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Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
3 h 15 m
Makes
30 to 48 orange slices

Ingredients

4 1/2 cups
sugar, divided
1.125 L
3
cinnamon sticks
0
4
large, thin-skinned oranges or 10 clementines (or a mixture of the two fruits), cold from the fridge, ends trimmed and discarded, cut into 1/8 in. (3 mm) thick slices
0
1/2 cup
Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips & Chunks
125 mL

Method

Step 1
In a large saucepan, combine 4 cups (1 L) sugar with water 4 cups (1 L) and cinnamon sticks. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until sugar dissolves, about 5 min.
Step 2
Split the orange slices into 2 batches and place 12 to 15 slices in syrup at a time. Turn heat down and simmer slices 40 to 50 min., turning once, until the pith (the white part of the peel) becomes soft and almost translucent – this is how you'll know the slices have been properly candied. (If the pith remains white, slices may taste bitter.)
Step 3
Preheat oven to 200°F (100°C). Using heatproof tongs, remove slices from syrup and arrange on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Dry in the oven for approx. 60 to 75 min., turning halfway through. Remove slices when they are no longer sticky to the touch, but still pliable.
Step 4
Lightly sprinkle both sides with remaining sugar to absorb moisture. Cool completely.
Step 5
Melt chocolate in a microwaveable dish on LOW for 60 sec. Check and heat another 30 sec., if required. Dip half of the edge of the peel in chocolate. Let cool and harden on a separate wire rack before packing.

Nutritional Facts Per Serving

Nutrition Description:
Per serving (2 orange slices)
Calories:
230
Fat:
2 g
Saturated Fat:
1 g
Carbs:
52 g
Fibre:
2 g
Protein:
1 g
Sodium:
2 mg