What should you get that 'special' (super-picky and has everything) foodie on your holiday list? Now you know. By the way, if you're a fan of candied citrus, you'll want to make extra, since Buddha's hand is a unique and special treat.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
1 day
total:
1 day
Servings:
32
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add diced Buddha's hand, return to a simmer, and cook until citrus softens, about 30 minutes. Drain.

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  • Combine Buddha's hand, 2 1/2 cups sugar, and water in the same pot; bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until syrup reaches a temperature of 230 degrees F (110 degrees C). Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Drain citrus; pour excess liquid into jars and reserve.

  • Spread drained citrus out onto a wire rack and let dry until tacky, at least 24 hours. Pour remaining sugar into a shallow bowl. Toss citrus in sugar until coated; transfer coated pieces to a plate to dry, at least 2 hours.

Cook's Note:

You can use any citrus peel in place of Buddha's hand, if desired.

The reserved syrup is excellent for making cocktails.

Nutrition Facts

77 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 20.2g 7% DV; fatg; cholesterolmg; sodium 1mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2016
Found this after I couldn't resist buying this nifty looking thing in the store yesterday. These instructions are so simple, I'm going to try it for making candied ginger tomorrow, to be used in a buddha hand and ginger pound cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2016
Found this after I couldn't resist buying this nifty looking thing in the store yesterday. These instructions are so simple, I'm going to try it for making candied ginger tomorrow, to be used in a buddha hand and ginger pound cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2017
Amazing!! I understand that you stated that this can be made with all types of citrus... I was wondering: would this work for pineapple? My husband aunt cousins and mother are are pineapple freaks and homemade candied pineapple would be a delightful gift idea -- placed in a Halloween tin put in a pretty candy dish and presented to Thanksgiving dinner host stocking stuffer or simply tied in a cellophane bag with bright ribbon to a birthday gift. If I can't use this recipe for the pineapple can you suggest a recipe for that? You rock!!! Thank you!!! Love this!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2018
I have had a Buddha s hand tree for a few years and the fruit is fragrant and beautiful but I ve never had a use for it until now. I first made this recipe last year and I used this recipe as written. I found the candied Buddha s hand to be very bitter so much so that I threw it all away. I m not sure if I did something wrong or my fruit was over ripe? I haven t had more fruit to try again until now so here I am a year later with a new crop. I did some research and decided to add a teaspoon of salt to the blanching water 1/4(ish) teaspoon of salt to the sugar/water mix and I picked the fruit while there is still a tinge of green left (prior had been solidly yellow on the tree for a few weeks). The bitterness level has improved a million times and the candied Buddha s hand turned out beautifully. This is a terrific recipe and the video is quite helpful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2020
Best candy recipe on this planet !!! I use this to candy the etrog citron every year after the Jewish Succot holiday! I also used the same recipe for candied ginger which I mince and add to ginger cookies and pumpkin bread... I love a good spice:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2019
So tasty! Kind of takes you back when you first try it but pretty addictive once you get used to it. Read More