Candied fruit can add sweetness, bright fruity flavor, and texture to a number of different sweets and treats! Just about any type of fruit can be candied and we have a variety to choose from. Step up your dessert game and give these sweet candied fruit recipes a try today!
Best Candied Fruit Recipes
Everyone loves fruit and everyone loves candy so why not put them together? There are so many fun and flavorful varieties of candied fruit to try!
Some of these recipes make great additions to other desserts, while some are perfect for snacking when your sweet tooth strikes. Try one or try them all!
- Best Candied Fruit Recipes
- Candied Fruit Recipes For Holidays Or Any Dessert
- 1. Candied Orange Slices
- 2. Candied Orange Peel
- 3. Candied Lemon Slices
- 4. Kool-Aid Grapes
- 5. Dehydrated Watermelon (Watermelon Jerky)
- 6. Crack Grapes
- 7. Tanghulu
- 8. Jello Grapes
- 9. Crack Pineapple
- 10. Candied Strawberries
- 11. Cinnamon Apple Chips
- 12. Pear Chips
- 13. Candied Plums
- 14. Caramel Apple Grapes
- 15. Candied Apples
- 16. Candied Cherries
- 17. Sugared Berries
- 18. Candied Lemon Peel
- 19. Mixed Peel
- 🍓 More Fruity Recipes
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- Candied Fruit Recipes: Candied Orange Slices (+More Fruity Treats!)
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Candied Fruit Recipes For Holidays Or Any Dessert
If you love fruit, be prepared to have your mind blown! Candying fruit concentrates all the flavor and, of course, adds plenty of sweetness!
1. Candied Orange Slices
These sugary orange rounds are beautiful and tasty! They are easy to snack on, or you can use them to adorn the top of a cake.
2. Candied Orange Peel
The orange peel is slightly less sweet than the full slices. Though boiling the peel does get rid of much of its bitterness.
These chunks of peel can be mixed into cake batter or used as to add color and texture to other desserts.
3. Candied Lemon Slices
The sourness of the lemon is muted after they are boiled and coated in sugar. This leaves you with a slightly tart, but mostly sweet slice of candied fruit!
4. Kool-Aid Grapes
Kool-Aid grapes were all the rage on TikTok and it's easy to see why. They are incredibly easy to make and you won't be able to stop eating them!
5. Dehydrated Watermelon (Watermelon Jerky)
Dehydrating watermelon really concentrates the flavor. It's time-consuming but worth the end result when you have plenty of sweet and chewy watermelon jerky!
6. Crack Grapes
They are called crack grapes because they are downright addicting! They are coated in crunchy broken Jolly Ranchers for a fun textural element.
The bright colors are perfect for Easter or St. Patrick's day!
These strawberries are coated in a crunchy candy shell! In fact, you can use this tanghulu recipe to candy an assortment of fruit!
8. Jello Grapes
Similar to Kool-Aid grapes, Jello grapes are coated in your favorite flavor of Jello! You can even use sugar-free Jello to make them healthier!
9. Crack Pineapple
Candy-coated pineapple is sweet and bursts with tropical flavor! The crunchy outer shell adds a nice contrast to the tender pineapple beneath.
You won't be able to stop eating these sweet, fruity treats!
10. Candied Strawberries
Candied strawberry slices are an irresistible treat! You only need 3 ingredients and you won't be able to stop snacking on them.
11. Cinnamon Apple Chips
Cinnamon apple chips are a healthy snack that is great for taking to work or school. You can even use your air fryer to get them extra crispy.
12. Pear Chips
Like apple chips, pear chips are much healthier than your usual potato chips. They are always a hit with kids- even babies love them!
13. Candied Plums
Candied plums, or sugar plums, are simply plums cooked in sugar! You can make them any time, though they are commonly associated with Christmas (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy anyone?).
14. Caramel Apple Grapes
Caramel apple grapes, or taffy grapes, got their name because they look like caramel apples (there is no apple in them). You simply skewer them, dip them in caramel, and roll them in crushed nuts!
15. Candied Apples
Candied apples are super popular around the fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving in particular. The candy coating is easy to make and you can add different colors or flavors to customize it!
16. Candied Cherries
As if cherries couldn't get better, now you can candy them! All it takes is cherries and sugar.
Add them to fruitcakes, cookies, or any of your favorite desserts!
17. Sugared Berries
This blend of sugared berries practically sparkles. They are awfully sweet to snack on, but they are perfect for adding to cakes and other sweet treats!
18. Candied Lemon Peel
19. Mixed Peel
🍓 More Fruity Recipes
- Baked Apples - Add a scoop of ice cream to these spiced apples for a fun fall treat!
- Sugar Cookie Cherry Cobbler - A cobbler made with sugar cookie crust and filled with cherry pie filling!
- Blackberry Pie Bars - These sweet and fruity pie bars are perfect for sharing or eating on the go!
- Plum Cake - This beautiful upside-down plum cake is full of fragrant spices and juicy fresh plums!
- Mandarin Orange Jello Salad - A refreshing Jello salad full of whipped cream, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and mini marshmallows!
- No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake - Everyone will want the recipe for this easy no-bake blueberry cheesecake!
These candied fruit recipes are just as fun to make as they are to eat! Tell me how yours turned out in the comment section below!
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Candied Fruit Recipes: Candied Orange Slices (+More Fruity Treats!)
- Trim the first end off of your oranges then slice them evenly.4 small oranges
- Add 4 cups of water, 3 cups of sugar, and the vanilla extract to a saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar has fully dissolved.4 cups water, 3 cups granulated sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the sliced oranges. Simmer for 45-60 minutes until the orange peel (or the rind) has become slightly translucent. Give them a gentle stir every 10-15 minutes or so to make sure all sides are covered in sugar water.
- Place a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet to catch any drips and transfer your oranges over to the rack to dry. This will take about 24 hours.
- Dip your candied orange slices in some granulated sugar, if desired, or melt chocolate chips to dip your orange slices into halfway.1 cup chocolate chips
- Take some extra time to carefully clean your oranges using a vegetable brush before slicing and making them into these delicious candy slices. You want to make sure that your fruit is as free of residue as possible.
- Instead of granulated sugar, dip your dried candied orange slices in melted chocolate for an extra special treat! This time I made ⅔ of the batch into sugar-coated candied oranges and then the remaining ⅓ of the batch into chocolate-dipped candied oranges.
- Candied orange slices make a wonderful cocktail garnish (especially if the drink features orange liqueur). They also make a chic and beautiful topper or decoration on cupcakes, cakes, and frosted cookies as well as a special addition to homemade trail mix!
- The remaining liquid is a sweet and fruity orange syrup that can be reserved to use in desserts or cocktails!
- To store: Keep candied orange slices refrigerated in an airtight container and enjoy within 1 month.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!