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Candied Orange Slices

Cook Time - 30mins


2¼ cups sugar

2 cups water

10 to 12 medium orange slices

Candied Orange Slices


Yields: 10-12 orange slices (plus 2 1/2 cups orange simple syrup)

1. Combine the sugar and water over medium-high heat and bringing the mixture to a boil. Usually, you’d make it in a small saucepan, but since we’re adding orange slices to the mix later, let’s use a Dutch oven to give ourselves plenty of room. Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium.

2. Add your orange slices. Drop the slices in one at a time to make sure they don’t stick together. Continue to cook the oranges over medium heat until they’re translucent, about 20 minutes, turning them from time to time. Reduce the heat to low and cook for an additional 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until the slices are tender but still intact.

3. Now that they’re fully cooked, use a slotted spoon or tongs to carefully remove the slices to a wire rack or a parchment paper-lined baking pan. Let them stand at room temperature overnight until they’re fully dried before storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You might not need that syrup anymore for this recipe, but don’t throw it away! Store it in the fridge until you’re ready to make a mixed drink or a sparkling orange soda.

The slices and syrup are both good for 3-4 weeks when stored in the fridge, so have some fun with them! Candied orange slices make an excellent topping for pies and cakes. They also make a fun addition to salads when cut into quarters, or you can serve them as-is as a sweet snack. When we want to get really fancy, we’ll make that snack gourmet by dipping half of the slice into chocolate before serving.


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