I have always loved gumdrops. Now that I have tested and developed this wonderful gumdrop recipe, I will never have to
purchase them again. You can make different flavors of gum drops by using different fruit juice and food coloring. Use you imagination and be
creative! I have to warn you, these candies are very sweet!
Homemade Lemon Gum Drops
Yields: 50 gum drops
Prep time: 30 min
3/4 cup fresh-squeezed
1 (1 3/4-ounce) box powdered fruit
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup granulated
1 cup light corn syrup
1 drop yellow food coloring (optional)
Granulated sugar, for finishing
Line a 9-inch x 5-inch loaf baking pan with aluminum foil. Lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, add the orange juice, fruit pectin, and baking soda.
Bring just to a boil (the mixture will foam up vigorously), then reduce heat to low
(do not let the mixture boil again), and keep on the low heat.
In a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat,
combine sugar and corn syrup, stirring constantly, and bring to a boil. Once the mixture comes to a boil, stop stirring, and let it boil until it reaches 280
degrees F. (soft-crack stake) on your candy or cooking
is the type of cooking thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking. I get many readers
asking what cooking thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking and baking. I, personally, use the
Thermapen Thermometer shown in the photo on the right. Originally designed for professional users, the
Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer is used by chefs all over the world.
If you don't have a cooking thermometer, you can
test the candy by dropping a small amount of the candy mixture into cold water.
The candy is ready when it separates into hard threads that are not brittle.
Carefully and slowly pour the hot sugar/corn syrup mixture into the the hot juice mixture,
stirring constantly (this will take a couple of minutes). When the two mixtures
are combined, remove from heat and add the food colorings (if using). Let the mixture stand for 2 minutes, then skim off any foam (if there is
any) from the surface. Pour the candy mixture into the prepared pan.
Let sit at room temperature, uncovered, for at least 12 hours or overnight.
Lift aluminum foil from the pan and remove foil from the sides. Cut the gumdrops into 3/4-inch squares with a knife dipped into
sugar. Roll gumdrop squares in sugar. NOTE: They will be sticky. I ended up having to roll them in my hands and then in the sugar.
Let stand uncovered at room temperature for 1 hour. If desired, roll in additional sugar. NOTE: As
they still were a little sticky, I placed them in the refrigerator.
Store gumdrops in an airtight container.
Makes about 50 gumdrops.
Apple Gum Drops: Substitute apple
juice and use red or green food coloring.
Orange Gum Drops:
Substitute fresh-squeezed orange juice and use 4 drops yellow food coloring and
1 drop red food coloring.
Grape Gum Drops:
Substitute grape juice and use 2 drops blue food coloring and 2 drops red food
Pink Grapefruit Gum Drops: Substitute pink