Candied Orange Peels

January 4, 2009 · 21 comments

in desserts/sweets

Around the time I was doing my Christmas baking (and no, I’m definitely not caught up on December happenings, blog-wise), Katie posted some Candied Orange Peels.  It came at a perfect time because I was going to make melomakarona the very next day, so I thought why not keep the peels and candy them? If there’s one thing people need around the holidays, obviously it’s even MORE sugar, right?

These were so easy to make and tasted great, albeit VERY sweet. Even I, Goddess of the Sweet Tooth, could only eat one or two at a time. You know those orange slices they sell at CVS or Walgreen’s, two packages for a buck? These taste just like those.

I first tried scraping out the pulp with knives and spoons, but soon discovered using my fingers was the easiest way to do it. The orange halves came out nice and clean and then I just followed Katie’s instructions, reducing the last sugar addition a bit.

Candied Orange Peels

  • Slice the peels of 3 naval oranges into 1/4″ inch slices and then place them in a heavy saucepan with 3 cups of water.
  • Bring the water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes.  Drain and rinse the peels and then repeat the same process.
  • Return the peels to the same pan and add 2.25 cups of sugar, 3/4 cup of water and a cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, dissolving the sugar.
  • Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temp. Once it’s over 225, drain the peels and immediately toss them with 1/2 cup granulated sugar.
  • Put them on a wire rack over a cookie sheet or some foil and allow them to dry overnight.

Next time, I think I will do toss half the candied peels with the sugar and dip the other half in some dark chocolate.

Related Articles:



{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

joelen January 4, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Looks fabulous! I have 2 oranges on hand and will have to remember to save the peels so I can try this!

Reply

Cate January 4, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Oooh these look so good! I can’t get enough of chocolate-dipped candied orange peels!

Reply

Bellini Valli January 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm

These are great on so many things Elly. We arer starting the New year off right!!

Reply

Jaime January 4, 2009 at 1:51 pm

i love these, esp dipped in chocolate :) great job!

Reply

Kate January 4, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I could be wrong, but aren’t the peels the healthiest part of the orange anyway?

Reply

fingers80 January 4, 2009 at 8:13 pm

I love candied orange peel! I especially love baked goods that call for chopped up candied orange peel. Mmm.
~bensbaby116

Reply

Peter G January 4, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Bring on the sweetness I say! And I agree with another reader…fantastic dipped in a good chocolate!

Reply

Peter January 4, 2009 at 8:31 pm

I would eat these with melted chocolate, really I would.

Reply

Peter January 4, 2009 at 8:31 pm

I would eat these with melted chocolate, really I would.

Reply

Courtney January 4, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Those look so delicious! If I were to make them, I might not want to share with anyone else!
Also, I tagged you on my blog. No pressure to participate, though. :)

Reply

Kristina R January 5, 2009 at 12:27 am

Orange and chocolate is one of my favorite combos.

Reply

Kristina R January 5, 2009 at 12:27 am

Orange and chocolate is one of my favorite combos.

Reply

nina January 5, 2009 at 9:02 am

I have been wanting to do this for a while now, you have just inspired me. I made some tangerine slices last year and dipped them in 70% Lindt…delicious!

Reply

nina January 5, 2009 at 9:02 am

I have been wanting to do this for a while now, you have just inspired me. I made some tangerine slices last year and dipped them in 70% Lindt…delicious!

Reply

Ivy January 5, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Oranges and chocolate is a lovely combination.

Reply

Ivy January 5, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Oranges and chocolate is a lovely combination.

Reply

maria January 5, 2009 at 2:20 pm

They look beautiful. Great to munch on and even better to use as a pretty garnish.

Reply

Cynthia Nelson January 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Happy New Year!

Thanks for showing how to do this. I’m going to give it a try.

Reply

Cynthia Nelson January 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Happy New Year!

Thanks for showing how to do this. I’m going to give it a try.

Reply

katie January 7, 2009 at 8:19 am

Oh yum! THey are so pretty!! Yeah, I did half in chocolate too, but the pics were horrible so I just ate them all myself. I’m so bad. :)

Reply

Laure January 8, 2009 at 11:11 am

I wanted to try to do this over the holidays, but it will have to wait for next year. These look gorgeous!

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: