chocolate covered candied orange peels

Posted: 2011/05/26 in dessert, fruit

I’ve always loved eating candied orange peels, but when they cost over $20 a pound and you are a chunky, fat asian girl you don’t really get to eat them all that often. I could have made it myself before this, I suppose, but cleanup is a bitch and sugar burns are no fun. Regardless, I finally became unlazy enough to try it myself. Taste pretty good if I might say so myself. My double chins are complaining though. The exact proportions are a bit iffy, but I approximated.

Chocolate Covered Candied Orange Peels
Serves ?? (Guess it depends on how fat you wanna get…)

Ingredients:
3 large navel oranges
2 cups water
2 cups granulated sugar
0.5 lbs candy chocolate bark

Directions:
1) Cut the top and bottom of the oranges and then peel the skin in large pieces.
2) Cut the peel into long thin strips (If your peel has a lot of pith, you can remove part of it)
3)  Blanch the orange peels twice to remove some of the bitterness and to open the orange pores
4) Combine the sugar and water over low/medium heat in a sauce pan
5) Simmer sugar water mixture until most of the water has boiled off and you are left with a thick syrupy liquid (If I had a working candy thermometer mebbe I’d have an exact temperature, but whatever)
6) Add the peels and simmer until the peels are translucent, approximately 90mins (make sure the sugar doesn’t burn or else its gonna taste crappy. don’t stir with anything or else crystals will form but you can swirl with the pot)
7) Drain the orange peels and allow them to dry, approximately 2 days. (I would have dried mine on a rack if I had one, but for broke college students parchment/foil works fine)
8 ) Prepare the candy bark as directed and dip the dried orange peels

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