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I love those little grapefruit jelly candies they sell at Fresh Market - but boy, does that get expensive. This recipe was in the latest issue of Woman's Day magazine.
- You'll need a 13 x 9-in. baking pan lined with nonstick foil; let foil extend over ends of pan.
- Remove enough zest from grapefruit to measure 1/4 cup. Juice the grapefruit (you'll need only 1 cup juice).
- Put zest, 1 cup of the sugar and 1/4 cup of the juice in a blender; purée. Pour into a 6-qt saucepan. Stir in remaining 2 1/2 cups sugar and 3/4 cup juice. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil.
- Let boil gently for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in butter; boil 3 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in pectin and food color until incorporated and color is light red. Quickly pour into prepared pan and spread with offset spatula.
- Let stand at room temperature until jelly is firm to the touch, about 2 hours.
- To cut and decorate: Put 1 cup sugar on wax paper or a plate. Lift foil by ends onto cutting board. Cut with 1 1/2" cookie cutter (or into 1 1/4-in. squares). Lift shapes from foil to sugar and turn to coat on all sides. Scraps can be cut into small shapes and sugared, or discarded.
- Storage Tip: Store in airtight containers with wax paper between layers at cool room temperature, or in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.