3/4 cup grape juice
1.75 ounce box powdered fruit pectin
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
extra sugar for coating
blue food coloring (optional)
candy thermometer (optional, but recommended)
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2. In another heavy saucepan, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until it boils and then discontinue stirring. The mixture needs to boil to the soft crack stage (280 F). You can either use a candy thermometer or test the mixture by dropping a small amount into cold water. The mixture should form fine threads that are still pliable.
3. When the mixture reaches soft crack temperature, carefully pour it into the warm grape juice mixture. Stir it for a few minutes and then pour into the foiled pan. If you are adding in food coloring to make the gumdrops more purple, add it in before pouring. Allow the mixture to sit overnight at room temperature to set up.