Orange Cannoli Sundaes with Halo Mandarin Oranges

{Disclosure:  This is a sponsored campaign on behalf of Halo Mandarin oranges.  This recipe, photos, and my opinions are 100% my own.}
Did you know that one hundred years ago, oranges were one of the most requested Christmas gifts by children?  Every good little girl and boy wanted a fresh orange in their stocking!  Delicious juicy Halo mandarin oranges are readily available in grocery stores now, but one hundred years ago oranges were a treasured treat only St. Nicholas could bring.    
The tradition of oranges, as part of Christmas, dates back even older than one hundred years ago. In the early days of Christmas celebrations, legend told that St. Nicholas would place gold coins in stockings hung by the fire. By morning, the gold would melt into a big gold ball.  Oranges, being such a delicacy, became symbolic of the St. Nicholas gold.
Today, I can purchase Halo mandarins oranges at our local grocery, so my son can have “treasured” gold in his lunch box, my husband can have “treasured” gold at the office, and I can have “treasured” gold while I work at home. We eat them fresh peeled, peeled and frozen, and I use them in many of my recipes.  Halo mandarin oranges smell so fresh, we even stud them with whole cloves and hang them from our Christmas tree, to make the whole room smell wonderful.
We have several families coming during Christmas and New Years this year, and I do not want to spend all my time in the kitchen.  I created this Cannoli Sundae recipe as a lighter alternative to Christmas pies or cookies, and this is super kid-friendly!  Cannoli sundaes are easy to make, and can be made ahead of time and chilled in the refrigerator.  The fresh orange peel in the ricotta cream is refreshing, and the orange pieces kissed with chocolate sauce on the top of the sundae add just the right touch to the sundae.  
  • 22 oz. Ricotta Cheese (Part Skim)
  • 2 c. Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Fresh grated orange peel
  • 1 tsp. Almond Extract
  • 1 tsp. Fresh Squeezed Halo Mandarin Orange Juice
  • 1/8 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. Miniature Semi-sweet chocolate Chips
  • Waffle Ice Cream Bowls
  • 3-4 Halo Mandarin Oranges
  • Chocolate Sauce 
Grate the orange peel using a small hole grater or a zester.  When you add fresh orange zest to your recipes, you will notice an immediate difference, as the fresh peel releases those wonderful orange oils into your dish!  (Your hands will smell wonderful too!)  
Squeeze the fresh orange juice.  
Mix the ricotta cheese, confectioners sugar, orange peel, and almond extract with a mixer, until smooth.  
Add the orange juice and cinnamon and mix another minute or two.  Stir in the miniature chocolate chips.  
Refrigerate ricotta cheese mixture for about two hours, then spoon 3-4 Tablespoons of the Cannoli mixture into each waffle bowl.  Peel the Halo oranges and remove the white pith.  Break the oranges into segments, and arrange in a pretty design on the top of the cannoli mixture.  Drizzle with chocolate sauce and serve immediately, or place the filled waffle bowls in the refrigerator until ready to eat. 
 Do you family a favor and add some “treasure” into their holiday, with Halo Mandarin oranges!  

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Julie is the Arizona-based lifestyle writer/editor of A Cork, Fork, & Passport. She is an accomplished chef, traveler, kid wrangler, dachshund chaser, and social media expert.
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