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Valentine’s Day Romantic Pistachio Pairing with Dark Chocolate Covered Mandarins

Disclosure: By posting this pairing I am entering a contest sponsored by Pistachio Health Institute and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

In-shell pistachios are awesome because they’re so versatile. Seriously, they’re macho enough to hang for game day and sexy enough to keep you company on Valentine’s Day. Plus, you get 49 nuts in one serving! Now, that’s what I call a deal. This month, the Pistachio Health Institute challenged us to create unique food + drink pairings for in-shell pistachios and in case you missed my game-day snack pairing, check it out here.

With love in the air and Valentine’s Day creeping up quickly, I decided to use romanticism for inspiration for this particular pairing.

Valentine’s Day Romantic Pistachio Pairing: in-shell pistachios + dark chocolate covered mandarins + moscato


This pairing is super easy. I simply dipped peeled mandarins into melted dark chocolate and sprinkled with a few crushed pistachios. The mandarins + dark chocolate are sweet and tart while the in-shell pistachios are salty for that sweet + salty combo that we all crave.

The drink I used was Oddero’s 2012 Moscato D’Asti because frankly everyone deserves a little bubbly on V-Day. That, and its peach notes really brighten the citrus flavor of the mandarins.


I love mandarins because they are made in the U.S. (compared to Spanish clementines) and unlike clementines that can get dried out easily, mandarins are extra juicy and easier to peel (bonus points!).


In search of more dessert recipes for Valentines Day or the next any day occasion? See below for more mouth-watering desserts:

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Almond Butter Cups

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Almond Butter Cups

No Bake Vegan Apple Pie Bars

No Bake Vegan Apple Pie Bars

No Bake Matcha Cheesecake Bites

No Bake Matcha Cheesecake Bites

I’m a nutrition coach and yoga teacher helping people to learn to love food again. I love cooking, taking pictures of my food and traveling around the world. Follow my blog for delicious, seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. And check out my e-book to learn how to improve your health through nutrition and yoga. Show me what deliciousness you make! Tag me @karalydonRD on Instagram.


  1. Kathy Trella-Newland

    This looks delicious!

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  3. Yum! That looks amazing! Interesting about the mandarins. I always thought they have pits, whereas clementines usually don’t.

  4. I think beer or bourbon would compliment also, maybe its just me

  5. So interesting about manderines vs clementines! Thanks for enlightening us! Also love the pairing note about the peach flavors brightening the citrus. I LOVE tasting notes…makes drinking bubbly even MORE fun! (IS that possible?!)

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