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Orange Gumdrops Recipe

Orange Gumdrops Recipe

I get nothing but rave reviews when I make these gumdrops and usually have to prepare three batches. The refreshing orange flavor is a nice change from the usual chocolate holiday candies. —Becky Burch, Marceline, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min. + standing YIELD:72 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon butter, softened, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 4 drops yellow food coloring
  • 1 drop red food coloring
  • Additional sugar, optional

Directions

  • 1. Line the bottom and sides of a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan with foil. Grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter; set aside.
  • 2. Grease the bottom and sides of a large heavy saucepan with the remaining butter; add sugar and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, about 9 minutes. Cook over medium-high heat until a candy thermometer reads 280° (soft-crack stage), stirring occasionally.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in another large saucepan, combine the water, pectin and baking soda (mixture will foam slightly). Cook and stir over high heat until mixture boils, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • 4. When corn syrup mixture reaches 280° (soft-crack stage), remove from the 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.
  • 5. Remove from the heat; stir in the extract, peel and food coloring. Transfer to prepared pan. Let stand until firm, about 2 hours. Cut into squares. Roll in additional sugar if desired. Yield: about 6 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 30 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 16 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.