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Ruby Red Gumdrops 
Dec. 5, 2011 10:05 pm 
Updated: Dec. 16, 2011 9:39 am

One of my favorite things about this time of year is spending time in the kitchen with my boys.

I'll admit I don't love to bake (bread excluded, of course) but I do love to try new recipes. This year I decided to eschew the dreaded cookies, save for a few favorites that would lead to mutiny if left out, and instead focus my attentions on candy-making.

Something about pots boiling and roiling with mysterious combinations of flavors really brings out the mad scientist in me. I've recently discovered that if a recipe calls for a candy thermometer, I'm probably going to enjoy trying it out.

I found a recipe last night for homemade grapefruit gumdrops that sounded so interesting, I knew I had to give it a shot. When I mentioned it to my 13 year-old son, he was super excited and volunteered his assistance.

He had Boy Scouts tonight, so we didn't get started until about 8:00 p.m.

We zested, juiced and boiled, each of us minding one of the two pots we had going simultaneously.

While we made a few goofs along the way, such as going a little past the soft crack stage on the thermometer, everything turned out wonderfully. We stuck the pan of gummy goo in the fridge for a little over an hour to speed the cooling process. This was essential because I didn't have the heart to send my helper to bed without having the first taste of the finished product.

When the slab of goo was cooled, we cut them into tiny squares with a wet knife. Although the recipe said it would make 40-some gumdrops, we cut them pretty small and ended up with probably twice as many. We rolled them in sugar and let me tell you- they are gorgeous. Ronald was so proud.

He also loved the taste. I liked the contrast of the tart grapefruit with the sweet sugar coating, but I wasn't so fond of the texture. Even though we technically overcooked them, I found them to be a little soft. Maybe this is typical of homemade gumdrops, though. Having never made them before, I'm not sure. I do think, though, that time will be good to them. Since they are supposed to be stored only loosely covered, I imagine they will dry out a little and firm up some.

All in all, I'm glad we made them. I think next time we will use oranges instead of grapefruit just to mix things up a bit.
Dec. 5, 2011 10:08 pm
P.S. Here is the recipe in case anyone is interested-
Dec. 5, 2011 10:35 pm
How neat! I never would have thought! (Just like I never would have thought about making my own marshmallows before coming to this site!)
Dec. 5, 2011 10:38 pm
I am so glad you posted the recipe- as that was going to be my first question! Sounds like you had fun. I am the same way- I really rather despise baking, but I love making candy for some reason! Thanks for sharing- I am going to try the recipe out :)
Dec. 5, 2011 10:40 pm
Hmmm, except the link isn't working for me....
Dec. 5, 2011 10:50 pm
Barb- that site also has a recipe for eggnog marshmallows. That sounds so insanely good to me and I don't even like marshmallows! :)
Dec. 5, 2011 10:51 pm
Puck, It's not working for me now either, which is odd, because I had it up about an hour ago. Maybe they're doing site maintenance. If it still isn't working in the morning, I'll type up the recipe- I copied it down on paper.
Dec. 6, 2011 1:43 am
It is working now, and I was able to print it out! Question- did you still make the coconut sugar, or did you just use plain old sugar? For some reason coconut sugar and grapefruit don't seem to go together, but I am willing to try it, unless you have another suggestion? Thanks :)
Dec. 6, 2011 4:43 am
I'm so glad these worked for you. I was hoping you would post the results. :)
Dec. 6, 2011 5:33 am
They turned out GREAT! Did you still use the coconut milk, or did you just use the grapefriut juice? I definitely wanna give these a try, but my mom can't have grapefruit b/c of her heart medications, so I'm thinkin' orange or something...
Dec. 6, 2011 6:13 am
They look so pretty! And sound so easy to do. My brain is churning out all sorts of flavor combinations. I would love to try a raspberry coconut combo. Thanks for posting, CP! Glad you had fun with your son, too.
Dec. 6, 2011 7:45 am
That looks so fun...I'm like you, I don't dig baking but I really enjoy making candy...I think I may give this a whirl...thanks for posting this, CP! And, it's great to see you again! Say hi to your sister for me, ok? I don't see her all that much anymore and I miss you two!
Dec. 6, 2011 9:43 am
Puck, I agree- coconut and grapefruit don't seem quite right together. We just used regular sugar. Christina- for the grapefruit flavor, you skip the coconut milk and water and instead add 3/4 c. grapefruit juice and some zest. I think orange would be wonderful with some fresh squeezed juice. We juiced our own grapefruits for this and I'm glad we did because you can actually taste the freshness of the juice in the finished product.
Dec. 6, 2011 9:44 am
CC, raspberry sounds delicious. I would love to hear how that works out for you. We may end up trying a few different flavor combinations as well.
Dec. 6, 2011 9:47 am
WW- Thanks for the welcome! It's good to be back. I hope all is well with you!
Dec. 6, 2011 9:59 am
linda- I am so happy I asked that question on the exchange yesterday. I knew you ladies would have tons of interesting ideas for me- so many creative minds here! I am definitely making the choc. chip cookie dough truffles- did you see those? I think my family is going to flip when they try them. Thanks again for your help! :)
Dec. 6, 2011 12:48 pm
They are so pretty! I love anything grapefruit, but I have never attempted candy. I am notorious for not following directions and anything that is so precise I have to take its temperature is doomed to failure in my kitchen, but I am saving the recipe and will try to get my friend to give them a whirl. Nice to see you!
Dec. 6, 2011 2:39 pm
oh good, I am gonna try a batch of orange from the freshly squeezed juice.. yummy.. Love orange juice anything.. will tangerines be tastier than regular orange? I just love eating them outta hand but wonder if it would work in candy..
Dec. 6, 2011 2:50 pm
this has got me thinking..Perhaps blood oranges would be nice too.. they have a deep red color and a tarter taste..?
Dec. 6, 2011 3:21 pm
I saved the recipe yesterday when you said you were going to try it. Looks so good. Thanks for letting us know how it turned out!
Dec. 6, 2011 3:58 pm
Hi, BSM- good to see you, too! I've missed this place! Cuppycake- I think blood orange sounds spectacular. If you do it, please take pictures- I'm sure they will be gorgeous! I also love orange juice anything- why is citrus so darned awesome? :)
Dec. 6, 2011 4:00 pm
iceemama- I anticipated that they would firm up/ dry out a little with time, and not even 24 hours later, that has proved to be the case. I'm going to continue to let them "air out" until they are as firm as I want them and then I think I'll try storing them in an airtight container. This has been such a fun project. I can't wait to try some new flavors. I'm also thinking about trying my hand at taffy...
Dec. 6, 2011 5:33 pm
I'm so doing this....gosh that sounds so good and I absolutely love grapefruit so this is right up my ally. Thanks for posting it and nice to see you again.
Dec. 6, 2011 6:22 pm
Hi CP!! *waving* I'm going to try these! They look so good!
Dec. 7, 2011 9:49 am
Hi Avon and LS- great to see you both. I'm with you Avon- I adore grapefruit. When I saw that was a variation on the coconut, I was sold!
Dec. 7, 2011 2:24 pm
I was wondering how the gumdrops turned out. I desperately wanted to try them, but because of a medication I'm on I can't have anything with grapefruit in it. I LOVE your idea of using orange instead! Oranges are on sale for amazing prices right now (navels at 10 pounds for a dollar at one store!!), so I'm definitely going to give these a try!!
Dec. 7, 2011 6:31 pm
Keri- that is an amazing deal! We have a store called Fareway (I'm not sure how big a chain it is) and they'll be having their annual huge citrus sale soon. I'm not sure they can compete with ten pounds for a dollar though!
Dec. 7, 2011 8:27 pm
I love grapefruit, these sound so great. I tried making gum drops twice-not a good outcome. Glad you had better results, I have come to the conclusion that I need to just buy these
Dec. 8, 2011 10:23 am
Sorry you didn't have better luck, RNG. There are some things that just aren't worth the trouble to make yourself. When my kids want fruit pizza, it's always guaranteed to be storebought for that very reason. :)
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