Candied Pumpkin Seeds

by Irvin on October 27, 2014 · 15 comments

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These addictive spiced candied pumpkin seeds made with cinnamon, ginger and other spices only take 5 minutes to make!

Candied Pumpkin Seeds. Recipe and photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The long thick green vines started to grown along the side of my childhood home in the late summer heading into Autumn. As a kid I didn’t really know what it was. My parents had certainly experimented with gardening before and the first house that I lived in had a lovely green gage plum tree in the backyard that we all enjoyed until I moved away at the age of five. But this vine growing next to the house was something different, clearly an accidentally. We had a pumpkin vine growing there, tangling its way down the small grassy green strip adjacent to our house, nestled between the next door neighbor’s driveway and our suburban house’s powdery pale yellow painted aluminum siding. It was the result of my dad deciding the best way to get rid of a rotten pumpkin that we had carved the year before was to just toss against the side of our house, hoping it would decompose into the earth. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds. Recipe and Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

It was the fall of my third grade when I gleefully carved out my pumpkin using whatever dull knife my mom had in the house. In my memory it was enormous, clearly the largest pumpkin in existence, though I’m sure in reality it was medium, maybe even dainty small, in size. But I remember sawing through the top of the pumpkin, around the green brown hard stem, then struggling to pull it up from the round orange behemoth of a gourd. Plunging my hand into the middle of the pumpkin, I pulled out stringy orange gooey and clusters of white seeds. It seemed no matter how much I pulled out, there was still more and I gave up as soon as I had cleared enough out for a candle. I put aside my pumpkin seeds to toast in the oven, just as my grade school teacher told me to do and proceeded to give the pumpkin two triangles for eyes and a jagged grinning smile. My jack-o-lantern was done.

Spiced Candied Pumpkin Seeds by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I proudly displayed my piece of art on the front porch of my house, well into the middle of November. The pumpkin had started to go bad, slowly sinking in the middle of the face and getting soft. Patches of mold were starting to form when my dad, complaining to me to throw it away (something I clearly wasn’t going to do to my masterpiece, no matter how gross it was looking) finally took matters into his own hand and tossed it into the lawn, assuming it nature would just take it course. A year later, the unruly green vines were growing and it looked like we were going to have home grown pumpkins! I was thrilled with it, but my parents weren’t as enthusiastic, as turned out the vines were becoming rather invasive. My dad dug them up, probably cursing me under his breath the entire time, but I got to carve a number of pumpkins that year and I learned a valuable lesson as well. If you don’t want to do something, just don’t it, and hope that someone else will take care of it. Perhaps if they do, you’ll reap some awesome rewards of it down the road as well!

Easy pumpkin seeds recipe for candied pumpkin seeds. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

If you like these candied pumpkin seeds, try these other pumpkin seed recipes from around the web:
The Healthy Apple’s Sesame Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Comfort of Cooking’s Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds
Sippity Sup’s Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Running to the Kitchen’s Pumpkin Seed Nut Bread
Recipe Girl’s Oatmeal Pumpkin Seed Bread

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 27, 2014 at 5:06 am

Oh wow!! This looks so delicious. The perfect snack (and easy too)!


Lori October 27, 2014 at 5:37 am

Perfect timing, we just picked up a few more pumpkins over the weekend!


The Suzzzz October 27, 2014 at 8:40 am

I loved the pumpkin story, sounds like something that probably happened with my family as well (I may or may not have been the artist)


Millie | Add A Little October 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm

What a fantastic snack – perfect to add to a trail mix!


Amy Kuo Hammerman October 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm

These sound fantastic! I’ll definitely give it a try using the innards of the giant pumpkin my children begged me to buy. Also, having met your father (I’m a high school classmate of your sister), the story makes me smile. My Dad would have done the same thing. Maybe it’s a Taiwanese thing?


Adri October 28, 2014 at 7:15 am

I love your pumpkin story, and the idea of candying the seeds never occurred to me. I have got to give this a try. Thanks for the inspiration.


Lynn Lovejoy at Order in the Kitchen October 28, 2014 at 11:22 am

OMG Irvin these look spectacular. I love pepitas pretty much any way but I’ve never had them candied, so will need to try that ASAP. Great recipe thank you!


Sophia @ NY Foodgasm October 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Never candied the seeds before, this sounds fabulous!


Patricia October 29, 2014 at 5:20 am

I have never thought about something like that. Will definately try it.


Averie @ Averie Cooks October 31, 2014 at 2:14 am

Trader Joe’s has a seasonal seed out that looks so much like these and I had wanted to figure out how to make my own…thanks for doing the legwork for me!! They look awesome – pinned!


Laura @ Petite Allergy Treats November 1, 2014 at 9:34 pm

I’ve been thinking of trying my own version of candied pumpkin seeds since my boys can’t have nuts. Looks fabulous. Pinned. 🙂


jilly November 7, 2015 at 9:52 am

We turned this into a fun learning excitement time! I cut up the pumpkins my son examined them thoroughly and pulled out all the seeds and really begged to count all the seeds…. being5 we got to about 25and started over. How heat works how pumpkins grow and how sugar goes from soft and fluffy to hard and crunchy 🙂 LOVED EVERY MOMENT!


Mike November 1, 2016 at 7:28 am

Have all ingredients except powdered sugar. I Have granular sugar but didn’t know if I could sub. And if so how much. ( ? ) 😩


Mike November 1, 2016 at 8:23 am

Don’t waste your seeds !!
Followed this recipe precisely and was very unimpressed with the taste results. 😞👎🏼


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