Chocolate-Dipped Candied Orange Peel Recipe

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This is such an elegant confection! The contrast between the zippy orange peel and rich chocolate is so delicious. I tuck them into my gift baskets I put together during the holiday season.—Edna F. Lee, Greeley, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 2 hours + standing
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 2 hours + standing
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 4 large navel oranges
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 81 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 28mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.


  1. With a sharp knife, score orange peel into four wedge-shaped sections. Loosen peel with a spoon and remove; save fruit for another use.
  2. Place peel in a heavy saucepan and cover with cold water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain. Repeat process twice, draining well each time. Cool for 5 minutes. Carefully scrape off excess pulp from peel. Cut the peel into 1/4-in. strips.
  3. In another saucepan, combine sugar, water, corn syrup and salt. Cook over medium heat until clear. Add orange peel strips; boil gently until until all syrup is absorbed and peel is transparent, about 30-35 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer strips to wire racks for at least 3 hours or until dry.
  4. Melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip each strip halfway into chocolate. Cool on wire racks coated with cooking spray. Yield: about 3 cups.
Originally published as Chocolate-Dipped Candied Orange Peel in Birds & Blooms December/January 1999, p55

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