The Taste of Sweetened Citrus Peel Strips

This is a double post about citrus peel candy. Maybe its not cause it is my very own version (without the use of thermometer).

sweetened citrus peel strips

How I did It?

1) I got the orange inside the fridge. She bought it for our toddler.

2) I sliced the fruit to eight parts. Each part has a half moon shape.

3) I peeled it off. I gave the juicy flesh to our toddler. This is one of his favorite. He was  only 11 months old but can eat a whole orange in minutes. He got a great appetite.

4) I sliced the peels to small strips. It allowed better sugar penetration and shorten the cooking time.

5) I added three tablespoons of sugar and one cup water. Brought it to slow boil.

6) I added 1/4 cup water every time the water was to shallow. I did it five times.

7) After 1 1/2 hours of slow boiling. The peels are semi transparent. I stopped addition of water and continued boiling until the syrup was about to crystallized – a rapid boil with lots of small and big bubbles and the water was almost dry.

8) I removed it from fire and transferred to a clean plate. I stirred it continuously until cool – to prevent sticking of peels together.

The verdict:

My wife: It was yummy on the first bite. However, the slightly bitter and astringent taste prevented her form eating more.

Sister: She curiously got and and munched. A very straightforward comment – Bitter!

Cook: The cook is me and non-other than me. It is indeed bitter and astringent. It is the typical taste of any citrus peel. I can taste the sweet sugar blended with bite of citrus. Then the slight bitterness follows shortly and the astringent taste kicks in.

My first impression was awful but the taste gets better and better after each strip. I was munching it one by one while writing this post and the plate was empty before I tapped the period.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

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