This next one I actually had high hope for when I read the recipe. Well, I really only read the title. That’s what got me into trouble!
Do you see what I mean? Think of all the people who would smile knowing I had saved them from purchasing another box of orange sticks? They could have my beautiful retro homemade ones. Yup. No.
This one is a recipe my friend has told me about before. I was silly and decided to use a grapefruit called an orblanco. It is supposedly not as bitter and I had three of them laying around so I thought, why not! Why not? The pith (the white stuff) is incredible thick. It took an extra sugaring to take away the bitterness.
I spent a lot of time with this dear “treat”. As you will notice, you have to boil the rind 6 times. I know, what was I thinking? To be honest, I still haven’t been able to take a bite. I am too scared that what I spent the better part of a day on will be gross. I just can’t stand that kind of rejection.
Here is the recipe. I know it would be good if you used an orange. Please use an orange. Did I say use and orange?
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1/4 c. hot water
- Peel of an orange
- Dark chocolate (the darker the better)
- Remove the peel of the orange carefully and cut into strips. Place peels in a sauce pan and cover with cold water. Let boil up and drain. Repeat 5 times.
- Heat the sugar and water and when dissolved add boiled orange peel. Cook until syrup is almost evaporated.. Drain. (Taste and if it is still bitter, repeat the sugaring process.) While still slightly warm, roll in granulated sugar and let sit.
- Heat dark chocolate in a double boiler and when melted, dip pieces in chocolate and let sit several hours until it hardens.
Here they are before the six baths:
Here they are before chocolate: