A Chocolate Orange for Christmas…

A Chocolate Orange for Christmas A Chocolate Orange was my best gift this year, and here’s the story of why…

A Chocolate Orange for Christmas.

As far back as my memory allows (which, depending on the day, could be 41 years, or somewhere around 10 minutes), there was a Chocolate Orange in my stocking on Christmas day. Milk chocolate, because that was my favourite; I couldn’t stand dark – or plain, as it was called in the Seventies. I remember how my ‘tap to unwrap’ wasn’t enough at first, so I must have been small. Either that or I just got more desperate for the chocolate as I got older. And my favourite part was never the segments, but what I liked to think of as the core – that sometimes flaky, sometimes crunchy middle part that I would never give in to until the rest of the orange was finished. When Father Christmas graduated me to the status of adult and ceased his visits I still got a Chocolate Orange, though it began to appear under the tree, with my Dad’s scrawl on the wrapping paper.* When I left home, and returned with a boyfriend, or husband at Christmas, we’d both get one, though I rarely ate mine, because Dad could never remember which chocolate I preferred, and he couldn’t resist the variety. Christmas 5 years ago was the first time I didn’t get a Chocolate Orange. My Dad was gone, and I haven’t had one since. So when my children told me, standing in line at our local supermarket in the run-up to Christmas, that they’d never had a Chocolate Orange, and always wanted one, I made a point of letting Father Christmas know. He came up trumps, and the children were delighted with their first ever Chocolate Orange for Christmas. So a Chocolate Orange will always be my best Christmas present. It made me smile that their childhood now has a link with my own, and it made me remember my Dad on Christmas morning. Although heaven only knows what he’d make of the Popping Candy version! *Do all men write on the wrapping paper, refusing to use a gift tag? Actually Daddy even goes so far as to wrap his gifts 10 minutes before they’re due, and try to remember which is for whom by shape and shake alone! If you have a love of chocolate oranges, you might like to try this chocolate orange fudge recipe by my friend Cat. Sadly I never have enough left over – perhaps I need to buy a spare this year. And let me know in the comments if you have passed on a gift tradition to your own children. THANK YOU FOR READING If you’ve enjoyed this post and found it useful here are some ways you can say thanks and support Actually Mummy:
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12 thoughts on “A Chocolate Orange for Christmas…”

  1. LOVE this, so much family history in a simple chocolate gift! My kids always have a chocolate orange in their stockings too – kind of a modern twist to the traditional satsuma to me!

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  2. I love chocolate oranges and have had one every year for as long as I can remember too…..I agree the core is the best bit! It’s something special! What a nice story….So lovely to read what it means to you x

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  3. Lovely to read your story of orange chocolate, lovely memories… & yes I agree poppin candy NOOO!! Orange Chocolate is my ultimate favourite chocolate, no one in my family gets stuck on what to buy me for my birthday/xmas any sort of orange chocy will do! My tradition has been passed down also to my daughter & son who receive a Terrys Orange in their stockings… with a real one of course, but I know which one will get eaten first! ha :0)

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  4. Snap with you and Kim. I always got given a chocolate orange by my father, who would physically hand us all one, including my mother. When they split up it stopped, and my chocolate oranges have been a bit sporadic since, but all of the children got one this year, and they let me have a segment. The core fascinated me and was definitely the best bit – my children wouldn’t hand that over though!

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  5. When I saw this picture, I just couldn’t resist opening the post! I adore chocolate oranges and despite buying my husband one most years, he never seems to get the hint by buying one in return! I just eat his 😉 Lovely story x

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  6. Oh, this almost brought a tear to my eye. I hope you are still continuing with the tradition? It’s Peppermint Aero that reminds me of my Dad as it was my treat on a Saturday night. He passed away when I was 8 yrs old so it’s a long embedded connection. My daughter bought me some mini cheesecakes the other day and one had a chunk of peppermint Aero and 46 years later I’m still reminded of my Dad. x

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    • Oh gosh Anne that’s so sad. I can’t imagine losing a parent so young. Funny the little things that bring them back to us isn’t it? Yes we still do chocolate oranges. I’m hoping it will be a forever kind of tradition in our family!

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