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Chocolate Dipped Orange Peel Candy

Serve these out to diners as after meal treat or sell them in your restaurant as a sweet snack because whether you are a child or an adult, everyone loves candy.  

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Ingredients:

3 Sunkist

2 cups water

1 cup sugar + more for coating

1 vanilla bean, optional

Melted Chocolate, optional


Optional Condiments:

Chili flakes, ginger powder, or spices mixes for custom flavor


 


Cooking & Preparation

1.  Gently wash the outside of the Sunkist under the faucet with a vegetable brush.

2.  Slice off a small amount of the top and bottom of the Sunkist.

3.  Score orange through the peel to spongy white tissue, making 4 cuts lengthwise.

4.  Carefully remove each section of Sunkist peel and slice into ¼ inch wide strips.

5.  Put Sunkist peel strips in a pot and cover with about 1 inch of water.

6.  Bring to a boil and drain over a colander and repeat boil & strain step once more.

7.  Add Sunkist peel strips back to the pot with 2 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla bean. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.

9.  Simmer uncovered for about 30-35 minutes till peels are slightly translucent with most of the simple syrup has evaporated.

10.  Turn off heat and let peels cool in the remaining sugar for 5 minutes.

11.  Transfer peels with a tong to a drying rack set over parchment paper and dry for 8 to 24 hours.

12.  Coat peels in additional sugar and dip in melted chocolate and cool. Sprinkle optional condiments for custom flavor.

13.  Serve fresh or store in an airtight container in the fridge. 

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Serving- 18

Preparation & Cooking time- 55 mins