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.
- 1 teaspoon butter, for greasing the pan
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 3⁄4 cup water
- 1 (1 3/4 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons orange flavoring (or extract)
- 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
- 4 drops yellow food coloring
- 1 drop red food coloring
- Line bottom and sides of 9x5 loaf pan with foil; grease the foil with butter; set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove from heat, stir in Flavorful Deliciousness'es. Pour into prepped pan.
- Let the candy sit for TWO HOURS. (Clean up the mess over at the stove.)
- 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!).
- Roll gumdrops in additional sugar if desired.
Made these up to go in the boys stockings and they loved them! Guess what they had for breakfast Christmas morning ;)
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!