Candied Orange Slices

These candied orange slices are easy to make at home. A truly decadent treat – ready in one hour!

Candied Orange Slices

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.

DIY Candied Orange Slices Recipe

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

You’ll need:

  • 2 organic oranges
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100ml) water
Fresh & Candied Orange Slices
Fresh & Candied Orange Slices

Slice The Oranges

Wash the oranges and cut them into 1/4″ (1/2cm) thick slices. Remove seeds if there are any.

Make Syrup

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.

Homemade Candied Orange Slices

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

Orange Syrup

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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54 thoughts on “Candied Orange Slices

  1. 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!


  2. 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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    Miz Helen

  3. 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 🙂

    1. 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.

  4. 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?

    1. 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! 🙂

      1. 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?

          1. Thank you, I’ll try again. Thanks for the recipe. They worked out perfect for an old fashioned ?

  5. 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

    1. 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. 😀

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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!

    1. 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! 🙂

      1. Grapefruit works delicious!!! Even limes are good if you cook them a tad longer. Try grapefruit they’re so much sweeter than lemons or limes.

  8. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I just made these. Let’s see how they’ll come out once they’re dry. I plan on covering part of the slice in dark or milk chocolate. I’ve done it before (without a recipe) with strips of orange peel and they came out delicious.

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