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Chewy Walnut-Apricot Candies

 Chewy Walnut-Apricot Candies
A bit old-fashioned, these fruit-and-nut confections are both different and delicious. Munching on one is like biting into a fresh-picked gift from the orchard.
96 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups apricot nectar or apple juice
  • 4-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Orange Extract
  • Pinch salt

Directions

  • Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil and butter the foil; set aside.
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the apricot nectar and 4 cups of sugar.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads
  • 238° (soft-ball stage), stirring occasionally. Remove from the
  • heat and set aside.
  • In a bowl, soften gelatin in water; let stand for 1 minute. Stir into
  • apricot mixture until the gelatin is dissolved. Stir in the walnuts,
  • orange extract and salt. Pour into the prepared pan. Cover and let
  • stand at room temperature overnight. Place the remaining sugar in a
  • shallow bowl. Cut the candy into 1-in. squares and roll in sugar.
  • Place on baking sheet. Let stand for at least 1 hour. Roll candies in
  • additional sugar if desired. Store in an airtight container at room
  • temperature. Yield: about 8 dozen.