Orange Peel Candy

Ah, orange peel candy. Do any of you go to the store and buy the 10 for $10 bags of candy, things like butterscotch hard candies, jelly beans, and of course orange jelly candies? And of course you have to buy ten bags, because it’s such a deal right? I buy them and Michael always says, “you didn’t have to buy ten to get the deal.” I know this. But I can eat an entire bag of spice drops in one sitting. They are individual servings I thought.

Regardless, now you can make your own orange candy at home. While it may seem time consuming, it’s really very easy. Boil, drain, boil, drain, boil, drain….you get the picture. You don’t want them to be bitter. And, you want them soft, so while they are boiling and draining and drying, go eat a bag of spice drops. Or circus peanuts. I love those! Am I the only one, cause they never run out of circus peanuts!

You can make this candy to snack on. Or you can make it and dip the ends in melted dark chocolate (yes please!!), or you can use it for a whole different purpose. One that I will tell you all about….tomorrow! So go make your candy today, so you can use it tomorrow in my special dessert!

Orange Peel Candy

Orange Peel Candy


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


  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.

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28 comments on “Orange Peel Candy”

  1. These look fun to make – great as a garnish too, and with dark chocolate!

  2. Ah, you had me at orange peel. Absolutely love all things orange and citrus, and happy to see how easy this recipe is to make! Great share.

  3. What a wonderful site you have! I am going to be your newest follower!!!

  4. Morsels…they make a fabulous garnish!

    Farm Family- Thanks!

    Yasmeen- I love orange stuff too

  5. Visting from Rook No 17’s A Little Birdie Told Me… I love candied orange peel. I dice them to put atop a strong espresso and a small dollop of vanilla ice cream. Affogato. Divine. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Look easy to prepare. I love any candied peel. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I LOVE orange anything…especially candy!

    Drop by my blog on Friday for Fusion Fridays and link up!

  8. I’m a big ol’ orange lover! These sound delish girl! And speaking of ‘orange’ food… I bookmarked your Orange chicken awhile ago, and put it on our dinner menu for next weekend! Im soo excited!

  9. Yummy! I made some candied orange peel a while back and you’re right, it’s easy!

  10. Holly, ooooh, that reminds me we need to put that Orange Chicken in our rotation soon. It’s so good. Let me know what you think!

  11. So delicious, and so easy! Why haven’t I ever thought of this before?

  12. Sounds yummy!! Perfect for fall! Thanks for linking up this week!!

  13. I was just looking up how to do this with lemon peel. Good timing! Can’t wait to see what you do with this tomorrow.

  14. You make the best food! MMmm! We would love for you to share this at our weekly link party this Saturday. We have an awesome jewelry giveaway going on right now, too! Come stop by!

    The Sisters @

  15. I’m with Lark, these would be a great addition to my Christmas baskets! Thanks for sharing… will tune in tomorrow to see what else is up your sleeve 🙂

  16. Anonymous

    Add a packet of orange jello to the syrup mixture for more color and flavor.

  17. So, here’s my story 🙂 My husband and I are in charge of our family Christmas activities. One of the favorites at any party is my chocolate fountain so . . this Christmas I am challenging everyone to bring an original, but edible, item to dip in the fountain. We will all vote on who brings the best thing. Guess what I’m bringing??? You posted this recipe just a few days after I came up with this plan so it was perfect. (Oh, and we are also doing a cooking challenge called “Who’s the biggest Dip” – everyone has to bring a dip recipe and my parents will be judging!!)

  18. I could munch on this all day long.

  19. Jackie- love your Christmas activities! This is sure to be a hit in the chocolate fountain. Just remember to let it sit out a day to dry out a little so the chocolate will stick! Post pictures 🙂

  20. 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!

  21. Look easy to prepare. I love any candied peel. Thanks for sharing.

  22. 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!! 🙂

  23. Holly Garcia

    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 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!

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