It’s crucial to blanch the peels 3 times to remove their bitterness. This fruity candy is delicious on its own, but dipping the ends in melted chocolate or thinned royal frosting makes an extra-special treat.

How to Make It

Step 1

Score grapefruit, oranges, and lemons through peel from top to bottom in 6 sections for grapefruit and 4 for oranges and lemons (don't cut into fruit). Pull off strips of peel with your fingers. Slide a small, sharp knife along inside of peels to remove excess membrane so peels are about 1/4 in. thick. Cut peels lengthwise into strips about 1/2 in. wide in center and tapered on ends.

Step 2

Put peels in a 3- to 4-qt. saucepan and add cold water to cover. Bring to a boil, then drain. Repeat twice more.

Step 3

Refill pan with 2 1/2 cups water and 2 1/2 cups sugar; bring to a boil, making sure that sugar dissolves. Add peels and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until peels turn translucent and syrup begins to form bigger bubbles, about 1 1/2 hours.

Step 4

Drain peels, saving syrup for other uses (such as topping pancakes) if you like. Spread peels on a nonreactive cooling rack set on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Allow peels to dry completely, about 2-3 hours.

Step 5

Toss peels in remaining 1 cup sugar, shaking off excess. Store airtight at room temperature. Serve peels plain or dipped in chocolate.

Step 6

*Melt 10 oz. chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate in a small pan over barely simmering water. Dip peels halfway into chocolate; set on baking sheets lined with waxed paper. Chill until set, about 30 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

Beautiful & Delicious!!!

December 13, 2016
I made these last night. They are not difficult to make @ all. Most of the time involves boiling (which doesn't take that long) & drying. It's not a recipe where one has to stand over the stove, as if making typical hard candy recipes. These are so tasty & pretty. I am adding this to my Christmas collection.  I am planning on using the simple syrup in mojito's. Thanks for posting! 


November 26, 2016
Very Easy, but time-consuming. We don't throw away any citrus peels anymore. I find leaving some of the pith allows it to absorb the simple syrup and give it the sweetness it needs.


March 23, 2016
A lot of work. How long will these keep?