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ginger: carmelized vs candied--difference?

pine time Dec 31, 2011 11:21 AM

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?

  1. babette feasts Dec 31, 2011 11:28 AM

    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
      pine time Dec 31, 2011 11:32 AM

      <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
        babette feasts Dec 31, 2011 11:47 AM

        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
          Chemicalkinetics Dec 31, 2011 11:49 AM

          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
            babette feasts Dec 31, 2011 12:29 PM

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

            1. re: babette feasts
              Chemicalkinetics Dec 31, 2011 12:35 PM


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

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                babette feasts Dec 31, 2011 12:43 PM

                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
                  Chemicalkinetics Dec 31, 2011 12:49 PM


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

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


      2. jmcarthur8 Dec 31, 2011 11:35 AM

        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.

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