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February 14, 2009 / Bo Mackison

Chocolate and Oranges

An Exotic Treat

An Exotic Treat

It was just starting to snow yesterday evening when I walked down the driveway to get my mail. Now mail hasn’t exactly been the highlight of my day lately. No one writes letters any longer, it wasn’t my birthday, and it appears that the only people who send me mail these days want my money in one way or another. So it was with real delight that I noticed a bulky brown padded envelope in my mailbox. I checked the other letters–three bills and two circulars–and went back to musing about what could be hidden in the little package.

The address was from Arizona. I opened the envelope and pulled out a plastic bag filled with an odd assortment of crescents and strips of–what exactly was it? Bright oranges and crystals. It was getting dark, and I couldn’t quite see what I held in my hand, so I resorted to the note in the package.

Candied orange peel. Eat it as a treat or cut up fine for brownies or granola.

Oh, yummy. This was a treat I’ve never tasted; I didn’t wait long for a sample. Purely a bit of sunshine and bliss. What a wonderful mid-winter mood booster!

Many thanks to my citrus suppliers. I give credit to Kent from KentCooks, who evidently exhibited the patience of a saint while de-pithing and slicing the oranges. The recipe is an old family recipe from Quinn but with a twist–added drizzles of dark chocolate. Kent is the chef in the house, and a personal chef in the Phoenix area, and Quinn specializes in creativity ventures of all sorts.


  1. Robin / Feb 14 2009 10:36 am

    Sounds and looks yummy!

    I miss letters. I used to write them a lot. Perhaps it’s time to bring back the art of letter writing.

  2. quinncreative / Feb 14 2009 12:19 pm

    Unexpected letters are so much fun to get!

  3. Kent / Feb 14 2009 12:46 pm

    And what a great photo!

  4. jeju / Feb 14 2009 6:12 pm

    looks yummy

  5. amuirin / Feb 14 2009 11:58 pm

    So nice to receive something sweet and unexpected.

    What was your verdict on the treat?

  6. suehenryphotography / Feb 15 2009 10:06 am

    I’ll bet your treat would be GREAT in brownies! Did you try that?

  7. Bo / Feb 15 2009 10:09 am

    Sue – actually, this morning I added some to my, uhm, Cream of Wheat. Gotta say it was the BEST Cream of Wheat I’ve ever eaten. I am thinking of making some granola today and add orange peel to that, too. Sounds yummy, yes?

  8. quinncreative / Feb 15 2009 1:08 pm

    Yep, it adds a great flavor. These peels don’t stay soft for very long, and then it’s time to put them in granola or yogurt. Or brownies. Or banana bread. . .

  9. Laurie / Feb 16 2009 10:52 am

    OH wow does that look soooo good!!!

  10. Gandalf / Feb 17 2009 8:31 am

    Looks great & sounds better.

  11. Grace / Feb 17 2009 6:40 pm

    ooooohhhh yummmmmm! My mom used to make candied orange peel at Christmas time. The tart and sugary sweet together was just divine!

  12. ybonesy / Feb 19 2009 9:51 am

    Yum, they sound and look fabulous. I love the taste of orange peel in baked goods.

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