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Orange Peel Candy

Candied Orange Peel–a homemade candy made by boiling orange peels and sugar to create impressive sweet citrus treats. You’ll love this easy sweet treat.

Slices of orange peel coated in sugar in a white bowl.

Whenever I go to a confectionary, the kind of place with all kinds of fancy and elegant candies, I look for candied orange slices.

I’m always amazed that something I usually think of as bitter and unappetizing (orange peels) can become so sweet and bursting with flavor.

After discovering this method for making orange candy, I’m now obsessed with making it at home.

At first glance, this recipe seems time consuming and difficult. While there are a few steps, it’s actually super easy.

It’s mostly repeating the same step a few times to get the candied oranges just right.

Boil, drain, boil, drain, boil, drain….you get the picture. The boiling water softens and tenderizes the tough orange skin so it can absorb all the sweetness from the syrup.

You don’t want them to be bitter or tough, so boil away!

At the end of all the boiling and draining, you them simmer one last time in a simple syrup on the stove top. After this step, the oranges will be sweet but pretty wet!

To finish making the candy, you let the moist orange slices dry out on the counter covered with more sugar.

This Candied Orange Slices recipe takes a little patience than many treats, but I promise it’s completely worth it. Everyone is impressed by this elegant homemade candy.

The finished candied orange peel is delicious all on its own. You can also go the extra mile and dip the candied orange slices in melted dark chocolate. Yes, please!

Now that I’ve perfected the art of candied orange peel, I may have to branch out and try other citrus fruit next. (Candied lemon peel, anyone?)

Step by step photos showing how to make orange peel candy.

How to Make Candied Orange Peel

The good news is you don’t need any candy making experience or special equipment for this orange candy recipe. If you can peel oranges and boil water, you can make candied orange peel!

Here’s what you need for the recipe:

  • Oranges – I recommend your standard large navel oranges here.
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Salt – I used Kosher salt. Sea salt or whatever table salt you have in your pantry works just fine.

STEP 1. Peel the oranges and slice the peel into quadrants. You can use an orange peeling tool for this or just slice the oranges into fourths, then peel with a knife.

STEP 2. Place the orange peels in a large pot and cover with water. Bring the oranges and water to a boil and cook for 30 minutes. Drain the pan, place the oranges back in the pot with more water and repeat twice more.

STEP 3. In separate saucepan, bring 1 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cup water and salt to a boil. Continue boiling for about 2 minutes until sugar is dissolved.

STEP 4. Add prepared, drained peel (from above) to the syrup. Bring to a boil again, reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered for about one hour. Drain any remaining liquid.

STEP 5. Allow orange peel to cool in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet for at least an hour. Cut into strips. Sprinkle with 2 cups of sugar, tossing to coat. Let stand on foil lined baking sheet overnight, until dried (about 12 hours).

Enjoy!

Orange peels covered in sugar on a wire rack to harden.

How to Store Homemade Candied Orange Peel

I prefer to store this on the counter, unsealed. When you store in airtight container, it can get sticky and you have to add more sugar to dry it up.

If you need to store it in a jar or container to transport it (or gift it to someone), it’ll be okay! Just uncover it again as soon as you can and be prepared to add more sugar if needed to dry it out again.

Serving suggestions

I really could enjoy a whole bowl of this candy by itself, no questions asked. But given the chance to add chocolate to just about anything, I’ll take it 99.9% of the time!

To make chocolate covered candied orange peel:

  1. Melt dark chocolate in the microwave or double boiler.
  2. Dip the ends of each orange peel candy into the chocolate.
  3. Place on wax paper and let stand until the chocolate is set.

A slice of candied orange peel also makes a perfect garnish for an Orange Cupcake or a Chocolate Cake.

But my all time favorite way to use Orange Peel Candy is by putting it in Cannolis!

So, after you make this recipe go ahead and try your hand at the wonder that is homemade cannoli.

Homemade orange peel candy in a white serving bowl.

Candied orange peel is a confection for all seasons, but it especially makes me think of Christmas. A batch of this homemade orange candy would make a lovely gift for a teacher or friend during the holidays!

More Homemade Candy Recipes

Yield: 12 servings

Orange Peel Candy

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Rest Time 12 hours
Total Time 14 hours 10 minutes

With just three simple ingredients you can make candy that's bursting with sweet orange flavor. Try your hand at making your own Candied Orange Peel Slices and impress all your family and friends.

Ingredients

  • 4 large navel oranges
  • 3 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. To prepare oranges, remove peel from orange the best way you know how. I have a little orange peel tool, but you can slice your orange in quarters and then peel off the skin.
  2. In large pot, put orange peels with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and boil uncovered for 30 minutes. Drain and repeat twice.
  3. In separate saucepan, bring 1 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cup water and salt to a boil. Continue boiling for about 2 minutes until sugar is dissolved. Add prepared, drained peel (from above) to the syrup. Bring to a boil again, reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered for about one hour. Drain any remaining liquid.
  4. Allow orange peel to cool in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet for at least an hour. Cut into strips. Sprinkle with 2 cups of sugar, tossing to coat. Let stand on foil lined baking sheet overnight, until dried (about 12 hours). I prefer to store this on the counter, unsealed. When you store in airtight container, it can get sticky and you have to add more sugar to dry it up.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 99mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 1gSugar: 55gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Recipe originally published August 20, 2011.

With just three simple ingredients you can make candy that’s bursting with sweet orange flavor. Try your hand at making your own Candied Orange Peel Slices and impress all your family and friends.

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Posted on May 15, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Made this yesterday on a whim. Easy and helpful instructions on your blog. Long process, but easy process. Came out great. Have never actually had this before, being born and raised in Florida, we’ve always got oranges on hand. I kept the leftover orange syrup, also I double the recipe because I tend to do that for almost everything I make since I have a one year old underfoot.

    1. Just peel the orange part, a little of the white won’t ruin it, because you’ll be boiling several times to remove the bitterness.

  2. I will try this today however I have some meyers lemons just begging to be used, I have to tell you I love your blog! you make me laugh, I love sugar I adore sugar it is at the top of my food group, and yes those packs of spice drops are single serve, and circus peanuts well lets just say I once ordered a whole case from bulkfoods.com for a promo for my company and when they didn’t get eaten well…… enough said.
    Thank you again for the great reciepe’s and your wongerful sense of humor!

    1. You’re so sweet Holly! Thank you! Lemons would be perfect too. Or a combination of lemon, lime and orange!

  3. Lets see, you’ve already gotten me addicted to biscotti, and these orange peels sound amazing… I think I may have to combine the two!! With chocolate!! Muahahaha, you’ve created a monster!! 🙂
    ~April

  4. You have some of the best recipes! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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