Vegan Sour Citrus Peel Candy
Hello & Happy Friday!!
I’ll be honest, while I love lemon, I have never been a fan of orange flavored anything.
It wasn’t until the past few years that I fell in love with fresh oranges and grew to love them and actually enjoy throwing them into recipes. (thanks to Sun Basket lol, they use them in frequently in recipes)
While oranges can be messy and some varieties make removing seeds feel like a full time job, they add another dimension of flavor to savory dishes, bring aesthetic appeal, and can actually make the perf homemade candy!
This concept is somewhat dated, but the idea of taking old citrus peels and reusing them to create something candy like intrigued me. I created this recipe years ago, and knew instantly that I had to revisit it, create a tutorial video, and put a new spin on it..
and the Sour Citrus Peels were born!
What I love about this recipe is, everything! It’s fun, easy, can be made with kids, colorful, you can use a variety of peels, has minimal ingredients, can be made in bulk, is perf for any season, perf for entertaining, perf for gifts, has that sour punch we all love, is affordable, non vegan approved, and will stay fresh for a long time!
If you’re looking for the perf plant based treat that can literally be made from scraps of citrus fruit.. You have to try this recipe for Sour Citrus Peel Candy!
Why this recipe rocks:
Great for warm weather
Can be used to top various desserts
Great for entertaining
Great for gifts
Can be made literally with waste (fruit peels)
Yields 3 to 4 cups
20 minPrep Time
40 minCook Time
1 hrTotal Time
- 2 oranges (any variety)
- 2 lemon
- 2 limes
- 3 cups superfine sugar (divided)
- 2 tbsp citric acid
- 14 cups cups water (divided)
- Scrub the fruit thoroughly under cold running water to remove any dirt and wax. Soak in vinegar for 10 minutes if needed. Cut the ends off the fruit and working around in a circle make slices (as seen in the picture above) Make the slices, then when needed, peel. Slices should be thin as they will cook more evenly and are less likely to be cooked inadequately. Keep the slices about 1inch apart, and peel the white pith to the flesh after you remove the slices.
- Cut each peel section lengthwise into long strips about 1/4 inch (6 mm.) wide. In a large saucepan add 4 cups of water, build the peels for 5 minutes. Repeat this 2 more times. Add 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water to the pan. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the fruit, and bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, uncovered, until the peels begin to soften, 40-45 minutes. Drain. Be sure to drain fully.
- Combine 1 cup of sugar with citric acid. Toss the drained peels in the sugar mixture. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the peels to a cookie sheet on top of a tray, spacing them so they do not touch. Let the candied peels dry for 1-2 hours. Store in layers, separated by waxed paper, in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month. Makes about 1 1/2 cups
Notes To make it more sweet, melt some vegan chocolate and dip the candied peels in it. By Eat Drink Shrink