Candied Orange Peels are confections that are a tantalizing combination of sweet and bitter. Orange peels definitely have a bite but when combined with a sugar syrup, the pairing works amazingly well. It’s a decadent sweet treat that is all-natural with just 2 ingredients: fresh oranges and sugar. Did you know orange peels have lots of vitamins and minerals like calcium, copper, magnesium, vitamins A, B and dietary fiber? Don’t throw away these enriched rinds. Use them in this super-easy recipe to make this delicious sweet treat!
Notes on the Recipe, Tips and Tricks
Oranges with a thicker skin like navel oranges work really well in this recipe.
I prefer organic oranges for this recipe as they are pesticide-free. Be sure to wash well or use a fruit and vegetable wash for good measure.
3 large oranges yield approximately 6-7 oz of orange peels. After cooking, you’ll have approximately 8-9 oz of candy.
The rule of thumb is 1/4 cup sugar per 1 large orange. If you would like the candy sweeter, add more sugar.
Be sure to cook the orange peels until they are completely dry. Otherwise they may become moist during storage. If this happens, cook again over Low heat until completely dry.
Store in an air-tight container. The Candied Orange Peels should keep for up to 1 month.
3 large organic navel oranges, approximately 1 1/2 lbs
3/4 cup sugar
Wash oranges thoroughly using warm water. Pat dry using a kitchen towel.
Cut off the ends using a paring knife. Score the orange cutting just the skin. Continue making vertical cuts around the orange cutting each section about 1-inch wide. Remove the orange peel following the cut lines. Optionally, cut away some of the pith. Cut the peel into thin strips about 1/4-inch wide.
Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Add the orange peels and swirl in the boiling water for 1 minute. Transfer the peels to a bowl of ice water. Let soak for 2 minutes. Drain in a colander and toss a few times to remove any remaining water. Place the peels between paper towels and blot dry.
Transfer the peels to a large bowl and add the sugar. Combine together and making sure the peels are evenly coated with sugar. Let rest for 1 hour.
Transfer the peels and syrup into a large skillet. Bring the syrup to a boil over High heat (approximately 2-3 minutes) and then reduce the heat to Low. Stir every 2-3 minutes to keep the syrup from burning. Slowly cook-off the syrup. (This takes approximately 15 minutes.)
When the sugar starts to recrystallize, stir more frequently to keep the sugar from burning. (This is about 20 minutes into the cooking process.) When the peels are completely dry and the pieces no longer stick together, turn off the heat. (Total cooking time is about 25 minutes.)
Transfer the peels to a wire rack and allow to cool for 20 minutes before enjoying.
Yields: 3-4 servings, approximately 8 oz candy
Tools I Love and Use in My Kitchen
For an even more decadent treat, dip the Candied Orange Peels in dark chocolate.
Here’s what you’ll need: 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips.
Using a double-boiler over Medium Low heat, melt the chocolate chips until you have a smooth and creamy sauce. Reduce the heat to Low. Dip the candy in the chocolate sauce and swirl to coat it evenly. Place the dipped peel on a piece of parchment paper. Continue dipping until all peels are done. Occasionally stir the chocolate sauce. Allow to cool for 30 minutes or until the chocolate hardens.
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