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Made with just 2 ingredients, this homemade candied ginger is SO EASY to make! It’s perfect for Christmas gifts, to use in snack mixes like trail mix, to dip in chocolate for a special treat and to use in baked goods. Plus, you know it has no preservatives or chemicals – this stuff’s all natural!
This post was originally published in November 2017. It has been updated for content and photos.
Guys, you want to be making this candied ginger. Even if you’re not a lover of ginger, this stuff is super awesome.
Plus, cover it in some chocolate and you’ve got the perfect Christmas gift! For a VERY small amount of money. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of spending so much money at Christmas. So this year everyone is getting homemade gifts (like this).
In addition to being a great gift, this candied ginger is perfect to use in baked goods, like these White Chocolate Cranberry Ginger Sugar Cookies. And let me tell you, you NEED these cookies in your life.
Or, guys, I just like to eat this stuff. Just pick it up with my bare hands and snack on it. It’s that good and has an incredible bite that I just LOVE!
Does candied ginger have health benefits?
Ginger has an enormous number of great health benefits. Just note that we are candying this in sugar (which is not good for you – see below on candying ginger using honey), but the benefits of eating the ginger typically outweigh the small amount of sugar we are consuming.
1. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
2. Helps when you’re feeling nauseous
3. Helps your indigestion
4. Relief of menstrual pain
5. MAY help reduce cholesterol and improve diabetes symptoms
Now guys, I’m not a doctor – I got this info off the interwebs. So test it out. If you’re feeling nauseous, eat some ginger, see if it helps. If it does, that’s great.
I personally eat it because it tastes good…
What is the difference between candied ginger and crystallized ginger?
There is no difference, they are one in the same.
How to Make Homemade Candied Ginger
First off, you want to cut the ginger into small pieces OR thin slices. I like the small chunks because it keeps a slightly chewy bite in the center, but the slices are easier to dip in chocolate if you’re looking for a sweet treat.
We simmer the ginger first in some plain water to remove any lasting dirt and to tame the bite of the ginger just a touch. Plus it helps to get it nice and soft.
After that’s done, drain the ginger and add fresh water and 2 cups of sugar back to the saucepan. Simmer for 45 minutes this time. Periodically check on it to make sure the sugar isn’t burning. It’s a mess when that happens.
Now when you’re done with this part, make sure you save that syrup! One of the best parts about candying is the syrup you get in the process. That stuff is so good! Just store it in an airtight container in the fridge. It’s great on pancakes, waffles, fruit, etc. etc. etc. Promise me you won’t throw it away.
Once you have preserved your delicious liquid, the next part is simply waiting. Spread those ginger morsels out on some wax paper and just let them dry overnight on the counter.
Coat them with the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar the next day and let them sit out for a few more hours. Note, the ginger will still be sticky when coating it with sugar. Store it in a airtight container. It should keep for quite some time. But it won’t last that long. Just wait, you’ll see.
Personally, I love to eat these things right out of the container. Well, really, right off the counter while they are still drying.
Watch How to Make Candied Ginger
How to make homemade candied ginger with honey
If you prefer to use honey instead of sugar, replace the one cup of sugar used for cooking with one cup of honey. All the cooking instructions remain the same. If you want to totally eliminate the sugar, skip coating the ginger in sugar and just leave it out until it becomes dried (or use a dehydrator). This should get rid of most of the stickiness.
Tool used to make this candied ginger
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Check out the below for more awesome holiday recipes:
Roasted Cranberry Butternut Squash
Fried Turkey and Brie Stuffing Balls
White Chocolate Cranberry Ginger Sugar Cookies
Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Mexican Style Stuffing with Chorizo
Oyster and Andouille Sausage Stuffing
Salted Toffee Peanut Butter Fudge
Did you make this homemade candied ginger? Rate the recipe and leave a comment below – I want to know how it turned out!
Candied Ginger Recipe
- 16 oz. fresh ginger, peeled and diced or sliced
- 2 cups granulated sugar, plus 1/2 cup
- water (about 2 cups)
- Cut ginger into small pieces or thin slices. Pieces should be about 1/2 inch in diameter. Slices should be about 1/4" thick. Pieces will keep a slightly chewy bite in the center, while slices are easier to dip in chocolate.
- Place the ginger slices in a saucepan and cover with water. Simmer for 20 minutes, then drain.
- Place back in sauce pan, add 2 cups of sugar and cover with water. Heat to boiling, then simmer for 45 minutes.
- Drain (reserving the syrup) then spread on a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet.
- Let the ginger dry overnight on the kitchen counter.
- Place 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl, along with the dried ginger (ginger will still be sticky) and mix to coat the ginger with the sugar.
- Place ginger back on the baking sheet and let sit for several hours.
- Remove excess sugar and store in an airtight container.
- Use a mandolin to get uniform slices;
- Dip the ginger in dark chocolate after coating it in sugar to give as gifts or just an extra special treat for yourself;
- Buy the smaller pieces of ginger as the larger tend to be woodier and will take longer to soften.