Introduction: 2-Ingredient Candy

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This is an easy hard candy recipe that you can make with two things you probably already have lying around the house. You are probably wondering what the trick is?

While I could just tell you, let me give you a moment to guess.

Have you figured it out yet?

Yes? No? Maybe?

Okay. Fine. I will tell you.

The trick here is sugar and lemons. That's it. This is a very easy and simple candy recipe. It is basically old fashioned lemon drops. Aside from being incredibly delicious, the other nice thing about this recipe is that unlike other hard candy recipes, it does not use ungodly amounts of corn syrup.

Step 1: Candy Ingredients

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To make this candy all you need is a cup of sugar and two (or more) lemons.

Step 2: Juice the Lemons

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Juice the lemons into a measuring cup or bowl. It is best to use a strainer to keep out any pulp.

Step 3: Mix the Lemon Juice and Sugar

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Combine the sugar with just enough lemon juice to dissolve it. This shouldn't require more than a few tablespoons of lemon juice.

Step 4: Boil

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On a medium-high flame boil the mixture until it thickens.

Periodically spoon a little into a cool bowl of water. If it starts to get brittle when dropped in the water, it is ready. Quickly remove it from the flame.

If the mixture starts to turn a dark orange, it is also likely ready and starting to burn. Immediately remove it from the flame.

Step 5: Pour

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Pour the candy into a silicon mold or onto a sheet of parchment paper in small drops.

Let it cool to harden.

Step 6: Enjoy

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Remove the candy from the mold and enjoy.


Anew96 (author)2015-10-27

You could zest the lemons before juicing them. Add the zest to the boil and get lemon candy with candied lemon peel inside.

JermaineM10 (author)Anew962017-07-30

That would be ridiculously YUMMY!

JermaineM10 (author)2017-07-30

I would like to go to my mum's and make some.

momoluv (author)2015-10-26

Wow. Never thought lemon juice would be one of the two ingredients. Definitely knew sugar would be though. :)

Fluff Cat (author)momoluv2017-06-24

you can also use water but lemon tastes better

mchau2 (author)2015-12-29

nice recipe, hm i wonder if adding zest is a good idea, you think it will be burn while the mixture boils?

mrsmerwin (author)mchau22017-02-07

You could add the zest after the boiling part and before pouring into the mold.

ROBONERD123456 made it! (author)2016-12-16

it's good, but It is just a little bit too sweet. I'm going to use coffee next!

mrsmerwin (author)ROBONERD1234562017-02-07

Maybe a pinch of salt would cut the sweet.

Mariesagkef (author)2015-10-27

Can i use honey? If so, any tips on how? Thx

randofo (author)Mariesagkef2015-10-27

Don't know. You could try. Wouldn't be very hard :-)

ROBONERD123456 (author)randofo2016-12-16

mine tasted like hon


rxima (author)2016-09-12

is there any way you can pour it in a big clump and break it after it hardens?

rxima (author)rxima2016-09-12

and also can i use limes instead of lemons?

randofo (author)rxima2016-09-13

I don't about limes, but easy enough to try.

You surely can pout it into a big lump, and then perhaps smash it with a hammer? A thin sheet might be more conducive to shattering.

Lifeissweetwithme (author)2016-08-11

What happens to the mold?

You wash it off and put it away...?

Artemis Z (author)2015-12-02

Mine started burning at around 250 degrees F... it's been an hour and it still hasn't hardened. I've had good luck with regular hard candy; I'm going to try again with less juice. Awesome idea btw!

Dawna M (author)2015-11-04

FYI , when using citrus the pectin is in the seeds, if you can, boil them in the syrup and strain them out,

atabor3 (author)2015-10-26

would it be OK to use bottled lemon juice with?

KagedCreations (author)atabor32015-11-02

I was just thinking that. If you try it let me know.

randofo (author)atabor32015-10-26

I am not sure. It should likely work, but I would stick with fresh lemons.

Althea MaeH (author)2015-10-30

how much lemon juice/sugar do I need?

randofo (author)Althea MaeH2015-10-30

A cup of sugar. At least 2 lemons.

The Creeper (author)2015-10-29

Is everything you do about lemons?

randofo (author)The Creeper2015-10-30

Yes. All 278 of my other projects are exclusively about lemons. You should check them out.

Syncubus (author)randofo2015-10-30

I admire your tremendous, unfaltering dedication to lemon crafts!

narrowyoureyes (author)2015-10-29

This looks like a fun, easy recipe. I have finally found what I have been looking for

GrayAlien (author)2015-10-27

Sweet. Me like

mikenaly (author)2015-10-26

Bet this would be great with other citrus flavors too. And maybe just for show add a bit of food coloring to match the flavor.

Bentley_Maniac (author)mikenaly2015-10-27

Other citrus fruits do not contain as much pectin and/or acid.

If they are not working, the best idea is to add apple cider vinegar, a teaspoonful at a time, until the sugar starts to turn.

Remember, all you are doing is making flavoured toffee.

Another idea would be to include gelatine, in order to make chewy lollies. If you decide to do this, mix the gelatine powder in COLD water, and then add it to the sugar mixture AFTER the sugar has turned. (just before you pour it into the ice cube trays.) You may have to fiddle around with the ratios a bit, as I haven't yet tried it yet, but I would guess that 2 Tablespoons of gelatine would be enough for this recipe.

randofo (author)mikenaly2015-10-26

I also tried it with orange, but it did not go so well. I may have burnt it a little though.

Team Z (author)2015-10-27

Wow, this is really really cool =)

martinimaniac (author)2015-10-27

Will it work in the microwave?

horselover255 (author)2015-10-27

That sounds so cool!!!!!!!!!

sculptr (author)2015-10-27

I'm confused. Do you only use enough lemon juice to dissolve the sugar, or do you add more after the sugar is dissolved?

randofo (author)sculptr2015-10-27

Only enough to dissolve the sugar.

sculptr (author)randofo2015-10-27

Thanks. :-)

PJSolarz (author)2015-10-27

Sounds easy enough. A finishing touch might be to toss the candies in a bag with
confectioners’ sugar to keep them from sticking together.

bejawo (author)2015-10-27

I don't know about ungodly amounts, but a little corn syrup or other type of sugar make it easier because it will be much less likely to burn than just straight white sugar (brown sugar and powdered sugar count as white sugar for this, but honey, or agave syrup will also help

Benchkey (author)2015-10-27

My guess, without actually trying this, is that the boiling must get to the "HARD CRACK" stage which is 295-309 F / 146-154 C. If the mix starts to darken as it is boiled, reduce the heat somewhat till the desired temp is achieved. Remember for those living above 1000' sea level, that you need to increase the temp by 1 degree per 500 feet.

tangotut (author)2015-10-27

Socks and light bulbs! Oh, darn.

JavaProgrammer (author)2015-10-27

will definitely try this.

WhiteRenard (author)2015-10-26

I will definitely be trying this! Thanks! :)

Saiyam (author)2015-10-26

Easy to make and yummy too!

Linkin_J_Knex (author)2015-10-26

sounds like a great idea :)

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