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Easy Candied Grapefruit Peel

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"This candied grapefruit peel is delightfully bittersweet and festive-looking. You can also dip the cooled rinds in chocolate. Will keep in an airtight container for several weeks, or in the refrigerator longer."
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2 h 55 m servings 79
Original recipe yields 32 servings (5 1/2 dozen)


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  1. Quarter grapefruit and remove rinds; use interiors for another purpose. Slice each rind lengthwise into strips, approximately 1/4 inch at the widest point.
  2. Cover rind with 2 inches of water in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil; boil for 3 minutes. Drain. Repeat 3 more times with fresh water. Drain.
  3. Place boiled grapefruit rind, 1 3/4 cups sugar, and 1 cup of fresh water into the saucepan. Let simmer slowly, increasing heat as needed, until water is absorbed or evaporated, about 1 hour.
  4. Place remaining 1 cup sugar in a large bowl and toss peels in it. Cool and allow to dry on wax paper or a wire rack. Dust with more sugar as preferred.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can use white or pink grapefruit. I have had the best batches from grapefruit that has thinner, rather than thicker, rinds. The thicker rinds tend to stay very moist.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 79 calories; 0 20.3 0.2 0 0 Full nutrition

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I'll make it again and again during grapefruit season. It's delicious and easy. My neighbors love it.