How to make Candy Orange Peels Recipe

How to make Candy Orange Peels Recipe

Somewhere between Barcelona and Italy I fell in love with Candied Fruit, candied oranges dipped in rich dark chocolate to be more specific.  If there is one thing that Europeans have mastered is their skills of turning left over orange peels into a sweet tempting treats.

IMG_0358This time of year you can impress your guests with this sophisticated deliciously sweet and tart candy. This is a simple and extremely frugal recipe. The cost to purchase them in store or online ranges from $4.99/lb to $8/lb sold on Amazon. Made at home all you need is time, sugar and of course left over orange peels. If you don’t think that’s a cheap impressive treat you shouldn’t be reading this post.

Everyone that has sampled my DIY Candied Orange Peels have questioned, how do you make them. Their response, “well, I didn’t think it would be that easy.” Yes,  they are delicious and easy to make however don’t count the nutritional value in these because honestly there is next to none!

Candied Orange Peels


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Candied Orange Peels

A sophisticated deliciously sweet and tart candy that is simple and extremely frugal to make. Will impress all your guests over the holiday season.

Looking for other ways to use those left over Orange Peels? Read this blog post here, 5 Uses for Orange Peels! Reuse, Reduce, Recycle and Enjoy!


  • 6 Navel Oranges
  • 6 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1/lb Semisweet or dark Chocolate


  1. Slice the top and bottom of the oranges, then score the outside of the oranges into quarters. Gently remove peels and cut peels into approximately 1/4" wide slices.
  2. Place orange peels in a medium sauce pan and cover with cold water. Boil over high heat. Drain and repeat 3 times. This reduces the bitterness of the orange peel and softens them. Drain and set aside.
  3. Place 6 cups of sugar in the sauce pan and and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Once the liquid creates a syrup, place the orange peels into the syrup and reduce the heat to low. Candid Orange peels1
  4. Allow for the orange peels to simmer for 1hr or so until the peels become translucent. Try to avoid string the orange peels so that they do not crystallize. Drain syrup and remove peels. Set syrup aside for teas or soda or water. Place the candid orange peels on a parchment paper to dry. This may take anywhere from 24-48 hours. Candid Orange peels2
  5. Draining the Orange Peels and placing them out to dry. Candid Orange Peels3Once the orange peels are dried you can melt the chocolate in a double broiler. Candid Orange peels 4Dip each orange peel in the chocolate and set back onto the parchment paper to dry once again. This time it will only take 10-25 minutes for the chocolate to fully dry. Keep them in the fridge.


This recipe is a little time consuming in a way but the stove will do most of the work. You can now enjoy these delicious orange peels.

Lina Zussino

Lina Zussino, is a co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. encourages real whole foods cooking while helping Canadians save money with grocery deals and coupons.



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