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Serve as a sweet finish to a meal; dip into melted semisweet chocolate, let set, then pack as a gift; or finely chop and stir into muffin batter or scone dough.

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2010
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  • CKL19708440
    30 DEC, 2018
    Mine came out leathery, as I tried to minimize how much pith was left on. Next time, I will leave a good amount of pith, change the boiling water and let the citrus peel sit for a while in the syrup after boiling.
  • Paydro
    28 JUL, 2014
    HELP!!! I don't think that my candies taste the way they should. I started with lemon & lime peels that I had gotten from my friend's fresh squeezed lemon-aid stand. We made the lemon-aides on Saturday, refrigerated & cooked on Sunday night. I cut & cooked the peels per instructions, they have not dried, but have stayed moist. I cooked the lemons & the limes separately, the limes taste more limey, but both the lemons & limes taste bitter-acidy. Should I of stripped the pulp from the rinds?
    • CKL19708440
      30 DEC, 2018
      If you get rid of all the pith, then the candy is too leathery--as mine was the first time around, though it was greatly improved by dipping in melted dark chocolate. Next time I will try using several changes of water to lessen the bitterness, as suggested in a previous comment.
    • LJMPLS
      1 FEB, 2015
      No, you don't have to remove the pith. The purpose of boiling the the peels is to remove the bitterness. Most recipes have you boil them for 5 minutes, drain, boil again, and do this for a total of 4-5 times. I am surprised this recipe says to boil once. I also would increase the sugar syrup, and when you're done, don't throw that out! Use it in iced tea, etc.
    • pepper1106
      8 DEC, 2014
      The recipe says leave the pith on the orange. That is the white part just below the peel. The pith (the white part) is what makes the peel bitter. So, yes you should have scraped all of that off the peel and just had that thin layer of peel left.
  • Chowchilla Girl
    23 DEC, 2012
    Recipe is awesome-reminds me of my mom's candied peels! You must keep peel boiling in sugar syrup until syrup gets pretty thick. The left over syrup crystalizes into some yummy sugar drops for kid's mouths, too!
  • mixitup
    16 DEC, 2012
    I made these and they are out of this world...... BUT....are they suppose to stay wet? Mine never dried? Thank you.
  • lagne
    22 DEC, 2010

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