Here’s an accidental kitchen science project report:
I happened to leave/submit/forget a handful or orange slices from my Christmas candied orange slices in their final sugar solution for an additional 3 months.
I finally pulled the remaining slices out of their unrefrigerated sugar solution to find them completely encrusted with large blocky sugar crystals.
These resulting candy orange slices are a delightfully crunchy version of the best candied orange slices in the world. The big wonky sugar crystals are gorgeous to look at, and the rind and peel of the fruit seem even more translucent and transcendent… presenting a Platonic Ideal of a candy orange slice.
I soooo need to make these again in grapefruit, lemon, and blood orange batches…