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How to Make Candied Grapefruit

  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 4 hr 30 min
  • Servings 24

It’s easy to make your own sweet, citrusy, candied grapefruit peel. ...MORE+ LESS-

The Decorated Cookie
September 18, 2017

Ingredients

2
grapefruits
1
cup sugar, plus additional sugar

Steps

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  • 1
    Quarter grapefruits and remove the fruit, leaving the white pith. Cut each quarter of peel into half-inch strips.
  • 2
    Place peels in a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Bring water to a boil, let it boil for a minute, drain and repeat for a total of 4 times.
  • 3
    After the last drain, return peels to saucepan. Sprinkle 1 cup sugar over peels and fill saucepan with just enough water to cover grapefruit. Bring to a simmer and lower heat, keeping it at a gentle, low simmer for 2 hours. After that, a lot of the water will be absorbed and what’s left should be syrupy.
  • 4
    Line a baking tray with wax or parchment paper and place a wire rack on top. Use a slotted spoon and transfer peel to the rack. Let peel dry 2 to 4 hours.
  • 5
    When ready to serve, roll peels in additional sugar (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup).

Expert Tips

  • The sugar coating will absorb into the grapefruit peel overnight, so you may want to re-roll in sugar the same day you’re serving.
  • Try dipping the grapefruit peel in melted chocolate.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
50
Calories from Fat
0
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0g
0%
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
0mg
0%
Potassium
30mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
12g
4%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
12g
Protein
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Homemade candy is so far beyond the store-bought stuff. (Not that I’d turn down any store-bought stuff, mind you, but there really is a difference.) And candied grapefruit peel is so sweet and lovely with its perfect citrusy flavor. Plus, it just seems so old-timey classic, doesn’t it? As far as candy-making goes, candied grapefruit peel is pretty darn easy to make. With this method you just let the grapefruit peel sit on the stove for a couple hours and let time and heat do the work for you. That said, you’ll need a good amount of time to make it, but the hands-on part is pretty minimal. And if grapefruit isn’t your thing, feel free to substitute oranges. Want to add even more oomph? Dip the grapefruit peel in melted dark chocolate. Divine!

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