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.
2 cups water
1 cup sugar + more for coating
1 vanilla bean, optional
Melted Chocolate, optional
Chili flakes, ginger powder, or spices mixes for custom flavor
Cooking & Preparation:
Gently wash the outside of the Sunkist under the faucet with a vegetable brush.
Slice off a small amount of the top and bottom of the Sunkist.
Score orange through the peel to spongy white tissue, making 4 cuts lengthwise.
Carefully remove each section of Sunkist peel and slice into ¼ inch wide strips.
Put Sunkist peel strips in a pot and cover with about 1 inch of water.
Bring to a boil and drain over a colander and repeat boil & strain step once more.
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.
Simmer uncovered for about 30-35 minutes till peels are slightly translucent with most of the simple syrup has evaporated.
Turn off heat and let peels cool in the remaining sugar for 5 minutes.
Transfer peels with a tong to a drying rack set over parchment paper and dry for 8 to 24 hours.
Coat peels in additional sugar and dip in melted chocolate and cool. Sprinkle optional condiments for custom flavor.
Serve fresh or store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Preparation & Cooking time- 55 mins