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Candied Pineapple Slices

These Candied Pineapple Slices make a Gr8 gift or are perfect as garnish on my Pineapple Rum Cake.
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time7 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Tropical
Keyword: Candied Pineapple, Pineapple
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Anna


  • 1 large fresh pineapple
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar


  • Peel the pineapple, remove the eyes, then slice in about ⅜" slices. (You don't have to be super accurate, but you want the slices thicker than ¼" and not quite ½".) As the slices dehydrate, they become thinner.
  • Core the slices. If you can core the pineapple before you slice it, then that's okay. I find it easier to core each slice with my apple corer.
  • Stir together the water and sugar in a large pot (I used my Dutch oven) over high heat. (If it doesn't look like this will cover all the pineapple, then add another ½ cup of sugar and one cup of water.)
  • Bring the sugar water to a rolling boil.
  • When the water is boiling, carefully add the sliced pineapple and bring the syrup back to a simmer.
  • Cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes until the fruit is translucent.
  • While the pineapple is simmering place a wire cooling rack onto a baking sheet. If you are not using a dehydrator, then heat your oven to 200ºF
  • With a slotted spoon remove the pineapple rings from the syrup and place on the prepared cooling rack to drain. Do not overlap the slices.
  • If you have a dehydrator, then follow the directions to dry the rings.
  • Place the pans with the racks of fruit into the oven to dry. In my oven this took 6 hours; but I live in a humid environment, so it may take less time in your oven. Check the fruit occasionally to see if it is done.
  • Sprinkle slices generously with granulated sugar.
  • Now try to keep your family from eating them all up before you serve them!


Gr8 Do-Ahead Tip:

Store slices separated by waxed paper or parchment paper in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Gr8 Tip for the Leftover Syrup:

Don't toss that sweet, pineapple-y syrup you've just made! Use it to brush onto your cake layers or use it instead of simple syrup in a tropical cocktail.
This nutritional information is only an estimate. We do not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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