Chocolate Coated Orange Peels

Total Time
10hrs 15mins
Prep 4 hrs
Cook 6 hrs 15 mins

This makes a great gift, if you don't finish it all yourself first!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 oranges
  • 2 cups sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil


  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper; set aside.
  2. Scrub oranges well, and cut in half.
  3. Scoop out the flesh and reserve for another use.
  4. Place the shells in a medium-sized bowl and cover with cold water, keeping them under water with a small plate or lid.
  5. Let soak for about 4 hours or overnight, replacing the water once.
  6. Cut each shell in half; place in a large heavy saucepan.
  7. Add water to cover and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  8. Boil for 15 minutes.
  9. Drain and repeat the process.
  10. When oranges are cool enough to handle, cut into strips about 1/4 by 2 inches.
  11. Return the strips to the saucepan; add sugar and 1 cup water.
  12. Bring to a simmer over low heat.
  13. Cook gently, stirring occasionally, until liquid is almost gone, about 1 1/2-2 hours. (Watch closely toward the end of cooking).
  14. Add the lemon juice; stir to coat the strips.
  15. Drain the strips in a sieve.
  16. When they are cool enough to handle, spread on the prepared baking sheet.
  17. Put all but 1/4 cup of the chocolate and the oil in the top of a double boiler set over barely simmering water.
  18. Stir just until melted, remove double boiler from heat, and add the remaining chocolate, stirring until melted.
  19. Roll each orange strip in sugar, then dip half of each peel into the chocolate and return to the baking sheet.
  20. Place in the freezer for a minute or two to let the chocolate set.
  21. Remove from the freezer and let them sit for several hours until they are firm.
  22. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Most Helpful

Wow is right! I love chocolate and orange and I always get coated peels at the candy store when I go, but I've never made them. It was worth the effort and the time. It took awhile longer on the cooking part than I think it should have, it took over 2 hours and I turned the heat up to medium halfway through because It hadn't even started to simmer yet. I also just realized I forgot the lemon juice, not sure what that was for, hope it's not important because it still tastes good! They will be gone in no time.

Miss Erin C. December 10, 2001

These are gorgeous -- and so yummy too. The ONLY thing I would do different next time is to use superfine sugar rather than regular granulated sugar to coat the peels before dunking. Yes, they are definitely a great gift idea, and really pretty easy -- my kids enjoyed watching (and tasting) the transformation from orange peel to candy.

Brook December 23, 2001

Wow! the best thing since terry's chocolate oranges... just one problem...oranges where you are seem rather larger than oranges where I am... no way could I eek out 80 candies!!! Ok, so I'm making at least triple of this next time... this is *SO* worth the time involved... trust me, theese are going to be sent out as gifts to a lot of my friends. I used 99% chocolate for 1/4 of them, then added some 55% chocolate to that for another 1/4 and then added some cocoa butter for the other half, My friends have varied tastes...not all of them like dark dark dark like me! the 99% is so strong...bitter bitter bitter, but the sweet sweet oranges make it just scruptious! Thanks for this great recipe!

Samuel Holden November 21, 2001