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Candied Orange Peels

Makes about 60 sugared peels
Time 4 hr 35 min
These deliciously sweet and tart candies are wonderful when dipped in white or dark chocolate. They also make for beautiful garnishes on a whipped cream-covered pound cake. Package for gift giving with our downloadable gift tag.
  • 6 oranges, (choose oranges with thick skins)
  • 5 cups sugar, divided

Cut the top and bottom off each orange.

Using a vegetable peeler, peel off pieces of the skin, cutting from top to bottom. Slice peels into 1/4-inch strips or leave in natural shaped pieces. 

Place peels in a sauce pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 minute. 

Drain and repeat two more times with fresh water. 

Mix 4 cups of the sugar with 3 cups cold water. Bring to a boil. 

Add orange peels and turn heat down to a simmer. Simmer orange peels for 1 hour over low heat. Remove from liquid.

Spread remaining 1 cup sugar evenly on a baking sheet. Roll orange peels in sugar and place on cooling racks until dry, about 3 to 5 hours.

Package peels in decorative glass jars tied with holiday ribbon.

Note: Reserve flavorful simmering liquid and use as a simple syrup to add a holiday touch to iced tea, a Cosmopolitan or Margarita. Packaging suggestions:

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 6 oranges, (choose oranges with thick skins)
  • 5 cups sugar, divided