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Candied Orange Slices

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Candied Lemon Slices and Candied Orange Slices are not only lovely cupcakes and dessert decorations but look and taste deliciously fresh.

Homemade candied citrus went widely crazy on TikTok and is the perfect garnish for the upcoming holiday season – decorate any sweet treat from handmade pies and cakes to simply dipped in chocolate!

Once you learn how easy it is to make candied fruit, you will have the perfect trick to make desserts look fancy.

homemade candied lemon slices and peels.

Why you will love making Candied Citrus Peels.

Crystalized candied is one of the first old-fashioned recipes invented to decorate and use up those bright and bold lemon and orange slices.

Bursting with flavor, this recipe is straightforward and a great holiday treat. 

Where did TikTok Candied Lemons and Oranges Recipe come from? 

 This throwback recipe has been around for a long time! But we were inspired to candy our lemons and oranges when we saw this fantastic trending video recipe from @thecanok

Simple Ingredients:

  • orange slices or Meyer lemon slices/ lemon peels
  • fresh water
  • granulated white sugar

How to make Candied Orange Slices

  1. Thinly slice oranges (mandolines work great for this) and if using both oranges and lemons, keep them separate.
  2. Boil orange slices in a pot of water for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  3. In a separate pan, combine water and sugar and mix well. Heat on medium heat, stirring frequently and heating until sugar is no longer grainy and begins to bubble.
candied oranges.
  1. Add orange slices and heat for 20 minutes, continuing to bubble and boil. Flip slices occasionally while cooking.
  2. Remove oranges from heat and let excess sugar mixture drip; place candied fruit onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Set aside to dry and set up.
  3. When ready to serve, peel from the paper and enjoy.
easy candied orange slices.

How to make Candied Lemon Slices

  1. Thinly slice regular lemons (mandolines work great for this, but a sharp knife is fine) and if using both oranges and lemons, keep them separate.
  2. Boil lemon slices for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  3. In a separate medium saucepan, combine water and sugar and mix well. Heat on medium heat, stirring frequently and heating until sugar is no longer grainy and begins to bubble.
  4. Add lemon slices to sugar syrup and heat for 20 minutes, continuing to bubble and boil. Flip slices occasionally while cooking.
How to make Candied Lemon Slices.
  1. Remove lemons from heat and let excess sugar mixture drip; place candied fruit onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Set aside to dry and set up.
  2. When ready to serve, peel candied lemons from the paper and enjoy.
easy lemon recipes.

Our thoughts on this TikTok Viral Recipe

These are sticky. I don’t know if it is because of the humidity in my house/summertime and we have the AC on. I just want you to understand it’s not a super hard coating on the outside like we see in making Tanghulu Strawberries or Tanguhulu Grapes.

That being said, these are perfect! Sweet but have a good flavor; like an orange or hard lemon candy that’s still a bit chewy.

Expert Tips

  • You could pop out the seeds, but I just left them there. They didn’t seem to matter either way.
  • If you make multi-fruit slices at once, you can use the same boiled sugar mixture.

  • These slices would look great on a cupcake, but I’d recommend cutting them in quarters; if not, place them flat on the top of the cupcake. Just because they aren’t crispy hard.
candied orange slices in a bowl.
  • Have leftover syrup? This recipe is all about using leftovers! If you have extra simple syrup, it can also be cooled down and reused in lemonades and teas.
  • Eaten alone, candied lemons can be a bitter flavor. Dip in dark chocolate to add sweetness to the citrus slices. 

  • Other than Meyer lemons and organic oranges, try making candied slices with navel oranges and blood oranges for a wide range of beautiful garnishes that only take a bit of time. 

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Candied Orange Slices (TikTok Viral)


Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Learn how to make Candied Orange Slices (orange peels) and Candied Lemon Slices with just sugar and water. Viral trending recipe!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 orange sliced thin
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar

Instructions

  • Add a piece of parchment paper to a baking sheet.
  • Thinly slice citrus fruit and if using both lemons and oranges, keep them separate.
  • Boil orange slices for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. 
  • In a separate pan, combine water and sugar and mix well.
  • Heat sugar water on medium heat, stirring frequently and heating until sugar is no longer grainy and begins to bubble.
  • Add orange slices and heat for 20 minutes, continuing to bubble and boil.
  • Flip slices occasionally while cooking.
  • Remove slices from heat (Tongs work best) and let excess sugar mixture drip; place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Set baking sheet aside to dry and set fruit.
  • When ready to serve, peel from the paper and enjoy as is, dipped in chocolate, or sliced on cupcakes.

Notes

  • You could pop out the seeds, but I just left them there. They didn’t seem to matter either way.
  • If you make multi-fruit slices at once, you can use the same boiled sugar mixture.
  • Have leftover syrup? This recipe is all about using leftovers! If you have extra simple syrup, it can also be cooled down and reused in lemonades and teas.
  • These slices would look great on a cupcake, but I’d recommend cutting them in quarters. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.002g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.02mg

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