These wonderful little gems are joyously flavorful. The peel is chewy and the chocolate melts in your mouth as you savor these little treats. They are truly lovely, and I can not wait to give them to my mom tomorrow! Growing up my mom and I would make nearly any excuse to go into the gold trimmed Godiva boutique and I swear we’d spend at least an hour loitering and marveling at all the beautiful and more importantly tasty chocolates we could choose from. Holidays were the best, you knew chocolate would be patiently waiting for you. Channakah? Godiva. Valentines Day? Godiva. Birthdays? Godiva. Their anniversary? Godiva. Feeling devilish? Godiva. I think it’s the perfect answer to all problems, right? Granted their prices have gotten even more ridiculous over the years. Around Valentines day I noticed that they were selling SIX chocolate covered strawberries for $50!!! Yes, that’s right over 8$ a strawberry!!! Besides the pricing, it seems most of the boutiques around where I live have closed, so it’s getting harder for us to get our Godiva fix. But we manage. It’s a tough life. One of my mom’s favorites are the chocolate covered orange peels, which are only sold in the non-existent Godiva Boutiques. So here’s my attempt at homemade.
2 cups Sugar
Semi Sweet Chocolate for dipping
Peel the oranges with a small knife, remove some of the rind. Slice into ~1/4 inch pieces. Bring a small pot of water to boil. Boil orange peels for 10 minutes. Drain and boil again for another 10 minutes. Now bring 3 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar to boil, add peels and reduce heat so that water continues to simmer. Cook oranges until peels become translucent and soft, about 40 minutes. Be cautious that your heat isn’t too high or sugar may start to caramelize and ruin your peels! Drain peels and lay out on parchment paper to dry overnight. The next day, heat chocolate over a double boiler and dip peels one a time and lay out to dry again. Then enjoy your homemade delicacy!