Candied Orange Peel in Syrup

Bitter and sweet, fruity and chewy, candied orange peel is one of citrus season’s under-appreciated treats. Whether spooned over ice cream, garnishing a fancy cocktail or mocktail, drizzled over pancakes, or chopped and mixed into cookies or scones, they are as versatile as they are delicious. Pieces of tender, chewy candied orange rind swimming in […]

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Bitter and sweet, fruity and chewy, candied orange peel is one of citrus season’s under-appreciated treats. Whether spooned over ice cream, garnishing a fancy cocktail or mocktail, drizzled over pancakes, or chopped and mixed into cookies or scones, they are as versatile as they are delicious.

Pieces of tender, chewy candied orange rind swimming in a thick and sweet sugar syrup, lightly scented with honey and orange blossom water. This recipe has been thoroughly tested and expert reviewed to be safe for water bath canning methods for shelf-stable storage (that said, you don’t have to can them and can store the jars in the refrigerator or freezer too).

Faceted glass canning jars filled with Candied Orange Peel in Syrup in direct sunlight with harsh shadows and highlights on a marble background.

2024 is the year of the candied orange, apparently.

Seriously though, I don’t think I’ve let a weekend go by without at least one test batch of candied oranges in one form or another. I’ve probably gone through 25 pounds of oranges and upwards of 10 pounds of sugar at this point.

I am still finding sticky bits of syrup on various surfaces and even my camera buttons (oops).

Three jars of Candied Orange Peel in Syrup, one jar open with a spoon resting on top, the other two jars sealed with designed orange and white labels on the lid.

So yes, I know I’ve already posted a recipe for candied orange slices (which I used to top these gorgeous Chocolate Blood Orange Cupcakes), but this recipe is slightly different in that it uses strips of orange rind rather than full slices, and it has been developed specifically so that, instead of drying, the peel is preserved in the syrup (you’ll notice it calls for a lot more sugar as a result, since we need enough syrup to fully cover all of the candied peel). Additionally, it’s been thoroughly tested and expert reviewed to be safe for water bath canning! Which makes it a great option to make now while citrus season is still in full swing so you can enjoy candied orange peel all year round.

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Homemade Candied Blood Orange Slices

These jewel-like candied blood orange slices have a gorgeous, stained glass appearance, making them the perfect decorations for desserts or drinks, and a sweet and chewy texture that makes for a delicious snack all on their own, or (better yet) dipped in dark chocolate. While candying oranges does involve a good chunk of time to […]

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These jewel-like candied blood orange slices have a gorgeous, stained glass appearance, making them the perfect decorations for desserts or drinks, and a sweet and chewy texture that makes for a delicious snack all on their own, or (better yet) dipped in dark chocolate.

While candying oranges does involve a good chunk of time to achieve that perfect chew and glass-like appearance, the result is well worth it. Not to mention the delicious candied orange syrup that’s leftover at the end which as good or better as the orange slices themselves! All you need to make this impressive homemade confection are sugar, water, and oranges (and a bit of powdered citric acid to preserve the leftover syrup at the end).

Homemade Candied Blood Orange Slices on a wire rack in bright direct light to showcase the stained-glass like appearance.

Hello, gorgeous!

Really though, is there anything prettier than a slice of candied blood orange, shiny and translucent in the winter sun?

They’re basically like edible stained glass, deliciously chewy and bursting with sweet orange flavor. And yes, the entire thing is edible! The ‘candying’ process, wherein the orange slices are simmered in a sugar syrup, softens the rind and infuses it with sugar syrup.

Not to mention that the ‘byproduct’ of the entire process is a truly fantastic candied orange syrup that’s almost better than the oranges themselves. It’s like a recipe two-for-one!

Homemade Candied Blood Orange Slices on a wire rack in bright direct light to showcase the stained-glass like appearance.

I used these candied blood orange slices as a garnish on some chocolate blood orange cupcakes. Cut into half moons and nestled in a swirl of pale pink blood orange buttercream, they provided the perfect finishing touch to the already gorgeous cupcakes, both adding visual impact and hinting at the flavors to be found inside. Rather than try to tack this on as a part of the cupcake recipe (which already had cake and frosting parts), I figured they were pretty enough (and finicky enough) to warrant their own post.

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Peppermint Marshmallows

With just the right amount of refreshing peppermint flavor and a festive red swirl, these homemade peppermint marshmallows are the very best way to dress up your favorite hot chocolate this winter. I have been obsessed with marshmallows basically since I could chew. I’ve never been picky about them, either.  Whether it’s straight from the …

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With just the right amount of refreshing peppermint flavor and a festive red swirl, these homemade peppermint marshmallows are the very best way to dress up your favorite hot chocolate this winter.

Homemade peppermint marshmallows piled into a white bowl.

I have been obsessed with marshmallows basically since I could chew. I’ve never been picky about them, either. 

Whether it’s straight from the bag or as part of a s’more (or even better, giant s’mores cookies), you can count me in. I’ll even devour stale Peeps.

Yes, you heard me. I like my Peeps stale!

And I used to think that making homemade marshmallows would be really tricky and way too hard to bother with. But a few years back I finally gave it a try and discovered that they are actually WAY easier than I expected and they are absolutely, 100% worth it.

Once you try a homemade marshmallow, you will never go back to the bagged ones again.

This year, I’m making some of these adorable peppermint marshmallows to share with friends and family. And I think you should, too!

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Peppermint Bark

Homemade peppermint bark is a holiday favorite! This easy candy is made with just a handful of simple ingredients for a treat that will make everyone feel holly and jolly. If you’ve ever taken a stroll through Williams-Sonoma during the holiday season, you have probably been offered a sample of their famous peppermint bark. I …

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Homemade peppermint bark is a holiday favorite! This easy candy is made with just a handful of simple ingredients for a treat that will make everyone feel holly and jolly.

Pieces of peppermint bark stacked on a white plate.

If you’ve ever taken a stroll through Williams-Sonoma during the holiday season, you have probably been offered a sample of their famous peppermint bark.

I love the combination of peppermint and chocolate and am always happy to stuff my face with this divine holiday treat. And I’m always tempted to buy a cute container of the stuff, but the price stops me every time.

As I write this, a 1-pound tin of their peppermint bark costs a whopping $29.95. Yes, that’s right, almost $30!

I understand it’s a novelty gift and the adorable tin is part of the price, but I also know that I can make homemade peppermint bark for a fraction of the cost. 

Plus, this recipe actually makes 1 ½ pounds – that’s 50% more than you’d get in that $30 tin! 

What I’m saying is that this easy recipe is a must-try this season, ok?

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Chocolate Nutella Feuilletine Crunch

This easy and delicious crunchy candy is a textural delight: made with just 3 ingredients, this no-bake recipe comes together in under 15 minutes (plus a bit of patience while you wait for it to set, which, to be honest, is probably the hardest part of the whole process). While it may not be the […]

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This easy and delicious crunchy candy is a textural delight: made with just 3 ingredients, this no-bake recipe comes together in under 15 minutes (plus a bit of patience while you wait for it to set, which, to be honest, is probably the hardest part of the whole process).

While it may not be the fanciest or most elegant looking treat, this homemade candy is like a gourmet version of a classic crunch bar, with a fudgy texture and a lovely, delicate crunch that comes from an ingredient you’ve probably never heard of before called feuilletine.

Bars of Nutella Chocolate Crunch Candy Bark scattered on a gray background, three bars stacked on a plate with one broken bar to show the crispy texture.

Now that you’ve made your own Homemade Feuilletine, you may be wondering, what do I do with it? Well, there are lots of ways, but I figured I’d share my absolute favorite quick and easy candy recipe that uses feuilletine. It’s basically a thicker version of the crispy croustillant base from my Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake, cut into bars.

With only 3 ingredients—chocolate, Nutella, and feuilletine (and maybe a sprinkle of flake salt if that floats your boat)—this homemade crunch candy is so simple I almost feel like I’m cheating even calling it a recipe. If anything, it’s more of a jumping-off point for your own experimentation and flavorful explorations.

The result is a textural delight: rich, dark chocolate softened mixed with Nutella for an almost fudge-like consistency, then folded with crispy flakes of feuilletine for a light and delicate crunch.

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How to Use Up Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Perhaps you bought tons of Halloween candy for all of those trick-or-treaters that will definitely hike up the five flights of stairs to your apartment door (five bags seems reasonable, right?). Perhaps you’re always amazed to find that almost all of t…

Perhaps you bought tons of Halloween candy for all of those trick-or-treaters that will definitely hike up the five flights of stairs to your apartment door (five bags seems reasonable, right?). Perhaps you’re always amazed to find that almost all of the candy is still there come November 1st, even when you and a friend ate two bags on your own. Or maybe you have kids who collected more candy than they can possibly eat without giving themselves sugar-related meltdowns. Either way, you will have lot of extra fun-sized bars and candy corn and not a lot to do with them.

So, what can one do with bags and bags of leftover Halloween candy? Eating it plain is obviously a great option, but even if you have the biggest sweet tooth, things can start to get boring when you’re on your 100th bite-sized Kit Kat. Before you start pawning your candy off on hungry coworkers, consider giving it a new life instead.

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A Totally Objective Halloween Candy Ranking

It’s that time of the year again. We’re rapidly approaching the final week of October and there are things that need to be discussed. I’m not talking about how to plan your Thanksgiving menu or decorate your home for the holidays. I’m not here to share…

It's that time of the year again. We're rapidly approaching the final week of October and there are things that need to be discussed. I'm not talking about how to plan your Thanksgiving menu or decorate your home for the holidays. I'm not here to share advice on how to make the best sugar cookie or pour the perfect espresso martini. I'm here to discuss far more serious matters: Halloween candy.

Sure, my trick-or-treat days may be long behind me, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy my share of holiday candy every October. Once the Duane Reade and Rite Aid in my neighborhood fill their shelves with bags of assorted candies, I can't help but grab one or two. After all, that's a perk of being an adult. You don't have to wait and see which treats the neighborhood elders drop in your pumpkin-shaped bucket—you can simply walk down the block and buy what you want.

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M&M Cookie Bars

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