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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.

Recipe Summary

45 mins
1 day 2 hrs 30 mins
1 day 3 hrs 30 mins
15 mins
2 cups


Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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; sodium 1mg. Full Nutrition