Orange Peel candy is something I like to call making something from nothing. Most of the time you throw away the peel. But you don’t have to, you can make this sweet, tangy, wonderful old fashioned candy. You don’t have to use only orange peel any citrus fruit with a thicker skin, grapefruit, lemon, even lime.
Ingredients for Orange Peel Candy
3 to 4 peels from a citrus fruit (oranges in our case)
2 1/2 cups of sugar, plus another cup for coating.
melted chocolate (optional)
First, peel the oranges by scoring the skin with a knife and peeling it into sections. Use the fruit how ever you want. For example I use the fruit in my fruit salad.
Next cut the peel length wise into about 1/2 inch wide strips.
Put the peels into a sauce pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Drain the water. Repeat the process a total of 3 times. You do this to take out the bitterness of the peel.
Put 2 1/2 cups of water and 2 1/2 cups of sugar into the pan. Bring to a boil and make sure the sugar is dissolved. Now, put the peels back into the pan. Turn down the heat and simmer the peels on low. You are looking for the peels to become translucent and the syrup to form big bubbles. It will take a bout 1 1/2 hours. Keep a close eye on it and stir occasionally.
Now, drain the peels, reserving the syrup if you wish. It is great on pancakes. Spread the peel out on a drying rack. Let them dry for about 2 to 3 hours.
Once they are dry put them into a plastic reseal able bag with a cup of sugar and coat them. Done. Now enjoy.
Something I have never tried but sound yummy is to dip the ends into melted chocolate. Anything with chocolate is my best friend.
Do you make candy for the holidays? I would love to hear about it.
Thanks for stopping by.
P.S. See how I used these candies in my Neighbor Gift Baskets.