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.
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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