Over the years, I’ve made chocolate drizzled, Candied Citrus Peels, to add to the baskets of Christmas goodies I prepare for friends and family. They are so good! They are easy to make and require only a few ingredients. I found these to be quite a unique gift idea, and they are delicious, too! I’ve made this recipe using both orange AND lemon peels. Both are wonderful, but my personal favorite is definitely the candied orange peels, because I might possibly have a genetic weakness for chocolate and orange… oh mercy! These take a bit of prep work (nothing hard at all, though), and involves several hours of drying time, but the results are worth it, especially when you consider how inexpensive these are to make, when contrasted with how expensive they are to BUY!
The process is pretty simple. You repeat the cooking process three times to rid the citrus peels of bitterness. then the peels are cooked in a simple sugar syrup, then fully dried, then decorated the next day with a chocolate coating or drizzle (to fancy them up)! That’s it! You can make as many, or as few as you like. Hope you will give these a try this holiday season (remember citrus is in season during this time of year)… and enjoy!
The original recipe source is unknown. I copied it down onto a 3×5 card years ago, but have no record of where I got the recipe from.
- Oranges or lemons (Enough to make 2 cups of sliced peels. I used 6.)
- 1 cup sugar (for syrup)
- ¼ cup sugar (for rolling cooked peels in, (IF NOT DIPPING IN CHOCOLATE)
- Semi-sweet chocolate
- White chocolate
- Score your orange or lemons with sharp knife. Cut peel into thin strips. Remove as much of the white "pith" as possible (it's really bitter).
- Put the peel strips into a medium saucepan. Cover the peel with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once it begins boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes. Drain water.
- **Repeat the above process with the peels 2 more times.**
- Once you have boiled the peels 3 times, wash the pan and set peels aside.
- In medium saucepan, bring ½ cup water and 1 cup granulated sugar to a boil, stirring twice.
- Once water is boiling and sugar is dissolved, add the peels to the pan. Simmer peels in syrup on low heat for about 15 minutes (most of the syrup will be absorbed).
- Remove peels with tongs to wire rack. **IF YOU ARE NOT PLANNING TO DIP FINISHED SLICES IN CHOCOLATE, THEN ROLL THEM IN SUGAR AFTER THEY HAVE DRIED FOR ABOUT AN HOUR** Place sugar coated peels back on rack to dry at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight. IF YOU ARE DIPPING OR DRIZZLING THESE IN CHOCOLATE, THIS STEP IS NOT NECESSARY!
- To decorate, melt semi-sweet chocolate or white chocolate (or both in separate batches) in a double boiler or in the microwave, depending on how you choose to decorate the peels. Be careful not to burn the chocolate. If melting them in microwave, cook in 30 second intervals, stirring after each 30 seconds, until smooth.
- Dip or drizzle melted chocolate over peels and place back on wire rack to completely dry.
- Keep peels stored in a cool place to prevent chocolate from melting. Enjoy