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Boozy Blood Orange + Chocolate Shakes

blood orange + chocolate shakes | the vanilla bean blog


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blood orange + chocolate shakes | the vanilla bean blog
‘I took my girl’s hand
In mine for two blocks,
Then released it to let
Her unwrap the chocolate.
I peeled my orange
That was so bright against
The gray of December
That, from some distance,
Someone might have thought
I was making a fire in my hands.’
-Gary Soto, ‘Oranges’

blood orange + chocolate shake | the vanilla bean blog

Blood Orange and Chocolate Shake Recipe

boozy blood orange + chocolate shakes

If the shake is too thick for your liking, you can add more blood orange juice until you get the desired consistency. This makes 2 large shakes or 3-4 smaller-sized shakes.
Sarah Kieffer
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  • 2 ounces 57g bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 4 cups 907g vanilla ice cream
  • 1/3 cup 78ml blood orange juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons triple sec
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt


For the Chocolate

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Melt the chocolate (in the microwave or on the stove top), stirring frequently until smooth.
  • Remove from the heat and pour the mixture onto the prepared pan. Use an offset spatula to smooth it out slightly.
  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer and let it set and chill, about 10 minutes.
  • Once firm, chop the chocolate into small pieces. Work quickly - the chocolate will begin to melt as you chop it.

For the Shake

  • Put the ice cream, blood orange juice, triple sec, vanilla, and salt in a blender.
  • Blend until the ingredients are combined.
  • Add the chopped bittersweet chocolate and blend again until combined.
  • Pour into glasses and serve.


Melting the chocolate ruins the chocolate’s temper, and will keep the chocolate cold when frozen, but will then melt smooth and soft in your mouth. It’s worth the extra step.
I used 2 tablespoons of Triple Sec for a light boozy flavor, but feel free to add more if desired.

boozy blood orange + chocolate shakes | the vanilla bean blog

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    Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    5 stars
    I need to try making this soon ? Orange and chocolate is such a great combo!

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    Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Wow! blood oranges and chocolate! What a surprising combination. Looks so so good. xoxo

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    Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land
    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 11:44 am

    5 stars
    Beautiful, Sarah. I love the simplicity of this post. xo

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    Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    This is one of my favorite flavor combinations but I’ve never thought to make it into a shake. This looks amazing.

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    Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 9:50 am

    This looks awesome! I need to try making this soon ?

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    Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I love that Gary Soto poem so very much, and have for years. It is just so sweet and vibrant… much like your stunning photos. <3

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    Linda Mueller
    Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 9:54 am

    5 stars
    Sounds like a relaxing after dinner drink, in small glasses. Yum!

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    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Orange and chocolate is such a great combo!

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