It took me right back to my childhood. My dad always had a bag of lemon drops in his car and I loved going on random and pointless car rides just so I could savor the tart and sour little drops of sunshine!
Don't be intimidated by this recipe just because it calls for a candy thermometer. If you have a bit of patience lemon drops are easy!
Step 1: Recipe
Lemon Drop Candy - (From chocswirl.wordpress.com - Adapted from Field Guide to Candy by Anita Chu)
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 t. cream of tartar
1/4 c. water
1 t. citric acid
1/4 t. lemon extract
yellow food coloring
powdered sugar for rolling - 1-2 T.
Coat a plastic scraper and kitchen scissors with butter and have a silpat ready. If you don't have a silpat a marble slab was recommended in the original recipe.
Preheat oven to warm.
Step 2: Boil Sugar
Step 3: Cool Sugar
Using a buttered scraper (of some kind) mix ingredients until combined.
The mixture will initially stick all over the scraper but will eventually come together into one cohesive glob of sugar!
Step 4: Shape Sugar
Since the mixture is hot the lemon drops will ultimately be flattened on one side. Or at least mine were!
Roll the formed lemon drops in powdered sugar to coat. This way they will not all stick to each other!
Tip - If you find that the sugar is hardening too quickly to shape the pieces put them in the preheated oven (on warm) to reheat the sugar. You will be able to shape them again once they soften a bit.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!