Cantastic! Candied Citrus Peels

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Been enjoying citrus lately? Put your peels to work with this simple recipe. Here are a few reasons to love candied citrus: 

  • Familiar, yet exotic and a little daring 
  • Usable in baked goods, beverages, snacks and muesli year round 
  • Makes great gifts! 

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Candied Citrus Peels
Author: Evermine
  • About 7 fresh citrus fruits
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 fine granulated sugar
  1. Slice the ends off the fruit. Cut the fruit in quarters, length wise and remove the peels. Cut the peel pieces into 1/4 inch strips. (Enjoy the inside of the fruit as you see fit.)
  2. Boil the peels in water for 15 minutes, drain and rinse. Feel free to repeat this process 1-2 more times as it will reduce the bitterness of your final product.
  3. Combine 2 cups sugar and 1 cup water in a pot and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the peels and cook on low for 45 minutes to an hour, until the peels are translucent.
  4. While you are waiting for the peels to cook, put the fine granulated sugar in a plastic zip seal bag.
  5. When the peels are ready, strain a few peels at a time before placing them in the bag, sealing it, and shaking the bag to coat the peels with sugar. Remove the peels and set them on a cooling rack. Repeat this process for all of the peels.
  6. Let the peels cool and dry for 1-2 days. They are ready to enjoy!
  7. Store your peels in an airtight container and use within a month. Refrigerate or freeze them to make them last even longer.
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Why stop there? Put your precious work in a few jars and give them as heartstopping gifts! Here’s how:  

  1. Visit to pick out the perfect labels or hang tags to showcase your citrus peels, choosing your template style, colors, sizes and wording. You can even upload a picture of yourself, your product or your gift recipient(s).
  2. Once your order arrives, pack the citrus peels into jars and adorn them with your custom labels and hang tags. 
  3. Your citrus gifts are ready to charm someone lucky!
Avatar photo Jeanne Williamson (138 Posts)

Jeanne and her husband David launched My Own Labels in January of 2000. It was a spin-off of their successful graphic design firm, plus it allowed Jeanne to incorporate her love of baking, making, sewing and creating. Today David and Jeanne continue to be the heart of the operation both creatively and practically.

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