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How to Use Crystalized Ginger – LOTS OF Great IDEAS!

How to Use Crystalized Ginger will give you some ideas on how to add this delicious treat to your recipes. You’ll be amazed how many different ways you can use candied ginger.

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How to Use Crystalized Ginger - Candied Ginger and Ginger Root
How to Use Crystalized Ginger – Great Addition to Recipes

What is Crystalized Ginger?

Making homemade ginger candy is easy. All you need are slices of natural ginger root, sugar, and water to make this spicy treat. You can also usually find crystalized ginger in your local grocery stores.

Benefits of Ginger

Ginger has been used in China for thousands of years to treat health conditions.

It helps relax and soothe the intestinal tract, calm upset stomachs, and reduce the symptoms of motion sickness, sore throat, and morning sickness.

Finding ideas on how to use crystalized ginger will give you numerous health benefits. Here’s some more nutrition information on candied ginger.

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Here are the Ideas on How to Use Crystalized Ginger:

Hot Tea

I like to add chopped candied ginger to my hot tea. It gives the tea a spicy-sweet flavor.

Ginger Water

One of my friends carries a packet of candied ginger with her wherever she goes. She loves the flavor of ginger water, so when she’s out to eat, she drops a slice or two of the candied ginger in her water for a refreshing drink.

Cocktail Garnishes

You can level up your cocktails by using candied ginger as a garnish.

Quick Breads

Crystallized ginger is the perfect ingredient to add to your fruit bread. Sometimes I’ll throw in about 1/4 cup of chopped candy ginger slices into my banana bread recipe for a spicy twist. Quick bread with dried fruit is also an excellent option to add your chopped sugared ginger.


Adding minced candied ginger to the batter or adding it to the top of cookies with frosting works well with fall and winter-inspired cookies.

How to Use Crystalized Ginger - Chopped Candied Ginger
How to Use Crystalized Ginger – Chopped Candied Ginger Recipe

Candied Ginger Uses


Even something as simple as chocolate fudge can take on a more decadent flavor with the addition of candied ginger.

Garnish Soups

If you have yet to try cold soup recipes, you don’t know what you’re missing. Cold fruit soups are usually topped with a dollop of whipped cream, and adding chopped candied ginger to the top would make the perfect garnish. You can try Spicy Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Ginger or Chilled Watermelon Soup to get you started.

You can also garnish thicker creamy soups like butternut squash soup and carrot soup. Add a spoonful of sour cream or Greek yogurt to the soup’s top and sprinkle on chopped ginger pieces.


Homemade granola is an easy recipe to make and so delicious. I love to add crystalized ginger to my granola recipe in the fall. It makes the perfect autumn breakfast on a chilly morning.

Trail Mix

If you’re looking to add a bit of zing to your trail mix, adding crystalized ginger is the perfect way. It has the ideal combination of sweet and spicy, adding the right amount of flavor to your favorite recipe. Candied ginger also has some impressive health benefits that will help you when you’re on the go.

Pies and Cakes

You can use candied ginger in both baked pies and refrigerator pies. Pumpkin pie, apple pie, and sweet potato pie are all great matches to add candied ginger.

How about adding depth and spice to your olive oil cake, pound cake, or chocolate cake recipe? Ginger lovers will enjoy the surprising addition of this sweet and spicy candy.

How to Use Crystalized Ginger - Candied Ginger and Fresh Ginger Root
How to Use Crystalized Ginger – Sliced Ginger

Uses for Candied Ginger

Brownies and Cupcakes

Imagine a whipped cream-topped brownie with chopped candied ginger. Yum! Ginger and chocolate are an excellent combination. You could also eat your brownie a la mode and top your ice cream with candied ginger for a sweet treat.

You can add chopped candy ginger to the cupcake batter or the frosting as a great use of ginger.

Candy and Candy Bars

You can even turn the crystalized ginger into a piece of candy by dipping it in melted chocolate. White chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate are all options to dip your ginger candy. This is one of the simplest ways on how to use crystalized ginger.

Cocktail Garnish

Adding crystalized ginger to the rim of your glass for a cocktail garnish is a touch of elegance at home.

Fruit Salad

If you’re looking for a creative way to use crystalized ginger, adding it to your fruit salads as a finishing touch is the answer.

Stir Fry

Candied ginger makes a wonderful ingredient when making your favorite stir fry recipe. Whether you use meat or cook a vegetarian recipe, crystalized ginger gives your savory dishes a lot of flavor.

Ice Cream Sauce

If you’re looking for ideas to take your ice cream sundaes to another level, adding minced candied ginger to the top of the masterpiece is the perfect formula for an after dinner treat.


Add chopped candied ginger to vegetables like carrots and squash will become some of your favorite ginger recipes. Ginger goes well with these vegetables.


You can add candied ginger to jams, jellies, chutneys, and relishes. It’s a great way to give your preserves a spicy bite everyone will love.


One of my friends likes to add sugared ginger to her homemade cranberry sauce during the holidays. I thought that was a brilliant idea!

How to Store Crystalized Ginger

If you store crystalized ginger in an airtight container at room temperature in a cool dark spot, it has a shelf life of three months.

Recipes Using Crystalized Ginger

Candied Ginger Benefits

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