1cupchopped semi-sweet or dark chocolate, according to taste
2cupssuperfine sugar to roll peels in
Using a knife, cut the top and bottom of oranges off, cut cut 3/4" wide strips of orange peel from each orange. Don’t bother scraping the pith off - by the time these are cooked in syrup and sugared, any bitterness will be mellowed and a lot of the flavor will come from the pith.
Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil and simmer the orange peels for 10 minutes. Drain the peels, rinse them with cold water, and boil them in fresh water for an additional 10 minutes. Repeat once more, for a total of three times.
Bring the sugar, corn syrup and water to a gentle boil in a medium saucepan and stir occasionally until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reduced in volume just a bit, about five minutes.
Add the orange peels and continue simmering the mixture until the peels are translucent, about 45 minutes. Transfer the candied peel to a wire drying rack and allow it to sit undisturbed overnight or until dry.
When peels are dry, roll them in superfine sugar. Toss and rub to get the sugar over the entire surface, and to make sure there are no globs of sugar.
Let dry overnight and roll/rub in more sugar. (Sift sugar and store in airtight container; it can be reused for more candying or where sugar that has a slight citrus taste would be useful.)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water, and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Dip 2/3 of the length of each candied orange strip in the chocolate, leaving 1/3 of the peel exposed, and place it on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Allow the chocolate to set before serving. Recipe can be doubled or tripled.
For other great ideas for oranges to use rather than compost all the rind:
Cats and Potted Plants
Orange peels can be used to keep cats from eating your houseplants. Take an orange peel and rub down the leaves of your houseplants at least once a month. Put orange peels on the surface of the soil in your potted plants as well. Cats dislike the smell of citrus and they will leave your plants alone.
Oranges can be used to safely clean marble surfaces. Cut an orange in half and dip it lightly into a dish of salt. Scrub the surface of the marble with the salted orange. Rinse the marble thoroughly with water and dry.
A few oranges will clean and freshen your garbage disposal. Just cut a few oranges into quarters and run them through the disposal and it will smell great.
Repel the Picnic Pests
An orange can keep flies away from your garbage or picnic. Just rub the surface of the skin from an orange with a cheese grater and place the orange in the area you want to keep flies away from. The scent of the orange will repel the flies.
Refreshing Scent in the house
Orange peels can be boiled in a saucepan on the stove with a few cloves and will fill your home with a delightfulscent. If you place a piece of orange peel in your bag of brown sugar the sugar will stay soft.
Dried orange peels can be used in potpourri, homemade bath oils in decorative bottles, and decorations in dried flower arrangements.
Use for kindling
Dried orange and lemon peels are a far superior choice for use as kindling than newspaper. Not only do they smell better and produce less creosote than newspaper, but the flammable oils found inside the peels enable them to burn much longer than paper.
Make a pomander
Pomanders have been used for centuries to fill small spaces with a delightful fragrance as well as to combat moths. They are also incredibly easy to make: Take a bunch of cloves and stick them into an orange, covering the whole surface. That’s it. Now suspend your pomander using a piece of string, twine, or monofilament fishing line inside a closet or cupboard, and it will keep the space smelling fresh for years.
Apply as mosquito repellent
If you’re not crazy about the idea of rubbing onions all over yourself to keep away mosquitoes, you may be happy to know that you can often get similar results by rubbing fresh orange or lemon peels over your exposed skin. It’s said that mosquitoes and gnats are totally repulsed by either scent.
Show ants the door
Get rid of the ants in your garden, on your patio, and along the foundation of your home. In a blender, make a smooth puree of a few orange peels in 1 cup warm water. Slowly pour the solution over and into anthills to send the little pests packing.
Those of you with a bit of patience can work the process of candying your orange, lemon or lime rinds. Here is a recipe from Diana who attended a workshop from Winnetka Farms that you can do with or without dipping them in chocolate.