Orange Gumdrops (Candy for Christmas) from the Farmhouse

Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs

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.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 teaspoon butter, for greasing the pan
  • Pan 1

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • Pan 2

  • 34 cup water
  • 1 (1 3/4 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin
  • 12 teaspoon baking soda
  • Flavorful Deliciousness

  • 1 12 teaspoons orange flavoring (or extract)
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 4 drops yellow food coloring
  • 1 drop red food coloring

Directions

  1. Line bottom and sides of 9x5 loaf pan with foil; grease the foil with butter; set aside.
  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. 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. 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. Remove from heat, stir in Flavorful Deliciousness'es. Pour into prepped pan.
  6. Let the candy sit for TWO HOURS. (Clean up the mess over at the stove.)
  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. Roll gumdrops in additional sugar if desired.
Most Helpful

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

Jen In The Kitchen! January 04, 2010

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!

starrdoug December 18, 2009