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Dec 31, 2011 11:21 AM

ginger: carmelized vs candied--difference?

I've read differing reviews on-line about whether the terms are synonymous or, even if not, if the products can sub for each other. What say the CHs?

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  1. Can you buy caramelized ginger? What does it look like? Or do you mean crystallized? I'd say crystallized and candied are the same, but they are not cooked to such a high temperature that the sugar caramelizes. Caramelized sugar would seem to be integral to caramelized ginger, if its not, then someone out there is just making stuff up.

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    1. re: babette feasts

      <red face> You're absolutely right, of course, I meant crystallized, not carmelized. I've used them interchangeably, but wasn't sure if I was missing something (other than the correct name!)

      1. re: pine time

        Ok, then same thing. Some brands may have coarser or finer sugar on the outside, or be preserved in syrup (probably softer, I haven't tried it), but essentially the same.

        1. re: pine time

          I was going to respond and said that they are very different, but now I see your new respond. Regardless, you can try some caramelized ginger as sweet treats -- one of the many popular Chinese New Year treat:

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Got a recipe? Is it ginger candied in a caramel syrup, or something else? Does it remain chewy?

            1. re: babette feasts


              Sorry, I have never made them. I just buy them, like I buy chocolate candies. :)

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                No problem. Is it the slices in the bottom of the picture that look like regular candied ginger, or the brown balls above the spices that look more caramelized? Just curious if it's something I want to go out searching for :)

                1. re: babette feasts


                  You are right. They are really more candied ginger. Opps. :)

                  Yes, they are usually in slices, but they comes in cubes as well:


      2. Are you thinking of crystallized ginger? That is basically the same thing as candied ginger.

        Looking around the net, I see lots of recipes that include caramelized ginger, but that seems to involve making a caramel syrup with ginger in it. Some have crystallized ginger as an ingredient in the caramel sauce.