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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 20, 2016

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.

    Take two grapefruits. Quarter them and peel the fruit, leaving the white pith. Eat the fruit and get your vitamin C or save it for another use. Then, cut each quarter of peel into half-inch strips. For me, this yielded 12 strips for each grapefruit. Given the peel bloats a bit through the cooking process, this makes for good-sized pieces.

    Once your strips are ready, place them in a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Now bring that to a boil. Let it boil for a minute and drain. Repeat for a total of four times. That’s right. FOUR times. We’re getting rid of all that bitterness. That “A” paper back in college that got a “B”? Gone. That ex? A faded memory. No more bitterness here, folks.

    After the last drain, return the peels to the saucepan. Sprinkle one cup of sugar over them and fill the saucepan with just enough water to cover the grapefruit. Bring to a simmer and lower the heat, keeping it at a gentle, low simmer for two hours. You can get stuff done during this time, but keep your eye on it to make sure everything is safe and fine and dandy. After two hours, a lot of the water will be absorbed and what’s left should be syrupy.

    Line a baking tray with wax or parchment paper and place a wire rack on top. Use a slotted spoon and transfer the peel to the rack. Now, let that dry a good two to four hours. Here’s where you can leave the room (or the house) the whole time and get whatever you need to do done.

    After a couple hours, the peel will still be sticky. Roll around in additional sugar to coat and you’re ready to eat, serve or give. Note that overnight some of the sugar will absorb into the grapefruit peels, so if you’re making these ahead of time, you may need to coat them with more sugar. Or, just wait until the day you’re serving to coat with the sugar.

    Want to add even more oomph? Dip the grapefruit peel in melted dark chocolate. Divine!

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