Honey-Infused Orange Zest Candy (Recipe)

We threw together a batch of orange-peel infused honey last week.  It’s a simple process – boil the zest of 2-3 oranges in two cups of honey for 10 minutes and strain.  The resulting product is sweet with added elements of citrus and bitterness.  It’s fantastic.

This recipe required our dehydrator.  While you can likely bake them in a low-powered oven, the task would be far more difficult.  Organic oranges are best as you’ll be eating the peel.

And we were left with these honey-soaked zests:

Honey Infused Orange Zest Candy (Recipe) Orange

The easiest way to remove perfect strips of zest (i.e. without the white pith) is to use a very sharp potato peeler.  Peel the oranges while they are whole for the easiest effort.

I’ve learned that infusing honey works best in a small pot (as long as you watch the boil carefully – it can boil over if you’re not careful).  The small pot leaves less surface area for the honey to touch and is easier to clean/ yields more product.


  1. Place the slices on a dehydrator tray.
  2. Dehydrate at 130 degrees Fahrenheit (57 Celsius) until crisp.  This will take about 24 hours.

And you’re done!

Do you infuse honey with any other ingredients?  What’s your favorite combo?


  1. Amazing idea!
    I have some peppermint honey I bought from a “shoppe” in rural Alberta that is really nice – never thought to doctor honey at home though!

    Many ideas spring to mind: lavender, rosemary, vanilla, and one I’m planning to do now for sure – cinnamon!

    Love your blog – it’s a great resource! I’ve got two mason jar air-locks with hot peppers a brewin’ on the kitchen counter thanks to your posts!

  2. Love this idea as I recently purchased a dehydrator and am loving it!

    Am in correct in that you mean peel the orange then dip in the warm honey in your saucepan and them place in your dehydrator? Sounds delicious!

  3. apologies, I now see what I should of read first before I asked my question, thanks again.

  4. Tried this because I had a jar of crystallized honey at the back of my pantry. The orange zest candy was horrible, but the orange zest-infused honey is totally amazing. I would not have thought that it would soak up the flavor like that.


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