These candied orange slices are easy to make at home. A truly decadent treat – ready in one hour!
Candied orange slices are crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside. Because these candied orange slices are so sweet, chewy and orangey, you can simply snack on them as a special treat. But they also look great as cake decoration and are perfect as edible gifts for the holiday season. You can dip candied orange slices in chocolate or enjoy them on their own with a cup of tea or coffee! Candied orange slices are easy to make at home in one hour.
Last year I made candied orange and lemon peel for the first time. And I never thought that it”d be so easy to make candied citrus peel at home. Besides, these homemade candied citrus peels were so tasty that I tried homemade candied orange slices this year. Candied orange slices are just as easy to make and even more delicious! 😀
Related: DIY Candied Lemon & Orange Peel
Candied Orange Slices
- 2 organic oranges
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (100ml) water
Slice The Oranges
Wash the oranges and cut them into 1/4″ (1/2cm) thick slices. Remove seeds if there are any.
Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar is dissolved.
Related: How To Make Whole Candied Fruit
Add Orange Slices
Add the orange slices as soon as the sugar is dissolved. Cover with a lid and continue to simmer for about 1 hour. Check often in the last fifteen minutes to prevent the candied orange slices from burning and the syrup from boiling over.
Dry Candied Orange Slices
Remove the orange slices from the syrup with a fork. And transfer them to a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Let the candied orange slices dry for a couple of days at room temperature.
Related: Candied Cherries Recipe – Quick, Easy & Delicious
Use the leftover orange syrup to flavor tea, cookies, cakes, lemonade & ice cream.
Store Candied Orange Slices
Store the dried candied orange slices in an airtight glass jar in the fridge.
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oh Yum! I’ve never event thought to do this! #CookBlogShare
Thanks Donna! 😀 Candied orange slices are so delicious!
Hi Lina, this sound perfectly Christmassy. Shop bought candied peel is pretty nasty and waxy. I’ll be trying this today with some oranges off the tree. The house is going to smell so good!
Thanks Debbie! Let me know how you like it. Merry Christmas!
I make candied fruits too and they are so good and pretty to garnish a dessert. I used them for a chocolate tart. Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday.
Thanks for stopping by, Judith!
These look so fun to use as decoration on a dessert platter.
I don’t think I’ve ever tried candied oranges before Lina. Do you need to store them in the fridge once they’ve candyfied?
I keep them at room temperature. They don’t get moldy because of the high sugar content.
You had me at ‘dip in chocolate’ now that really sounds like a plan. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday – don’t forget to link up so all your readers can join the party too!
Thank you! There’s a link back to the party.
I love Candied Orange Slices, you have inspired me to make some for Christmas. Hope you have a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
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Thanks for stopping by, Helen! 🙂 Merry Christmas!
Oooh how beautiful are these?! I will have to have a go with lemons! #Cookblogshare
Thanks Midge! Let me know how candied lemon slices taste. Merry Christmas! 🙂
I’ve never tasted candied orange slices, but they sound intriguing! Thank you for sharing your recipe on Party in Your PJ’s!
Thank you Theresa!
Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas, Helen!
I had these as a kid. I’ll have to share with mine! Thanks for joining the To Grandma’s House We Go link party!
Thanks for stopping by, Sheri! Merry Christmas!
I am curious now, going to try these.
Thanks Christine! Let me now how you like them!
They look lovely and I bet they taste lovely too
Thanks Amber! Yes, they’re delicious. Merry Christmas!
I need to try these, they look and sound fantastic! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x
Thanks Kirsty! 🙂 Merry Christmas!
I bet this make the house smell so Christmasy! Thanks for posting on Inspiration Monday 🙂
Thanks for stopping by, Christine!
How long do they last please.
Candied orange slices can be kept for one or two weeks.
We these yesterday and they look amazing, though they are still drying. We cut some in quarters, which seems to have worked just as well. My son is watching them dry very very impatiently!
One thing I did a little differently, which I wanted to share with you, is turn the leftover syrup into cordial. I didn’t think we would use the sugar syrup on pancakes and I don’t have sugar in my tea, but didn’t want to waste it, it smelled so beautiful. So I experimented a little and the results are exactly what I’d hoped for.
To start with, I doubled the quantities of water and sugar you used in your syrup to start with, so that I’d have extra syrup to work with. I followed your recipe exactly up to removing the orange slices, at that point I added 300ml of fresh squeezed orange and lemon juice (it worked out at about half of each, but you could go with entirely one or the other depending on what you have on hand). I returned this fruity syrup to the boil, then reduced it to a simmer for 20 minutes. Then I allowed to cool and strained it through a cloth into a clean bottle. It can be drunk as soon as it is cool and will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
It’s a basic cordial but I learnt today that not everyone has cordial (shock, horror! How do you fill your children with unnecessary sugar???), or possibly they call it by another name, so just in case you live in non-cordial-land, this is how you drink it: pour a little in a glass and top it up with cold water or soda water (or lemonade for sweet toothed kids), the ratio I liked with this particular syrup is about one part syrup to four or five cold water, but it really depends on how sweet you like your cordial and how sour your lemons are.
Thanks so much for sharing your candying recipe 🙂
I made them. They were awful. So bitter
I’ve had no problem with bitter oranges so far. But you can try another type of oranges – some oranges are more bitter than others. Or you can cook the orange slices in water to reduce the bitterness, then discard the water and candy the orange slices.
Mine have been drying on the counter for a few days now and are still super sticky. Is that normal? Do they just need to dry longer?
Yes, that’s normal: candied orange slices are always sticky. Depending on the oranges, cooking time etc., some are stickier. But if yours are too sticky you can still use them or let them dry longer. Hope this helps! 🙂
Thank you, I ended up dipping them in sugar and put them in a glass jar with a lid. They aren’t sticking together so I they’re fine. One other question; the peel is really hard. Did I cook them too long? Or dry them too long?
Yes, cooking the oranges slices too long (when the syrup is already very thick) often results in a hard peel. 🙂
Thank you, I’ll try again. Thanks for the recipe. They worked out perfect for an old fashioned ?
Thanks for sharing the recipe .we have orange orchard n l am ln india ,our oranges r quite different from ur so they test bitter, any suggestions
You can try cooking the orange slices in water first; throw away the cooking water and then candy the cooked orange slices. This is supposed to reduce the bitterness but I haven’t tried it myself so I don’t know if it works. If you try it, please let me know if it works. 😀
Love making these every year around Christmas for use in everything! They add flavor and color to hot cider and make a lovely garnish on all sorts of baked goods. I sometimes use the tiny mandarin oranges as they work well too. I like to add the resulting orange infused syrup to tea 🙂
Could the same be done in candying grapefruits? Or would the cooking time be different? Loved you recipe by the way, became a quick favorite of mine!
I think they might turn out too bitter. I once tried to candying limes and the peel turned out too bitter. But if you try candying grapefruit slices let me know how they turn out! 🙂
How would you store the leftover syrup?
I store the syrup in a glass jar in the fridge.