Chocolate Coated Orange Peels

READY IN: 10hrs 15mins
Recipe by Mirj2338

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

Top Review by Miss Erin C.

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.

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

Directions

  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.

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