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How to Make Candied Citrus at Home

You know we're all about homemade, and making candied citrus is a win on so many scores: it tastes better than store-bought, saves money, uses what would otherwise be wasted, makes great gifts, and instantly upgrades cakes, muffins, and other recipes.

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If you've tasted homemade candied citrus, you know -- it tastes so much better than store-bought. Maybe you ate it plain or dipped in chocolate, maybe it was in a homemade fruitcake or added to muffin or pancake batter to take those baked goods to the next level? Another classic way to use candied citrus is as a garnish or decoration on everything from tarts to cocktails.


Look for organic or unsprayed fruit when making candied citrus -- what you are using and eating is the exterior of the fruit. And if you buy citrus for juicing, don't toss out the fruit after squeezing; freeze the peels and candy them when you have time.


Learn more about different types of candied citrus


Candied Citrus Peel

An essential ingredient in Martha's mom's stollen recipe, fruitcake, and other baked goods.


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candied lemon slices
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Candied Citrus Slices

Decorating pound cake or layer cake (whether frosted or not); the ultimate garnish for a cupcake; and an unbeatable addition to some sublime cocktails -- those are some of our favorite ways to use slices of candied lemon or orange.


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Watch Sarah Carey make candied citrus peel: