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May 22, 2017

Quick + Easy Chocolate Orange Bark Recipe

Quick + Easy Chocolate Orange Bark Recipe

This deliciously quick and easy, orange-infused chocolate bark has an ulterior motive.

Last week I was in Ottawa for work and I tacked on a few extra days to my trip so I could visit my friend Ashley.  Since moving from Ottawa I've visited her every year but the gaps between visits widens as we both get busier, so I was so thrilled to capitalize on this opportunity to see her.  We always squeeze in some shopping and crafting (Exhibit A and Exhibit B), but spend most of our time just chatting and catching up.  She recently started selling doTERRA brand essential oils and I use a lot of essential oils in my crafts on the blog (like my DIY air freshener, my handmade soap experiments, and my pretty soy candles), so this time we chatted a lot about essential oils.  Because she's starting her own business, I shared my knowledge about connecting with people on social media, taking styled product photos and - of course - we brainstormed a ton of fun projects.  Ashley taught me all about the difference in quality between doTERRA oils and the (much, much) cheaper kinds of essential oils I've been using in my DIYs.  I learned about the true cost of making quality essential oils - especially when a company like doTERRA empowers growers and cultivates healthy working relationships. 

But I still wasn't sold on the massive price difference, so to demonstrate the quality Ashley whipped up this delicious chocolate orange bark using a doTERRA brand essential oil.

You can pretty much convince me of anything if there's chocolate or turquoise involved!

I had never in my life made chocolate bark, but it was so delicious that I wanted to share it with you.  If you're looking for a pretty dessert to whip up in two seconds flat, you might want to try this easy chocolate bark recipe.  It's simple to make but looks so fancy!  Here's what you need:


Quick + Easy Chocolate Orange Bark Recipe

Making this chocolate bark is too easy to even call this a recipe: simply melt the baking chocolate on low heat in a small pot, add 6 drops of orange essential oil and combine well, then pour into a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Let cool a few minutes and top with orange zest and shredded coconut.

Quick + Easy Chocolate Orange Bark Recipe

Pop into the freezer for a couple of hours and - ta da!  World's easiest dessert!  But it tastes phenomenal - dangerously addictive, with a very satisfying orange flavor. 

Quick + Easy Chocolate Orange Bark Recipe
Quick + Easy Chocolate Orange Bark Recipe
Quick + Easy Chocolate Orange Bark Recipe

I've only ever cooked/baked with extracts, not oils, so this was a fun experiment!  Have you ever tried cooking with essential oils?

I have so many more DIY projects in the bath and beauty realm I'm excited to try, so I'm definitely tempted to start splurging on better quality essential oils.  Until my conversations with Ashley, I didn't realize how many fillers and harmful contaminants were lurking in essential oils marketed as "pure". 

But darn it, the prices are so intimidating!  It makes sense though, if 30lbs of lavenders are what's required to make 15ml of oil...  Plus doTERRA reportedly has excellent relationships with farmers, who are paid fair wages and have healthy working conditions.  I will always pay more for a product if I know that the money goes to workers.  And, really, you need so little that a bottle really goes a long way! 

Quick + Easy Chocolate Orange Bark Recipe

If you're going to experiment with some essential oil recipes or DIYs, or pop some oil into a pretty diffuser to naturally add a fabulous aroma to your home, check the ingredients and quality of the essential oils you buy because some brands actually contain really toxic stuff.  If you've been intrigued by doTERRA and the concept of a high quality oil, I'd love to put you in touch with my friend Ashley, a new Wellness Advocate for the brand (the only way to purchase these oils - the "doTERRA" labeled products available on Amazon are knock offs).  It doesn't matter where you live in the world, she can set you up and she's just so, so knowledgeable about the products and company.  She has actually worked in health advocacy for much of her career, so she's especially interested in the health benefits of essential oils and uses them to enhance her family's wellness (like using certain oils as a decongestant for mild colds and diffusing calming aromas to help her family relax and unwind).   

Plus she'll ply you with goodies, so there's that added incentive...
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10 comments

  1. Very interesting post. It is troubling to me that knock-offs are being sold. It's difficult to really know what you are getting and what lurks inside the product. Thank you for linking us up with the real thing. That chocolate looks amazing.

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    1. I had no idea this was a thing people would want to knock off, lol. Such a new world to me! But my friend has a strong background in health and wellness so I feel confident about her recommendations and feel good about connecting people with her.

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  2. Oh, I love chocolate with orange! I wonder if this would work with a dark chocolate?

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    1. Definitely! You can grab any kind of baking chocolate to make this work well - we used semisweet but unsweetened would be amazing too :)

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  3. I enjoy your blog, but it's really disappointing to see you advertising for a multi level marketing company. Additionally, it's not recommended to consume essential oils: https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/aromatherapy/are-essential-oils-safe

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    1. I'm just sharing what I learned from my friend, who joined doTERRA as a way to spread her crazy authentic passion for the essential oils she uses and support her family financially.

      She and I had been talking shop my whole visit (social media, content, photography, recipes) and I was so thrilled to share her bark as a blog post because I loved it :)

      I have read about consuming essential oils but how Ash explained it, it's about quality. When other brands mix toxic garbage in there it's not safe to eat but when it's pure and properly used, it can be safely consumed. But I always encourage people to do their own research.

      I'm bummed you're disappointed and I really value the feedback, but I don't see anything inappropriate about helping my good friend grow her biz and get a fun little bit of blog content for myself.

      I wasn't compensated or paid for this at all for this post from the brand.

      But thanks for the comment because I do really value your feedback and input!

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  4. Mmmm! I do love chocolate and orange- such a delicious combination.
    I absolutely agree about spending more to support fair wages for producers. I love the quality, convenience and supporting local when I buy at our farmers market and farm store. I pay extra for quality and just will consume less if I can't afford it otherwise. Please consider the same for chocolate- child labour is a huge issue in the chocolate industry and big brands are doing little other than lip service to address it. I buy fair trade cocoa, as well as, chocolate and chocolate chips. Look for the the fair trade certification.
    Sorry, I don't like to soapbox my concerns on someone else's platform but I do consider it a legimate issue and you did mention fair wages for goods, so I was compelled. I don't want to be preachy, just informing.
    I have heard that consuming essential oils is not recommended, not even high grade. Aromatherapists strongly urge against it while often the producers of top quality oils will promote it, as a measure of their purity. The concern isn't about quality or contaminants but potency. Essential oil are therapeutic and their effects are quite potent and not typically meant for ingestion. I don't know who's right on this one but I err on the side of caution.
    Keep the recipes coming- you always offer lovely and different treats.

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    1. I appreciate the information! I don't honestly purchase a lot of chocolate because of my sugar free/low sugar inclination, so I tend to come by it when friends and family bribe me with it lol. I have sometimes focused on fair trade labelling, sometimes looking for organic instead/in addition but I have not made a concerted effort when I shop. I buy from local chocolatiers when I can - not knowing where their beans are from - but I admit to buying Skor bars at the movies! Still trying to stick to minimal sugar anyway these days, but it's a struggle...

      Concerning the potency of essential oils, as I understand it IS (partly) about what's in it and whether it's intended for consumption (the additives are, apparently, a huge issue) but you are right about the strength as well. From what I understand, the method of how and how much is consumed is key.

      It is definitely sold by the brand for consumption (with rules) for which they've had to jump through hoops from Health Canada, but I always recommend people do their research. For most things in life, dosage is important for safety. But, again, I would never want to convince anyone to try something they have doubts about, but having done the research myself and read both sides I am comfortable with using essential oils in a recipe such as this.

      Thanks though, as always, for your insightful comments! I always enjoy a genuine interaction, even if people don't agree, over a generic "that's cool!" comment :)

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