Although usually associated with winter holidays, candied orange peels are a lovely year-round treat. They add a velvety zing to desserts or are a perfect on their own with coffee.
A little bag of homemade candied orange peels dipped in chocolate—the darker the better, unless you’re a white chocolate aficionado—is a beautiful gift, and it’s also a nice treat for yourself.–Charity Ferreira
LC Loves Company Note
Set these little chocolate- dipped lovelies out on their own as a novel something to nibble after even the swankiest of dinner parties and you can be pretty much assured that everyone will ooh and aah. Or add them as an accent to an ensemble of desserts as the unifying element that strings together, say, an orange flan and chocolate macaroons. Either way, chances are no one will complain–unless you run out.
Chocolate-Dipped Candied Orange Peel
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- 1 H, 30 M
- 5 H
- Makes about 1 cup dipped peels
IngredientsEmail Grocery List
- For the candied citrus peel
- For the chocolate dip
Recipe Testers Reviews
These were fun to make and will be fun to give! Easy to make and your efforts are rewarded with colorful, chewy-chocolatey homemade candy. I'll add these to holiday cookie trays, tie up a few alongside a Christmas card, or pop into a present for someone special (with a mug and fancy tea?). Keep in mind when you start that the drying may take longer than described; I couldn't dip for a good 4 hours, and the texture of the candied peels was most pleasant after a day. The amount of chocolate needed to dip could easily be halved. Step 1 is the most work-intensive. I worried I'd need to blanch the strips multiple times, changing the water to cut the bitterness, but this long simmer was just fine. This makes many, many small servings for eating and gifting.
If you're dedicating some time in the kitchen to make holiday gifts, these candied orange peel are a wonderful treat. I found the recipe to be easy to follow and the orange peel to be delicious!
These are a wonderful holiday treat, and will certainly impress your friends. This also makes an attractive addition to a dessert table at a holiday gathering and is not at all complicated to prepare, though plenty of time must be allowed for the entire process. I used organic oranges and created 128 strips. My trimming technique became better, and faster, as I went on. Hence, my first strips had more pith and were slightly thicker than the later ones. When I do this again, I will have pith paring expertise and so my strips will be more consistent. I found it easier to slice off both ends of the orange, as the strips tore on the side opposite the stem end if I did not.
When I simmered the strips in the simple syrup, my thin strips took only 25 minutes of simmering to become soft and translucent. It took less than a half hour for my strips to reach the slightly tacky but almost dry state described although my kitchen was warm (actually, quite hot) and dry. I used a beautiful Valrhona bittersweet chocolate. I do not know if there is really any reason to chop it.
Candied orange peel is something I associate with overpriced specialty food stores and hostess gifts. I honestly thought this was going to be more work than the end product was worth, but I was so wrong! It takes a little bit of time to prepare the orange peels, but after that the steps are easy. The result is delicious and beautiful! I was making these to take to a holiday party next week, but they might not last that long. If only I could force myself to eat the peeled oranges instead of the candy!
We happen to like chocolate-dipped candied orange peel. They are a memory my husband has from growing up. Over the years, I have made different recipes to recreate that memory. This is a solid method. My 5 medium navel oranges yielded 110 strips of orange peel. I am sure hoping that they last longer than the 1 week. I can’t see why not. I have in our refrigerator, candied orange peel that I made well over a year ago, forgot about, and then found. (Surprise!). The one thing that I am waiting to find out, is that if after sitting, perhaps overnight, these peels will become a bit stiffer. They are very soft. But that's not be a problem as we've been happily eating them.
What a fun project for a foggy holiday afternoon. We started with pounds of organic navel oranges and ended with 72 strips of candied orange. We didn't use the full 8 oz. of melted chocolate. We chilled the strips and then packed 3 each in wax paper wrappers for gifts. Lovely.