Candied Pineapple Recipe

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Candied pineapple, according to a quick informal poll of my friends, is typically thought of as dried pineapple that has been sugared.

My recipe was about as dry as a St. Louis summer (for those not from St. Louis, picture rainforest-like humidity). What makes my candied pineapple different from non-candied pineapple is that the juice is extra sweet and the outside of the pineapple has an irresistible glossy shine.

Aside from topping a pineapple upside-down cupcake, candied pineapple could be:

  • eaten all on its on,
  • used in or on top of a meat dish,
  • mixed into a fruit salad, or
  • thrown on the grill (although I haven’t tried it).
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4.43 from 14 votes

Candied Pineapple Recipe

What makes my candied pineapple different from non-candied pineapple is that the juice is extra sweet and the outside of the pineapple has an irresistible glossy shine.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 rings
Calories 66kcal
Author Stefani


  • 1.5 C water
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 12 pineapple rings I used the kind from the can, but fresh pineapple would also work.


  • In a large, heavy pot, bring water and sugar to a boil.
  • Add pineapple rings.
  • Let the mixture boil for about 5-10 minutes. Be sure that all of the pineapple rings are under water.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and let it continue cooking for about 30 minutes. The liquid will thicken and become a syrup.
  • Remove from heat but let the pineapple remain in the pot as they cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove to a sheet of parchment paper to cool completely.
  • The syrup remaining in the pan can be saved and used in other dishes.


Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 70mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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21 comments on “Candied Pineapple Recipe”

  1. Yasminsays:

    5 stars
    Super easy to make and turned out delicious! Will definitely make again x

  2. Cherylsays:

    Has anyone used these in fruit cake?

  3. Rhondasays:

    I followed this recipe to a T and it never made a syrup .. only water like liquid. It’s cooling now. I pray it thickens!!

  4. Danasays:

    5 stars
    Absolutely love these they’re delicious and easily made while we’re out in RV. Can’t wait to experiment with cinnamon and brown sugar

  5. Danasays:

    Tried these out today in my RV quick simple and delicious

  6. Michael R.says:

    5 stars
    Made these last night, came out wonderful!

    I want to use them on a cherry-pineapple pound cake at Christmas. Any recommendations on how to store this delightful confection?

  7. Jeannesays:

    I’ve been meaning to make these for a while, they really caught my eye. Finally got around to it, and they’re delicious. Thanks for the recipe! I used them to top my Pineapple Walnut Cupcake Muffins. Pics here, if you’d like to see:

  8. Stefsays:

    Valorie – If you want to dry them out, you could try putting them on parchment in the oven at the lowest possible setting over night.

  9. Valoriesays:

    Mine don’t look like that!!!! They still look really plump… Wanted to use the candied pineapple on my cupcakes for Easter tomorrow… Help?

  10. Anonymoussays:

    Thank you for posting a quick and easy one. All the other ones I looked at online said to repeat for the next 5-6 days. I love to cook, but not that much. Thanks again.

  11. Anonymoussays:

    i’m having trouble coming up with ideas as to what to do with the syrup; help?

  12. Wheeler's Crewsays:

    Yum…These look irresistable! Great idea!

  13. Elysesays:

    You know, I’ve never had candied pineapple–only dried pineapple. Yours looks deliciously moist and sweet. I think I could inhale these little rings all on their own. Delish!

  14. Ivysays:

    Those are huge candied pineapple pieces. I am so curious to see how you use them in your cupcake finale. :)

  15. Mermaid Sweetssays:

    Yum, I may just have to make this when I am in Hawaii next week. Thanks,.

  16. Amandasays:

    My mom brought home a pineapple last night. I’m sure this wasn’t what she had in mind for it, but since she isn’t here to stop me… it just might happen. :)

    Can’t wait to see the cupcake that is sure to follow!

  17. Emsays:

    Hey thanks for the linkback! My husband loves pineapple so I really need to try this. Great idea!!

    The Repressed Pastry Chef

  18. Elianasays:

    Hmmm. These pinapple slices look picture perfect.

  19. Nancysays:

    Bet these would also be yummy with brown sugar…not unlike the glazed pineapple on various meats.

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