Orangettes are French in origin, and are strips of orange peel, candied, and dipped in chocolate.
It is another food considered a delicacy, and expensively sold in stores.However, allowing yourself a few hours in the kitchen, you may reproduce this delicacy at a very bargain price. I adapted this recipe from the food network with some minor changes.
The same recipe may be applied to grapefruit rind.
4 thick-skinned oranges
2 cups sugar
200g dark chocolate
4 Tbsp butter
Peel the skin in quarters and cut into strips.
Drop into boiling water, bring back to boil, drain.
Repeat the boiling and draining process two more times (total three).
Drain the final time, reserve the strips on the side.
Combine the sugar with 2 cups water in a pot.
Stir until dissolved, do not boil.
Add the orange strips, bring to boil, reduce heat, simmer uncovered 15 minutes until translucent.
Remove the strips from the syrup and place on wire rack.
Leave over-night on the wire rack to dry out.
Next day, put chopped chocolate and the butter in a bowl over steaming water until melted and homogeneous.
Dip the orange strips in the melted chocolate and remove with two forks, letting excess chocolate drip off, and place on a large sheet of foil to cool and allow the chocolate to set.
Yet another idea for a beautiful hostess gift, or simply presented with bitter espresso.