Be forewarned that this recipe is addictive. If you like, you can alter the flavors by substituting water for the orange juice, and adding 1 teaspoon cinnamon in place of the orange rind.
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange rind
2 cups pecan halves
Place the sugar and orange juice in a heavy saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring gently. Simmer the mixture over medium-low heat, uncovered, until it registers 240 degrees on a candy thermometer, or when a few drops form a soft ball in a cup of cold water, about 6 minutes. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon, remove from heat, and quickly stir in the orange rind and pecans. Immediately scatter the candied pecans on a sheet of waxed paper, and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
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