Latest and Greatest Friday #10, Features, Candied Orange Peels | Days of Chalk and Chocolate

Latest and Greatest Friday #10, Features, Candied Orange Peels

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Thank you to my followers...I just made it over 200 and I'm so thankful for all of you! I love reading your comments, following your blogs, and sharing my little slice of life with you. Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts and to share your life with me!

WOW...we had 40 link ups which is the most we've had. I love seeing all your beautiful projects!!  Thank you for taking the time to link up! Here are some of my faves!

Just Sew Sassy
Holiday Tea Towels

ADORABLE!!  Make these for your kids' teachers.
We don't want mugs or candles. And if you
homeschool then you deserve a huge present so
make yourself a margarita and then a tea towel.

Sew Rugged at Bear Rabbit Bear
Pottery Barn Knock Off Advent Calendar

I will admit that PB knock offs are my
secret villainous pleasure. I feel
like we are all bringin' down the man
when we make their stuff.

Giggles Galore
Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Umm, what can I say? This is perfection.
Every detail is spot on! Love!

For some reason the code kept screwing up my page so I put the link party at the end of this post. Scroll scroll scroll until you reach it and until I get my web developer husband to figure out why the code is being stupid.

Today I made candied orange peels. I have always wanted to try it because it just doesn't seem like it could really be a good idea. But it is and I'm so glad I gave it a shot. 

Of course I dipped them in chocolate too. Wouldn't want
to know there is actually fruit
in this candy.

Here is how I did it.  I cut the peel off of two large naval oranges and sliced it into small pieces.  I put them in a sauce pan with water and brought it up to a boil. I boiled the peels for 15 minutes. Drain. Refill with clean water. Boil 15 minutes. Drain. Refill. Boil. Drain. Refill. Drain. I didn't want my peels to be bitter at all so that's why I boiled them 4 x.

Add 1.5 cups sugar to the pot with the peels and 1.5 cups water. Cover, bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer on low.  Keep your eye on it but resist lifting the lid.  The steam will wash down all the sugar that crystallizes on the sides. You also don't want your sugar to brown and burn. Simmer for 45 minutes.

Remove using a slotted spoon and toss them in regular white sugar to coat. Don't worry if they are clumpy when you first take them out of the syrup mixture. The sugar helps separate them. Cool on a rack.

After they cooled we dipped them in melted semi-sweet chocolate mixed with a little shortening to help it set up. You don't have to do this. I'm not sure why you wouldn't want to unless you are seriously weird. But that's your call.

no, not chocolate covered shrimp. orange peels.
And that's it!  They are chewy and sweet and citrusy and we really liked them!  I think they are a nice thing to have out at a party for in between the main meal and dessert. It's like a dessert appetizer.   I would love to try lemon peels with white chocolate.

Or frankly, skip the peels and let's take the chocolate and run.

Here are some other citrus holiday dessert ideas!

Southern Living
Chocolate-Citrus Cake with Candied Oranges

Joy of Baking

Lemon Cranberry Cake
Family Circle

I hope you are all enjoying the prep and hustle and bustle of the holiday season!



  1. Thanks so much for featuring my calendar! It was alot of work but worth it!


  2. Thank you for featuring my party! It was fun to link up and see what everyone else had to share!

  3. Those orange peels look yummy - and what great help you have!

  4. Thanks for sharing your Orange Peels at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party :) Thanks for hosting too! I have linked up my cupcakes. Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Thanks sooo much for featuring my tea towels!!

  6. Thank you for hosting! I have always wanted to make candied orange peels but the boiling process seemed to take forever (one recipe that I looked at wanted you to boil it for 45 mins!) so your recipe seems very doable and delicious. I'm your newest follower :)

  7. Oh I have always wanted to try these too! Thanks for the instructions and they look fantastic!

  8. Thanks for stopping by. I've just linked up.


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