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Spiced Candied Kumquats Recipe

Though I’ve been eating kumquats for years and years and years, it took forever before I made these spiced candied kumquats.

They’d be amazing paired with pork chops and tons of thyme. And they’d certainly be a winning topping to my next round of carrot muffins. But the reality is I eat every kumquat I encounter long before I ever get around to cooking it.

This winter I finally mustered the restraint to hold off on my kumquat consumption just long enough to candy them. For years I’ve had this image of a gorgeous chocolate tart topped with little orange jewels of candied kumquat. And the first step to that tart is to actually candy the kumquats, of course. While candied citrus is delicious enough as is, I couldn’t help but add in a little somethin’, somethin’.

One go-’round I stirred in a few pods of star anise, another time I snuck in a pinch of saffron, but I’ve found the most versatile variation to be the classic combination of cinnamon and vanilla. Which is especially perfect for that chocolate tart I finally got around to making.

Go stock up on all your cooking essentials then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

Bowl of candied kumquats with vanilla

Spiced Candied Kumquats Recipe

A easy make ahead recipe for spiced candied kumquats with cinnamon and vanilla that can be used on olive oil cake, ice cream, or on top of cheesecake.
4.5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 30 minutes
resting time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 744 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean halved lengthwise and seeds scraped
  • 1 pound kumquats halved (about 3 cups)


  • Simmer The Kumquats: Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the kumquats, cinnamon, and vanilla bean and seeds, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until fruit has let off liquid and the skins are knife tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Steep The Kumquats: Remove saucepan from the heat and set aside until the fruit and simple syrup are room temperature and the cinnamon and vanilla flavor are apparent, about 2 to 4 hours.
  • Strain the fruit from the syrup and cook the syrup over medium heat until it is reduced and thickly coats the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes more. Pour the syrup over the fruit and spices and use or store refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to use.



Calories: 744kcalCarbohydrates: 187gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 30mgPotassium: 433mgFiber: 16gSugar: 171gVitamin A: 663IUVitamin C: 100mgCalcium: 163mgIron: 2mg
Keyword candied fruit recipe, citrus dessert
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