2-Ingredient Candy




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.

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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49 Discussions

Raspberry sugar candy


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


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

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

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you can also use water but lemon tastes better


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

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


1 year ago

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

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and also can i use limes instead of lemons?

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.