!
Must be good! I think the mailman ate it.


one frugal lady December 15, 2008 at 1:16 pm

All I gotta say is YUM! These look so great! I am actually drooling right now! lol!


CherryPal: Computer Friend or Foe? December 15, 2008 at 2:07 pm

the chocolate covered grapefruit looks interesting…never tried that before! I love the old-fashioned fondue one too! ๐Ÿ™‚


Wonderful December 15, 2008 at 2:43 pm

I would make some nice hot chocolate, or give a bar to my boss in hopes of getting a raise!


Katherine Aucoin December 15, 2008 at 3:44 pm

I think I would have to look at them for a while before eating any…but chocolate and orange – yum! Talk about eye candy!


The Food Hunter December 15, 2008 at 5:47 pm

I would make the chocolate covered oranges and maybe some chocolate dipped strawberries.


Maria December 16, 2008 at 9:51 am

Wow this looks different but yummy!



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Looks so yummy! I never knew it is possible and I wonder how it taste. Wish someone also send me like that. Keep posting!



send gift Philippines November 8, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Love your chocolate giveaway it looks delicious good that I found it right. Keep posting!



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