Candied Spiced Orange and Ginger with vanilla

Candied Spiced Orange and Ginger with vanilla

By 05/12/2014

So how do you get into the Christmas spirit? Let me show you.

Make candied orange and ginger and your house will turn into a festive "house of spices".

When the spices and the citrus are simmering the smell is so powerful and so overpowering that you will feel completely drunk..and without any alcohol.

The result is soft, melt in your mouth spiced candied oranges with a slight pungent and aromatic taste due to the ginger and the vanilla.. a heavenly flavour indeed.

These can make fabulous Christmas presents indeed, they are delicious served with coffee or even dipped into a hot drink! If you are baking cakes you can also add them to your mixture too.

Once they are cooked the candies will need to dry overnight and can then be coated with sugar before serving.


  • Prep Time : 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 1h 40 min



Wash the oranges and slice them into quarters.

Remove the skins. This is easily done by scooping them out with a spoon. Make sure you leave the white pith attached.

peeling oranges

Slice the peels into thin slices.

citrus sliced

To remove the bitterness of orange peel, place the peels in a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and repeat this process 2 more times.

Wash the saucepan. Add the water, sugar, split vanilla pod, cinnamon sticks, cloves and grated nutmeg.

boiling sugar and spices

Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Slice the ginger into thin slices, you can use a mandolin if you like (but be VERY careful to your fingers, it is ever so sharp!).

ginger and spices

Add the orange peels and the sliced ginger to the pan.

Simmer on a low heat, stirring occasionally; the orange peels need to look slightly translucent and the syrup needs to thicken up. This will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Candied Orange Slices

After this time you will need to let the peels dry overnight (at least 10 hours).

Using tongs remove the peels and the ginger and place them on a cooling rack. Put a sheet of baking paper underneath the rack to avoid extra mess.

Look at those vanilla seeds on the peels!

Candied Orange Slices

Toss with sugar and serve. You can dip them in dark chocolate too for a touch of luxury.

I love to serve them with coffee. They are so elegant and pretty, soft and sweet with a slight ginger pungent taste!

The candies will last well in a cool and dry place for two weeks sealed in a bag.

Candied Orange Slices

Candied Orange Slices

I am entering this to "Credit CrunchMunch" hosted by Helen and Camilla.

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19 Responses to Candied Spiced Orange and Ginger with vanilla

  1. Adri

    Beautiful. This is one of my favorite treats, and I bet the ginger is a wonderful addition. Brava!

  2. gloria

    My mama love candied orange especially with chocolate :L)
    I have to make this for her!!!
    Look delicious!
    and is a nice pic of you Alida!!

  3. la cucina di Molly

    Come stai benissimo con questo look, complimenti! Che meraviglia le bucce d’ arancia candite, sono molto profumate, perfette da presentare sulle nostre tavole per le feste natalizie! Un abbraccio e felice festa dell’Immacolata!

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I love both candied ginger and orange! They are a great holiday snack. You look great in that X’mas dress.

    • Alida

      Hey thanks Angie!

  5. Lucy -BakingQueen74

    I can imagine that your house smelt wonderful when you made this, what a great way to get in the festive spirit!

  6. Catherine

    Dear Alida, You look so pretty. I love the jumper.
    These candied treats are some of my favorites. Wonderful. xo Catherine

    • Alida

      Thanks Catherine x

  7. Louise

    Hi Alida!
    Now don’t you look adorable in that Christmas jumper:)

    I’m so bad about making candied oranges. For some reason they never seem to come out sweet. Perhaps I need to remember to change the water a couple of times more. I’ll try:) In the meantime, I will just have to imagine the aroma of the peels and ginger wafting through the house. I know when I make Orange Pomander balls the smell is delicious and they aren’t even cooked!!!

    This recipe will certainly say “bring on Christmas!” Thanks for sharing, Alida…

    • Alida

      I think that’s the trick: you need to boil the peels 3 times and change the water each time otherwise the peels will retain their bitterness. Also when you make the syrup with the sugar wash the pan well with soapy water (after boiling the peels).
      And that smell is unbelievable!x

  8. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Hi Alida,
    A sweet for the sweet! You look adorable in that cute jumper-dress. I think it is perfect for you… That was nice of the ASOS to let you review their outfits. Love your sweet candied orange and ginger. Like you said it does make your home have a wonderful and Christmas festive smell to it. Just when you could use a little sweetness just take one of these goodies. It is simple to make, but you have to endure some patience before you can eat them. Always love the photos of your steps and the finished goodies arranged on the plate looks so beautiful and very festive for the season. (my favorite would be the ones that are dipped in chocolate, but don’t tell anyone) Thanks for sharing your sweet treats with us. Have a fabulous weekend dear friend!
    Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      Thank you Dottie! You are right it takes a little to prepare them but then we you try one you realize it was well worth it.. so good!

  9. Pam

    Oh, one of these would be great with a cup of coffee. Cute jumper-dress and photo of you!

  10. Camilla @FabFood4All

    I love these candied orange slices, so pretty and delicious for Christmas. Thank you for a super festive entry to #CreditCrunchMunch;-)

    • Alida

      Thanks Camilla, I am pleased you like them, they were so moreish!

  11. Alida

    I think it is easier with oranges and they taste truly fabulous and soft. If you add a little grated ginger whilst making the syrup the oranges will get a subtle spicy flavour which is delicious!

    • Alida

      Thank you!

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