Candy, Desserts

How To Candy Lemon Slices

April 4, 2014

candied lemon slices

What did you all think of those Strawberry Cupcakes on Wednesday? I honesty never thought a cake mix could taste so good. That’s why I decided I needed to take things a step further… Starting with these little gems! Candied fruit is one of my all time favorite treats. It’s almost like your very own hand made fruit snacks. And it is SO easy. I decided to add a new tutorial (along with my How to Candy Strawberries) and show you all how to candy lemon slices! Make sure you come back next Monday to see what I used them for!

candied lemon slices recipe

Start with some thin-ish sliced lemons, a simple syrup, and a lined cookie sheet. For the syrup just boil a little water with sugar until it’s completely dissolved. Toss in your lemons and simmer until the edges start to turn into a jelly like color. See all the dark white in the next photo? You want that to go away.

candied lemon slices in syrup

Once you’ve achieved the look you want you toss them onto a lined tray and place them into the fridge to firm up. That’s it. Easy peasy. You can eat every single bit of these candied fruit. I do recommend giving the lemons a good scrub before you slice them. Sometimes they can have a little bit of a waxy outer layer that I’m not terribly fond of. If you are worried about a tartness, let me ease your mind. These things are sweet. They remind me a lot of a lemon flavored fruit snack. Even my five year old goes bananas (or should I say lemons) for this little treat. Enough blabbing. Let’s get on to the recipe!

candied lemon slices tutorial

How To Candy Lemon Slices


  • 2 lemons, washed and sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


  1. Combine the water and sugar in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil and cook until all of the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add you lemon slices and simmer until slightly translucent in color. Remove from the heat with a slotted spoon and place on a lined tray.
  3. Refrigerate until firmed.

Comments (13)

  • Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama Reply

    April 4, 2014 at 8:10 am

    They look so pretty! Pinned to try this later!

  • Leanne Reply

    April 4, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I can’t wait to make these. I love lemons! Pinning!

  • Debra Reply

    April 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    OK. I am going to take your word for it and try this. It scares me a little bit to eat the peel, but they look so amazing I need to try it!

  • Amy | The Happy Scraps Reply

    April 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I would have never thought! I bet it would work well with any kind of citrus too. I’m going to have to try this!

  • Holly C. Reply

    April 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Eat the peel, really? I guess sugar does make everything taste better. 🙂

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  • Jonie Reply

    April 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Yum! These look awesome! I love the way they look on the cupcakes in your other post too. Pinned because I should probably try this out sometime. It looks ridiculously easy. 🙂

  • Susan Reply

    September 4, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    How can these be stored for gift giving?

    • Jesseca Reply

      September 6, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      I let them dry completely and wrap them in wax paper and slide into decorative envelopes.

  • Rachael Reply

    October 17, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Just made these – look and smell lovely! Is it o.k to leave them in the refrigerator all night? I let them firm up and then put them in a lined container. Hope that was a good decision! Thanks!

  • Paul Reply

    November 24, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    This is TOTALLY WRONG!! Take the sugar water mixture to 234* to Hard ball stage then reduce temp and simmer lemons until translucent. (all white of rind is clear) Approx 1 1/2 hr to 2 hr. then place on Sil Pad to harden.

    • Jesseca Reply

      November 24, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      I’m sorry if you had issues with this recipe. It’s worked for me time and time again but I am excited to also give your version a try.

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