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Candied Fruit Recipes - Glace Cherries, Candied Peel, & Pineapple

Updated on March 8, 2011

Candied fruit, naturally fat-free, is easy enough to make at home. Great for gifts, parties, or to cook with. Homemade candied orange, lemon, and/or grapefruit peel, candied pineapple, and candied (glace) cherries.

Low-fat nut candy recipes can be found here.

Candied Peel


  • 6 large citrus fruits (orange, lemon, and/or grapefruit), peels of
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 cups granulated sugar, plus extra
  • 1 ½ cups water, plus extra


Cut tops and bottoms off of fruit, then use a knife to score into quarters and remove peel. Cut into 1/4 inch-wide strips, place in large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat, drain, then cover with cold water and bring to a boil a second time. Repeat twice more with fresh water. In new saucepan, combine 4 ½ cups sugar and 1 ½ cups water with wire whisk over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer 8 or 9 minutes, around 230 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. Reduce heat and add peels, simmering gently 45 minutes or until peels turn clear-ish, without stirring. (Swirl pan by handle to move peels around, if absolutely necessary.) Drain and roll in sugar, dry 4 to 5 hours before storing or using to cook.

Glace Cherries


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pound fresh cherries
  • 1/2 fresh lemon, washed
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice


Wash, stem, and pit cherries. Combine sugar and water with wire whisk in large saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring regularly. Add cherries and lemon half, reduce heat to low and simmer about 20 minutes, until syrup is red and thickening. Remove from heat, transfer to covered, airtight container, and let stand several hours (or overnight). Strain cherries, reserving syrup, and discard lemon half. Combine syrup and apple juice in large (clean) saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil 5 minutes, add cherries, then reduce heat to low and cook until syrup is thick, around 220 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer.

Candied Pineapple


  • 2 20-oz cans pineapple chunks in juice
  • 2 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • water as needed


Drain pineapple, reserving juice. In large skillet, combine 1 ½ cups juice, 2 2/3 cup sugar, and corn syrup with wire whisk over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered 4-5 minutes until slightly thickened. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Add pineapple in single layer and cook 45 minutes or until pieces turn clear-ish, basting often with juice, adding water a Tbsp at a time as needed to lower heat and prevent caramelizing. Remove from heat, drain, and cool on wire racks over a drip pan in oven about 30 minutes or until no longer sticky. Cool to room temperature before storing or using to cook.


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      7 years ago

      I come to say thank very much for the ricepe. I'm now going to make them when I get paid.

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      Laura S 

      7 years ago

      I just returned from Paris and they had some wonderful candied apple slices that were chewy with a tart/sweet flavor. Can I do apples with one of these techniques for candied apples?

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      7 years ago

      I have so many lemons on my tree I need another idea and this is it!!! Thank you.

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      Maddie Ruud 

      8 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Absolutely, Kathy!

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      8 years ago

      Can you candy fruit using Spenda?

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      9 years ago

      Never thought I could do it, making my own Glace' Fruit!!!!!

      Thank you all so much.

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      9 years ago

      These are great. I have done the cherry and pineapple. THANK YOU so much for the recipe. Dad's Christmas present done and dusted.

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      9 years ago

      Talking today about Glace Cherries and wondered how they where made, you have answered that question with an easy to follow recipe. Thanks a Million. Merry Christmas and may 2010 be very kind to us all.

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      Lupita Cantua 

      10 years ago

      Hi I

      My name is Lupita and I enjoy maing tamales for Christmas. I always use canned pineapple when making sweet tamales. This year I will try using candied pineapples, the recipe given. Thanks so much!!!

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      Tamara Merritt 

      10 years ago

      Thanks so much! I had lost my recipe for making my own candied pineapple, and have searched and searched.

      I also use that same recipe using marachino cherries (red or green..separately) for my icebox fruitcake.

      Once you have made your own candied fruit, you cannot use that flavorless 'stuff' sold in the grocery stores just tastes ICK!

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for the candied pineapple recipe. I can't buy it anywhere, so I'll try making it. I have an old family recipe for Christmas Cookies that calls for candied pineapple, and it doesn't come out right using anything else! Thanks again.

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      Fit Body 2 Day 

      11 years ago

      I bet these would make very pretty edible decorations on holiday cakes and pies. Nice going

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      11 years ago from Georgia

      These sound interesting. What are other fruits you can candy?

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      11 years ago from Skopje, Macedonia

      YUMMY :P I'll try your recipes tommorow. Thanks!

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      11 years ago from Portugal

      I´m now going to see all the other recipes you´ve post. And now on I´ll be eyes open to your next hubs!


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      11 years ago from Singapore / India

      I am going to try the candied peel. It will be interesting to try it out on other peels as well. Thank you Maddie for sharing this with us all.

      Warm Regards

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      THANK YOU! I needed these recipes exactly today! It's a miracle! :) :)

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      Aman deep Garg 

      11 years ago

      YUMMY,Thanks a lot Christmas is coming.

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      11 years ago




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