chocolate covered orange peel

Somewhere along the line I turned sixty five and started going to bed at nine o’clock, increasing the font size on my kindle and eating chocolate covered orange peel out of tin boxes.

Okay, I’m just kidding about the tin box part. But still! For some very strange reason, I always equated chocolate covered orange peel with “old people”. It seemed like an old fashioned confection to bring out during tea time or something…I don’t know!

But then…I started having this relationship with the big, juicy naval oranges that are everywhere in Northern California right now…

and then I crossed over to the dark side.

My only regret is that it took me this long to make these little gems!

Seriously, they are insanely simple to make and even more addictive than cooler ranch doritos…if you could only imagine! I’ve been eating them all weekend long and am turning a wee bit orange to prove it.

The process is very similar to making candied meyer lemon slices. All you need is fruit, sugar, water and…chocolate, of course!

Methinks they would make wonderful gifts—all wrapped up in tissue paper and cute ribbon—that is, if they last that long! If you like those chocolate oranges, you will LOVE this. Trust me!

The best part: they’re practically a health food!

Chocolate Covered Orange Peel

Print this recipe!


1 large naval orange

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Cut the orange in half and then gently cut around to scoop out the segments. You should be left with two empty orange halves that look like little bowls. Smoosh the orange bowls down on the counter and slice into thin pieces–it doesn’t matter how long the pieces are, some will be short and some will be long. Set aside.

Boil together the sugar and water (it will look like wet sand). Once boiling, add the orange peels and reduce the heat to simmer. Let simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the sugar water is very thick and sticky and the orange peels have almost become translucent.

Remove orange peels (this is easiest using a fork) and let dry on wax paper for two hours. After they’ve dried, melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler and dip each peel halfway in.

Let cool completely so the chocolate hardens.


2 hrs 15 minutes

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  • jessica @ how sweet
    February 28, 2011 at 5:11 am

    This is one of my favorite treats! Love chocolate orange peel.

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl
    February 28, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Combining my favorite fruit with chocolate?! Definite win! Can’t wait to try making these on my own!

  • Hannah (Culture Connoisseur)
    February 28, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Two things- #1, these would make such classy gifts. If I were to unwrap them I would need to take a moment to respond. #2, that is a beautiful piece of le creuset.

  • jenna laughs
    February 28, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Beautiful! I love the flavor of citrus with chocolate. But then again, I love pretty much anything with chocolate.

  • Katrina
    February 28, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Mmm this looks like one of those “healthy” snacks that you could devour in seconds. Awesome.

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    February 28, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Wow that actually looks like something I’d make, and plan to do so πŸ™‚

  • cathyb.@brightbakes
    February 28, 2011 at 5:56 am

    pretty and so yummy looking. Quick question, do you need to stir the oranges at all during the 45 minutes they are simmering, or do you let ’em just do their thing?
    cathy b.

  • sofia
    February 28, 2011 at 6:02 am

    what a cute, sweet treat! i love that photo of the le creuset pot – my parents had only that color in our home growing up. ah, the memories πŸ™‚

  • Amanda (Eating Up)
    February 28, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Love the baking dish! It matches the oranges!

  • Amanda (Eating Up)
    February 28, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Love the baking dish! It matches the oranges!

  • Megan
    February 28, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Bummer! I just can’t get behind citrus and chocolate together. Separate, YES! Never together.
    Pretty pictures though!

    As someone who’s been moving so much in the last few years, I figured you could appreciate wanting to do this:

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    February 28, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Yumm this sounds good! I’ve never actually had orange peel before, but you know those Terry’s Chocolate Oranges that you smack against the wall, and they break into segments? Well this reminds me of those, only I bet yours are better!

  • Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food
    February 28, 2011 at 6:12 am

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them this week!

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    February 28, 2011 at 6:12 am

    I’ve never had these before! They look wonderful. I’m not sure why I always thought they wouldn’t be that good.

  • Elaine
    February 28, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Can you make these with a half splenda/half sugar mix?

  • Kristin
    February 28, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Thank you so much for sharing these! I remember being a kid on vacation with my parents and my dad would always want to stop at one of those cute touristy candy shops and buy chocolate covered orange peels as a special vacaiton treat, they were his favorite! Maybe I will make these for him as a birthday gift!

  • Shannon @ Fresh Year of Life
    February 28, 2011 at 6:26 am

    And I bet these don’t leave that stank taste in your mouth that cooler ranch doritos do …

  • Evan Thomas
    February 28, 2011 at 6:29 am

    This is something I’ve wanted to make for a while now, but you make it sound much easier than I thought it’d be. Maybe I should give it a go.

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    February 28, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I’ve never had chocolate covered orange peels, but I have a feeling that I’m going to LOVE them! I even have a bunch of oranges in the fridge right now – can’t wait to try this out!

  • Ann
    February 28, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I totally agree, we always used to make candied orange and grapefruit peel for my grandmother for Christmas, so I totally associate it with elderly people, too! Also me, because I eat dinner at 5:15. I wish I had thought to do this with the 5 oranges I peeled to freeze for smoothies yesterday!

  • Caroline @ chocolate and carrots
    February 28, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Yum! Nothing like eating healthy. ;-D

  • Holli
    February 28, 2011 at 6:46 am

    OK…I am so making these today!! Thank-you πŸ™‚

  • Kathryn
    February 28, 2011 at 6:56 am

    I had a great aunt that always made chocolate covered orange peels and they have always been one of my very very favorite little treats. It’s one of those things that you really have to taste a good batch to fall in love with, but once you do, it’s over. Done and done.

    She never gave me the recipe, so thanks so much for sharing yours!

  • Lauren @ChiGalLauren
    February 28, 2011 at 7:06 am

    I’m glad I read your take on the Kindle, I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not I want one for awhile now for the same reasons you had-I love the look and feel of an actual book on my hand. Your take on it might have finally pushed me to just do it! I’d never thought of making chocolate covered orange peels, but yours look so good (esp in your gorg le creuset) that I might just have to try them!

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    February 28, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Chocolate covered anything is amazing, but since this adds Vitamic C, I think I better overdoes to make sure I don’t get any late winter/early spring colds. What do you think? πŸ˜‰

  • Lauren @ChiGalLauren
    February 28, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I’m really glad I read your thoughts on your new Kindle-I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not I want one for several months now for the same reasons that you were skeptical-I love the look and feel of an actual book in my hands. This might have been the extra little push I needed to just do it! I would have never thought about making my own chocolate covered orange peels but yours look so good (esp in your gorg matching Le Creuset) that I just might have to try them out!

  • Stephanie @ Live Cook Love
    February 28, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I’ve never had chocolate covered orange peel!!! I think this means I need to make them ASAP!

  • Cyndie
    February 28, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I so have to try these. I eat orange peels plain anyways….so candied and dipped in chocolate is probably amazing.

  • notyet100
    February 28, 2011 at 7:40 am

    wow never thought of this,.

  • Jen@keepitsimplefoods
    February 28, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Love making these. Def one of my favorite treats, and so uncomplicated.

  • sonia
    February 28, 2011 at 7:45 am

    awesome orange covered peels. It must be a true delight to have it, I just love anything dish with oranges so saving this for sure… !

  • Mary Catherine
    February 28, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Morning, Jenna! Do you have any experience baking muffin tops? They have always been my favorite part of the muffin πŸ™‚ I was at a cute coffee shop in Park City over the weekend and they sold the most amazing muffin tops. I’m dying to recreate without having to waste the bottom of the muffin!

    • jenna
      February 28, 2011 at 9:41 am

      I need a muffin top pan! We used to bake them at the bakery I worked at a few years ago and they were yummy. I haven’t attempted them since but you may have inspired me..

      • Baking 'n' Books
        February 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm

        I have a pan like that! But it make them too small – I want big Muffin Tops like at Bakeries πŸ™‚

        …wonder what they do with the bottoms in Park City…pull a Seinfeld and give them to the Homeless πŸ™‚

        • Mary Catherine
          February 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm

          It looked like they used muffin pans. I should have asked! I’m afraid of getting flat muffin disks after reading some muffin pan reviews. I want tall crunchy muffins! Wonder what the secret is. Top of the muffin to ya πŸ˜‰

  • Briana @ The Triple DIsh
    February 28, 2011 at 8:09 am

    These look delicious! I have been looking for a way to sneak into some more vitamin C πŸ˜‰

  • Maren
    February 28, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I’ve never been a huge fan of chocolate and orange. But I always love the concept.

  • mary (what's cookin' with mary)
    February 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

    B loves those chocolate oranges and I happened to buy 2 CA navel oranges on thur… SCORE!

  • Brooke @ bittersweetb
    February 28, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Those look delightful!

  • megan @ blackberries for jam
    February 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

    These look delightful! But you actually just made me crave cooler ranch doritos.

  • Amy @ ElephantEats
    February 28, 2011 at 9:15 am

    These are one of my favorite desserts! And I’ve never attempted to try making them because I thought it seemed too complicated and time-consuming. But with your assurance that it’s easy, I’m gonna have to give it a try now πŸ™‚

  • Jen
    February 28, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Very cool recipe Jenna! I really like where your blog is going – keep it up!

  • Elaine
    February 28, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Ok, I don’t see my comment, so I’ll post again…sorry if this is a repost! My question was: could I use half splenda half sugar to coat the orange peel?

    • jenna
      February 28, 2011 at 9:40 am

      I really don’t know—I’m not a fan of Splenda at all (it gives me horrible migraines)..I really wouldn’t suggest using it but you could try it and see what happens!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    February 28, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Terry’s chocolate oranges totally remind me of being a kid. I’m sure a bite of this little treat would bring me back just the same!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    February 28, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I’ve never had any kind of peel – I think that should change.

  • Krystina (Organically Me)
    February 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I love orangettes!

  • Lesley Lifting Life
    February 28, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Yum! Old people or not, these look amazing, I can already taste them.

  • maria
    February 28, 2011 at 10:41 am

    What a fun little snack. I love chocolate and orange together!

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    February 28, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Orange and chocolate are meant to spend the rest of their lives together. I love them.

  • Heather
    February 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I LOVE orange and chocolate. I totally understand what you mean with the “old people” reference. My g-ma had the chocolate candy that was shaped as an orange and when you hit it on the table the slices would break like an orange. Very bizarre, I know, but I always think of that when I think of orange and chocolate!

  • Emily @ Savory and Savage
    February 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

    lol, I have the same association with chocolate covered orange rinds.

    But yours look very modern, yum!

  • Val @ Balancing Val
    February 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Love this flavor combination.

    They complement each other so well.

    Id venture to say I like chocolate and orange better than chocolate and strawberry πŸ™‚

  • Danielle @ InDeesKitchen
    February 28, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Whoa sugar overload! They look so pretty.

  • Katie @ peacebeme
    February 28, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I have NEVER in my life heard of chocolate-covered orange peel!

  • Anneline
    February 28, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I love making those! In France, they’re called “orangettes” ;o)
    You should try doing the same thing with lemon peel, or my personal favorite, grapefruit peel!!!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    February 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

    “even more addictive than cooler ranch doritos”—that would be hard to do b/c those suckers are like crack. lol.

    The recipe looks wonderful. I peel an orange a day most days in the winter especially. Now, I know what to do with the peels.

    Sugar/water/look like wet sand….love it πŸ™‚

  • Parita @ myinnershakti
    February 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I’ve always assumed that the peel isn’t all that tasty unless used in small quantities – you changed my mind! Very creative and delicious!

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down)
    February 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    A new way to use an orange peel that might otherwise get tossed. Love it! πŸ˜€

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    February 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    mmm these look absolutely delicious! & fun to make too. I always like dipping fruit in chocolate πŸ™‚ You’re totally right though – old people food. But that makes it extra tasty! Have them with a cup of tea πŸ™‚
    Heidi xo

  • val @ lots of dishes
    February 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I do not like the combo of orange + chocolate together, but your first picture was so enticing I had to read on! This would be a great hors d’Ε“uvre w/ wine. Or dessert:)

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    February 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I bet these would be just divine on top of cupcakes or a brownie, or even delicious just by themselves! Great recipe! You have a beautiful blog and I’m so glad to have found it. I’m looking forward to exploring your recipes and seeing more! πŸ™‚ – Georgia

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    February 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Does cooking the orange peel suck some of the strong flavor out?
    These look gooood!!

  • kate@ahealthypassion
    February 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    ooh yes this sounds amazing, I love orange peel and chocolate I cant imagine why I wouldnt like these!

  • Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc
    February 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I made some chocolate candied orange, and though I enjoyed it, it was a lot more time consuming as compared to yours! My cookbook recommended soaking the orange peel for 24 hours, and I still don’t know the reason behind it. ( Wonder if you know the reason? Your recipe is so much simpler; I’d certainly love to try this recipe of yours:)

  • Jessica
    February 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I never used to like these and then somewhere in my late 20s, I totally fell for them! Maybe there is something to associating candied citrus peel with getting older (although I realize that late 20s is hardly old age).

  • Kay, The Church Cook
    February 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Oh…Jenna! Hilton Head Island’s Chocolate Canopy has something similar like these which I adore! But I can make my own now! πŸ™‚ Beautiful!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    February 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    they’re TOTALLY a health food!

  • Baking Serendipity
    February 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I’m all about early bedtimes and health foods that involve chocolate πŸ™‚ These are perfect!

  • Kim @ Wallet Friendly Wellness
    March 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    LOVE this idea. Once again you have inspired me! πŸ™‚

  • Heide M.
    March 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Can’t wait to try this.

  • macsnafu
    April 28, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Sounds like a good use for orange peel. But I wonder what they would be like if you used almond bark instead of the chocolate?

    • macsnafu
      June 2, 2011 at 9:37 am

      Yes, this totally works with vanilla almond bark instead of chocolate chips! Tastes great.

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  • Melinda
    December 21, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I know this is well over a year old, but… I was surprised to read that you associated these with old people – I’m only 34, so I don’t think of myself as old just yet (though I feel more so every day…), but I’ve actually loved candied orange peel since I was a kid. Thinking about it, though, it made sense to me. I think the reason it might be typically more of an adult thing could be the bitter factor. Citrus peel has a really quite lovely bitter element to it – but kids aren’t exactly known for loving bitter flavors. Same reason most kids don’t care for coffee (which I also liked when I was a kid – go figure). Anyway, just my guess. πŸ™‚ Now, those lavender and violet pastilles that come in a tin? Those I will always and forever associate with elderly folks. Still can’t appreciate those – they’re so… well, flowery!