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Candied Citrus

Candied Citrus, an easy and delicious way to use up your citrus peels! Whether it’s oranges, grapefruits, lemons, or limes- these candied citrus peels are amazing!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Drying Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 1 cup (varies)
Calories 121 kcal
Author Lisa


  • Citrus Peel of choice
  • 4 grapefruit peels
  • 4 orange peels
  • 6 lemon peels
  • 6 lime peels
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar for dipping
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips optional


  1. Rinse fruit and peel. Scrape away any extra fruit that is still attached to the peel. Leaving the pith (the white paron the peel is okay.
  2. Slice peels into thin strips.
  3. Fill a medium sauce pan halfway with water and bring to a boil. Place sliced peel strips into boiling water a boil for 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  4. Using a slotted spoon remove peels from water and place on a cooling rack.
  5. Dump the water from the sauce pan out and add 1 cup of fresh water and 1 cup of sugar. Heat over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved and the water is boiling.
  6. Add the boiled citrus peels to the sugar water, stir and allow to boil for 10 minutes.
  7. Using a slotted spoon remove peels from the sugar water and place on a cooling rack. You can save the sugar water (aka simple syruand use it to make lemonade, or even my mint juleps!
  8. Allow to dry for 2 hours or overnight. Try to separate the pieces to allow maximum air flow.
  9. Toss candied citrus peels in sugar and enjoy!
  10. If you want to dip these in chocolate (which I highly recommend), simply melt chocolate chips in microwave, dip each peel piece and place on a piece of parchment paper (or wax paper). Allow chocolate to harden and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Candied Citrus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 37mg2%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.