If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking this isn’t a national holiday worth celebrating. But there’s more to an orange peel than meets the eye. In fact, there are a number of exceptionally tasty recipes you can try at home that might just completely change the way that you look at orange peels. Beyond being just a flavorful food item, orange peel is amazingly versatile and can be used for everything from desserts to a cleaning product and from a cat deterrent to a bug repellent. Here are 10 ideas you can use right now to kick off your celebration of National Orange Peel Day!

  1. Dip them chocolate to create a healthy and unmistakably unique dessert.
  2. Use them as sprinkles on top of a cake or cupcakes to add a blast of citrusy goodness to your next desert.
  3. Dry them and use them in tea to add naturally delicious flavoring.
  4. Dry them and use them as an olive oil infuser.
  5. Save your orange peels and use them as a natural sponge. Believe it or not, they make a great alternative to degrease pots and pans!
  6. Dry your peels thoroughly, then throw them in with your brown sugar to naturally prevent clumping
  7. Dry them and use them as kindle to start a fire. Seriously? Heck yeah! Orange peels are super flammable.
  8. Throw them around the perimeter of your house and yard as a natural bug repellent. It works great on bugs like ants, mosquitoes and house flies.
  9. Keep cats away from your plants – sprinkle orange peel on top of the dirt in a potted plant and watch your friendly feline shy away form it.
  10. Create a face mask to moisturize your face by combining 2 tsp orange peel powder + 1 tsp milk + 1 tsp coconut oil. Leave on your face for 15 mins, then rinse. Apply twice a week to obtain a healthy glow.

Still not convinced that orange peels are all that? Check out these mouth wateringly delicious recipes!

Orange Peel Candy Recipe

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time45 min
  • Total Time50 min
  • Yield6 Servings
  • Energy529 cal
  • Cuisine
    • American
  • Course
    • Dessert
    • Snack


  • 2 large oranges, 1/4 inch of top and bottom cut off
  • 4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 cups water

How to Prepare

Cut peel on each orange into 4 vertical segments. Remove each segment (including white pith) in 1 piece. Cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips. Cook in large pot of boiling water 15 minutes; drain, rinse, and drain again.


Bring 3 cups sugar and 3 cups water to boil in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add peel. Return to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until peel is very soft, about 45 minutes. Drain.


3. Toss peel and 1 cup sugar on rimmed baking sheet, separating strips. Lift peel from sugar; transfer to sheet of foil. Let stand until coating is dry, 1 to 2 days. DO AHEAD: Wrap and freeze up to 2 months.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • 6 servings per container
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories529
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat0 g0%
  • Saturated Fat0 g0%
  • Cholesterol0 mg0%
  • Sodium4 mg0.17%
  • Total Carbohydrate140.5 g51.09%
  • Total Sugars139.1 g
  • Protein0.6 g1.2%
  • Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)0 IU0%
  • Calcium28 mg2.15%
  • Potassium112 mg2.38%

Chocolate Coated Orange Peels

  • Prep Time30 min
  • Cook Time2 hr
  • Total Time2 hr 30 min
  • Yield6 Servings
  • Energy421 cal
  • Cuisine
    • American
  • Course
    • Dessert
    • Snack


  • 3 oranges
  • 2 cups sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

How to Prepare

Line a baking sheet with wax paper; set aside.


Scrub oranges well, and cut in half.


Scoop out the flesh and reserve for another use.


Place the shells in a medium-sized bowl and cover with cold water, keeping them under water with a small plate or lid.


Let soak for about 4 hours or overnight, replacing the water once.


Cut each shell in half; place in a large heavy saucepan.


Add water to cover and bring to a boil over medium high heat.


Boil for 15 minutes.


Drain and repeat the process.


When oranges are cool enough to handle, cut into strips about 1/4 by 2 inches.


Return the strips to the saucepan; add sugar and 1 cup water.


Bring to a simmer over low heat.


Cook gently, stirring occasionally, until liquid is almost gone, about 1 1/2-2 hours. (Watch closely toward the end of cooking).


Add the lemon juice; stir to coat the strips.


Drain the strips in a sieve.


When they are cool enough to handle, spread on the prepared baking sheet.


Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


When they are cool enough to handle, spread on the prepared baking sheet.


Put all but 1/4 cup of the chocolate and the oil in the top of a double boiler set over barely simmering water.


Stir just until melted, remove double boiler from heat, and add the remaining chocolate, stirring until melted.


Roll each orange strip in sugar, then dip half of each peel into the chocolate and return to the baking sheet.


Place in the freezer for a minute or two to let the chocolate set.


Remove from the freezer and let them sit for several hours until they are firm.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • 6 servings per container
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories421
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat8.8 g11.28%
  • Saturated Fat4.5 g22.5%
  • Cholesterol0 mg0%
  • Sodium4 mg0.17%
  • Total Carbohydrate92.5 g33.64%
  • Dietary Fiber3.6 g12.86%
  • Total Sugars88.3 g
  • Protein1.9 g3.8%
  • Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)0 IU0%
  • Calcium45 mg3.46%
  • Iron1 mg5.56%
  • Potassium259 mg5.51%


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