Candied Orange Slices

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Sweet Candied Oranges Slices that are perfect for decorating all sorts of desserts!

This recipe calls for boiling the oranges for one minute and reserving the orange flavored water. The water is used to make the syrup for the candied slices.

Most of the bright orange flavor preserved this way.

Once the slices dry, the sticky slices are dipped in sugar and ready for use. You can enjoy the candied orange slices dipped in chocolate or use them to decorate your favorite dessert.

Candied orange slices spread over brown parchment paper.

Candied Orange Slices

I’ve made candied lemon peel before and used them to top my vanilla cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting.

I enjoyed them so much that I thought I do the same but with orange instead. I have a brownie recipe coming soon and these oranges slices will be the perfect topping.

The process is simple but it does take a while. First, you boil the slices. Then, you simmer them in sugar water that will turn to syrup. It takes close to one hour for the water to reduce and become syrupy.

The longest part is waiting for the slices to dry. It took close to 24 hours for my slices to dry completely. Once they are dry, you can coat them with sugar so they are not sticky to the touch.

Oranges and orange slices on a white background.

Getting the perfect Orange Slice

It’s important not to slice the oranges too thick or too thin. The thicker they are the longer it will take for them to dry.

But on the other hand, the thinner they are the less likely they are to hold their shape.

I sliced a few that were on the thin side and most of the orange flesh completely disappeared during the candying process. Aim for about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.

Use any type of orange for this recipe! I used tangelos but there are numerous varieties to choose from. My only recommendation is to choose a variety that is small in size.

Candied orange slices on a black wire rack.

You need just 3 ingredients to candy oranges

  • Oranges
  • Water
  • Sugar

Candied orange slice being dipped in a glass bowl of white sugar.

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With this simple recipe, you can enjoy the Candied Orange Slices dipped in chocolate or use them to decorate your favorite dessert.

Candied Orange Slices

Sweet Candied Oranges Slices that are perfect for decorating all sorts of desserts! This recipe calls for boiling the oranges for one minute and reserving the orange flavored water. The water is used to make the syrup for the candied slices. Most of the bright orange flavor preserved this way. Once the slices dry, the sticky slices are dipped in sugar and ready for use. You can enjoy the candied orange slices dipped in chocolate or use them to decorate your favorite dessert.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 20 slices
Calories: 112kcal
Author: Jen Sobjack

Ingredients

  • 4 small oranges I used tangelos
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar plus more for coating

Instructions

  • Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside.
  • Add the 4 cups water to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the orange slices. Boil for 1 minute. Transfer the orange slices to the bowl of ice water. Use a ladle to set aside 2 cups of the water used for boiling and discard the rest.
  • In a large pot or skillet, add the 2 cups reserved water and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  • Turn the heat to medium-low and arrange the orange slices in a single layer. Simmer for 45-60 minutes or until rinds are slightly translucent. Swirl the slices in the pan every 15 minutes to make sure they are evenly coated with the sugar water.
  • Transfer the slices to a cooling rack set over a large baking sheet. Let them sit for up to 24 hours or until dry. 
  • Dip the candied orange slices in granulated sugar, if desired. Use immediately or store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Nutrition

Calories: 112kcal

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Nutritional values here on my recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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6 Comments

  • Colleen

    This seems like it has a lot of steps but I will have to say it was easy to do. And boy were they a big hit at Thanksgiving with sugared cranberries. I went one further and dipped in dark chocolate!!!!!! I also cut them up and put them in my homemade granola. I will also use them for cranberry orange scones. My husband wants lemons and limes….

    I have made them twice in the last week and I wanted them last minute for a party so I made them before I went to bed and set them to dry as instructions say. The next morning I was afraid they would not be dry enough to sugar and dip for the part to I stuck them in a 170 degree oven and ‘helped’ them. It only took about 30 minutes and they were perfect. I checked after 15 minutes so watch them.

  • karen marie

    Candied citrus peel is the best, with lemon being my favorite, but I have always wanted to try slices. Thanks for this easy runthrough.