Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Candied orange slices dipped in chocolate

Finding this photo reminded me of the super delicious candied orange slices I had in London and the thought of it made me crave for some.

Since there were some oranges in my fridge as well as some dark chocolate in my pantry, I went ahead and made some with the recipe I found on the net.  I know the first thing that comes to your mind when you look at the photos will be, "Chay! it does not even look tempting!"  Yes, I agree, I failed to make them look appealing *SOB SOB*, but please do not judge them by the look.  Do give this recipe a chance, and I am sure yours will come out far more prettier than mine. Trust me, this is a good recipe and yielded toothsome candied orange slices which I enjoyed very much!  I only shared a few slices with my Quay Lo and I ate the rest all by myself! LOL!  I will definitely make this again and try to improve the look the next time. I am proud to say that mine were as good as those I bought in London which was ultra expensive to me, about USD36.00 (RM108.00) per 400 gms. Now that I can do this myself, there is no way that I am going to pay through my nose for that again.

Largely adapted from

4 valencia oranges
2 cups water
3 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 cups granulated sugar, as needed for coating
2 lbs semisweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces (reserve a 2-ounce chunk)

Method to candy the orange slices:
In a medium skillet, combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Add the orange slices and cook over moderate heat, turning them occasionally, until the liquid is reduced to a thin syrup and the orange slices are translucent, about 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to moderately low and simmer until the syrup is thick and the slices are tender but still intact, turning occasionally, about 10 minutes. Transfer the orange slices to a rack to cool. Reserve the syrup for another use.
MAKE AHEAD The candied orange slices can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Method to prepare the chocolate dipping:

Place the chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water, and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Dip the 2/3 of the length of each candied orange sliced in the chocolate, leaving 1/3 of the slice exposed, and place it on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Allow the chocolate to set before serving.


  1. Love the happy photo! I don't normally like orange peel, but when it's covered in yummy chocolate, I can make an exception. The orange slices look really good.

  2. I like the sugar dusting as the final touch. Your photo almost looks like it's the edible gold dust you used! Great post!

  3. I love orangette, too! Look is one thing, but taste matters, too. So yours are fine.

  4. Quay Po- So many sweets look amazing (paste flowers, anyone?), but taste so terrible.

    Your sweets look divine and yummy and taste is the most important.


  5. this photos does not at all look unbeautiful. i find it artistic (: i can feel the tangy taste of the orange binding so well with the choc! YUMMY! (:

  6. I've never tried chocolate covered oranges. They sound really interesting. Now I'll be dreaming of candied fruits all night...

  7. looks yummmy. will give these a try.

  8. Those orange slices looks simply out of the world..marvellous..

  9. You made simple foods like this look so classy, quaypo!

  10. Looks simple and easy. I will try this. Candied orange is great

  11. I've always made my own candied peel but this with the chocolate dip .... yesss! Even better! There's nothing "chay" about the photos ... they do look yummy!

  12. Nice looking candies. Would love to eat this while watching!

  13. Beautiful! Chocolate and orange is such a perfect combination!

  14. Yum! I love orange and chocolate. I never thought of making my own. duh!

  15. I'd tested orange flavour choc but never try before with fresh orange, will try dis soon!

  16. best combination ever! Choc and orange. How expensive this can be hey! I reckon it makes a great gift as well.

  17. What r u talking about Quay Po? The pic is so great it made me drool! Thks for sharing - I love this to the bits!
    Btw, I love the yellow mug - very cute :)

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  19. I've made candied orange peel, but never the whole fruit. Very cool.

  20. Oooh, I've never been to London and would love to visit one day! Love that picture of you, it's just screaming freedom.

    Silly Quay Po, those candied oranges look mighty appealing to me. Your Quay Lo is lucky to even get some. If I made these, I'd probably hide and eat them all. Teehee. Ok, I'd share with my kiddies, but only because they've found all my hiding places. Haha. Thanks for sharing this sweet recipe, dear.

  21. By the way, did you change the look of your blog? I love it and that picture of all of you. A beautiful keepsake photo!

  22. these do look pretty to me and cute snap of you in London

  23. OMG, these shots look great, especially the one @ Hyde Park. Reminds me of the times I was in London :)

    Are you sending me some of these orange slices?? Save me the cooking! Hahaha! My son would love these. Lovely colours + Chocolates. Who can resist??

  24. I love the orange slices...of course...but truly, I am drawn to the lovely photo in Hyde Park! I was just there in April and I LOVED it. I can't wait to see it again.

  25. My favorite! I love this candied orange very much.

  26. What a lovely picture of you in London! You look so happy!
    Your Candied oranges sound and look fantastic..and my mouth is watering just looking at them on your photos!!

  27. Darling, I know the secret for avoiding the clotting of the chocolate, though I'll attest to the fact that the flavour and mouth-feel of yours were not impaired at all and agree with other comments that the photos are mouth watering. I'll tell you the secret but you have to agree to let me have a full share in the first batch. An afterthought: I wonder why orange pairs itself equally well with chocolate and vanilla. Anyone venture an answer?

  28. malam malam datang tengok kat dapur Quay po..wah sedapnya nampak candied orange ni...

  29. cikmanggis: Terima kasih telah mengunjungi saya. Saya sangat gembira melihat anda. Orange slice ini lazat tapi saya tak suka paparan nya. Lain kali, saya mau cuba lagi buat dia cantik sikit.

  30. Belle, You are like my sister in law, she is the same, she doen't like orange.

    yummychunklet: I wish I know how to do this earlier so that I can send a box to you for your one month long birthday celebration.

    Pei Lin: thanks dear, you are very sweet to say that but I agree. hehe... When are you coming over to teach me how to make macarons?

    Loretta, riya, Passionate about cooking, three cookies, ping, Belinda, Elra: Quay Po is still cooking and baking because of all the encouragement from you guys. Thanks:D

    Jasmine: Sweety, the photo is okay, I have to make it look good to hide the flaws of my orange slices lor.

    Barefeet in the Kitchen: Make your dream into reality. You got the recipe now so you can do it my dear.

    small kucing: your boy might not like the taste, little boys don't like bitter sweet taste.

    Pete: that was exactly what I did.

    Darlene: I never thought of that either until I found the recipe.

    Ah Tee: Try it dear, you will be addicted to it for sure.

    daphne: definitely make a good gift if I can make it look much prettier.

    Alice: thanks. Many of my friends love those little expresso cups too. They came in a set of 5 in different colors. I had them long long time ago and they are so cheap.

    Bomography: Thanks so much for the award. I will go collect it soon. I am still try to work out a standalone page to showcase awards kindly given to me by my blogger friends. Have not figure it out yet so if you do not see it posted, please do not think that I don't appreciate it. I do. Love it and means a lot to me.

    Wilde in the kitchen: Ya, usually those sold in the shops are just orange peel.

    LeQuan: I love that picture too, my Quay Lo caught the moment of me feeling like a little girl at 40+. LOL! I am glad you notice the change on my header, if not I will be very disappointed with you. LOL! I like it better than the old one too.

    Rebecca, Sandra: I love candid camera shots like this one.

    Shirley: The next time I make it, I will remember what you said.

    Ameena: Yes, it has been a long time we have not visited London, I love the place too especially the little cafe on the side walk. Lots of awesome bakes. The fragrance of coffee in the air but before going, have to loose 20 lbs.

    Darling: Sure I agree to let you have half share darling this time but if you are off on your biz trip, then sorry lah, hehe... No idea why orange pairs so well with chocolate and vanilla but that i a classic pairing and known to many bakers. If you know, tell lah, don't keep everyone in suspense.

  31. What a wonderful recipe. Chocolate and orange is a lovely combination. It always tickles me when I can reproduce a treat I enjoy at home.

  32. they look great! and im sure they taste even better that the store ones! good job! and thank you for your visit!

  33. briarrose: yes that was exactly how i felt too. I am even more tickled when I don't have to pay a hefty price for them.

    juliana: You are welcome, I enjoyed my visit to your blog. Thanks for dropping by too.


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