Candied Orange Rinds Recipe

These delicious Candied Orange Rinds will be a welcome addition to any holiday party menu, tree trimming, or even wrapped to be given as a gift.  Candied orange rind (or zest) is the orange part of the orange peel boiled and candied in a heavy syrup.

Candied Orange Rind

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Candied Orange Rinds - Holiday Tea Treats Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Candied Orange Rinds
Author: Ellen Easton © 2020 - All Rights Reserved
  • 3 or 4 thick-skinned navel oranges* 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract or almond extract (optional)
  • Granulated sugar (for rolling the candied rinds in)
  1. Wash the outsides of the oranges and then dry thoroughly.  This helps to remove any bitterness from the orange rind and also help soften the rind.

  2. Quarter the oranges and remove the fruit from the rind.  Scrape to remove the flesh and all white pith.  Cut lengthwise into thin 2-inch long strips of 1/8- to 1/4-inch width.

  3. In a large saucepan filled with cold water, place orange rind strips.  Bring just to a boil, remove from heat, and strain; repeat this step two (2) times.  Each simmering in fresh water removes any bitter taste.

  4. In a saucepan over a medium heat, completely dissolve the 1 cup of sugar in 1 cup of water.  Optional ingredients of orange or almond extract may be added to sugar syrup if desired for flavor.  Reduce heat to low; add the orange rinds and let simmer approximately 1 hour or longer or until the orange rinds are translucent.  Using a slotted spoon, remove candied orange rind, shaking off excess syrup.

  5. Immediately toss with sugar, using fork to separate pieces so they do not touch.  Place on a wire rack to cool and dry completely.

  6. Store in an airtight container for one week. When ready to serve candied orange rinds may be dipped in chocolate.

  7. Makes many.

Recipe Notes

* You could also use the rinds of Clementine, lemon, and grapefruit rinds.

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