Come December, we'd wager every lunch box has a clementine or two tucked inside of them. Alone they are a near-perfect snack, packaged by nature to require no extra containers, and thin-skinned and easy to peel for little hands. When you add an extra ingredient to the mix, clementines become a snack-time superstar. From chocolate to nuts, here's how to turn your clementines into a winning snack.
1. Dark Chocolate
Whether you pair a few squares of that fancy dark chocolate bar with your clementine, or dip the segments in melted chocolate, there's no doubt that the duo belongs together.
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2. Greek Yogurt
Make Greek yogurt a tangy dip for your favorite two-bite citrus fruit. Or toss the segments into your container and add a drizzle of honey.
3. Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is (finally) making a comeback, and there's nothing I'd rather top it with than a segmented clementine.
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Perhaps this comes as an unexpected pairing if you haven't tried it before, but we're sure you'll be convinced after eating a few slices of creamy avocado with sweet and tangy clementine segments. Or better yet, top your avocado toast with a few of these citrus segments.
5. Cured Meat
Take a cue from summer, when watermelon is in season, and give your clementines a ham hug. The rich, fatty, salty flavors from cured meat like prosciutto, salami, and speck perfectly complement the light and sweet pieces of clementine.
6. Ricotta Cheese
If I could pick just one companion for a clementine, it would be a scoop of creamy ricotta cheese. The fatty richness from the cheese is such a great balance with the sweet acidity of the fruit.
If a truly hearty snack is what you're after, mix the clementine segments into a small bowl of oats.
You already know chocolate and clementines are a magical match — here's another way to make it happen. Dip those clementine segments into your favorite chocolate spread for a sweet snack.
9. Goat Cheese
For those days you're in the mood for something a little more indulgent, add a swipe of rich and creamy goat cheese over the small segments.
Bring some crunch to snack time. The sweet nuttiness of almonds are a lifelong friend to the bright, citrusy flavor of clementines.
How you do snack on your clementines when they're in season?