Food Gift Idea: Candied Grapefruit

Candied Grapefruit

We all have those people on our Christmas gift list.  You know the people.  The ones you want to give something special but it’s not in the budget to spend a lot of cash.

You could pick up yet another tin of half stale caramel corn at the store.  Or, you could make your own homemade food gift.

Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to share different ideas that can be made in bulk and packaged up pretty and sweet for everyone on your list.

First up, candied grapefruit.  Candied citrus is a long time traditional treat at Christmastime.  I love it because you can make it well in advance (weeks and weeks) and it will keep just fine in a jar in the fridge until you are ready.

Candied Grapefruit

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2-3 large grapefruits

In a large saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil.  While the water and sugar are boiling, cut the grapefruits in half.  Juice the grapefruits (or eat them).  With a spoon, dig out all of the fruits membrane and as much pith as possible.  Slice the skin thinly.  Cut out any extra pith.  Toss the grapefruit skins into the boiling sugar/water mixture.  Boil the grapefruit peel until they become translucent, about 30 minutes or so.  Pour peel and syrup into a clean jar.

When you are ready, pull the grapefruit peel pieces out of the syrup.  Pat dry on a paper towel.  Roll in granulated sugar and allow to dry for a few hours.  Bag up and gift away.