Dark Chocolate Candied Grapefruit Peels

Chocolate Dipped Candied Grapefruit Peel

A few weeks ago, I was tasked with making an assortment of chocolate bars for a family anniversary party (more on that adventure coming soon!) For one of my recipes, I made a dark chocolate bar with chunks of candied grapefruit peel. Well, I ended up with a lot of extra candied citrus peel, so I decided to put it to good use!

This recipe is somewhat time-consuming (mostly due to lots of boiling and air-drying) but it’s actually super easy. The hardest part is waiting 2-3 days for the peels to dry, because if you’re anything like me, you’ll be itching to taste-test! (Side note: Be sure to plan ahead. Drying takes time, so you’ll want to candy your grapefruit peels at least a few days before you plan to dip them in chocolate.)

These chocolate-dipped candied grapefruit peels would be perfect for holiday gifting! They ship well and will last for weeks at room temperature when stored in an airtight container, so they’re also perfect for mailing to out-of-town friends and family.

Just be sure to make a few extras to keep for yourself–they’re pretty hard to resist.

Chocolate Dipped Candied Grapefruit Peel

Candied Grapefruit Peel Variations

I used grapefruit peels, since I had candied them for a previous recipe. However, this recipe would work equally well with oranges, lemons, or limes.

I used Belgian dark chocolate from Santa Barbara Chocolate. However, you could also substitute white or milk chocolate in place of the dark–they would all be just as delicious! Just be sure to use a high-quality chocolate (not chocolate chips meant for baking) as good-tasting (and properly tempered) chocolate makes all the difference in this simple recipe.

Chocolate Dipped Candied Grapefruit Peel

For more fun things to dip in chocolate, check out my recipe for salted pumpkin seed brittle. Like these candied peels, chocolate-dipped brittle also makes a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift for friends and co-workers!

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Candied Grapefruit Peels
These delightful chocolate-dipped candied peels are perfect for holiday gifting. Grapefruit works especially well, but these would be delicious with orange or lemon peels, too!
Chocolate Dipped Candied Grapefruit Peel
Course Sweets
Cuisine Candy, Chocolate
Prep Time 30 minutes (divided)
Cook Time 75 minutes
Passive Time 2-3 days
Servings
cups candied peels
Ingredients
Course Sweets
Cuisine Candy, Chocolate
Prep Time 30 minutes (divided)
Cook Time 75 minutes
Passive Time 2-3 days
Servings
cups candied peels
Ingredients
Chocolate Dipped Candied Grapefruit Peel
Instructions
Candied Grapefruit Peels
  1. Thoroughly wash and dry each grapefruit.
  2. With a knife, remove the ends of each grapefruit, then carefully remove the peel. Try to remove it in one whole piece if possible. Refrigerate the fruit and reserve it for breakfast or for use in another recipe; you will not need it here.
  3. Slice grapefruit peel into 1/4" strips (or as wide/narrow as desired).
  4. Add sliced peels to a large stock pot. Fill pot with water, and bring to a rolling boil. Boil peels for 15 minutes.
  5. Drain peels in a colander and rinse thoroughly with cool water.
  6. Bring 3 cups water and 3 cups granulated sugar to a boil in medium saucepan. Stir until sugar has dissolved, then add sliced peels. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for one hour.
  7. While peels are simmering, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  8. Drain peels and toss in remaining 1.5 cups sugar. Transfer peels to parchment-lined sheet and allow to sit, uncovered, for 1-3 days.
Chocolate Dipping
  1. Once candied peels have dried, proceed to dipping. Temper 8 ounces dark chocolate and dip a portion of each peel to coat. (If desired, you could also use a dipping fork to cover the entire peel.) Transfer to a clean sheet of parchment to cool.
  2. Once chocolate has set, transfer peels to an airtight container. Store at room temperature for up to one month.
Recipe Notes

A good metal colander will come in very handy for this recipe. I like this one from Amazon.

The air-drying portion of this recipe will take 2-3 days. Be sure to plan ahead.

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