10 Things to Pair with Clementines for a Winning Snack

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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.

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.

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3. Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is (finally) making a comeback, and there’s nothing I’d rather top it with than a segmented clementine.

4. Avocado

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.

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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.

7. Oatmeal

If a truly hearty snack is what you’re after, mix the clementine segments into a small bowl of oats.

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8. Nutella

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.

10. Almonds

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?