1 C Sugar, plus more for dusting
So these candies are as simple as they get. Not to mention, a great way to utilize more of the fruit. They are so tasty! Here is how I made these candies!
First take the peels from the orange fruit. Now with a REALLY SHARP KNIFE, BEING VERY CAREFUL, you will want to cut away as much of the pith from the orange. You do not need to get it all, just as much as you can while keeping all your fingers in one piece.
Next you will want to cut the peels into bite size pieces. I have a confession. Even though I did an amazing job cutting the pith from the peel, I had more of a challenge peeling the orange in nice quarter pieces of skin. So my peels are cut in “Rustic” shapes. I figure the shape doesn’t effect the flavor.
Now you will put the peels in a sauce pan and add water. You will then want to bring the water to a hard boil and boil for about 1 minute. Then you will drain the water off the peels and then rinse the peels. Do this step TWO more times, for a total of 3 times.
Now take that same pan and put 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water into it. Dissolve the sugar and then add the peels back to the pan.
With a slotted spoon, drain the peels and dust the peels with sugar. You can use a plastic bag or a bowl. Then place them out either on a wire rack or some dry paper towels for about 2 hours or until the peels are completely dry.
Once dry, you can place them in a air tight container and enjoy. If you aren’t a fan of orange you can do this candy making method with any type of citrus such as Grapefruit, Lemon or Lime.
BONUS- If you don’t want to coat the orange peels in sugar a nice alternative would be to dunk them into melted dark chocolate! Just dry the peels on a wire rack after boiling for 20 minutes. When the peels are dry, dunk them in the dark chocolate.