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Candied Orange Peel

Candied Orange Peel are such a great way to reduce kitchen waste and make a delicious treat at the same time. While I don't always make candied orange peels with my leftover orange peels, I always enjoy it when I do. These are popular around the holidays, but can be made year round of course.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Cooling Time5 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 45 mins
Course: Candy, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chewy, easy, sweet, treats
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 53kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • pot
  • spoon
  • Collander
  • Knife or peeler
  • Wire rack
  • parchment paper
  • sheet pan


  • 3 medium oranges or whatever citrus you want to use
  • 3 cups of water 710ml (for boiling) done 2 or 3 times until bitterness is gone. (6 to 9 cups in total or 1420 to 2130ml)
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar may add up to 2 cups of sugar (200 to 400g)
  • 1 cup of water for simple syrup 247ml
  • Sugar for rolling the peels in


  • Wash the oranges really well with water. Then peel them. Cut the peels into long strips roughly 1/8th of an inch wide to 1/4th inch.
  • Add the orange peels to a 3 quart or larger pot. Then add in 3 cups of water. Set the heat on the burner to high and bring the water to a boil. Boil the peels for about 8 to 10 minutes. Then pour them through a strainer and repeat the process a few more times, until they are no longer bitter tasting.
    You can even just let them boil a little longer, so you don't have to repeat it as many times. Make sure to blow on it to cool it before tasting it, it will be hot of course.
  • Now after the peels are no longer bitter. Add the cup of sugar to the pot along with 1 cup of water as well as the peels. Turn the heat down to medium. Bring the water to a boil to dissolve the sugar. Allow it to boil for about a minute, then turn the heat down to low, and add in the orange peels to the simple syrup.
  • Bring it to a simmer and allow it to simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes. What will happen is the syrup will turn the orange peel translucent, and that is how you know it will be done.
    Stir occasionally, but you don't have to babysit and constantly stir the whole time while it is simmering.
  • Remove the candied peel from the pot with a slotted spoon or tongs and place them on a wire rack with parchment paper under it, to catch the drippings.
    Allow the candied orange peel to dry for about an hour on the rack. Then you can take them, with clean hands, and roll them in granulated sugar. They should be a bit tacky. Once rolled in sugar, place them back on the wire rack to dry for 4 to 6 hours. Then enjoy!



TIP: If you save the citrus peel water, it makes a great base for drinks. :)
TIP: Don't throw out the remaining orange-flavored simple syrup, it can be used to make yummy drinks.
TIP: You don't have to roll them in sugar, you can dip them in chocolate, or leave them plain.
NOTE: Store the candied orange peel in a bag or an airtight container in a cool dry place, like a pantry, and they will last a few weeks up to a month.
Nutritional facts for candied orange peel