These Candied Fruit Treats Will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth ...

Candy is bad for you. It's delicious, sweet, and fun, but it's bad for you. We know that because people tell us all the time, and also because it's candy. So what's the solution? How can you enjoy candy without packing on the calories, ODing on sugar, or rotting your teeth? You make some scrumptious candied fruit treats, that's how.

1. Candied Orange Peel

How to make it:

Candied orange peels are good all on their own. I mean, I don't know who first decided that orange peels should be eaten at all, but more power to them. These make ideal little decorations or accents to your desserts, but they're surprisingly tasty all on their own, too.

2. Candied Grapefruit Peel

How to make it:

These are just like candied orange peels, just with grapefruit – obvi. Using grapefruit gives you a little extra zing, though. The natural tart bitterness of the grapefruit comes through and mixes beautifully with the sweetness of the candy.

3. Candied Cherries

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Candied cherries are so sweet. I mean, they're ridiculously sweet, especially if you use maraschino cherries. They're excellent in fruit cake, though, or you can use them to top cakes, cupcakes, or cookies.

4. Candied Buddha's Hand Citron

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Look at all that sugar! Look at it!

5. Candied Orange Slices

How to make it:

You don't have to limit yourself to just the orange peels. Use these to decorate the glasses the next time you serve cocktails!

6. Sour Patch Grapes

How to make it:

Once you try these, you will never want to eat grapes any other way again.

7. Candied Pomelo Rind

How to make it:

Pomelo is interesting. Candied, it's even more interesting – kind of bright and definitely sweet.

8. Candied Ginger

How to make it:

Candied ginger is beyond delicious. It's a fantastic accent or garnish, but you can also use it in any number of dessert recipes.

9. Candied Citrus Peel

How to make it:

I like this recipe because it's serious about the sugar. Whatever, I like sugar.

10. Loquat and Strawberry Pate De Fruits Recipe

How to make it:

These jelly candies are ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. You're welcome.

11. Strawberry Pomegranate Candies

How to make it:

So are these. Honestly, making your own fruit gummies is the greatest thing ever. You'll never buy Sour Patch Kids again.

12. Cinnamon Candy Apples

How to make it:

It's not yet fall, but who cares? You need to make these today.

13. Bingtanghulu

How to make it:

Bingtanghulu is a Chinese candy treat, but that's such an understatement. It's gorgeous, sweet, tangy, tasty, a little sour, and just generally kind of magical.

14. Candied Pineapple

How to make it:

I know that pineapple is already sweet, but don't fear. When you candy it, you actually bring out a bit of the tartness.

15. Candied Mango

How to make it:

Candied mango, however, might send you into a sugar coma. The journey will be epic, though.

16. Candied Green Cherries

How to make it:

Sweet, sour, scrumptious – you will want to have these on hand all the time.

17. Candied Cranberries

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Ideal for the holidays!

So, what do you think? Ready to enjoy some candy with your fruit? How about some fruit with your candy?