The marvelous merger of orange and chocolate gets even better when you pair blood oranges' raspberry nuances with dark chocolate and a little Campari for complexity. The herbal, slightly bitter liqueur also helps keep the sorbet from getting icy.

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Credit: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Emma Star Jensen

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1 hr 15 mins
4 hrs
5 hrs 15 mins
Makes 1 qt. (serving size: 3/4 cup)


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  • Zest 2 oranges and set zest aside. Cut all oranges in half crosswise and juice enough to make 3 cups.

  • Heat 3/4 cup orange juice, the sugar, and corn syrup in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in zest, remaining juice, and the Campari. Nest pan in a bowl of ice water, stirring occasionally, until mixture is cold, about 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, melt chocolate in a shallow metal bowl set over a saucepan with about 1 in. barely simmering water. Set a sheet of parchment paper flat on a baking sheet. Spread chocolate on top in a 7-in. square. Freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes; keep in freezer.

  • Freeze juice mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a metal bowl, cover, and freeze 1 hour. Break up chocolate into pieces about 1/2 by 1 in. Stir sorbet to blend, then fold in chocolate with a flexible spatula until evenly distributed. Freeze until sorbet is firm enough to scoop, at least 3 more hours. Stir well one more time before serving.

  • Make ahead: Up to 1 week; before serving, let stand at room temperature 15 to 20 minutes to soften.

Chef's Notes

Recipe is gluten free if made with gluten-free chocolate.

Nutrition Facts

270 calories; calories from fat 11%; protein 1.1g; fat 3.4g; saturated fat 2.7g; carbohydrates 56g; fiber 0.8g; sodium 23mg.