The first thing to do is select some nice citrus fruit. Today, I am just using oranges, but you can also use lemons and limes.
Next, you’ll want to get a lovely zester like this one by OXO that I got at Bed, Bath and Beyond. If you can’t find a zester with the large zesting option, you can also just use a paring knife. You can get a very similar zester to this one online at Wayfair.
Zest your fruit. If using a knife, be careful not to get too much of the pith (the white part of the peel) as it can be quite bitter.
This is how much zest I got from one large orange. If you plan on adding the candied zest to a batch of ice cream, you may want to do two oranges.