Spreading Sunshine and Smiles – Dried Mandarin Oranges

This post is sponsored by Cuties

Dried Mandarin Oranges - CutiesThese Cuties are dried and dipped in chocolate for a refreshing snack great for road trips and summer smiles. 

I’m so ready for the warmer weather to return. With the warm weather comes outdoor fun in the sun and playing with friends. We are gearing up for a warm weather road trip to the happiest place on Earth, so I thought I would make some snacks to bring in the car. These mandarin oranges are dried so that we can take them anywhere. With a bit of chocolate, this tangy treat becomes a delicious dessert. 

The flowers have started making an appearance in our yard and when Cuties start hitting the shelves of the grocery store I know that Spring and Summer are just around the corner. This means spending time outside with the neighboorhood and letting the kids play together. Bringing a bag of Cuties out into the yard for everyone to share. Cuties are easy to peel and seedless so they are the perfect snack for busy kiddos. They never last long in my house for sure. 

Cuties are celebrating their return from the California groves with 100 Days of Sunshine. They want to inspire random acts of kindness and brighten someone’s day. You can make a difference in your community by showing kindness and giving back. Send a box of Cuties to your child’s class for a sweet healthy treat. Send a few boxes to your local food bank so a family has some fresh citrus. Take some time to volunteer while you’re there to help out. We like to do the lunch program at our local Y because they help to feed kids that rely on the school to feed them.  Or just gather with your neighborhood kids like we do to enjoy each other’s company while soaking up the sunshine. Cuties

To make this yummy snack you will need some ripened Cuties. 

We make all of our dried fruit in our dehydrator, but you can also make these in the oven if you have one that can go below 200. The ideal temperature is 165 °F. It takes about 8 hours for them to dry out when they are the wedges. That time was cut in half with the sliced fruit. 

You can make these in two different ways. Peel the fruit and use the individual slices or you can cut the fruit into slices. You can even eat the peels this way. I decided to make them both ways to see if there was a difference in flavor. Just the individual slices are nice and tangy while the cut fruit with the peel is a little sweeter. We also dipped half of our batch in chocolate to counteract any tangy flavor. My husband loves the tangy dried fruit though so I left some for him to enjoy on our trip. Dried Mandarin Oranges - Cuties

How will you show a random act of kindness? 




Meghan Cooper
Meghan Cooperhttps://jamonkey.com
Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.


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  1. Our son is a huge fan of Cuties. We love when they’re on sale at Kroger, then we can enjoy them for a week! He likes them for snack after school. I like to add them to a refreshing bottle of water for a fruit infusion.


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