Spiced Candied Orange Peel ~ Savory Simple

Can I just take a moment to tell you all how excited I am about Mixed Conference this weekend? Chung-Ah from Damn Delicious is flying into Dulles and on Friday we’re taking a (gulp) 5 hour drive along with friends Jackie and Erin to the Mountain Lake Resort in Pembroke, Va. Dirty Dancing was filmed there and I will gladly carry a watermelon to hang out with some of the amazing guest speakers and talented bloggers in attendance. One of my favorite food photographers, Helene Dujardin, will be teaching a workshop! While I’m packing for the journey, allow me to leave you with these wonderful spiced candied orange peels. They are really addicting. I gave the majority of them away so I would stop shoveling them into my pie hole. I have no control around these little delicacies. Do you see all of those tiny specks of vanilla? Those equal intense flavor. Add to that some cinnamon, cardamom pods, cloves and a bit of black pepper. Spicy holiday decadence to the max. I just know you will love these as much as I do.


Spiced Candied Orange Peel
Serves: 4 cups
  • 4 oranges
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 vanilla bean, split down the middle
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 6 cardamom pods, smashed
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cup sugar for coating
  1. Cut the orange into quarters. Use a spoon to scoop out the fruit but be sure to leave as much of the white pith attached as possible. Slice the peel into thin slices about ¼ inch thick or smaller.
  2. Place the orange peels in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Drain and repeat this process 2 more times using fresh water each time (do not skip this step because it removes the bitterness from the peel).
  3. Clean the saucepan with soap and water. Add the water, sugar, vanilla bean, peppercorns, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Reduce to a simmer and add the orange peels. Simmer on low heat, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until the fruit becomes slightly translucent, 1½ to 2 hours.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and a cooling rack. Using tongs, remove the orange peels from the syrup, shake off any excess liquid and move to the rack to finish draining. Don't discard the syrup, it's wonderful in drinks. Allow the candied orange peels to dry overnight.
  5. Toss with sugar before serving.


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  1. Ohoh. I see it coming. I’m a goner! These, with their kicky bit of spice, sound fantastic!

  2. In love with these orange peels! Hope you have a great weekend of fun!

  3. This looks amazing, love those little flecks too!

  4. That looks like amazing peel and beautiful picture :-)

  5. I’m so jealous of you guys all going to Mixed Con – I was hoping that I’d be able to convince my boyfriend that we needed a pre-Christmas weekend away so I could come but it wasn’t to be. I hope you have an amazing time!

  6. so funny that you posted this… a friend of mine who’s giving a holiday party just asked me yesterday for a recipe for these! i didn’t have one to recommend to her… but now i do! thanks!! :)

  7. You get to hang out with Chung-Ah?!! I’m so sad I won’t be there – would love to meet her! Please say hello for me and give her a big hug. She’s so sweet. AND I’m sad that I won’t be hanging out with you, too (of course) but at least we have our lunch plans coming up!
    AND…I love these candied orange peels. That photo is beautiful.

  8. I love candied orange peel. I bet it is so good homemade. I love the addition of spice- I’ve never had orange peel with spice on it.

  9. Beautiful! have fun at Mixed!!

  10. claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    What an AMAZING holiday gift idea!!

  11. These look wonderful! I love candied orange peel, but have never made it myself. The addition of spices sounds intriguing since I have never eaten them with spices before. Have a great time at the conference! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  12. i’ve never made candied orange peel, and now i totally need to add this to the christmas baking/candy making list! this sounds wonderful!

  13. I love the spice!

  14. I’m so sad I won’t be at Mixed! And not just because I used to watch Dirty Dancing on repeat.
    This look awesome, so many fun uses.

  15. Happy roadtripping!
    Also, I love love candied orange peel. I might just have to dunk these in dark chocolate!

  16. These look great! My BF loves fruit candy…may have to make these for him soon :) I like that you added all the spices and didn’t just make them *only* sweet!

  17. Oh boy do these sound like ME! I like Erin’s idea of dipping them in dark chocolate. Pretty sure I’ll have to give away most too or I’ll eat all of them singlehandedly!

  18. Have fun!! The orange peels are gorgeous!

  19. I am going to make these for our Thanksgiving dinner this weekend. The kids are coming in, and that si why we waited to have it, plus my elderly mother wanted to wait until then.

  20. oh, *purr* I’d be eating these by the handful too! Have fun this weekend!!

  21. Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    Ahhhh I wish I was going to MIXED!!! Have fun ;) And this recipe is awesome – you’re so creative!!!

  22. You are the best, Jen! Thanks so much for housing me! And these orange peels – AMAZING! I’m sure I’d have to give them away too so I wouldn’t eat every last one of them!

  23. My grandmother used to make this. She also used grapefruit peel. Thanks for the reminder of a great treat!

  24. These look great. Now, anyone have a recipe for what to do with all the scooped out oranges? And dipping in dark chocolate sounds like a great idea. Def making these for my xmas party.

  25. I saw some IG photos and seems like you are having a great time! It’s rare that I have all the ingredients for an unique recipe like this and I LOVE candied orange peel but never made my own before. I’m drooling imaging these. Thanks for the recipe, I’d love to give this a try!! Have fun!!!

  26. I love candied orange peel and yours is so special with the spices. Great photo.

  27. These are beautiful with all those spices. What a cute gift in a sweet jar.

  28. This is so cool! I have to make a batch too.

  29. I feel like these would make really pretty holiday gifts to give! Yum!

  30. Candies citrus is hard to stop eating! I like the additional spices you have added here — down right dangerous! Love it!

  31. Hope you’re having a great time! I’ve never made my own candied orange peels before, and it’s so easy to do so. Definitely something I should try – love the flavors you’re including. Really good stuff – thanks so much.

  32. These sound awesome. Have you ever tried any other citrus peel?

  33. I love candied orange peel but never made one. Need to try it.

  34. These sound just like Christmas! they look like a perfect gift too!

  35. I love munching on candied peel, plus adding it to bread dough makes it do flavorful!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe Jen

  36. Parsley Sage says:

    I fully support holiday decadence, darling! These look phenomenal :)

  37. I made these a few days ago and they were amazing! I dipped some of them in dark chocolate and I almost died they were so good. I saved the spiced syrup and the orange flesh and made orange marmalade. Equally delicious and I didn’t waste anything! Now I’m going to try the same recipe with grapefruit peel. Thanks for the recipe!

  38. By now the conference is over but I clicked over from your 2012 Best Of and these were front and center and I can see why. Amazing looking!

  39. I have pinned these in my Recipes to Try board. They look wonderful and just the perfect addition to some citrusy muffins, perhaps, or pound cake. This was the first photo that caught my eye from your best of 2012 round up and I can see why they made the list!

  40. these look delicious. and fragrant!

  41. Now I know why mine were always bitter! I had given up on making them again. THANK-YOU!!

  42. faleen fedol says:

    In the directions you say to scoop out the fruit and then say to cut the fruit into 1/4 inch slices…do you mean to scoop out the fruit and and slice the peel into 1/4 inch slices or am i missing something here? Also says to toss with sugar before serving. I dont know that sugar would stick to it once the peels are cold,,,would it adhere better if done while they are still warm?

    • I corrected the typo, that should have said peel and not fruit. Thank you! I’ve made this many time and the sugar definitely sticks to the peel once they’re cool because the outside surface is sticky from the syrup.

  43. What’s the best way to store these candies? I would like to make these for the teachers at my son’s preschool.

  44. Jenn McElwain says:

    Try dipping one end in a semi-sweet or dark chocolate for a new dimension and complexity to the flavor.

  45. Made them yesterday! yummy and giving as gifts!

  46. I’m wondering how to store these once they’re made and how long will they be good? Anybody know?

    • Hi Judy. Store them at room temperature in an airtight container. I’m not entirely sure about shelf life BUT I’d say at least 2 weeks if not more. The sugar preserves the orange peel.

  47. I don’t have a vanilla bean atm. Suggestions for substituting high quality vanilla extract?

  48. Would it mess it all up if I used a grapefruit in addition to the 4 oranges?

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