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Candy Orange Peels

by Emma on December 22, 2009

in Dessert

I love to make fresh squeezed orange juice. But I always feel a little bad when I see all those empty orange shells splayed out on the counter afterward.


And short of making my own little orange zest colony there is not a whole lot to do with orange peels. I don't compost-although it is a future goal. So anyway, I decided to try my hand at making orange candy. I adapted this recipe from the Smitten Kitchen

First I separated the orange peels from any remaining orange guts and sliced them into thin strips. Then bring some water to a boil and blanch the orange peels for a couple of minutes. Remove them, rinse them off and repeat. This step is suppose to remove the bitterness from the peels, as well as open up their "pores" (which is important for the next step). Then I made a simple syrup solution in a medium sauce pan using 3 1/2 cups of water and 3 1/2 cups sugar. Dissolve the sugar completely and bring to a boil before adding the orange peels. Cover and allow to simmer for an hour (checking every now and again). Remove, pat dry with a paper towel and cover in raw and/or organic sugar.

These are pretty yummy, but still a little bit bitter. Not bad for a first batch but next time I will probably blanch them 3 times and let them simmer in the syrup for a little bit longer. I wonder if lemon peels would taste good candied like this?


DaddyDonnie December 22, 2009 at 5:06 am

These look really good! When I was about 8 or 10 I had a big blond dog, I named him Orangie.

Coralene December 22, 2009 at 8:49 am

I just made those actually, a week or so ago. I’m finding that if you blanch them four times, the taste is much better. You still get the bitterness, but it’s not as evident. Also, I simmered them in the syrup for about 80 minutes and they were perfect. You should try dipping them in chocolate, too!

Nelly December 22, 2009 at 10:46 am

You can use the cups as muffin cups. Fill the cups 1/2 full of any muffin recipe and then you have eco-friendly muffin cups instead of paper cups.

Krysten December 22, 2009 at 11:21 am

Yum they look good!

emma December 22, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Coralene-thanks for the tips! I think you are right, I am def going to blanch a little more and steam a little more next time:)

Shiri December 27, 2009 at 11:45 am

These look really yummy!

Toni Brockliss January 3, 2010 at 6:37 am

Oh yes Emma!! Lemon are the best!!
I do mine 4 times and they turn out wonderful. I actually make tons and bottle them up for Christmas presents for my family. They keep forever and when you have a sore throat, make the best home made throat soothers.
I love your blog. It’s lovely. :)

laurel September 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm

lemon peels are soo good for this. don’t give up!

Sarah Jane December 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Love love love! I am in the process of making these right now! They are making my house smell of sweet citrus!