If you have an orange and some good chocolate, (chips will do), you have the makings of a treat that would rival the convections of a French chocolatier.
Family and friends who know my fondness for these orange delicacies often bring them to me as a treat. (My favorites come from The Fountain, which is too far downtown for me to get there very often. Which maybe just as well.)
A Candy Maker in the Family
Imagine my surprise when Robin told me that JC had made a huge batch of chocolate-covered rinds. Amazing! Not only does he fix my malfunctioning kitchen appliances, troubleshoot any computer or television issues, and diagnose various sounds in my car, now he makes this astounding candy treat. What a treasure!
The recipe for Chocolate-Covered Orange Rinds is easy. The hardest part is waiting for the rinds to dry out before they can be dipped and devoured.
You can get 20-30 strips out of each orange, so several pieces of fruit can make enough for you and a few gifts. Use organic oranges, if possible, to avoid sprayed on chemicals. If using regular oranges, scrub thoroughly.
To remove the bitterness from the peel, the pieces are boiled for 5 minutes, twice, before being bathed in a simple syrup of water and sugar.
You can sub lemon, grapefruit, tangerine or lime peels for the oranges.