Thursday, October 17, 2013

Candied Citrus Zest Recipe (like Airheads)

Right in time for Halloween.

I have had this recipe forever
and finally got around to giving it a whirl.
They look just beautiful.

1 pink grapefruit
4 oranges
6 lemons
6 limes
8 cups cold water, divided
6 cups sugar, divided

1. Using a vegetable peeler (I used a paring knife) peel
rind from fruits trying to include as little of the bitter white pith
as possible.  In a large saucepan, cover the zest strips with
2 cups cold water.  Bring to a boil; drain and rinse zest
under cold running water.  Repeat procedure two more times,
using fresh water each time.
2.  Return blanched zest strips to the saucepan.  Cover with 4 cups 
sugar; add remaining 2 cups water.  Bring to a boil; reduce
heat to a simmer.  Continue to simmer until zest is
translucent in color, about 10 minutes.
3.  Remove from heat; cool and drain.  Lay strips on a wire rack
set over parchment paper.  Allow to dry for at least
4 hours at room temperature.
4.  Toss zest in remaining sugar, coating completely.
Transfer to an airtight container.  Store at room 
temperature for up to 1 month.

Warning: when I ate them, I made a
"Kodak face."  I am not the sweet/sour 
sort of candy lover.
My son thinks they are great.
(They resemble the Airhead candy)
Also, when I tried to use a potato peeler,
I had issues so just used a paring knife.
They also make a great centerpiece though
I think they might be gone by the weekend:)

Until next time,
Nimble Fingers and Even Stitches


  1. my mouth was watering as I read your recipe, sounds delicious, I am afraid I am rather lazy when it comes to cooking etc, just do as little as possible, one of the advantages of living on my own!

  2. Now, this is a healthy, gorgeous treat. Love how pretty they look in the jar!
    There was a time when citrus fruits were harder to come by - when kids ate their one Christmas orange and saved the peel to eat later. This looks like the perfect way to encourage modern kids to make the most of expensive fruit.

  3. Never thought of doing this as a centerpiece but it certainly makes a delightful one. Also, just wanted to thank you for the weblink regarding my new sewing machine. I wasn't able to respond directly since your email came up with no return email address. I appreciate you giving me the link!