Get your



EsmeSalon Recipes

Get access to 1000+ homemade tried and tested recipes by home chefs

By subscribing, I agree to receive a newsletter, exclusive content and free gifts, and declare that I have read the privacy policy and terms and conditions.

Candied Orange Peel

Please Spread the love, Sharing is Caring!

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Please note that EsmeSalon may have a financial relationship with some of the vendors we mention in this post which means we may get compensated financially or in kind, at no extra cost to you if you make a purchase through any link in this post. Please refer to our Affiliate Disclosure and Privacy Policy should you require any additional information.

You can use this Candied Orange Peel recipe to make Candied Lemon Peel or even Candied Orange or Lemon Slices.

Candied orange peel is the perfect sweet treat with a burst of orange flavor and can be enjoyed as a treat or as I did for decorating a cake.

National Candied Orange Peel Day is observed annually on May 4th

Candied Orange Peels are a boiled, sliced, and sugared treat.

Do you know or have you heard or tasted Candied Orange Peel?

Candied Orange Peel can be pretty expensive to buy, BUT it’s oh so easy to prepare, and on top of that inexpensive as well. I love it and will make this over and over again. You can also use lemon strips for a different taste.

Candied Orange Peels are exactly what they sound like: strips of orange peel that have been cooked in sugar syrup and also dunked in sugar. You can even dip one tip in chocolate if you need more sweetness.

When did I Use Candied Orange Peel?

Other recipes on the blog with Orange peel or slices

Yield: Depending of width of strips up to 80 strips

Candied Orange Peel

Easy Candied Orange Peel cooked in sugar syrup and dropped in sugar crystals for a sweet treat or used as part of decorating a cake

This is so easy, and a no-fuss way to prepare sweet and bright orange peel candy to eat as is or to use for decoration!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Simmer Time 20 minutes
Rest Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 2 large navel oranges
  • 1 cup of tap water
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar divided ** (½ cup + ¼ cup)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Cut off the top and bottom of each orange and discard.
  2. Take a vegetable or potato peeler to peel the oranges as wide as possible, 2–4-inch strips.
  3. Also, try to get as thick as possible strip when peeling the orange from top to bottom.
  4. Lay the strips out on a cutting board andand cut each strip into thinner pieces, ±¼ inch wide.
  5. Add the water to a pot together with ½ cup of sugar**, and salt.
  6. Bring to a simmer. Simmer for roughly 20 minutes (or more) to get a sticky syrup, or until the peel strips look soft, but still have their naturally vibrant color.
  7. Be careful not to overcook as the strips will turn brown.
  8. In the meantime, take the remaining ¼ cup sugar** and place it in a bowl, and set it aside.
  9. Get a baking tray and drying rack ready. Place some parchment paper under the rack on a baking tray.
  10. After simmering the peels, add the vanilla extract and switch off the heat and leave the peels in the sugary syrup for a minimum of 5-10 minutes.
  11. It’s best to use tongs to remove the orange strips (it's a sticky business) and place them on the cooling rack.
  12. Let it rest for 15 minutes or more to dry from the syrup and cool down.
  13. Toss all the peels in the remaining sugar and shake them up and make sure to coat them well with the sugar.
  14. Use the tongs and place them back on the drying rack to dry out completely at room temperature. You can leave it overnight or for several hours.
  15. Store in an airtight container once cold and you can refrigerate them for up to 2 weeks if needed.


Prepared, tried, and tested owner, Esme Slabs from The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs and SA Tasty Recipes - Saffas Daily Recipes

Tried this recipe? Mention @_EsmeSalon or tag #shareEScare

I hope you will have a go at this one and when you tested and made this recipe,
please will you be so kind as to visit the post and give it a rating and review, please and thank you. You can also share it on Instagram and mention @_EsmeSalon or tag #shareEScare

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 38Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 27mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 0gSugar 9gProtein 0g

EsmeSalon provides approximate nutrition information for your convenience and as a courtesy only. Please note that all nutrition data is congregated by online calculators. Nutrition information can vary for a recipe, and we strive to keep the information as accurate as possible but can not guarantee or provide any assurances regarding its accuracy. We encourage readers to make their own estimates based on the ingredients used, and by using your own and preferred nutrition calculator. The author(s) of EsmeSalon are not dietitians or nutritionists. Any recommendations shall not be construed as medical or nutritional advice. You are fully responsible for any actions you take and any consequences that occur because of anything you read on this website. The website or content herein is not intended to cure, prevent, diagnose, or treat any disease. Please consult your health care provider regarding any health-related decisions.

Did you make this recipe?

If you made this recipe, I'd love to see what you did. Please share a picture with me on Pinterest and leave me a note on the pinned post and tell me how it went! It will also be highly appreciated if you wish to leave a rating and review on the blog post. Thanks in advance

Recipes eBooks to pick and choose – All at an incredibly low cost and you will also receive a free Kitchen Conversion Guide at checkout as a thank you gift

Thanks for stopping by

As always, if you make this recipe please leave me a comment, rate the recipe, and tag me @_esmesalon on Instagram so I can feature you.  I love seeing all your photos of my recipe recreations!

Let’s keep in touch, so please sign up for my newsletter to get delicious homemade tried and tested recipes delivered to your inbox. And don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest, Instagram, & Twitter as I would love to connect with you there! 

If you require a wonderfully tried and tested recipe book for yourself, or as a gift, please visit the shop and look at all those excellent Recipe eBooks.

300 PCS Parchment Paper Sheets, OAMCEG 12×16 Inch No Chemical Non-Stick Unbleached Pre-Cut Parchment Paper with a Silicone Brush, for Baking Grilling Air Fryer Steaming Bread Cup Cake Cookie
300 PCS Parchment Paper Sheets, OAMCEG 12x16 Inch No Chemical Non-Stick Unbleached Pre-Cut Parchment Paper with a Silicone Brush, for Baking Grilling Air Fryer Steaming Bread Cup Cake Cookie
Cutting Board Set, 3 Pack Kitchen Coloured Chopping Boards Set with Non-Slip Feet and Juice Grooves Easy Grip Handle Easy to Clean Dishwasher Safe
Cutting Board Set, 3 Pack Kitchen Coloured Chopping Boards Set with Non-Slip Feet and Juice Grooves Easy Grip Handle Easy to Clean Dishwasher Safe
Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, 4 ounces
Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, 4 ounces
  • Make tomorrow more amazing than today!
  • Just believe in yourself and dream big.
  • Do not give up on your hopes. Take care always.


I, Esme Slabbert, am the author and creator of this site, EsmeSalon. It is unlawful to re-use any content from this blog, without my written permission. Please contact me should you wish to discuss it further.


My goal is to provide the best homemade recipes that are healthy for all families to enjoy. I also endeavor to showcase and share other bloggers and promote them on my Blog. You will also find Resources and Courses and Services for Bloggers which I promote from time to time.

6 thoughts on “Candied Orange Peel”

  1. I love candied peel on top of cakes, especially lemon – hand me a lemon cake and I’m a happy lady… although this canided orange peel looks delicious. Great to know how easy it is to make, especially consider how expensive it is to buy pre-made! Sim x #TrafficJamWeekend

    • Hi Sim, Thans for visiting and leaving a note. Yes, its so easy to do and I just love it. Never knew that’s its in fact this easy to prepare it at home. I totally agree it’s highly overpriced to buy so this will be what I do in future and homemade always better to my mind. Enjoy


Leave a Comment


Skip to Recipe