Orange & Chocolate Greek Halvas


«This recipe is filled with orange hues that go amazingly with the cinnamon in the syrup. I added chocolate chips… feeling like a smooth brownie…»

Greek Halvas is always a safe, fast and super tasty dessert recipe for any time of the day or the year! For any occasion and for all likings! It is foolproof no matter how much or little sugar syrup you add. It is also versatile since you can add any kind of flavors, zest, nuts, chocolate chips or glazed fruits you like.


This recipe is filled with orange hues that go amazingly with the cinnamon in the syrup. I messed with the recipe a bit and added chocolate chips – because chocolate + orange= L.F.E – that melted, turned the dessert in a dark tone and brought all the flavors together. I  also added sunflower seeds to bring a little crunchiness to the texture.


I overdid it with the syrup, I must have miscounted the number of glasses of water, so it came out a bit mellow feeling like a smooth brownie…And this is more than alright, right? I recommend that you eat it cold from the fridge to experience all the sensations to the fullest!

Let me remind you that in all the halvas recipes, and as I mentioned in my previous Halvas Bounty, there is a specific count of the basic ingredients included. It’s the 1-2-3- 4  combination translated into the amount of water glasses for oil-sugar-semolina-water respectively.

See how mellow it seems? It was smooth velvet heaven!


  • 1 glass vegetable oil
  • 2 glasses semolina, coarse
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 bar of sunflower seed candy (παστέλι με ηλιόσπορο), crushed

for the sugar syrup

  • 3 glasses sugar
  • 4 glasses water
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4-5 clove sticks


  1. Put all the ingredients for the syrup in a medium pot and boil for 5′-8′.
  2. When the syrup is ready, turn the stove off and leave it on. Also, remove the cinnamon and clove sticks.
  3. In a large pot, add the oil and semolina and stir over medium heat until the semolina goldens up. Keep stirring not allowing it to burn.
  4. Lower the heat and gradually stirring add the syrup ladle by ladle. Be careful because there will be hot steam and hot drops splashing from the pot.
  5. Turn the heat off, remove from the stove and mix a bit more to help the temperature lower.
  6. In a cake mold or a pyrex pan sprinkle a little sunflower seeds candy and a few chocolate chips.
  7. In the pot of the halvas add the chocolate chips and the rest of the sunflower seeds candy and stir to incorporate them in the halvas mixture.
  8. Let it cool down for 3 hours or so.
  9. Place it in the fridge. (optional but recommended!)
  10. Enjoy the original greek recipe here .
That time I melted chocolate with butter and added it in the middle…
….and on top.
This time the chocolate chips melted and made the halvas darker.

Enjoyyyyyyy Greece in a spoonful!




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