Orange Peel Candy

recipe for orange peel and chocolate candy

This is a section of our naval orange tree! It is absolutely loaded with sweet and juicy oranges.

When we sell our home and move up to our future homestead, the thing I will miss the most is our orange tree.  For the past 15 years (the tree is about 20 years old) we have been blessed with the sweetest, juciest and most abundant oranges one could ever wish for!  We did plant a Tango Mandarin in a large pot a couple of years ago and this year we will have our first actual harvest!

For years, our favorite dessert in the winter has been to sit down with 1/2 a Hershey’s Dark Chocolate bar (yes, we share one bar) and a big, juicy orange.

One bite of orange, one bite of chocolate.

Repeat.

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Recipe for candied orange peel and chocolate candy

A great book – lots of wonderful information and laugh out loud funny!

Over the holidays I read a new book I got from our library sale called The Quarter-Acre Farm – How I kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for A Year.  This is a really good book. Spring Warren, the author, lives in Davis, California, which is smack dab in the middle of Northern California – not far from where I am living right now!  Her writing style is very humorous and I found myself laughing out loud quite a bit!

Anyway – in the book she gives a recipe for Candied Orange Peel dipped in Chocolate.  Holy Cannoli – this sounded like a recipe from heaven and I just had to try it! candied orange peel in chocolate

The first thing to do, of course, is peel your oranges.  The recipe calls for the peel of six oranges…. no problem.  😀  I peeled mine in strips, then scraped most, but not all of the pith off.  The pith is where a lot of nutrients are, and since the peel is being candied, the pith won’t taste so…  well…  pithy.

chocolate covered candied orange peelThe next step is to place the orange peels in a pot, cover with water, boil, drain, boil again, drain and boil once more for a total of 3 times.  I guess this is to get a lot of the oils out of the peel (which can be bitter) and also to soften the peels a bit.  Then, I added about two cups of water and one cup of sugar to the pot, placed in the boiled orange peels, set the pot on the stove at the lowest simmer, and let it simmer for about an hour.

The author warns not to stir the orange peels while they are in the sugar solution or sugar crystals might precipitate on the peel.  You don’t want that.

How to candy orange peel

Then, either set out on parchment paper to dry or place in a dehydrator.  Either way, the orange peels will still be a bit tacky when dry (because of the sugar) but when you bite into them, they taste like a burst of orange flavor!  So good!  The texture is somewhat like a gummy bear, but a bit softer.  And they are translucent!  We almost ate all of the orange slices as they were!

The dehydrator pictured hererecipe for candied orange peel was given to Ray and I a few weeks ago by a wonderful couple, my daughter-in-law Wendy’s parents!  Jack and Donna are two of the most positive and kind people I know. They are always quick to lend a hand and I have always enjoyed spending time with them. I am so glad our son blessed us with Wendy and her family. However, these past few months have seen some trying times for the two, and if you have a moment, Jack needs some special prayer and good thoughts sent his way. Thanks.

As you can see, I also dried some bananas!

candied orange peel in chocolateNow to dip the now candied orange peel in chocolate (the ones that are left!) for the ultimate yum!  After heating some dark chocolate chips in the microwave to melt the chocolate, I dipped each piece and laid it on parchment paper.  I also dipped the banana chips.  I took the banana chips out of the dehydrator before they were totally done, so that they were still pliable and not crunchy.

Now doesn’t that look good!  Let me explain to you how good these are.

Well…  You see…  Hmmm…   No words can describe how good these are! 🙂

And to think I used to throw the orange peel in the compost pile!!!

orange peel and chocolate candy

Now that it’s orange season again, I hope you try this recipe!  Even if you don’t eat too many oranges, save the peel in the refrigerator (scrape off some of the pith first) in a fairly airtight container, and when you have enough you can try this.  You won’t be sorry!  I’m thinking of doing the same thing with lemon peel.  I wonder if it will be as good?

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27 thoughts on “Orange Peel Candy

  1. Having grown up in Florida, I remember my mom making candied citrus peels. The only ones I didn’t like we’re the grapefruit. Thanks for the memories!

    • Hello, Betty. I had never thought of making candied grapefruit peels, but I do think I will try lemon. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Okay, we have bags and bags of citrus in the winter that I am always trying to be creative with. I always ignored the candy orange peel ideas. BUT dehydrated and dipped in chocolate???? This is right up my alley!! I will try this 🙂 Thank you.

  3. My, these look delicious! Thank you for sharing how to make these treats!!
    I will be praying for your extended family members! Looks like you have a lovely dehydrator! Did they make it or can you share where to purchase one like it? Thank you again! Love your blog!

    • Good morning! Apparently Jack made the dehydrator from instructions in a paperback book on dehydrating food, and let me tell you, he did a great job! Every single tray slides in and out with ease! Thank you for your prayer, and thank you for reading!

      • That is a beautiful dehydrator. What is the name of the book? I would love to task my husband to make me one 🙂

        • I have searched and searched – ugh – can’t find the book right now! With our recent move, it could be anywhere! Seriously! So sorry. But I am sure you can find plans on the internet somewhere. Try Mother Earth News, Backwoods Magazine or Grit. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Hello Vickie,
    this is a great recipe.
    We do this also, among others, grapes, bananas, strawberries and apples.
    So you always have something sweet and healthy to nibble.
    Have a great week!
    many greetings

    Uwe

    • Good morning, Uwe – actually, good night to you! Thanks for stopping by today. I can’t wait to start dehydrating lots of stuff – including tomatoes, garlic, etc. We are also going to be making a solar food dehydrator for the future homestead, since our energy will not be reliable until our new house is built. Have a wonderful week!

  5. Oh my goodness these orange peels look and sound so delicious! How awesome that you can just go out and pick the oranges right off the tree!! We lived in the Sacrament area for a little over four years and LOVED it. Loved that you can have orange, lemon and my favorite Meyer lemon trees growing in backyards there.

  6. chocolate dipped fruit you make yourself!?!? heathens!! lol kidding 🙂 I have got to try this! I did make orange marmalade with some oranges year before last (didn’t really can last year) that turned out good but we aren’t big jelly eaters so no idea why I made a zillion jars of jelly (all the fault of the book of small batch preserving I think). This would be something that would disappear and be enjoyed! I am intrigued as well by trying it with all the other citrus – even grapefruit! I wonder if it would work best with a thin skinned fruit vs thick? sometimes (here at least) half the size of the orange is it’s peel!

    • I think that the thicker the peel, the better! This stuff is really good. I have been trying to figure out a way to keep the orange peels so I can cook a whole bunch at one time. I am going to try keeping a week’s worth of peels in the refrigerator and then do the boiling once a week – but not the sugar boiling. I will keep the boiled peels in the freezer, and once I have a lot of them, candy the peels all at the same time. It would take less effort and a lot less energy that way because the dehydrator could run with a full load rather than just one tray. We’ll see!

    • Thank you for stopping by, Lara! Actually, your oven on it’s lowest setting could be used as a dehydrator. I don’t know how efficient this is, but I have dehydrated fruits, vegetables and jerky in the oven before and they turned out great. You might try it and see.

  7. Oh wow, this sounds fantastic- I LOVE orange and chocolate together! So many thanks for linking up yesterday at Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see you again on Saturday with your latest makes!
    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  8. Hi Vickie, what a great recipe, and thank you for sharing at Mum-bo Monday, I would love to share this post but I cannot find your social share buttons,,,,, or am I blind? I cannot wait to see what you have for us next week! Have a great week.

    • Sorry, Jennifer, all I have right now are facebook and pinterest! I have been tweaking my blog lately and maybe the buttons are missing. Thanks for the head’s-up – I will check it out! I don’t tweet or instagram. I am glad you liked the recipe, and I hope you also have a wonderful week!

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