Chocorangas - Be Happy!

Way back in the 1980's the word Gouranga started to appear on motorway bridges around the North of England and Scotland reportedly reaching around 150 bridges! It translates as a Hari Krishna word that means 'be happy' but it was a mystery who was doing it. I used to love looking out for it on long motorway journeys. There's a possible explanation of who did it here which I love.

The latest recipe I posted on the Cake Liberation Front recipe blog is a cross between a Jaffa cake, Bourbon and Highland Shortbread and when I was trying to think what to call them the word Chocoranga sprang to mind. Just like the word Gouranga your mouth automatically forms into a smile when you say it. They went into work as a bit of outreach baking and got lots of smiles and thumbs ups from all the non vegans there!



Makes around 16

1/2 cup of vegan sunflower margarine (recommend Vitalite)

1/2 cup of icing sugar

Couple of drops of vanilla extract

1 and ¼ cup of plain flour

¼ cup of cocoa powder

1/8 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/8 teaspoon of salt

½ cup of chocolate chips

zest of an orange

1 teaspooon of orange extract

Preheat the oven to 350f/ 180C.

Grease and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Beat the margarine until creamy. Add the vanilla + orange extracts and the icing sugar and beat again.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt and bicarbonate of soda.

Fold this mixture into the margarine mix in two batches. Add a bit more flour if too sticky. Fold in the chocolate chips and orange zest.

Roll out on a floured board into an oblong. Cut into fingers the size of traditional shortbread fingers and prick all over with a fork.

Transfer to the baking tray and bake for 12-14 minutes.

Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack.

Recipe by Caroline Turner


  1. My husband will love these-he's been bemoaning the loss of his beloved Jaffa cakes (we can't find them around here).

  2. They look so yummy, I love choc and orange together!

  3. I'm going to have to make those for my husband. He is such an orange/chocolate fan! Yummy! xox


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