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Candied Orange Peels

Oranges, Coconut Sugar & Chocolate: Oranges are my all time favorite fruit. Add lemons, limes, tangerines, anything…

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Candied Orange Peels

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Date 5 March, 2019

Oranges, Coconut Sugar & Chocolate:

Oranges are my all time favorite fruit. Add lemons, limes, tangerines, anything citrus and I’m in heaven. I eat it, smell it and wash my hair with it. THAT level of obsession.

A few weeks back, my dad was in town and we passed by La Maison Du Chocolat. It’s impossible for me to pass by there without getting some of their chocolate covered oranges. They were beyond amazing but didn’t last long, of course. Now, I do consider this as a treat so I try to control how much chocolate covered oranges I scarf down in any given day. Having said that, I DID want to recreate a so called “less-junky” version of them at home and take them over to a lunch party this weekend for sharing.
I am not even gonna try comparing my little treats with La Maison Du Chocolat, but I must say, they weren’t too shabby. I put a little twist on them by cooking them in coconut sugar instead of the refined alternative. Other than having lower glycemic index, I feel like it gives them a deeper caramel flavor and if a darker color doesn’t bother you, go for it! Half of the peels I decided to go traditional with and dip them in dark chocolate and the rest I coated in more coconut sugar mixed with powdered cardamom. It gives it a really nice kick and unexpected edge.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Recipe:
4 navel oranges (or other citrus fruit)
3 cups coconut sugar
3 cups water

For Coating:
Combine 1/2 cup coconut sugar with 8-10 cardamom pods, split open and powdered.
OR
Melt 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I use Equal Exchange Chocolates) in microwave for 30 second intervals or water-bath.

1. Rinse and peel the skin off the oranges.
2. Cut the peels into matchsticks and set the flesh aside. You can also juice it and have a little snack while working 😉
3. Place the strips in a large pot with cold water and bring to a boil. Drain and repeat once more.
4. Using the same, now empty pot, mix together water and sugar and bring to a boil.
5. Add orange peels and simmer for 1 hour.
6. Take peels out of sugar syrup and into a drying rack for at least 4 hours.
7. Choose desired coating and go crazy!

The remaining syrup from cooking the oranges is ridiculously good. Do not throw it out! Store it in an airtight container in your fridge and use it on pretty much whatever you want. To sweeten drinks, granola, cookies, oatmeal… I look at it like a super flavored maple syrup. You’re welcome.

Thanks for watching!