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How to Make Candied Orange Peel Slivers + Video

This quick & easy recipe for How to Make Candied Orange Peel Slivers is very delicious!

How to Make Candied Orange Slivers - cookingwithkimberly.comFull of concentrated orange flavor, tangy & slightly bitter with the gorgeous addition of crunchy, sweet sugar is delectable.

The texture is like chewy, gummy candy something like jujubes.

The candied orange peel is great for snacking, to include in fruit cakes, spice cakes, carrot cakes and for impressive garnishes, sprinkle on ice cream, yogurt, custards or puddings.

If someone brought me a little jar of homemade candied orange peels as a hostess gift, I would be delighted.

Candied Orange Peel Slivers:

How to Make Candied Orange Peel Slivers - cookingwithkimberly.comThis recipe can be used for candied lemon, lime, tangerine or grapefruit peel as well.

It is a good idea to make your own peel, because you know exactly what ingredients are used. I read recently, that sometimes when you think you are purchasing orange peel for your fruit cakes or other baking, it is actually candied rutabaga or candied turnip. Whether or not this is true, I think it would be best for me to make my own.

Also, with the amount of simple syrup yield, you could probably candy 4 or 5 oranges.

Type: Sweets Recipe

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: about 30 min
Cool Time: 1 hr
Dry Time: 24 – 48 hrs
Yield: peel of 2 oranges

The ingredients & instructions are listed below the video for measurements & directions. Please enjoy this webisode of Cooking with Kimberly:


  • orange slice2 oranges – thick skinned; washed
  • about 8 to 10 cups cold water – enough for boiling 2 times
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water – for the simple syrup


  1. Potato Peeler by Rapid in White - shop.cookingwithkimberly.comWith a vegetable peeler, peel the oranges in strips, as thick as the peeler allows, using a bit of force.
    • Tip: Avoid getting too much pith with the peel, because a lot of pith makes the strips bitter. You could use a very sharp boning knife to peel the orange, and just trim the extra bits off of the peel. The outside of the tasty peel contains the delicious essential oils and emits the fantastic orange aroma.
  2. Slice peel into 1/4 inch slivers, or any width you desire.
  3. Vollrath 4qt Sauce Pan - shop.cookingwithkimberly.comPlace peel slivers and 4 – 5 cups of cold water into a small sauce pan, and bring to a rolling boil to cook the peels and simmer for 5 min. Drain.
  4. Repeat boiling process as above, and drain.
  5. Prepare the simple syrup by combining 3 cups of sugar, 1 1/4 cups of water, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and make sure all sugar is dissolved. Simmer uncovered for 5 – 10 min. Syrup will darken slightly.
  6. Place orange peels into hot syrup and bring back up to a boil. Allow peels to simmer uncovered, in the syrup, for about 20 min. You don’t want your slivers to fall apart, so don’t overcook. Test one around 10 min and see if you are satisfied that they still have a nice chew and the syrup adheres well.
  7. Allow peels to cool completely in the syrup.
  8. Wanna try Parchment Paper in your Cooking? shop.cookingwithkimberly.comRemove to a cooling rack over parchment on a baking sheet, using a slotted spoon. In this way, as much syrup as possible will remain on the peel.
  9. After about 10 min, remove parchment paper and replace with a clean piece of parchment. Sprinkle parchment with about 1 cup of sugar.
  10. Transfer candied orange peel slivers from wire cooling rack, to sugared parchment, and separate the strands.
  11. Toss peels around to get as much sugar as possible to adhere to the peels. Sprinkle with more sugar. Allow to dry 24 – 48 hrs, if you plan to store your candied orange peels.
  12. Re-roll and sprinkle peels with sugar, and use as desired.

This is the quickest and I believe, the easiest recipe for making candied orange peels, or other candied candied citrus peels.

  • Note: You could use the long method – peel the citrus and place desired pieces with the pith attached, into boiling water, and then blanch them 4 or 5 times for about 40 min each time. Cool, and then remove the pith using a knife. After that, you would cook them in the simple syrup for 1 hr, allow to cool in the syrup and remove to wire rack on the baking sheet covered by parchment, and sugar them. To me this sounds like an all day job.

How to Make Candied Orange Peel Slivers - cookingwithkimberly.comThese are tasty as a snack or as a breath freshener after eating. Absolutely delicious!

I hope you enjoy your delicious Candied Orange Peel Slivers, and that you find many uses for them in your recipes.

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com.

Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos.

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