Candied Rhubarb Ribbons
Do you remember Fruit by the Foot? I used to love it when I was a kid. Okay, no past-tense needed, I still love it now.
Y’all, I’m not lying when I say these remind me of an adult version of that childhood favorite. These candied rhubarb ribbons are a little sweet, but a little tart, and have a beautiful chewy texture.
Plus! These look amazing as a cake decoration. Seriously, they turn out so pretty, they don’t even look real.
Tricks to the perfect candied rhubarb curl
- Use a cheese plane (they look like this)! It cuts through the rhubarb perfectly. Do not use a more traditional swivel vegetable peeler because you will get no where fast.
- Cook the rhubarb until it isn’t sticky to the touch! If it’s still sticky, it will stick to whatever your wrap it around. It will not come off easily.
- If the rhubarb gets too hard/brittle while you are wrapping it, put it back in the oven for a minute or two. This will reheat the sugar and soften the rhubarb.
- Mix up the sizes of handles you’re using! This is especially a great tip if you’re using the candied rhubarb curls as decorations. The various sizes will help add dimension to your topping. Try different items, too. Look at rolling pins, chopsticks, and so on. Be creative in what you wrap your curls in!
- Food coloring isn’t necessary, but it helps keep that pretty pale red/pink coloring throughout the rhubarb as it cooks. If you want to nix it, go ahead!
- Peel the first layer of skin away. While the skin makes the most beautiful colored ribbons, it takes forever to lose the stickiness. And, it doesn’t taste the greatest when it’s finished. But, if you want the look and don’t mind the time, give that first ribbon a chance!
- If you’re not here for the curl, I’d recommend cutting the slices in half before you bake them. When they’re done, let them cool on the mat. Then, you’ll have a really great treat for snacks and lunches (and a real-fruit alternative to the delicious treats we ate as kids).
- Prep time: 20 minutes
- Cook time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Total time: 1 hour 28 minutes
- Serves: 24 pieces
The perfect topping for any rhubarb baking or just a tasty treat! The tartness of the rhubarb is tampered by the simple syrup, then it's baked until it's a beautiful texture.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2-3 drops food coloring
- 2 large stalks rhubarb