How to Make Candied Orange Peel

How to Make Candied Orange Peel

Why in the world would anyone want to eat orange peel? That was always my thought when I saw it in a candy case. Even dipped in chocolate...who would want that?

A. It's fruit, which is not dessert.

B. It's the PEEL of a fruit...what the heck?

Well, my friends, this girl has changed her tune.

I needed some candied orange peel for a recipe. I looked online; how hard could it be, right? Um, making candied peels is a much more time-consuming process than I imagined. So, I checked my grocery store - no dice. Yes, you can buy it online, but I wanted to make that recipe, and I wanted it now. *channeling Veruca Salt*

Here's the deal. Candied orange peel isn't hard to make. Also, it DELICIOUS! The taste reminds me of those orange candies, but much, much better. Tart, sweet, a little chewy...heaven.

The basic recipe comes from this one on Imperial Sugar's site. The recipe is from Chef actual chef, so he knows his stuff. I modified it a bit, using a peeler for less pith and thinner strips. This also led to a shorter cooking time which is a bonus.

First, you'll peel oranges. Three to five per batch for this recipe.

Some of the white pith will come off with the peel. Scrape away any that you can, but don't worry about a thin layer.

Next comes a series of simmering and cooling. You'll start with water and salt. Then, just water.

After a couple of times, you'll add the sugar. Simmer and cool again. The sugar will soak into the peels.

Once the peels are translucent and sweet, it's time for drying. This can take 24-48 hours.

The peels are edible while they're still tacky, but you'll want them to be completely dry before storing or dipping in chocolate. (I just shortened that whole process by eating them with a few bittersweet chocolate chips.)

I have a great Irish recipe coming up using these candied peels, but in the meantime, here are a few other ideas for using your candied peels:

dip in bittersweet chocolate

chop and use in cookie dough

use for a delicious cannoli filling

topping for oatmeal, preferably with chocolate chips

an addition to chocolate bark

in a fruitcake people will eat ;)

straight up, baby!

Best idea ever??? Sweetening hibiscus tea with the orange syrup leftover from making candied orange peel. 💗🍊🌺

A post shared by Bridget Edwards {bake at 350} (@bridget350) on Aug 1, 2017 at 6:41am PDT

Oh, oh, oh!!! Don't throw away that beautiful orange simple syrup leftover from cooking the peels! It is just heaven sweetening a cup of Hibiscus tea!

Candied Orange Peel

3-5 large oranges


  • 3-5 large oranges
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
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