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Candied Ginger and Ginger Syrup Recipes

Updated on June 19, 2013
4.8 stars from 5 ratings of Candied Ginger

Candied Ginger is a wonderful sweet and spicy treat. It's great to nibble on or chop up for recipes. If you happen to be suffering from nausea many find eating ginger very helpful!

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: about 2 cups of candied ginger

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Ginger root, two large or three medium roots
  • 5 cups water
  • 5 cups granulated sugar
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Instructions

  1. Remove skin from ginger. This is easily done by using the edge of a spoon and scraping it off.
  2. Cut the ginger into 1/8 inch slices. They should look like little discs. Use a 2 cup measuring cup as you go. Once full put any remaining ginger in a zip lock in the freezer so you can easily grate it into food when cooking at a later time.
  3. In a large pot combine the water and sugar. Add Ginger slices and bring to a boil.
  4. Boil uncovered for one hour on low-med heat. Ginger will be tender and semi-translucent when done.
  5. Remove ginger from syrup and cool on a cookie cooling rack or 30 minutes. They will drip so be sure to put something underneath for easier cleanup.
  6. Once cool coat with granulated sugar. Then leave on wax paper for several hours or overnight to dry.
  7. Store in an air-tight container in a cool dry place such as a pantry for up to three months.
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Bonus Ginger Syrup Recipe!!

Ginger syrup is a very fun and unique treat to use in place of your regular syrup. It can also be used as a concentrate for making ginger ale and tea. When using on cold foods such as ice cream keep in mind that it will harden into a chewy candy like substance. It stores in the fridge and has to be heated before use. This is why it's best to store it in a glass container. That way you can stick it in the microwave for a couple minutes before each use.


  1. Once the ginger is done cooking in the liquid keep boiling it until it becomes a syrup consistency. An hour to an hour and a half should do the trick.
  2. let cool then pour into a clean glass container and store in the fridge up to a month.
  3. Use over pancakes, ice-cream, add to drinks, anywhere you'd like to try this sweet and spicy syrup!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      I used to buy these candied ginger in an Asian shop here in Germany. Now I don´t have to thanks to your recipe Mama Kim. I´ll definitely try this after buying ginger root this afternoon. Voted up and pinned.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Shelley, I'm so happy to hear that. I hope you and your family enjoy and thank you for your great support ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Mr-Veg, Thank you so much for your wonderful support, I hope you enjoy ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      I'm so happy you liked it Sarosh! Thank you

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      You're so right Ignugent, Thank you ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Prasetio! I hope you and your family enjoy ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Teaches, It is great on pancakes... just be sure to warm it ^_^ I hope you enjoy and thanks for your comment and share!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Anamika, You have a great friend ^_^ Thanks for stopping by and showing support!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Kawika, Thank you! I hope you enjoy and thank you for the follow and support ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Rajan, I hope your ginger came out well ^_^ Thank you so much for all the wonderful support!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Ishwaryaa, Thank you so much ^_^ I always appreciate you support!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Lois, Thats fantasic, I hope you enjoy ^_^ Thanks for the comment!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Jesmo, Thank you! I have no idea how to make ginger jam... if you find out please let me know ^_^

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Lovely ginger recipe which I will be trying when my mother comes to stay. Both my husband and my mother love anything to do with ginger. Up, interesting and useful.

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Nice one Kim !! I love the taste and aroma of Ginger, so am sure gonna try it and like it :) thanks for sharing... Voted up and sharing along !!

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      sarosh kumar 4 years ago

      Tried out this...yummy...

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Ginger is good for the health. Thanks for sharing this recipe. :-)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Alicia, Thank you ^_^ The syrup is wonderful on ice cream... but it firms up when cold and gets chewy... just keep that in mind. I love it that way, like a good caramel. Enjoy!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      It really is Aviannovice ^_^ It also makes a really great tea. I hope you enjoy!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you RT. The syrup is fantastic! I'm sure you'll find lots of creative uses! Enjoy ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      This will most certainly do the trick Thundermama! It's a bit spicier than some bought ginger sweets but it packs a good punch in the nausea fighting department. Enjoy!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Wonderful Glimmer ^_^ I hope you enjoy!! Thank you so much for all your fantastic support!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Kidscrafts, Ginger with gouda? that sounds amazing ^_^ I'll have to try it. Ginger is definitely an acquired taste, but I'm glad you like it and I hope you and your husband enjoy! Thank you for your support

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      I'm so glad Natasha, I'm sure you'll love the homemade version just as much!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Carol, I'm so happy you like it, I'm sure you'll make great use of it. Thank you for the support ^_^

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love the recipe and I can't wait to make it soon. I'll show this hub to my mom as well. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I make ginger and honey tea for colds and it works wonders for us. I will have to try this recipe next and use the syrup to sweeten my pancakes. Thanks for sharing.

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I knew Candied ginger is quite easy to make and even knew the recipe, but never attempted to make it at home. A friend of mine sends me some always whenever she makes it and that too for free. Helpful Hub, voted up!

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      KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Awesome, I miss candy ginger! I can now make it at home? Well that's alright by me! Voted you up/interesting/and following. Peace. Kawi.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Sasha, this candied ginger looks just delicious and I love ginger syrup. Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes. Will surely make it today. Voted up, useful and awesome. Gave 5 stars and shared.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wonderful hub! I like using ginger in dishes & juices for both taste and health benefits. Your recipes sound amazing, especially the syrup. I would like to try them. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

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      lois sunday 4 years ago from manila,philippines

      Wow! I'm gonna try this!

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      Jesmo 4 years ago

      Beautiful! I love ginger. Here in Portugal we can't get ginger sweets or ginger beer, so this is a great . Thank you . My mum used to make ginger jam, any idea how to make it from candied ginger?

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the idea of making candied ginger, and I love the idea of making ginger syrup even more. The syrup would be delicious on ice cream! Thanks for the instructions, Sasha.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Kim, this is wonderful. I'll bet that the syrup would be a fantastic base for ginger ale.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Ginger is so good and wonderfully helpful. Thanks for these recipes--I like the idea of making my own candied ginger and I want to look for more ways to use the syrup.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      This looks fantastic. I often buy ginger sweets before I fly to deal with nausea, I think I'll make this instead. great recipe.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Awesome recipe! I love candied ginger and thanks to you I can make it. Going to try this soon. Up, awesome, shared and pinned. This recipe made my day. Thanks.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your recipe! I never learned how to prepare candied ginger. As a kid, I never tasted ginger; my mother never used it. In my husband family they use it a lot (they are Dutch)....may be because there is a link with the Indonesian food (Indonesia used to be a Dutch colony). Anyway, for me it's an acquired taste. In Holland they eat candied ginger with pieces of gouda cheese.....so good!

      Your recipe is for sure a keeper :-)

      Thanks!

      Voted up, useful and interesting!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I love candied ginger but I've never made it. Thank you for this recipe!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      This is such a delightful recipe and I enjoy the taste of ginger, thanks for sharing, I will definitely try it.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      we love ginger and this is a perfect recipe. And easy to follow. thanks for sharing all this. Voting up and pinning the ginger.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      It is easy Mhatter ^_^ Thank you! I hope you enjoy!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Easy! Thank you so much for this.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Wabash Annie, I didn't like this either when I first tried it as a kid ^_^ Actually I didn't really grow a love for it until I had to eat it to help my morning sickness during my first pregnancy. It really helped and I've been hooked ever since ^_^ Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and I hope you enjoy!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Vespa, I didn't know it would harden either until after the first time I made it. ^_^ But I've made this every few months for the last couple years and it is wonderful and well worth heating it up. That is great you have ginger readily available to you in Peru!! I bet it will make great candy and syrup ^_^ Enjoy!! I hope your move is going ok.. Thank you for your wonderful support!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you for your wonderful comment Sallienann! I didn't like it when I first tried it as a kid either... but you're right, it grows on you ^_^ I hope you enjoy my recipe!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thats great Sujina! ^_^ I hope you enjoy!! thank you!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Lemonkerdz ^_^ I would love to read some of your recipes that use ginger syrup!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Bill, Candied ginger is much spicier than gingerbread... an acquired taste. I do hope you and Bev like it ^_^ and if not, give it away to your neighbors! Thank you for your kind comments ^_^

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      wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Your colorful pictures were great! I had a hard time, at first, acquiring a taste but now enjoy it in many recipes. It is also good for the digestion. Thanks for a great hub!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      We have lots of ginger in Peru and this sounds like a very useful and healthy recipe. I like the idea of using the syrup for ginger ale, too. I didn't realize it would harden in the fridge, so thanks for those tips as well. Voted up and shared!

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      sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

      I think I will give your recipe a try! When I was a little girl, my Grammy kept a ginger jar full of crystallized ginger on her mantel and after trying it numerous times, I grew to really love the spicy, hot, sweetness of it! Thanks for sharing it!

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      Sujina 4 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe..I like ginger candy ,so will try it soon..voted up !

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Love your ginger recipes Mama Kim especially the make your own ginger syrup i use this in a few of my recipes. Will give it a go. Thanks

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I rarely eat ginger and I truly have no reason for it. I love gingerbread, so what's the problem with me? LOL

      I will suggest to Bev that we start eating this more often, and we will try your recipe. If Sasha suggests it then it must be good! That's a motto I can live by. :)