Candied Strawberries Recipe – Delicious Desert and Food Preservation

 Candied strawberries at home

Oven baked (candied) strawberries as a way to preserve fruit and also a very delicious and healthy desert.

Even though people use candied fruit as a way to preserve fruit for prolonged periods of time, this type of fruit makes a very delicious and super healthy desert.    Whole fruit, smaller pieces of fruit, or pieces of peel, are placed in heated sugar syrup, which absorbs the moisture from within the fruit and eventually preserves it. In this recipe I used strawberries, but any fruit could be candied in the same way.  Strawberries saturated with sugar syrup are placed in the oven and dried for a prolonged period of time preserving fruit.

candied strawberries oven baked strawberries


1 kg (approximately 3 pounds) of fresh strawberries

800 grams (approximately 2.5-2.8 pounds) of sugar

1 L of water

I made a short video of how to make these candies. The only step you do not see is me actually putting a tray into the oven.

Also, note, I used 1/3 of suggested ingredients, so

1 pound of straberries

around a pound of sugar (I used less because I do not like these candies to be too sweet)

0.35 L (350 ml) of water


Pour water in the pot, add sugar, place on the stove, dissolve sugar and boil syrup for about 5 min.  Add strawberries and boil for about 10 min. Remove from the stove and strain syrup.

Preheat oven to about 200 F, place strawberries on a tray and place into heated oven.  Dry strawberries until dry outside but still tender (keep on turning berries over).  It took me about 5 hours.

Cool candied strawberries.  You can eat them as a desert  (my son likes eating them like candies) or place in mason jar and preserve for later.

Strawberries prepared this way can be kept for up to a year.


28 thoughts on “Candied Strawberries Recipe – Delicious Desert and Food Preservation

      1. I have strawberries and want to try this recipe would you please post the recipe in American measurements

        1. 1 kg (approximately 3 pounds) of fresh strawberries

          800 grams (approximately 2.5-2.8 pounds) of sugar

          1 L of water = 2.2 pounds or 33.8 ounces of water

    1. Hi, Jennifer. Yes, if you are planning to store them for a long (4-6 months) time, I would suggest to seal your jars (I don’t, because these do not last longer than 2 months in my house :))))

  1. Making these tonight!! Any suggestions for using the boiling syrup after? I guess it’s like a strawberry flavoured simple syrup – maybe a martini?

    1. I was thinking the same thing. I’m going to try and make strawberry pancake syrup. Hope it turns out.

  2. Does the strawberry have a gummy texture.
    I bought something similar at Pikes Fishmarket in Seattle very expensive. But the outside of the strawberry’s were coated with granulated sugar on them.

    1. The texture depends on how long you dry strawberries in your oven. I like chewable gummy-like texture. If you like sugar on outside, you can certainly roll strawberries in sugar after you take them out of the oven (let berries cool off a bit).

  3. I wanted to 1/4 my berries lengthwise and candy in order to add to granola later. But I’m concerned boiling quartered strawberries may over soften them or they may mash completely. Have you tried just rolling in fine sugar and dehydrating? Especially if one wanted to also reduce the sugar some? I want to still have a bit of gummy texture. Is the boiling in syrup a key element for that plump gumminess?

    1. Hi, Rosie. No, it is not crucial. If you don’t want to boil strawberries, then just add sugar to berries, mix and let stand for 3-5 hours, you will notice that strawberries let juice out. Then you can put berries in the dehydrator (or oven). The end product might not be as sweet….Also, in order for strawberries not to end up mashed, do not allow them to boil. I usually just bring the mixture to boil (see some bubbles), then turn it off right away, and carefully stir until bubbles disappear. You do not even have to boil berries, you can just heat up the sauce and turn the stove off. Heating up sauce and berries allows for sugary syrup to soak berries. They turn out sweet and gummy.

    1. I’ve never tried it in a dehydrator. However, I think that you can cut cooking time in half and they try if strawberries are dried enough for your taste.

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