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Orange Jelly Candies

Making candy is my favorite thing to do. I've been collecting candy recipes for more than 40 years and have taken several candy-making classes. These soft confections are fantastic. —Leah Jackson, Washington, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 10 min. + standing
  • Makes
    81 pieces


  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon orange oil
  • 5 drops each red and yellow food coloring
  • Additional sugar


  • Butter a 9-in. square pan with 2 teaspoons butter; set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the pectin, baking soda and water (mixture will be foamy). In another saucepan, combine sugar and corn syrup. Bring both mixtures to a boil. Cook until foam on pectin mixture thins slightly and sugar mixture comes to a full rolling boil, about 4 minutes. Gradually add pectin mixture to boiling sugar mixture, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in orange oil and food coloring. Immediately pour into prepared pan. Let stand at room temperature for 3 hours or until set.
  • Sprinkle waxed paper with sugar; invert pan onto sugar. With a knife dipped in warm water, cut candy into 1-in. squares; roll in additional sugar. Place on a wire rack. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature overnight. Store in an airtight container.
Test Kitchen Tip
  • After adding the pectin, be sure to bring the mixture back to a full rolling boil before starting your one minute timer.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 22 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 11mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.

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    • Vicki
      Feb 8, 2020

      The first time I made this, I cooked too long and the candies were very hard. So hard I thought I might pull off a crown. The second time I made it, the candies were perfect! When rolling in the sugar, I added some chili pepper to the sugar. They sat overnight as directed, then I dipped in a dark chocolate. YUMM!!

    • Jeff
      Jan 14, 2020

      This recipe is absolute garbage... I’ve tried it to a “T” 4 times now and the results are all the same... just a pile of goo... I’d give the recipe a negative star rating if I could simply for the wasted product I used. I challenge the creator of the recipe to make a video of them preparing it so we can all see the failure first hand or to prove me wrong

    • Paul
      Apr 17, 2017

      My wife and I followed the recipe closely when we made this. We even allowed over 12 hours to cool at room temp, but still the candy never jelled. We both read the recipe twice before we started and twice after we made it to confirm all steps were done right. But, it never jelled. I've used pectin many times to make jellies, but never candy. We're going it again. NOTE: We tried it again using SURE-JELL Premium Fruit Pectin and it worked! In fact, it jelled quickly. Use SURE-JELL and also ONLY 4 drops of yellow & 3 drops of red food coloring. The 1st batch that didn't Jell was too dark and very red in color. Use ONLY Orange Oil, NOT extract (extract is mostly alcohol)

    • andriacanayo
      Jun 1, 2015

      Just tried this with cinnamon and they turned out perfectly!! Thanks for the great recipe! :D

    • Zibeth
      Dec 22, 2010

      I made these jellies for the first time, and they brought me right back to the memories of similar jellied candies I had when I was a child. I'll be making another batch tomorrow, but with cherry oil instead. WONDERFUL recipe!

    • JerryVT
      Dec 17, 2010

      The candy did not set up at all. I put it back in the pan after about six hours and cooked it some more but it came out too hard and gummy.

    • diproesch
      Dec 14, 2008

      I have been making candy for awhile and this sounded so good. I tried it the way you said, never set up enough to do anything with it. So I tried doing it a little different with the same results. Maybe you have something written down wrong in the reciepe. Maybe to much pectin. Maybe you left out a step. Please let me know as the flavor is good and would like to make this recipe for christmas gifts.