I pulled this out of a magazine years ago, drawn by the combination of chocolate and orange--always a good one. And while I did dip them in chocolate for the Christmas tea in 2002 (as noted on the recipe), I keep them plain (well, dipped in sugar but not in chocolate) to put in cookies and scones.
Here's how to make them in case that type in the picture is too small.
First, cut the orange peel into strips and bring to a boil in a saucepan of water. Then set aside while you create a sugar syrup, by combining 1 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of water and bringing to a boil.
Add the strips to the sugar syrup and simmer for 30 minutes. Then drain and set out on waxed paper to dry. While they are still tacky, sprinkle with sugar. I let them dry a bit longer, then put all the strips and sugar in a plastic bag and shake to coat completely.
Let dry and then store in a sealed container. Chop and add to scones and cookies as desired. (Here's my favorite scone recipe. Try the candied orange peel, chocolate chips, and pecans as your add ins. Mmm...)
There's a lot about not wasting things in The American Frugal Housewife. And while I'm not going to chop leftover meat and vegetables to make into mince meat or meat pie, I am going to be more aware of what I'm throwing away. Am I "using the whole orange" as it were? Does whatever it is have further use? Am I throwing it away out of laziness?
In the kitchen, that makes me think about using the whites or yolks of eggs if a recipe only calls for one. It means making stock from leftover chicken, turkey, or beef bones (something I've done for years and is really very easy). It means eating the leftovers from dinner for lunch instead of letting them hide in the back of the fridge and then throwing them away.
In the rest of the house, it makes me think about boxes and tissue paper, bubble wrap and paper. About rubber bands and paper clips and safety pins.
I certainly don't want to hoard junk, but at the same time, how often do I go buy something because I threw away the one I had? And even if I don't have use for whatever it is, does someone else? (Think toilet paper rolls and egg cartons and kindergarten classes and preschools.)
So, how do you "use the whole orange"?