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    Orange Gumdrops (Candy for Christmas) from the Farmhouse

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    2 hrs 10 mins

    10 mins

    2 hrs

    Debber's Note:

    A refreshing orange flavor that works nicely as a foil to all the chocolate-y confections offered in the candy dishes at the holiday parties and buffets. From Taste Of Home's Holiday Recipe Cards, December 09. NOTE: Cooking Time includes the COOLING TIME---plan ahead.

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    Serves: 72


    9x5 loa ...

    Units: US | Metric

    • 1 teaspoon butter, for greasing the pan

    Pan 1

    Pan 2

    • 3/4 cup water
    • 1 (1 3/4 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    Flavorful Deliciousness

    • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange flavoring (or extract)
    • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
    • 4 drops yellow food coloring
    • 1 drop red food coloring


    1. 1
      Line bottom and sides of 9x5 loaf pan with foil; grease the foil with butter; set aside.
    2. 2
      Grease bottom and sides of heavy saucepan with remaining butter; add sugar and corn syrup; cook & stir over medium heat until it comes to a boil--about 9 minutes. Tweak heat up to med-hi until candy thermometer reads 280* (soft-crack stage), stirring constantly.
    3. 3
      Meanwhile (this is getting exciting!), in another large saucepan, combine water, pectin and soda (slight foaming--see, I told you this was exciting); cook and stir over HIGH heat until boiling--about 2 minutes. REMOVE from heat; set aside.
    4. 4
      Back to the other pan: when 280*; remove from heat -- return pectin pan to med-hi heat to a SIMMER; carefully and slowly (see this IS exciting!) ladle corn syrup mixture into a VERY THIN stream into the pectin mixture, stirring constantly (you may need another hand here in case you're not multi-ambidextrous!). Cook and stir one minute longer.
    5. 5
      Remove from heat, stir in Flavorful Deliciousness'es. Pour into prepped pan.
    6. 6
      Let the candy sit for TWO HOURS. (Clean up the mess over at the stove.)
    7. 7
      Cut into tiny squares (try to get six dozen, that's six by twelve or 72 pieces--yes, from that one loaf pan--but remember, dearie, this is CANDY!).
    8. 8
      Roll gumdrops in additional sugar if desired.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 04, 2010


      Made these up to go in the boys stockings and they loved them! Guess what they had for breakfast Christmas morning ;)

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    • on December 18, 2009


      YUMMY! I will never buy store bought gumdrops again. These are so good. Easy to make. I didn't even have a candy thermometer. I just winged it. Family loves them. 52 years old and this is the first time I've made candy. Why did I wait so long? Really enjoyed your directions. Easy to follow and very entertaining!

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    Nutritional Facts for Orange Gumdrops (Candy for Christmas) from the Farmhouse

    Serving Size: 1 (11 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 72

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 28.3
    Calories from Fat 1
    Total Fat 0.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.5 mg
    Sodium 14.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 7.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 4.0 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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    orange flavoring

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