Are you obsessed with ginger chews like I am?  I love to buy them at Trader Joe’s!  They are such a satisfying little treat with their perfect chewiness and burst of fresh ginger flavor.  I really love ginger in just about anything because it gives such warm spice to whatever you add it to.

When I saw this recipe for Candied Ginger from America’s Test Kitchen I had a feeling that the resulting sweet would be very similar to my much-loved store-bought chews.  This homemade version punches you with even more of a spicy ginger kick.  Also, as a bonus, if you save the syrup that you get after boiling the ginger, it is the perfect addition to cocktails, oatmeal, whipped cream or anything else you can think of that could use a sweet ginger jolt.

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peel and slice ginger

combine water and 2 cups of sugar in a small sauce pan and simmer until sugar is dissolved, then add ginger and simmer for 30 minutes

strain ginger in colander over bowl to reserve syrup

lay ginger in a single layer on piece of wax paper and allow to dry

once dry, toss in remaining sugar

What would you do with ginger simply syrup?

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5 Comments ( Reply )

  1. kaceyt
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    Is it ridiculous that I’ve never tried ginger chews before?!? I’m not even entirely sure if I like the flavor of ginger or not. Maybe I need to give this recipe a try just to find out:)

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  2. beti
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    it is such a quick and easy recipe, I will be peeling and slicing lots of ginger

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  3. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    Wow, this is REALLY exciting!! (As I chew on a ginger chew)

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  4. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    I love adding the syrup to mineral water! Yummm. Great recipe 🙂

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    • Mercedes
      Jan 18, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

      That is a great idea that I haven’t even thought of! And I love ginger ale!

      Reply

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