Candied citrus peels (orange and lemon), dipped in chocolate are a unique, sweet treat to make and give to friends and family during the holidays!Candied citrus peels (orange and lemon), dipped in chocolate are a unique, sweet treat to make and give to friends and family during the holidays!
Over the years, I’ve made chocolate drizzled, Candied Citrus Peels, made from oranges and lemons during the holidays, to add to the gift baskets of Christmas goodies I give to friends and family.  They are delicious and are a unique treat!

Candied citrus peels 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!

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Making Candied Citrus Peels Is Fairly Simple But Has a Few Steps

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. Basically you repeat the cooking process three times to rid the citrus peels of bitterness. then the peels are cooked in a simple sugar syrup. The peels are 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.

How Candied Citrus Peels Are Made

Boil citrus peel strips in water, then drain and boil again two more times. This process is done, because it softens the peels and removes some of the bitterness.

Boiling strips of orange peels in water in saucepan, for candied citrus peels.

After boiling the peels 3 times, cook the candied citrus peels in a sugar/water mixture for 15 minutes.

Citrus peels are cooked in a boiling sugar and water mixture for 15 minutes.

Dry Candied Citrus Peels Overnight

Dry the cooked candied citrus peels on wire racks overnight or until completely dry.

Cooked candied citrus peels dry on a wire rack overnight.

After drying completely overnight, the peels are now completely dried, and are not as shiny. The candied citrus peels can be eaten now, as is, or they can be decorated with white or dark chocolate.

Candied Citrus Peels have completely dried on a wire rack, and are ready to eat!

Decorating Citrus Peels With Chocolate Makes Them Look Fancy

Here are some  of the candied citrus peels (orange), dipped 3/4 of the way in melted semi-sweet chocolate. Chocolate and orange is a favorite flavor combination for me.

Candied Citrus Peels that have been dipped in melted chocolate.

Below are the candied citrus peels (lemon), dipped in white chocolate and drizzled with melted semi-sweet chocolate.

Candied Citrus Peels from lemons, dipped in white chocolate then drizzled with semi-sweet chocolate.

Here are more of the orange candied citrus peels, but these have been drizzled with semi-sweet chocolate.

Orange Candied Citrus Peels drizzled with semi-sweet melted chocolate.

And last but not least, here are some of the orange peel slices, dipped in white chocolate, then drizzled with semi-sweet chocolate. See how many ways you can decorate candied citrus peels?

Candied Citrus Peels (orange), with white and semi-sweet chocolate.

Hope you will give these candied citrus peels a try this holiday season (remember citrus is in season during this time of year), and enjoy! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will come back soon for more delicious recipes.

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Candied Citrus Peels
Prep Time
1 hr 5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Inactive Drying time
4 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs 15 mins
Candied citrus peels (orange and lemon), dipped in chocolate are a unique, sweet treat to make and give to friends and family during the holidays!
Category: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied citrus peels
Servings: 72 (Approximately 6 dozen pieces)
Calories Per Serving: 13 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • Oranges or lemons (Enough to make 2 cups of sliced peels. I used 6.)
  • Water
  • 1 cup sugar (for syrup)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (for rolling cooked peels in, (IF NOT DIPPING IN CHOCOLATE)
  • Semi-sweet chocolate
  • White chocolate
  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. **Repeat the above process with the peels 2 more times.**
  4. Once you have boiled the peels 3 times, wash the pan and set peels aside.
  5. In medium saucepan, bring 1/2 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).
  6. 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!
  7. 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
Recipe Notes

The cook time indicated INCLUDES approximately 4 hours of drying time...don't freak out and think these take that long to actually prepare. The whole cooking process takes about an hour and a half to get them to the point of being ready to dry.

Caloric calculation does NOT include optional chocolate drizzle.

Nutrition Facts
Candied Citrus Peels
Amount Per Serving (1 piece (without choc. drizzle)
Calories 13
% Daily Value*
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 3g3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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