ginger candy

Here’s the thing about ginger candy.

It’s ugly.

It’s misshapen and the color is weird. It’s like those animals that look all prickly and freaky because they want their predators to know that they pose a threat. Ginger is the stone fish of candy.

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Except ginger candy isn’t poisonous. Okay maybe that’s not a good analogy after all.


Ginger candy.

It’s looks won’t win any awards but the taste certainly will. This is what I like to call a grown-up candy. Don’t give this candy to kids and expect them to like it. It doesn’t taste like the ginger candy that’s sold in the packaging with the cute little ginger dude on the front. This recipe has a kick to it. A chewy, delicious kick in the tongue.

Ginger Candy
Recipe from Ming Tsai  -The Food Network
Makes 25-30 pieces

Printable recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups vegan refined sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water

The original recipe also includes directions for making ginger ale from the syrup left over after cooking the ginger, which I think is a great idea. How cute would it be to receive a gift of homemade ginger ale and ginger candies?

The first step is to peel and chop your ginger. Peeling ginger seems daunting, but I promise it’s not. The skin is very thin and you can use a spoon to scrape it off.

I like using a spoon in place of a knife or vegetable peeler because you save more of the ginger this way.

Once your ginger is peeled, chop it up into pieces that are a little bit bigger than bite-size. They’re going to shrink down when you cook them.

Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a small pot, bring the ginger, water and 1 1/2 cups sugar to a slow simmer.

Allow the mixture to simmer until it is reduced by about fifty percent. You’ll know it’s done when a thick syrup is formed. It will take roughly 20-30 minutes.

Remove the ginger and coat in the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar.

Spread the pieces out onto a baking pan lined with aluminum foil and bake for 2-3 hours, until the ginger dries out. You want them to be dry but chewy, so test a piece after 2 hours, and then in 15 minute increments, until you reach the desired consistency.

Remove the candy from the oven and allow the pieces to cool to room temperature before biting into them.

ginger ginger ginger

Oh one more awesome thing about making these candies – your kitchen is going to smell so good!

11 thoughts on “ginger candy

  1. Haha, I really enjoy your posts, they’re so funny :)

    I love that you made your own ginger candy, I have plenty of store bought ginger at the moment but next time I have some ginger root left over, I will try making my own.

  2. This looks like what I’ve been looking for. I’ve been into ginger chews-going out of my way to buy them-for about a year. A health food store in town sells Reeds clinger chews; I’m at the store almost weekly. This recipe bar far looks easiest of the ones I’ve seen on line; I will try it after Easter. You got it- – I gave up ginger chews for Lent.

  3. we used this in our study, but we failed.. hope i will be able to cook it perfectly..:) thank you..!!

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