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Lemon Drop Candies

March 28, 2021
8 Ratings
Author Notes

Sweet & Sour Homemade Lemon Drop Candies | SouthernFATTY —Phillip ||

  • Makes 50
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 teaspoons citric acid
  • 1/4 teaspoon yellow gel coloring
  • 1 cup super-fine sugar (granulated in food processor) or powdered sugar
In This Recipe
  1. 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!
  2. Heat sugar, water and cream of tartar (prevents crystallization) in stainless steel or copper saucepan over medium/medium-high heat.
  3. Heat to exactly 300 deg F, using a candy thermometer to verify temperature.
  4. At 300, immediately remove pan from heat and pour to silicone mat/marble/lined pan.
  5. Mix in lemon extract, citric acid and a small amount of gel coloring. Incorporate with oiled spatula.
  6. 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.
  7. Sift excess sugar and allow candy to cool completely. It will harden after some time.
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1 Review

Layton H. May 17, 2018
This recipe is fantastic....I used lime extract but you could probably use any fruity extract...razzberry is next whooohooo...