Orange gumdrops

Yield: 72 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Light corn syrup
¾ cup Water
1 pack (1 3/4-ounce) powdered fruit pectin
½ teaspoon Baking soda
1½ teaspoon Orange extract
1 teaspoon Finely shredded orange peel
4 Drops yellow food coloring
1 Drop red food coloring
Sugar

Line a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with foil, extending foil over edges of the pan.

Butter the foil; set pan aside. Butter the sides of a heavy 1½-quart saucepan. In the saucepan combine the 1 cup sugar and the corn syrup. Cook over medium-high heat to boiling, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugar. This should take about 10 minutes. Avoid splashing mixture on sides of pan. Carefully clip candy thermometer to side of pan.

Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, till the thermometer registers 280 deg.F., soft-crack stage. Mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over the entire surface. Reaching soft-crack stage should take about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a heavy 2-quart saucepan combine water, pectin, and baking soda. (Mixture will be foamy.) Cook over high heat to boiling, stirring constantly. This should take about 2 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; set saucepan aside.

When sugar mixture has reached soft-crack stage, remove the saucepan from heat; remove candy thermometer from saucepan. Return pectin mixture to high heat; cook till mixture just begins to simmer.

_Gradually_ pour the hot sugar mixture in a thin stream (slightly less than ⅛-inch diameter) into the boiling pectin mixture, stirring constantly. This should take 1 to 2 minutes. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute more.

Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in orange extract, orange peel, and yellow and red food colorings. Pour candy mixture into prepared pan.

Let stand about 2 hours or till firm.

When firm, use foil to lift candy out of pan. Use a buttered knive to cut candy into about ¾-inch squares. Roll squares in additional sugar. Store loosely covered. Makes about 72 pieces.

Cinnamon Gumdrops: Prepare Orange Gumdrops as directed above, except substitute 3 drops oil of cinnamon and 7 drops red food coloring for the orange extract, orange peel, and yellow and red food colorings.

Mint Gumdrops: Prepare Orange Gumdrops as directed above, except substitute ¾ teaspoon mint extract and 7 drops green food coloring for the orange extract, orange peel, and yellow and red food colorings.

Lemon Gumdrops: Prepare Orange Gumdrops as directed above, except substitute 1 ½ teaspoons lemon extract, 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel, and 7 drops yellow food coloring for the orange extract, orange peel, and yellow and red food colorings.

Hope this helps. Kyosho

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