Candied Citrus Peel Recipe

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Best with Sunkist® Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruit
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Another Sunkist classic, Candied Citrus Peel can be used in a number of different ways!


  • 5 Sunkist® oranges
  • 6 Sunkist® lemons
  • 2 Sunkist® grapefruit
  • 12 cups cold water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 3/4 cups boiling water

  • Chocolate Covered Candied Citrus Peel:
  • 6 oz. sweet chocolate or white sweet chocolate
  • 1 lb. Candied Citrus Peels

Instructions: (Makes 6 servings)

  • Score the citrus in quarters and remove sections of the peel.
  • Cut into uniform strips about 3/8 inch wide to yield 3 cups peel. (Save the peeled fruit for other uses.)
  • In a large saucepan, bring 6 cups of cold water and the peel to a boil; boil for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse.
  • Repeat process with 6 cups fresh water. In the same saucepan, bring to a boil 1-1/2 cups of the sugar, honey, and boiling water, stirring to dissolve the sugar; boil for 1 minute.
  • Add drained peel and simmer briskly for 40 to 45 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid sticking. Drain well.
  • In a large bowl, toss drained peel with the remaining 1/2 cup sugar to coat well.
  • Place on wire rack to dry. Store in a tightly covered container. Makes 1 lbs.

    Chocolate Covered Candied Citrus Peel:
  • In the top of a double boiler, over hot, not boiling, water, melt the chocolate; stir occasionally. Dip each piece of Candied Citrus Peel in the chocolate (covering one half to two thirds of each piece only); gently shake off any excess chocolate. Cool on wax paper until chocolate is set.

Photo courtesy of Gina Widjaja