Dark Chocolate Coated Spiced Candied Orange Peel

Dark Chocolate Coated Spiced Candied Orange Peel

When the lovely Claire from ClaireKCreations contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in joining a ‘Foodie Secret Santa’ with other food bloggers from around Australia I squealed with delight. Why of course I’d love to receive gifts in the mail so the answer was yes. She then said its not one present or two, but 3 different presents and I squealed some more!

This was back in November so for the last month I had ideas swirling through my mind as to what I would mail out to my 3 secret Santa participants.

I settled on orange and spice because those flavours remind me of Christmas and decided I’d make dark chocolate coated candied orange peel. I absolutely love orange and chocolate anything and it was so hard not to just polish the plate I had to mail out.

So yes lucky Secret Santa recipient’s, twas I, the Gourmet Wog that made that box of yumminess.

What I didn’t really take into consideration though was the weather and as I was standing at the post office with my 3 goodies all boxed and wrapped up searching through my blackberry to find the email with the recipient’s home address’s is that all 3 were located in the sunny north. QLD. Nice.

My beautifully decorated choc coated orange peel would arrive as one box of melted chocolate mess with orange things floating through it. I’m sure/hope it still tasted good!

I skinned 3 kilos of oranges to get enough peel for 3 participants. It turned out to be just enough and I ended up freezing the actual oranges once they were peeled for later use.

If you’re curious to see what other bloggers received, we tracked our goodies using hashtag #foodiesecretsanta in twitter, facebook and instagram.


What did I receive? Well this lucky gal was just so grateful to receive something other than bills in the mail, and even luckier because all 3 goodies were so delicious. Present one was Bread and Butter Pickles and homemade dukkah, present 2 was home made honey mustard, and present 3 was salted caramel peanut brittle and maple dukkah. Amazing! Thanks Secret Santa!! xx

Dark Chocolate Coated Spiced Candied Orange Peel

  • 3 kilo’s oranges, peeled.
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • About 10 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 200 grams good quality dark chocolate

Remove the skin from the oranges (pith/white part too) and cut into strips. If you’re fussed about presentation or OCD you can make square them up and make them all even in size but I went for the ‘rustic’ look (or the ‘I can’t be bothered doing the extra step because I have a crazy cat two year old running amok beside me). Actually, I like the rustic look, it makes them appear home made!


Put orange peel into a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring it to the boil for 2 minutes. Drain it, then repeat the process 3 times. This helps reduce the bitterness from the peel.

After you do this 3 times, bring all the listed ingredients (except the chocolate) to a boil and simmer away on a mid to low heat for 1 hour until the peel is translucent.

Dark Chocolate Coated Spiced Candied Orange Peel

Remove the peel from the syrup and place on a drying rack for a minimum of 6 hours. I did this step at night and left it to dry overnight for a better effect.

Dark Chocolate Coated Spiced Candied Orange Peel

Melt the chocolate over a double boiler and carefully dip each orange peel into the melted chocolate. Place the choc coated orange peel onto some parchment/baking paper to dry.

Dark Chocolate Coated Spiced Candied Orange Peel

Once the chocolate has set, you can store them for up to 2 weeks.

Dark Chocolate Coated Spiced Candied Orange Peel


49 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Coated Spiced Candied Orange Peel

  1. Lisa they look great. I have never eaten candied orange peel, so would of love to have tried them. I hope the weather played in your favour and no one ended up with a gooey mess. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Hope you enjoyed your pressies 😉

  2. This is such a great gift, Lisa. I hope they made it to their destinations in good shape. I’d no idea that this is how candied citrus peels are made. Even I can do this! Thanks, Lisa.

  3. oh YUM! one of my most favourite things in the world is haigh’s dark chocolate coated candied orange segments. i stock up when on the mainland. your goodies sounds even better, with the spices – wow. i hope they arrived safely in QLd 🙂 have a lovely christmas and see you in the new year! e X

  4. Lol, Lisa – is it wrong to be relieved that I wasn’t the only one to regret sending chocolate through the post in the middle of summer?! Haha.

    Seriously though, this looks great and is not something I’ve ever even thought to make before. I’m dying to give it a go so thanks for sharing.

    I hope you have a lovely Christmas!

  5. The recipe sounds great. Just wondering how long they last. Thinking of making them now but wont be gifted till Christmas day. Would they still be ok? Thank you : )

  6. I was wondering who was responsible for those lovely peels! My biggest concern was that the syrup I made would pop open on the way but it looks like all the string and plastic wrap protected it ;D Merry Christmas!

  7. What a fun event. I love chocolate covered orange peel and know that your recipients must have loved them. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

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