Chocolate Orange Pecan Fudge

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3 c. sugar 1/2 c. water 1/2 c. orange juice 12 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate bits 1 tbsp. orange peel 4 c. coarsely chopped nuts

In 3 quart pan, add first 3 ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and comes to a boil. Put thermometer on side of pan and cook to 234 degrees (soft ball), stirring often. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate and orange peel. Fold in nuts. Spread in 9 x 13 inch sprayed pan. Chill until set; cut into small squares. Store where cool. Makes 3 pounds.