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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sour Candy Day:: Lemon Drop Candy recipe

Today is sour candy day. Candy is a lot like life it can be sour or it can be sweet.  I can recall as a child my older sister loving lemon drops. They were a bit sour for me but she loved them. So today, I share this recipe with her 

Lemon Drop Candy Recipe from
Serves: ~45 pieces

1 cup sugar, granulated
½ cup water
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
½ teaspoon lemon extract
2 teaspoons citric acid
yellow gel food coloring
super-fine (granulated sugar in food processor), powdered or granulated sugar, to coat

Prepare work stations-- sauce-pan, silicone mat/marble/oiled parchment paper on sheet pan, oiled/buttered kitchen shears, oiled/buttered spatula, pan of coating sugar. Have ingredients all measured and ready to incorporate before starting. Sugar isn't very forgiving!
Heat sugar, water and cream of tartar (prevents crystallization) in stainless steel or copper saucepan over medium/medium-high heat.
Heat to exactly 300 deg F, using a candy thermometer to verify temperature.
At 300, immediately remove pan from heat and pour to silicone mat or marble surface.
Mix in lemon extract, citric acid and a small amount of gel coloring. Incorporate with oiled spatula.
When cool enough to handle (this will happen quickly), form into rope.
Using oiled kitchen shears, cut rope into individual pieces. Let fall into pan of coating sugar. This prevents the pieces from sticking to each other.
Sift excess sugar and allow candy to cool completely. It will harden after some time.

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