Honey Orange Peel Candy

It’s January here in South Texas we are having cold evenings and mornings, but, beautiful sunshine in the afternoons with highs in the 60’s and low 70’s.  This really makes for SWEET JUICY oranges if you are lucky enough to have them.  I have a small tree  just 6 years old, but, they it is loaded.  2 five gallon buckets picked the other day yielded us almost 4 gallons of fresh juice, tons of pulp for orange bread, smoothies and creamsicle cubes(that’s up next).  We use all of the orange even the pulp and this is one of the things I do with the peels.

Honey Orange Peel Candy

Here’s a video showing you how: CLICK HERE

1 Cup Fresh organic orange peel cut into slices about the size of large matchsticks.  The reason I say organic is because the pesticide and herbicides from the non-organic orchards are on and in the peel.  I happen to have an orange tree so when I juice them I save the peel as you will see in the video.

1/2 Cup honey

Cut the orange peel and boil for 30 mins, rinse with cold water and boil again for 2 minutes, rinse again with cold water.

Bring the honey to a slow boil and add the boiled and rinsed orange peel, stir constantly to avoid scorching.  When it begins to dry up and no more honey is hanging around you are done, transfer to parchment paper and use a fork to separate.  If you have a dehydrator you can now dry them, or place in an oven on 350 degrees until the edges  just begin to crisp.  I have a convection oven so I turn on the hot air for about 2-3 minutes.

You can also just let them sit out for a couple of days, they will be like gummy worm consistency.  Great healthy snack for kids.  Sweet and great tasting!