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Zero waste chocolate-covered orange peel recipe

…Yep, you can eat orange peel. And this recipe by Appetizer Addiction makes it impossible to just have one piece.

This is what we like to call a ‘do-it-all’ recipe…

Need a healthier snack? You have to try it.

Want to make a tasty, homemade gift? This is perfect.

Looking for your favourite after-dinner treat? Chocolate-covered anything is always a winner.

But, the best part? It uses the bits of orange you’d usually throw away, and that just brings it to a whole new level!

How terrible that saving food waste means you have to eat chocolate, right? Looks like you'll be the most eco-friendly home on the block from now on!


Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour

Serves: 6 people


2 oranges


200g sugar

90g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)


  1. Wash the oranges in hot water.

  2. Remove the top and bottom of the oranges. 

  3. To help the peel come off cleanly without any flesh, cut 4 or 5 lines from top to bottom, through the peel and into the fruit. Then, carefully remove each section of peel by hand.

  4. Cut these pieces of peel into thin strips (you should get around 30 strips from each orange), and put them in a pot.

  5. Pour 450ml of water over the peels and bring to the boil.

  6. Boil for 5 minutes, then drain the water.

  7. Fill the pot with 450ml of fresh water and boil for another 5 minutes. This removes some of the bitter taste.

  8. In the meantime, put the sugar in a pan with 250ml of water. Heat until the sugar has dissolved, then add the peels once they’re ready. 

  9. Simmer the mixture for 45 minutes, or until the peels become translucent.

  10. When they’re ready, spread the peels on a wire rack so they can cool and the syrup can drip off.

  11. Once the peels are totally cool, melt the chocolate.

  12. Cover each strip of peel in chocolate, then place on foil or baking paper.

  13. Put in the fridge for about an hour, or until the chocolate has set.

Storage tips

Once ready, these chocolate-covered orange peels will keep in the fridge for one week.


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