DIY Candied Kumquats

Candied kumquats take minutes to make and take a little bit of the edge off this tangy-sweet fruit. They make a perfect topping for anything from salads to ice cream and a gorgeous garnish for all kinds of baked goods!

  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: about 2 cups 1x


  • 14 ounces (2 cups) vanilla sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) water
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1 lb 4 ounces (4 cups) halved kumquats*


  1. Combine sugar, water, vanilla bean seeds, and vanilla bean pod in a medium saucepan and mix together. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce heat as needed to reach a simmer. Simmer for 4 minutes.
  2. Add kumquats to saucepan and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes, adjusting heat as necessary.
  3. Strain syrup from kumquats and transfer kumquats to a jar. Return syrup (with vanilla bean pod) to saucepan and simmer for another 5 minutes to reduce. Add 1/4 cup of the reduced syrup to the kumquats and store in refrigerator.


*When you slice your kumquats, you can remove any seeds that easily come loose, but there's no need to be very picky about it since the seeds are completely edible.

Recipe lightly adapted from Simply Recipes