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Freshly made Candied Orange Peel being drizzled with melted dark chocolate
Candied Orange Peel
Calories: 2122 kcal
  • 3 large oranges preferably organic
  • 400 g granulated sugar plus extra for coating the final peel
  • 750 ml boiling water
  • 1/2 lemon preferably organic
  • 50 g dark chocolate
  1. Slice the top and bottom off the oranges, then cut each on into quarters.

    Cutting the oranges to make Candied Orange Peel
  2. Cut the oranges in half, 

    Cutting oranges to make Candied Orange Peel
  3. then using a sharp knife, carefully cut away the skin from the flesh.

    Removing the peel from an orange to make Candied Orange Peel
  4. Scrape the white pith away from the inside of the peel using a teaspoon. I prefer the candied orange peel that has very little pith, but if you like yours to be more bitter you may wish to leave more on.

    Scraping the pith from an orange to make Candied Orange Peel
  5. Slice the peel into very thin, even slices.

    Slicing orange peel to make Candied Orange Peel
  6. Next, pop the peels into a large pan of cold water. Ensure the water is deep enough to cover the peel. 

    Bring to the boil for 15 seconds then pour the water away. Rinse the peels in cold water, refill the pan with cold water and repeat two more times. Drain the peel the third and final time.

    Pop the hot water into the pan along with the sugar, and heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add in the peels and half a lemon, bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.

    Boiling the orange peel strips before crystallising
  7. Let the fruit peels sit in the syrup overnight, then drain and gently toss the peels in sugar.

  8. Lay each one out on a baking sheet and let dry in a warm place such as an airing cupboard.

    If you have a dehydrator, lay them out on the shelves and dry until firm but still pliable.

    Coating the candied orange peel in granulated sugar
Optional chocolate coating
  1. Melt the chocolate in a bain marie or small bowl over a pan of simmering water. 

    Either drizzle with a teaspoon over the candied orange peels, or dunk all or half of each peel. Lay out on baking paper until the chocolate has set.

Nutrition Facts
Candied Orange Peel
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2122 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 52mg2%
Potassium 1431mg41%
Carbohydrates 492g164%
Fiber 20g83%
Sugar 464g516%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1240IU25%
Vitamin C 322.2mg391%
Calcium 294mg29%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.