My girlfriend has recently found out she has a number of allergies and her favourite thing to eat at Christmas time is a Terry's chocolate orange with popping candy...

I would like to re create this for her this Christmas all boxed up exactly how a chocolate orange would come... However she has an allergy to oranges so she can not have oranges or orange extract..

Is there any orange free orange substitutes I could use to add to the chocolate to make this work?

Many thanks :)

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    It's impossible to know how to answer this without knowing what she is allergic to in oranges. Is it the citric acid, or something else? Is she also allergic to other citrus fruits, fruits and vegetables?
    – GdD
    Oct 26, 2016 at 9:59
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    She is not allergic to any other citrus fruits that I'm aware of Oct 26, 2016 at 10:48
  • And she is allergic to onions, barley and dairy! Oct 26, 2016 at 10:49
  • Onions? Get some asafoetida now :) Oct 26, 2016 at 14:19
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    I'm just curious, what's the science behind this, since Terry's has orange oil? Did she used to not be allergic, or is she not allergic to the oil (if not you could use that)
    – Patrick
    Oct 27, 2016 at 19:19

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It is difficult to be sure what will work without knowing more about the specific allergies in question, but there a few things you might check, if they may not trigger her allergy.

Orange flower water, also called orange blossom water, is one possibility - this will certainly be orange themed. You might also look at orange blossom honey, which again gets the flavor from orange blossoms. Since these are made with the flowers, rather than the fruit, it may avoid whatever is specifically triggering the allergy - on the other hand, since it is the product of the same tree (usually the bitter orange tree), it may contain the trigger anyway.

You might also look at other citrus fruit, if the allergy is limited to oranges - this will not be a perfect substitute unless you can find somethign within the family quite close to oranges, it will actually taste like the citrus you used, but it may be quite good. I'm not sure if tangerines or clementines (mandarin orange, C reticulatata, varieties) will count towards an orange allergy, they are certainly connected, and will again give a very orange-like flavor, but might be different enough they may not trigger the allergy if it is specific to oranges, of the bitter (C aurantium) or sweet (C sinesis) varieties. Likewise, you may look at pomelo (C maximus or grandis), the citron (C medica), or the papadea subcategory which seem to be the closest to oranges in the citrus family tree, to see if any of them might be suitible.

Going further afield, sweet lemon variants may make a fair subsitute - either limatta or sweet lemon or meyer lemon might give a good final product even if it isn't specifically orangey.

I saw a recipe that used carrot juice, apricots, and pineapple juice to make an orange-juice substitute, I don't know how the flavors, rather than the appearance, actually matches up - but you can look into it if you think it might work.

I hope you find something that works well. Good luck.


Not a direct answer, but a suggested approach:

Fruit flavors have a lot to do with the aroma from organic compounds called esthers (on top of the sweet and sour taste elements). There are a lot of tables and charts like https://jameskennedymonash.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/infographic-table-of-esters-and-their-smells/, you can use the combined information to try making similar flavor profiles. This particular chart hints at orange flavors being mostly about the octyl/nonyl group, and while the exact compounds seem to be uncommon in anything else, there are a few hints to be taken. There's the parsnip, who shares some of the, for lack of a better description, turpentine-like quality of oranges. A lot of the stuff in the octyl/nonyl column would usually be considered to pair very well with oranges - cocoa, butter, coconut. The candle is probably best introduced to the dinner table separately. Both (parsnip and orange) are known to pair great with cinnamon. Using well known pairings also tends to make the eater fill in the gaps.

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