If you're the kind of person who likes marmalade, you'll love these sweet, slightly bitter little treats. Orange peel is actually quite nutritious, containing vitamins C, A, B-vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Washing, boiling, and rinsing the peel before candying them ensures any dirt, chemicals, or wax is removed. When they are ready, you end up with a dried, chewy, sweet sticks with a slightly bitter flavour. Add some quality dark chocolate and you have a match made in heaven!
Vegan Chocolate Coated Candied Orange Peel
Ingredients (makes about 30 sticks):
2 large oranges
400g caster sugar & 50g for coating
50g dark chocolate
First of all wash the oranges, then cut into quarters. Carefully peel each quarter's skin in one piece away from the flesh, then cut each skin quarter into 4-5 thin trips (save the flesh for smoothies or to snack on). Using a sharp knife, carefully slice away most of the white pith from each strip. Put the peel strips in a pan with cold water, bring to the boil, simmer for 5 minutes, then drain. Now, stir 400g sugar with 400ml boiling water in a pan to dissolve. Add the drained peel strips, simmer for 45 minutes until the peel is very soft, and drain. When cool enough to handle, carefully toss the strips in the remaining sugar and lay out on a baking tray. spaced a little apart. Leave this baking tray on top of a radiator overnight, and the next morning the peel will be dried, firm, and chewy to eat. Now melt the chocolate in a bowl placed over lightly boiling water, and dip half the peels in the chocolate. Lay them back on a tray and leave in the fridge for the chocolate to set.
Nutrition (per 4 strips):
Protein: 0.6g (Women: 1.2% / Men: 1.1%)
Iron: 1.1mg (Women: 7.4% / Men: 9.7%)
Calories: 72 (Women: 3.6% / Men: 2.9%)
Sugars: 11.3g (Women: 12.6% / Men: 9.4%)
Total Fats: 3.6g (Women: 5.1% / Men: 3.8%)
Saturated Fat: 2.0g (Women: 10.0% / Men: 6.7%)
Salt: 0.1g (Women: 1.7% / Men: 1.7%)
Fibre: 2.9g (Women: 9.7% / Men: 9.7%)
See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.