Chewy, sweet candied oranges, dipped in rich dark chocolate. Sound tempting? This recipe calls for a dehydrator, but the good news is, you can make them even if you don't have one! These candied oranges make the perfect gift for your sweetheart — or you can gift them to yourself.
Chocolate-Dipped Candied Oranges [Vegan]
- 1 large navel orange
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup white cane sugar
- 80 grams vegan dark chocolate
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- In a large heavy bottomed saucepan add the water and the sugar. Heat on high and bring to a boil.
- Prepare the orange. Slice the nubs off both ends then slice the orange in half. Lay each half on the cut side and using a very sharp knife cut the orange into thin slices. Repeat with both sides of the orange.
- Once the sugar-water is boiling, carefully lower the orange slices into the pan. Boil for 5-10 minutes, turning them once.
- Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the oranges for 30 minutes or until the syrup has reduced, turning them once or twice.
- Turn the heat down to low and leave the oranges for a further 10 minutes.
- Prepare two wire wracks, placing baking trays underneath to catch any syrup.
- Turn off the heat and allow the oranges to cool for a few minutes.
- Carefully lift the oranges out of the syrup and place them on the wire wracks. The syrup can be used for whatever you like.
- Allow the oranges to drain. If you don’t own a dehydrator, the oranges will now need to air dry for 2-3 days depending on how humid your house is. If you do own a dehydrator, dehydrate the oranges in a single layer for 4 hours at 30°F and then a further 1 hour at 40°F.
- When you are ready to dip the oranges, place a heat proof bowl of a pan of boiling water. Add the chocolate and coconut oil, stirring until melted. Carefully dip half of each orange slice into the chocolate. Leave to cool on a lined baking tray.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.