National Candy Month #2: Lemon Drops!

Lemon drops candy

Next up for National Candy Month, a recipe for homemade hard candy lemon drops!

The recipe for these lemon drops is similar to my old-fashioned hard candy recipe. The only major difference is the omission of light corn syrup–this recipe simply uses a combination of granulated sugar and water instead. It also adds a small amount of cream of tartar to the mixture. This helps to prevent the sugar syrup from crystallizing.

These lemon drops were loosely inspired by recipes from Southern Fatty and Instructables. I’m not a huge fan of sour candies, so I omitted the citric acid element called for in many lemon drop recipes. However, you could certainly use citric acid to add a tangy taste to your lemon drops.

As with my old-fashioned hard candy, I flavored this candy using flavor oils from Lorann Oils. Once again, their product did not disappoint! The classic lemon oil had a fresh, lemon-y flavor, without tasting fake or bitter. I highly recommend it:

 

This recipe is actually much easier than it looks. The trickiest part, really, is rolling the candy. It took me a practice batch to figure out that I needed to use a lot of oil to keep the hot mixture from sticking to my mat. This was the first time I used a new silicone mat from Vremi, so that took some getting used to as well.

Lemon Drops for Gifting

These lemon drop candies ship well and stay fresh for a long time. They’re ideal for mailing in care packages, especially in the warm summer months. They’d look especially cute packaged in a cello bag and finished with a packet of tea, a honey stick, and a white-and-yellow ribbon bow.

Lemon drops candy

Missed my first National Candy Month recipe?  Visit this page to try your hand at making my old-fashioned hard candy, based on a family recipe.

And, stay tuned for my next candy post…fruit gummies!

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Lemon Drop Hard Candy
Cheerful yellow lemon drop hard candies, lightly dusted in powdered sugar. A perfect summertime treat!
Lemon drops candy
Course Sweets
Cuisine Candy
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Course Sweets
Cuisine Candy
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Lemon drops candy
Instructions
  1. Oil a silicone kitchen mat (for rolling the candies) and kitchen shears or sharp knife (for cutting the candies) and set aside.
  2. Measure out 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar and place it in a medium size mixing bowl. (You'll need this later for coating your candies.) Set aside.
  3. Combine sugar, water, and cream of tartar in a saucepan over medium heat. Once sugar has dissolved, stop stirring and add a candy thermometer to monitor temperature.
  4. Continue heating sugar mixture until it reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Immediately remove from heat.
  5. Stir in flavor oil, lemon extract, and yellow food coloring. (If you're adding citric acid to your mixture, this is where you'd stir it in, too.)
  6. Pour candy mixture onto prepared silicone mat and allow to rest until it is just cool enough to handle. (At this point it should still be easily pliable, but not so hot that it will burn your hands.) You might need to use a knife to scrape the mixture from your silicone mat.
  7. Use your hands to shape candy mixture into a long rope, about 1/2" in diameter.
  8. Using kitchen shears or a knife, cut the rope into individual candy pieces, each about 1" long.
  9. Immediately transfer your individual candy pieces to the bowl of confectioner's sugar, and toss to coat.
Recipe Notes

Lemon drops can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to six weeks.

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