Candied Orange Peels Make A Sweet Festive Homemade Gift

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Candied Orange Peels are an absolute delight and a perfect festive homemade gift idea. Simply made using just three ingredients – oranges, water, and sugar this old-fashioned treat represents Christmas of years gone by.

This post is part of Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) – a series of festive recipes, crafts, printables, and more on The Purple Pumpkin Blog!

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Candied Orange Peels

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

I really enjoy giving homemade edible gifts for the holidays. In a world where many of us have too much stuff, I hate just buying more stuff just because it is Christmas or other festivities.

This recipe for candied orange peels is quite simple and yields a sweet treat full of orange flavor. To make them extra fancy you could dip them in melted chocolate!


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Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Candied Orange Peels

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Candied Orange Peels

Recipe Tips

  • For best results, leave some of the white pith on each orange peel. If the pith is too thick, carefully remove some of the excess with a sharp knife prior to boiling.
  • Store the reserved orange syrup in the refrigerator to add flavor to your favorite beverages and cocktails, such as iced tea, club soda, or mixed drinks.

How Do I Make Candied Orange Peels?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Candied Orange Peel Recipe

Candied Orange Peels

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Candied Orange Peels are an absolute delight and a perfect festive homemade gift idea. They need up to 24 hours to dry.

Ingredients

  • 4 large organic oranges
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 2½ cups white granulated sugar, divided

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly wash and dry the oranges, then cut off the tops and bottoms of each. Score the orange peel from top to bottom with a sharp knife to create 4 or 5 large sections.
  2. Carefully remove each section with some of the pith and cut it into ¼-inch sections. Set aside.
  3. Bring five cups of water to a rapid boil in a large saucepan. Add the orange peels and return to a boil for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse the peels thoroughly before shaking out the excess liquid. Set aside.
  4. Add one cup of water and two cups of sugar to the same saucepan and set the heat to medium. Stir the mixture occasionally until the sugar is thoroughly dissolved.
  5. Add the boiled orange peels and increase heat to medium-high to boil. Once boiling, immediately reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and drain, reserving both the orange-flavored syrup and the orange peels*. Transfer the peels to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Set aside to dry for 12 hours to overnight.

    Orange Peel on Wire Rack
  7. Once the peels are mostly dry, but still a bit tacky, add the remaining sugar to a large Ziploc storage bag and add the peels a few at a time. Seal and shake the bag carefully until the peels are uniformly coated in sugar. Repeat this process with the remaining peels until all are uniformly coated in sugar.

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  8. Serve the candied peels immediately as a snack, or use as a delicious garnish for ice cream, cupcakes, or cakes. They also make a wonderful addition to homemade cannoli filling. Unused orange peels can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week. Enjoy!

    Candied Orange Peel Recipe

Notes

  • For best results, leave some of the white pith on each orange peel. If the pith is too thick, carefully remove some of the excess with a sharp knife prior to boiling.
  • *Store the reserved orange syrup in the refrigerator to add flavor to your favorite beverages and cocktails, such as iced tea, club soda, or mixed drinks.

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