Ginger Candy (Crystallized Ginger)

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Ginger Candy (Crystallized Ginger, Candied Ginger, Candied Ginger chew) is a delicious condiment that is sweet, spicy, crunchy, and chewy all at the same time. Make it from scratch and serve as candy, or add it to your cookie or fruit cake recipe for a flavor burst. It also makes for a great holiday gift (vegan, gluten-free).

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Ginger candy spread on a paper.
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About Ginger Candy (Crystallized Ginger)

Ginger Candy (Crystallized Ginger, Candied Ginger Chew) is a sweet and spicy confectionery (condiment) made using fresh ginger and sugar. It is chewy and crunchy in texture and bursting with zingy flavor.

Making crystallized ginger at home is fairly easy, requiring just 3 ingredients. Homemade candy is also free of additives, preservatives, and colors and is budget-friendly.

But remember that the homemade one will be darker in color than the store-bought one as no lightning chemical is added. The shelf life will also be shorter because of no preservatives.

This ginger candy recipe can be easily halved, doubled, or tripled per your requirements.

It is vegan and gluten-free too.

Ingredients

Ginger candy ingredients

Ginger – You will need fresh ginger root to make the candied ginger. Try to get organic ginger.

Sugar – Use granulated white sugar to cook the ginger. To make it healthier, you can also use organic raw sugar; the candy color will be darker.

Castor Sugar – Coat the candied ginger with castor sugar for a crunchy bite.

Variations – Add a little ground cardamom, vanilla, or orange extract to the sugar syrup for a nice taste change.

How To Make Ginger Candy

Cook The Ginger

Peel 8 ounces (225 g) of fresh ginger and cut into thin coins (⅛ inch thick). You can also cut the ginger into small cubes instead of slices.

Add the sliced ginger to a medium saucepan along with 3 cups of water.

Water and ginger added to a pan.

Bring the water to a rolling boil over high heat. Once it comes to a rolling boil, reduce the heat to low and cook the ginger for 2 minutes.

Ginger boiling in water.

Remove the pan from heat, strain the ginger, and discard the water.

Strained ginger.

Cook the ginger coins in water similarly 2 more times.

Drain and set aside.

Note – This process removes the bitterness from ginger and breaks down its fibrous cell wall, making it soft to eat. It also makes the absorption of sugar syrup easier.

Make The Ginger Syrup

Heat 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated white sugar in a pan over medium heat.

Water and sugar added to a pan.

When it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring 1-2 times.

Sugar syrup in the pan.

Make Crystallized Ginger

Add the cooked ginger slices to the sugar syrup and cook undisturbed for 20-30 minutes on low heat or until it turns translucent. Do not stir during this process; otherwise, there will be crystallization.

Cooked ginger added to the pan.
Ginger cooking in the sugar syrup.

Strain the syrup using a fine-mesh strainer and store it for future use (Apple Iced Tea, cocktails like Spicy Watermelon Margarita, or any other drink).

Note – Be careful while handling the pan at this stage, as the syrup is very hot.

Strained ginger.

Transfer the crystallized ginger to a bowl and let it cool down for 2 minutes.

Add ¼ cup of castor sugar to the bowl and toss until all the ginger pieces are coated.

casor sugar added to the bowl with the ginger.
Tossed well to coat the ginger pieces.

Arrange the pieces on a wire cooling rack in a single layer and let them dry for 6-8 hours.

Tip – Cover the rack with a thin muslin cloth to prevent dust from settling on the candy.

Store the candy in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks at room temperature or 2 months in the refrigerator.

Ginger candy drying on a cooling rack.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare ginger for making ginger candy?

Peeling – Hold a piece of ginger root firmly in one hand and the bowl of a metal spoon firmly in the other. Scrape the edge of the spoon against the ginger to peel off the skin. Work your way around the ginger root, peeling only as much as you think you will use. You can also use a blunt knife to peel the skin.
Slicing – Slice the root across the grain of the fibers into thin coins (approx ⅛ inch) using a sharp knife or a mandoline slicer. You can also cut it into small cubes to make the candy.
Don’t slice it too thin; otherwise, it will become dry in texture.

How much ginger candy can I eat in a day?

As with anything, moderation is the key. Although ginger candy has many health benefits, eating it in excess can be harmful, too. So, limit to eating 2-3 candies in a day. If had in excess, it may cause gas, stomach upset, or heartburn.

Usage Ideas

You can serve candied ginger as candy to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Chop it finely and then add it to your cookies, cakes, or bread.

Add it to your desserts, such as brownies, pies, and tarts, or drinks like lemon soda.

Dip these candied ginger pieces in melted chocolate or peanut butter. Once done, let them cool down and serve as a special after-dinner treat.

It is a great addition to salads. Finely chop the candied ginger before mixing it with the salad ingredients.

Ginger candies also make for a great holiday gifting idea. Pack in cute glass bottles and gift to your loved ones.

It is also a soothing travel treat.

Storage Suggestions

Since homemade ginger candy is made without artificial preservatives, its shelf life is less than store-bought ones. It will keep good in a sealed container for 15 days at room temperature and 2 months in the refrigerator.

You can use oxygen absorbers or pack them in a vacuum-sealed bag to increase the shelf life.

You can also freeze the candy for about 6 months.

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Easy DIY Ginger Candy Recipe (Crystallized Ginger, Candied Ginger)

Ginger Candy (Crystallized Ginger, Candied Ginger Chew) is a delicious condiment that is sweet, spicy, crunchy, and chewy all at the same time. Make it from scratch and serve as candy or add it to your cookie or fruit cake recipe for a flavor burst. It also makes for a great holiday gift.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10 people

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces fresh ginger (225 g)
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup water (plus more for cooking the ginger)
  • ¼ cup castor sugar
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Instructions 

Cook The Ginger

  • Peel the ginger and cut it into thin coins (⅛ inch).
  • Add the sliced ginger to a medium saucepan along with 3 cups of water.
  • Bring the water to a rolling boil over high heat. Once it comes to a rolling boil, reduce the heat to low and cook the ginger for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from heat, strain the ginger, and discard the water.
  • Cook the ginger coins in water similarly 2 more times.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • Note – This process removes the bitterness from ginger and also breaks down the fibrous cell wall of ginger making it soft to eat. It also makes the absorption of sugar syrup easier.

Make Sugar Syrup

  • Heat 1 cup of water and granulated white sugar in a pan over medium heat.
  • When it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring 1-2 times.

Make Crystallized Ginger

  • Add the cooked ginger to the sugar syrup and cook undisturbed for 20-30 minutes on low heat or until it turns translucent. Do not stir during this process otherwise, there will be crystallization.
  • Strain the syrup using a fine-mesh strainer and store it for future use.
  • Note – Be very careful while handling the pan at this stage as the syrup is very very hot.
  • Transfer the crystallized ginger to a bowl and let it cool down for 2 minutes.
  • Add castor sugar to the bowl and toss until all the ginger pieces are coated.
  • Arrange the pieces on a wire rack in a single layer and let them dry for 6-8 hours.
  • Tip – You can cover the rack with a thin muslin cloth to prevent dust from settling on the candy.
  • Store the candy in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks at room temperature or 2 months in the refrigerator.

Video

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Notes

You can cut the ginger into small cubes instead of slices.
Add a little ground cardamom, vanilla extract, or orange extract to the sugar syrup for a nice taste change.
This ginger candy recipe can be easily halved, doubled, or tripled as per your requirements.

Nutrition

Calories: 105kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 42mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have all these ingredients on hand. The store bought are too spicy for me. I’m looking forward to giving these a try. And it’s vegan!