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Chocolate Dipped Orange Peels

I love these candies. I have been making them recently because of my gluten free/dairy free friends


6 medium navel oranges
4 cups sugar, plus more for coating
12 oz dark chocolate chips
Lots of water


Slice the tops and bottoms off of each orange. Score the peels in quarters and remove each peel. Cut each orange peel into thin strips that are about 1/4 inch slices.

Put the orange peels into a medium saucepan and add cold water over the oranges to cover. Cover the sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Pour off the water. Repeat 2 more times.

Pour out the orange peels into a sieve and let sit while heating 4 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water in the saucepan. Bring to a simmer, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the orange peels and continue simmering for 45 minutes, or until translucent. Drain the peels and toss with sugar to coat. Let the peels dry on a wire rack for at least 6 hours.

Heat the chocolate in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir and heat another 30 seconds. Stir all chocolate to ensure it all has been melted.

Dip each orange peel halfway in the chocolate. Transfer the peels to a silpat covered cookie sheet and set in the fridge to harden. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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