Fruit Candy Recipes

From candied citrus peel to chocolate covered cherries, we have recipes for all the best fruity confections.

Staff Picks

Candied Apples II

Rating: 4.16 stars
Apples with a hard candy coating, like you can get at fairs.

Cran-Raspberry Jellies

Rating: 3.77 stars
These are my absolute favorite candy in the tin that my husband's aunt delivers each Christmas.

Cherries and Chocolate Fudge

Rating: 4.46 stars
Cherries and chocolate are an all time favorite combination. This chocolate fudge has candied cherries and almonds throughout, and is topped with more cherries and pecans.

Frosted Cranberries

Rating: 4.69 stars
Beautiful sugar coated cranberries can put the finishing touch on your holiday desserts and side dishes. Beautiful to look at, and sweet enough to eat them plain.

Cranberry Macadamia Nut Bark

Rating: 4.5 stars
This candy recipe is very pretty on gift trays and tasty too. If cranberries are not on hand, dried cherries or raisins will work beautifully in this recipe.

Perfect Cranberry Cashew Fudge

Rating: 5 stars
Turn into a complete 'Christmas Tree Hugger' with this updated version of 'Yo Mamma's fudge.' The ultra smooth and creamy consistency of this fab fudge paired with the tart and tangy cherry-flavored dried cranberries and the tender crunch of the whole cashews makes this treat one more reason to leave the decorations up all year long. Merry Christmas all year long!

Peach Gelee Candy

Rating: 3.67 stars
This is an old fashioned, handcrafted candy that takes a little time and finesse to pull off. It's simple and sweet, but looks and tastes like something you're only suppose to enjoy a few times a year.

Cherry Blossom Fudge

Rating: 3.52 stars
This is so easy and it will disappear fast!

Mexican Tamarind Candy

Rating: 5 stars
This is the most favorite Mexican candy of all 10 of my children...sweet, spicy, and so yummy. Full of tamarind fruit. Makes a great activity for children to help with on a long rainy or hot summer day...and homemade has no traces of some store-bought tamarind candies.

Chocolate Covered Cherries

Rating: 4.71 stars
Easy, delicious cherries. Just like you buy in the box! It's best to let the candies ripen for 1 to 2 weeks.

Crystallized or Candied Ginger

Rating: 4.58 stars
Crystallized ginger can be served with espresso and cake or champagne and fruit, coated in bittersweet chocolate and rolled in hazelnuts or macadamia nuts. It can be chopped or julienned to use in or as a garnish for pastries, pumpkin pies, stewed fruits cookies, and many other desserts. Store in an airtight container in a cool and dark place.

Walnut Date Balls

Rating: 4.83 stars
Love these as a snack or dessert! There's no added sugar. You can press them into a 9x9-inch pan and cut into bars, if you prefer.

Inspiration and Ideas

White Cranberry Walnut Nutmeg Fudge
Rating: Unrated
Spice up your fudge game with sweet-tart dried cranberries!
Candied Citrus Peel
"I use navel oranges or thick-skinned lemons. Dip one end in melted chocolate and let cool. There is no end to the variations that are possible!" – Onthefly

Easy Candied Grapefruit Peel

Rating: 4.5 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.