Chocolate Coated Orange Peels

Recipe by Mirj2338
READY IN: 10hrs 15mins
YIELD: 80 candies
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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

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