Best Candied Orange Peel Recipe

Candied orange peel is the perfect example of turning what is usually thrown away (everyday orange peel) into treasure (a Christmas candy). Simmered in sugar syrup until chewy and sweet, peel strips can be tossed in sparkling sugar or dipped in dark chocolate (chocolate + orange = heavenly). Another bonus? How great your kitchen will smell with those floral citrus fruits simmering on the stove. As for the actual orange, squeeze the juice for Orange Chicken, a scone glaze, or a fun orange crush cocktail. Candied orange peels make a lovely Christmas gift – just don’t be surprised if family and friends ask for them all year long!

How do you stop candied orange peel from tasting bitter?

The white pith of the orange has a slightly bitter taste. Instead of struggling to remove that thin white layer from the shell, try boiling it in plain water twice in a row, changing the water in between. Cooking softens the skins and removes some of the bitterness (you’ll need something to contrast all the sweetness from the candy and a final chocolate dip).

Why are my candied orange peels soft?

A key ingredient in orange peel candy is time. It takes between 12 and 24 hours at room temperature for the shells to dry out and set just enough so that they aren’t sticky and soft or brittle and dry. Stand on the wire shelves on your counter and forget about them until the next morning (a “Keep Off” sign might be a good idea for any sweet tooth in your family).

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2 c.

Preparation time:
fifteen minutes

Total time:
1 Hours 20 minutes

Table of Contents


  • 3

    Navel Oranges

  • 2 c.

    granulated sugar

  • White caster sugar, for coating

  • 3 oz.

    Dark chocolate bar, roughly chopped (optional)


Tip: These make a great gift around the holidays! Serve them on a cheese board, decorate cakes or snack on them any time of the day.

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