Grapefruit Gumdrops


Stir up a sweet food gift and share this delicious gumdrop recipe with friends and family this holiday season.

Grapefruit Gumdrops
Photo: Adam Albright
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup light-color corn syrup

  • 1 grapefruit (1 teaspoon zest, 3/4 cup strained juice)

  • 1 1.75 ounce package regular powdered fruit pectin

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 - 2 drops liquid red food coloring

  • ½ cup coarse sugar


  1. Line an 8 x 4 x 2-inch loaf pan with foil, extending foil over edges. Coat foil with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

  2. In a 1 1/2-quart saucepan combine sugar and corn syrup. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to medium; mixture should boil at a steady rate across surface. Cook without stirring 7 to 10 minutes or until a candy thermometer registers 280°F (soft-crack stage).

  3. Meanwhile, in a 2-quart saucepan combine grapefruit juice, pectin, and baking soda. (Mixture will foam.) Bring to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove; set aside.

  4. Remove sugar mixture from heat; remove candy thermometer. Return pectin mixture to boiling. Gradually pour hot sugar mixture in a thin stream into boiling pectin mixture, stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute more, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in zest and food coloring. Pour into prepared pan. Let stand at least 2 hours or until firm. Using foil edges, lift candy from pan. Cut into thirty-two 1-inch pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks or freeze up to 3 months. Just before serving or gifting, toss each piece in coarse sugar to coat.

Coconut Gumdrops

Prepare as directed, except substitute 1/2 cup unsweetened canned coconut milk and 1/4 cup water for the grapefruit juice; omit the zest, red food coloring, and the coarse sugar. In a food processor combine 1/2 cup flaked coconut and 1/4 cup granulated sugar; cover and process until fine. Roll each cut gumdrop in coconut mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

82 Calories
20g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 82
% Daily Value *
Sodium 27mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Total Sugars 20g
Vitamin C 2.3mg 12%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Potassium 10mg 0%
Folate, total 0.6mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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