Sugary Orange Peel Recipe
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Sugary Orange Peel Recipe

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These sugar-coated citrus strips attract lots of compliments whenever I set them out at parties.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 2 hours 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 2 hours 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 4 medium navel oranges
  • 2 to 3 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, optional
  • 2 teaspoons shortening, optional

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 90 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 0g protein .


  1. With a knife, score the peel from each orange into quarters. With fingers, remove peel and white pith attached. Place peel in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Drain and repeat twice.
  2. Meanwhile, in another saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar, water and salt. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Drain peel and add to syrup. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 50-60 minutes or until syrup is almost all absorbed, stirring occasionally. (Watch carefully to prevent scorching.) Drain any remaining syrup.
  3. Cool orange peel in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet for 1 hour. Cut into 1/8-in. to 1/4-in. strips. Sprinkle remaining sugar on an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan. Sprinkle strips over sugar; toss to coat. Let stand for 8 hours or overnight, tossing occasionally.
  4. If desired, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip one end of each orange strip into chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Let stand on waxed paper until set. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Yield: 5 cups.
Originally published as Sugary Orange Peel in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1999, p37

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Laura Moser 75584
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"Sticky. The sugar sprinkled on for the last step just liquified. Tasted good, but very messy."

benhannah.barnes 90104
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2008

"Last year I tried these and the whole family was very sceptical at first but once they tried them, they loved it.

It will now become a traditional Christmas candy!"

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