Seriously long candied apple peels

by Sarah on November 10, 2012

candied apple peels

{Above: Candied applie peels, not kelp}

As I mentioned in a previous post, there’s a candy-Ethiopian spice store combo down the block from us that attracts an eclectic group of customers. Whenever I send one of my boys to buy a loaf of bread or a bag of milk at the adjacent grocery they invariably make a clandestine visit to stock up on radioactive colored sweets.  There is an unwritten pact between them that whoever is sent on this errand always buys enough to share.

 I advocate healthy food but have never been neurotic enough to fuss about those wrappers they try to hide. There are some things in life they have to learn themselves. 

So when my middle son walked into the house looking like he caught the biblical plague I had a pretty good idea why. “What did you eat?” was my first question. He went out to buy pizza with the gang so that was the obvious answer. With a bit of probing he also admitted to downing two bright red slurpees and a couple of those sweet and sour belt candies produced in a country with no FDA equivalent.  He was messing with truly hard core stuff. The outcome of course was a magnificent eosinophil reaction; crimson splotches all over his face and body. From his point of view, this health scare was on the verge of critically embarrassing.

Did I say “I told you so?” ? Probably, but I didn’t tell him to stop buying candy- he’ll do that anyway- hopefully he’ll know which ones to avoid.  At their age, there is no point micro-managing everything that goes into their mouths (obviously I wouldn’t be so nonchalant if there was a bigger risk involved).

So while I can’t tout the following recipe as health food, at least you’ll be able to show your face in public after eating it.  

candied apple peels

Seriously long candied apple peel


I didn’t want to throw away the beautiful spiral apple peels left over from baking pies (I used this nifty kitchen gadget for the peeling job). Instead I decided to candy them like I do lemon or orange rinds. The outcome reminded me a bit like those forbidden sour candies but my son thought they looked like seaweed.  “I’m not going to eat that!” Of course they did.  

The peels of 9 apples

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup water

Juice of one lemon

½ cup granulated sugar

In a small pot add the water, lemon juice and sugar. Heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the apple peels, mixing so they are coated. Continue to simmer until the sugar syrup thickens, about 15-20 minutes. The apple peels should be slightly translucent at this point. Do not let syrup brown. Transfer peels to parchment paper until cool (save simple syrup for flavoring tea or cocktails). Meanwhile pour about ½ cup granulated sugar in a high sided tray. Add the apple peels and toss until coated.

There really isn’t a tidy way of eating these peels and that’s the fun part about it.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosa November 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Wonderful candy! I really love the idea of using apple peels in that way…




Yael the Finn November 11, 2012 at 4:59 am

That looks so cool! I have a dehydrator and make fruit skins all the time:)
Have you tried the spices at the Ethiopian shop`? Since I found berbere spice mix I have almost not needed any other spice……


Sarah November 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

Thanks Yael! I use the berbere spice in lentil and vegetable stews. I’ve tried the hummus flour a few times as well. So far, the spice mix I use the most is baharat and after that Yemenite Hawaij (I just made lentil and wheat berry soup with it today)


Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb November 12, 2012 at 1:00 am

Oh that’s a pretty cool sweet post Sarah. Coming at the right time as well, I have been working on some amla candy the past days. I cooked and kept mine in the sun though and added some strawberry power (the fruit is very sour). I love your apple candies because they just look like those popular kids candies in europe and I bet kids would love buying those in the swimming pools for their little tummy. So cute of you to have taken the time to come up with that, and then to so healthy compared to the crap that they are selling in the stores, plus you saved the apple peals for further good use! Brilliant!


Sarah November 12, 2012 at 4:08 am

Thanks Helene! Amla candy sounds very intersesting. I had to look it up as I had no idea what it was (Indian gooseberry?). Food coloring really gives them the hives and I have always avoided it… I hate buying rainbow colored food (unless it’s fresh fruit)


Gayle November 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm

These look so cool! I doubt I could make such long strips with my little peeler, but I can’t wait to try this sort of health candy!


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