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Blanching the peels three times helps remove their bitterness. The peels are delicious on their own, but dipping them in chocolate makes them extra-special.

Elizabeth Colling
This Story Originally Appeared On sunset.com

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Yunhee Kim; Styling: Kelli Ronci

Recipe Summary

rest:
2 days
total:
2 hrs
Yield:
Makes 4 1/2 cups (serving size: 2 tbsp.)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Score grapefruit, oranges, and lemons through peel from top to bottom in 6 sections for grapefruit and 4 for oranges and lemons (don't cut into fruit.) Pull off strips of peel with your fingers. Slide a small, sharp knife along inside of peels to remove excess membrane so peels are about 1/4 in. thick. Cut peels lengthwise into strips about 1/2 in. wide in center and tapered on ends.

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  • Put peels in a 3- to 4-qt. saucepan and add cold water to cover. Bring to a boil, then drain. Repeat twice more.

  • Refill pan with 2 1/2 cups water and 2 1/2 cups sugar; bring to a boil, making sure that sugar dissolves. Add peels and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until peels turn translucent and syrup begins to form bigger bubbles, about 1 1/2 hours.

  • Drain peels, saving syrup for other uses (such as topping pancakes) if you like. Spread peels on a nonreactive cooling rack set on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Let peels dry overnight.

  • Put remaining 1 cup sugar in a bowl and toss peels in sugar by the handful, shaking off excess. Put peels on a clean baking sheet and let them dry 1 more day.

  • Serve peels plain or dipped in chocolate.*

  • *Melt 10 oz. chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate in a small pan over barely simmering water. Dip peels halfway into chocolate; set on baking sheets lined with waxed paper. Chill until set, about 30 minutes.

  • Make ahead: Up to 3 months, chilled airtight.

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Nutrition Facts

96 calories; calories from fat 0%; protein 0g; fat 0g; saturated fat 0g; carbohydrates 25g; fiber 1.1g; sodium 27mg; cholesterol 0mg.
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