This is really 3.5 stars. The recipe was too sweet and I would use a no sugar added juice or reduce the sugar itself. To counteract that this time around, I used sour salt, aka citric acid. I mixed a little of that with sugar and it really did the trick. As a time saver, I would also recommend using candy molds coated with cooking spray rather than cutting these into individual pieces.
To ensure that the colors are bright, we've used store-bought, pasteurized juice instead of fresh-squeezed in some cases. Note that the lime jellies turn pale orange as they cook.
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Cool: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
- Calories: 39
- Calories from fat: 0.0%
- Protein: 0.0g
- Fat: 0.0g
- Saturated fat: 0.0g
- Carbohydrate: 10g
- Fiber: 0.1g
- Sodium: 0.2mg
- Cholesterol: 0.0mg
- Cooking-oil spray
- 1 1/3 cups citrus juice (pasteurized orange or pink grapefruit; or fresh blood orange, lime, or lemon), strained
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 6 ounces liquid pectin, such as Certo (you'll need two 3-oz. packs)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Coarse sugar (such as Hain Organic); or use granulated
- 1. Line an 8-in. square baking pan with microwave-safe plastic wrap, pressing it up sides and leaving a 1-in. overhang. Spray plastic wrap with cooking spray.
- 2. Pour citrus juice and granulated sugar into a 6-qt. pot and stir to combine. Clip a candy thermometer to inside of pan.
- 3. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly and slowly, until mixture registers 238° (just before the soft-ball stage, when it will harden), about 20 minutes. Add pectin and cook 1 minute more, stirring constantly.
- 4. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice, and immediately pour into prepared pan. Let set until cool and firm, about 1 1/2 hours.
- 5. Lift from pan using plastic wrap and cut into 1-in. squares, circles, 3/4- by 1 1/4-in. rectangles, or 3/4- by 2-in. half-moons. Dip in coarse sugar. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week, dipping again right before wrapping if necessary (particularly with the more acidic flavors like lime, lemon, and grapefruit, which tend to get a little weepy).
- Box it: Crystal clear boxes, from $6.2 5/25; clearbags.com
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per candy.
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