Caramelized Orange Slices for the Holidays

Caramelized Orange slices 

1 organic orange, cut into thin round slices
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 tablespoons water

Arrange the slices in a large non-stick pan without overlapping. Spread sugar and water over the slices, stirring with a spoon and turning the slices so that the sugar dissolves well in water.

Turn the heat on low, and cook until the water has evaporated and the sugar forms bubbles on the surface. As soon as the sugar begins to color, immediately remove from heat.

Gently transfer the orange slices on parchment paper and let them dry for a few hours at room temperature.
Dark chocolate covered orange slices
To cover the slices with dark chocolate, microwave 1/3 cup of dark chocolate pieces for 15 seconds first.  Stir well and microwave again 10 seconds.  Each time stir and mix the chocolate until it has melted. The chocolate does not need to be hot, just melted. Dip one side of the orange slice in the melted dark chocolate, sprinkle with sea salt,  and place on parchment paper to cool until hardened.

The preparation for these little jewels are quick and easy. After they have dried, you have tasty caramelized orange slices that are perfect to use as a cake or cupcake decorations, cover them with dark chocolate to serve like candy, or eat them as a tasty little snack. These little jewels are sold in candy shops all around Italy.  You can also make them with lemon slices… and yes you eat the entire slice!

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