2-Ingredient Candy

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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

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

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Step 2: Juice the Lemons

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

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

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

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

Remove the candy from the mold and enjoy.

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56 Comments

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Lil wolfy
Lil wolfy

Question 6 months ago

Can you add water to the mixture?

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DonnelM
DonnelM

Question 1 year ago on Introduction

how is the texture supposed to be before you boil it?\
THICK OR THIN

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randofo
randofo

Answer 10 months ago

You should be checking based on the water test I mentioned and not a specific thickness. You want it to be thick, but not so thick it burns and turns bitter. This is a fine line. After you make it a few times you will just get a sense of where that line is.

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Angelgamer88
Angelgamer88

10 months ago

I have tried the candy but the result is that it is first became very hard and then became very soft is it supposed to be like that ?

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randofo
randofo

Reply 10 months ago

The candy is supposed to be hard. It might turn a little sticky, but I am not sure why is turning gummy. Just guessing, but maybe you didn't get it to a high enough temperature before letting it set?

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rainbo101
rainbo101

Question 1 year ago

Could I add 1/4 cup of salt without compromising the end result? I would love the saltiness with the tangy sweet flavor!

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craftaryncraft
craftaryncraft

1 year ago

Ooh mine is cooling now!! I hope it turns out, really quick and easy recipe ive used oranges as I had 12 lbs of them gifted to me, ive made jam, marmalade and candied peel so far so was looking for something to use the last of them. Thanks for sharing!

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randofo
randofo

Reply 1 year ago

I hope they turned out well! :)

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dracodude321
dracodude321

3 years ago

Can you make it with limes instead of lemons?

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alysonawsome123
alysonawsome123

Reply 3 years ago

Yeah, I tried it and it worked

Just don’t use too much

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GazD2
GazD2

3 years ago on Step 6

I used some rasberrys and a Summer fruits cordial to reduce with the sugar turned out really nice and some of the raspberry seeds ended up in the final result but it just made them look that bit better

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Anew96
Anew96

5 years ago

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

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JermaineM10
JermaineM10

Reply 3 years ago

That would be ridiculously YUMMY!

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JermaineM10
JermaineM10

3 years ago

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

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momoluv
momoluv

5 years ago

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

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Fluff Cat
Fluff Cat

Reply 4 years ago

you can also use water but lemon tastes better

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mchau2
mchau2

5 years ago

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

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mrsmerwin
mrsmerwin

Reply 4 years ago

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

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Mariesagkef
Mariesagkef

5 years ago

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

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randofo
randofo

Reply 5 years ago

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