Simple Candied Kumquats Dessert Recipe

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This citrusly sweet recipe is perfect for dessert, a holiday present, or just a sweet treat. Candied kumquats are sweet and tart and simple to make. This recipe makes 32 servings, but feel free to scale it down or up depending on how many sweet treats you want. With their thin skin, kumquats can be eaten whole right off the tree which make them perfect for a no-peel candied citrus.

Here is how to make this recipe with purpose-fueled food that’s better for the prosperity of our planet and people.


4 cups kumquats, chopped

1 cup water

2 cups sugar


Wash and roughly chop your kumquats. Smaller kumquats can be left whole. As you are chopping, keep an eye out for seeds and remove them.

In a pot over medium heat, combine the water and sugar and slowly bring to a boil being careful not to burn the sugar. Simmer for 4 minutes, and then add in kumquats. Simmer for 10 more minutes.

Remove the pot from heat and with a strainer over a mixing bowl separate the syrup from the kumquats.

Return the syrup to the pot and simmer for 5 more minutes to reduce. 

Remove from the heat and stir the kumquats back into the syrup. The candied kumquats can be stored in mason jars in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.