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Today is National Candied Orange Peel Day!
Any excuse to eat candied treats is holiday-worthy to us.

 

Today is National Candied Orange Peel Day. Yea, it exists. But why is this a holiday? Probably because we want an excuse to eat delicious (yet full of vitamins) treats. In celebration of this National holiday we decided to share with you a recipe to make your own! Epicurious has a great recipe for a simple candied orange peel and you don't need much to make it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large oranges, 1/4 inch of top and bottom cut off
  • 4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 cups water

Directions:

Cut peel on each orange into 4 vertical segments. Remove each segment (including white pith) in 1 piece. Cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips. Cook in large pot of boiling water 15 minutes; drain, rinse, and drain again.

Bring 3 cups sugar and 3 cups water to boil in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add peel. Return to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until peel is very soft, about 45 minutes. Drain.

Toss peel and 1 cup sugar on rimmed baking sheet, separating strips. Lift peel from sugar; transfer to sheet of foil. Let stand until coating is dry, 1 to 2 days. DO AHEAD: Wrap and freeze up to 2 months.

What you do with the orange peels once your done is up to you though. Dip 'em in chocolate or add them to your favorite cocktail to give it a little summer citrus splash! Better yet, save some for tomorrow to add to your margs for Cinco de Mayo!