Mar 15
2013

Cara Cara Orange & Blueberry Greek Yogurt Parfaits + A Giveaway!

in Dessert, Fruits & Vegetables, Giveaway, Oyatsu/Snack

Cara Cara Orange and Blueberry Yogurt Parfaits

We’re citrus fanatics in the Fuji household, and so we love the winter months when citrus season is at its peak.  The Fujilings love helping out in the kitchen when any citrus is involved, knowing that they’ll get to snack on whatever citrus we’re cooking with as we go.  One of the varieties we’ve fallen in the love with is the Cara Cara Navel orange, available December through April, which has been gaining in popularity here in the US. Cara Cara oranges are a cross between the Washington navel and the Brazilian Bahia navel, and was first found growing on an orange tree in 1976 at Hacienda Cara Cara in Venezuela (thus the name).

Cara Cara Oranges

It was introduced to the US shortly after, and is now grown in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Cara Caras look like other navels on the outside, with a smooth, lightly pebbled peel that is aromatic when zested. But when you cut one open, that is when the Cara Cara really starts to stand out—its flesh is a beautiful pinkish orange and is low in acidity, making it exceptionally sweet. Cara Caras are easy to peel and seedless, making them a fantastic orange for children. On top of all of that, one medium Cara Cara also provides 150% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C (which is why Sunkist Growers calls Cara Caras “The Power Orange”).

Cara Cara Orange being supremed

In celebration of its 120th Anniversary, Sunkist Growers has launched The Power Orange® Challenge encouraging a taste discovery and trial of the Cara Cara Navel orange. When they approached me about helping promote the challenge, it was an easy yes since we were already Cara Cara fans. Sunkist is inviting consumers to try a delicious Cara Cara and share their first taste via video submission from now until April 7, 2013 for a chance to win national fame and cash prizes (the Grand Prize winner gets $5,000!).  See The Power Orange Challenge page for all of the details!

The Power Orange Challenge

We made our own video, showing off one of the Fujilings favorite afternoon treats—a yogurt parfait made with Chobani Blueberry Greek Yogurt mixed with Cara Cara orange juice, and layered with fresh Cara Cara orange segments and crushed speculoos cookies.

Squirrel juicing Cara Cara oranges

I think part of the reason the Fujilings love them so much is that they can do most of the work themselves…and who doesn’t love to make a mess and then reap the delicious rewards afterwards?

To help get you into the spirit of the challenge, I’m having a little Cara Cara Orange Giveaway (details after the recipe)!

Cara Cara Orange and Chobani Blueberry Yogurt Parfaits

Print This Recipe

Cara Cara Orange & Blueberry Greek Yogurt Parfaits

Makes 3 servings

1 cup blueberry Greek yogurt (our favorite is made by Chobani)
1/4 cup Cara Cara orange juice
6 speculoos cookies
1 Cara Cara orange

1. Whisk the Greek yogurt together with the Cara Cara orange juice in a small bowl until fully combined, then set aside.

2. Place the speculoos cookies in a heavy resealable plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush the cookies into small pieces by rolling back and forth.

3. Supreme the Cara Cara orange—use a thin, sharp knife to remove the zest and pith, then cut between the membranes to remove the orange segments. (For a visual step-by-step tutorial, see How to Segment an Orange.)

4. Put a teaspoon of the speculoos cookie crumbs at the bottom of three small glasses. Add several tablespoons of the yogurt mixture. Place two Cara Cara orange wedges on top of the yogurt, then start the layering process over again with the speculoos cookies. Continue layering the cookie crumbs, yogurt, and orange sections in each glass until the ingredients have been used up, finishing with cookie crumbs and an orange section. Serve immediately.

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Cara Cara Power Orange Challenge Giveaway

Sunkist Cara Cara Power Orange Challenge Giveaway

There will be one (1) lucky winner who will receive two $5 off coupons and a citrus peeler from Sunkist Growers.

  • Rules: The giveaway will close Monday, March 18th, 2013 at 12:00 am PST.  The giveaway is open to readers with a US mailing address. The winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.  To enter, please follow the steps below.

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*Disclosure: I was compensated by Sunkist Growers to help promote The Power Orange Challenge and this giveaway is sponsored by Sunkist Growers.  However all opinions are my own.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Bobbi March 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm

You always share the coolest stuff!

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Therese March 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm

These look delicious. Citrus sounds like just what I need right now!

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Fuji Nana March 15, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Those cute Fujilings need to come over and share their orange squeezing talents with me! This looks oh-so-yummy, much better than those fast food parfaits from The Place That Shall Not Be Named.

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sunnygrrlSB March 15, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I never thought of mixing yogurt & orange juice like that – interesting idea!

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Jayne March 16, 2013 at 1:14 am

This parfait is so pretty. I always love citrus with yogurt. Oranges are one of those citrus that I prefer fresh.

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Katherine March 16, 2013 at 3:30 am

I bet that parfait is delicious — great idea!

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Jan R March 16, 2013 at 7:44 am

Love parfaits…

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Ilana March 16, 2013 at 8:14 am

I’ve never tried a Cara Cara orange. They look great.

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Claire March 16, 2013 at 10:37 am

gorgeous pictures, they remind me of the sun! thanks a ton

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charj March 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I really like Cara Cara oranges

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Lizthechef March 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Beautiful – we are overloaded with oranges from our tree right now, but good luck with the contest!

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meredith March 16, 2013 at 5:37 pm

I love sunkist oranges!

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Amber March 16, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Yum!! We’re so far from fresh citrus it’s painful!! Our local grocery store is our supply, but I wish I could walk out to my back yard and pick an orange.

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Kenny March 17, 2013 at 11:20 am

The yogurt parfait looks so good! And the color of the Cara Caras is amazing!

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pam March 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm

i love cara cara oranges too!

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Lindsey March 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I’m going to have to try this! Yumm!

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Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs March 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm

These oranges look amazing! Looove greek yogurt in the morning. Thanks for the recipe!

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Nongtipa March 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I love parfaits!! I just had one with Mangos, greek yogurt, and granola on the side….Tasted just like a mango lassi :) with some crunch!!

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Julie March 18, 2013 at 11:42 pm

I love Cara Cara oranges (look forward to them every year and am sad when the season’s over), and I love Chobani (my favorite brand of yogurt!). And guess what else? I love Speculoos cookies! The spread is yummy, too. I’ll have to try this parfait. Thanks for the recipe, and thanks for having this giveaway!

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Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence March 19, 2013 at 11:32 am

I only just discovered Cara Cara Oranges this year. Love them!!

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Amy Tong March 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm

How delicious! I love citrus with my yogurt as well. :)

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Lynn March 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm

yummy…i would add a layer to fresh blueberries as well

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fujigrandma April 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

Rachael, I love reading your blog and trying some of the recipes. On the other hand your father’s makes me not want to eat lunch. Sorry Bob!

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