How to Make Candied Orange Slices at Home

Sometimes we crave something sweet, but somewhat healthy. Something not too boring like a simple candy, but not too complicated like a cake.

This is when candied fruit come in mind.

In this post you will learn how to make candied orange slices at home. It’s quite an easy recipe to follow. You can pick any oranges you want; you can always adjust the sweetness by reducing amount of sugar used.

I already have a recipe of yummy candied strawberries, so if you love strawberries, head off over HERE.

What Oranges To Pick To Make Candied Oranges

You can use pretty much any types of oranges. I can recommend a couple that I personally like.

  1. Valencia Oranges: Valencia oranges are sweet and juicy flesh. Candied slices look vibrant orange colour.
  2. Blood Oranges: these oranges have unique crimson flesh and distinct flavor. They add a hint of tartness to candied orange slices.
  3. Cara Cara Oranges – also sweet with some tartness.

Candied Oranges Recipe

Sliced candied oranges on wooden table, selective focus


Before we dive into the recipe, let’s gather our ingredients:

  • Oranges (preferably organic)
  • Granulated sugar
  • Water

How to Make Candied Orange Slices:

  1. Prepare the Oranges: Wash the oranges thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt or debris. Using a sharp knife, slice the oranges into uniform slices, about ¼ inch thick. Remove any seeds from the slices.
  2. Blanch the Orange Slices: Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Once the water is boiling, carefully add the orange slices and blanch them for 1-2 minutes. Blanching helps to soften the peel and remove any bitterness.
  3. Prepare the Sugar Syrup: In a separate pot, combine equal parts water and granulated sugar. For example, if you use 1 cup of water, you’ll need 1 cup of sugar. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  4. Simmer the Orange Slices: Once the sugar has dissolved, reduce the heat to low and carefully add the blanched orange slices to the sugar syrup. Allow the slices to simmer gently in the syrup for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until they become translucent and the syrup thickens slightly.
  5. Cool and Dry: Once the orange slices are tender and translucent, remove them from the syrup using a slotted spoon and transfer them to a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Allow the slices to cool completely and dry for several hours or overnight. As they dry, they will develop a slightly sticky exterior.
  6. Optional: Roll in Sugar: For an extra touch of sweetness and sparkle, you can roll the cooled orange slices in granulated sugar. This step is optional but adds a delightful crunch to the finished candied oranges.
  7. Enjoy: Once the candied orange slices are dry, they are ready to enjoy! Serve them as a standalone treat, use them to garnish desserts and cocktails, or incorporate them into your favorite recipes.

How To Store Candied Orange Slices

Storing candied oranges properly is essential to maintain their freshness and flavor. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Air-Tight Container: Transfer the candied oranges to an air-tight container, such as a glass jar or a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Make sure the container is clean and dry before adding the oranges.
  2. Layering: If you’re storing multiple layers of candied oranges, place parchment paper or wax paper between the layers to prevent them from sticking together.
  3. Cool, Dry Place: Store the container of candied oranges in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. A pantry or cupboard is ideal for maintaining the freshness of the oranges. I keep mine in the fridge.
  4. Avoid Moisture: Moisture can cause the candied oranges to become sticky and lose their texture. Ensure that the container is tightly sealed to prevent moisture from entering.
  5. Use within Timeframe: If stored properly, these slices are good for 4 to 6 weeks. However, they never last that long in my house 🙂


Making candied orange slices at home is a fantastic way to enhance your favorite dishes with a burst of sweetness and flavor. Try making them at home and let me know what you think.

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