Recipe: Orange Gumdrops

The Christmas holiday season is the perfect excuse to indulge in chocolate, but if you're looking for a unique recipe this year, you won't be disappointed with these orange gumdrops.

Orange Gumdrops

Makes: Approx. 6 dozen

1 tsp. plus 1 tbs. butter, softened, divided
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup water
1 pkg. {1.75 oz.} powdered fruit pectin
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. orange extract
1 tsp. grated orange peel
4 drops yellow food coloring
1 drop red food coloring
Additional sugar {optional}
Candy Thermometer

1.  Line bottom and sides of a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with foil and grease with 1 tsp. butter.  Grease bottom and sides of a large heavy saucepan with remaining butter. 

Here's an old trick my mom taught me: to keep your hands from getting messy, put your hand inside a plastic sandwich bag before greasing the pan.  When your finished, just peal the bag off and throw it away.

2.  Add sugar and corn syrup to the large, greased saucepan.  Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, about 9 minutes.  Cook over medium-high heat until mixture reaches 280 degrees {soft crack stage} on a candy thermometer, stirring occasionally.

3.  While the sugar mixture is cooking, in another large saucepan, combine the water, pectin and baking soda {mixture will foam}.  Cook and stir over high heat until mixture boils, about 2 minutes.  Remove from the heat; set aside.

When the corn syrup mixture reaches 280, remove from heat.  Return pectin mixture to medium-high heat; cook until mixture begins to simmer.  Carefully and slowly ladle corn syrup mixture in a very thin stream into pectin mixture, stirring constantly.  Cook and stir 1 minute longer.  Caution!: corn syrup and pectin mixtures will be very hot.  Be very careful when pouring the corn syrup mixture into the pectin mixture in order to avoid splatters.

4.  Remove from heat and stir in extract, peel and food coloring.  Transfer to prepared pan.  Let stand until firm, about 2 hours.  Cut into squares and roll in additional sugar if desired.

Source: Taste of Home Holiday Christmas Cookies & Candies November 2009

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Walking on Sunshine... said...

For some strange reason, I did not know you could actually make these yourself! Looks good!

Shaheen said...

These look quite nice, esp. for the big kid in me.

Cranberry Morning said...

What?! You can MAKE THESE? Wow! I probably should not have found out. lol Thanks for posting. They look amazing!

Vanessa said...

These are a little softer than the store-bought ones, but they have a lot more flavor and are much more addicting. :)

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

They sound yummy! And I like the orange because that was always my favorite candy flavour.

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Those look delicious - I can almost taste them already! Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

Sarah E. said...

Ohh orange gumdrops are my favorite!!

Can't wait to try these out :)

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