Oh Goody-Goody Gumdrops! Well technically they are jellies but gumdrops kept floating through my head as I made this simple candy. I love the idea of including a few jellies to a tin of your Christmas cookies to add some sparkle. They would also be beautiful served on a platter with other treats for a festive Holiday dessert. Or cut a small slit in the jellies and use to garnish a sweet holiday cocktail. Jellies anyone?
For this recipe you can chose any flavor of juice or preserves you like so get creative! I made apple/apricot & cranberry/blueberry. Yum!
Serving in small paper cups makes the presentation beautiful and mess free.
Recipe from Everyday Foods: Makes about 60 pieces
1 1/3 cups fruit juice (any flavor) or water
4 packets powdered gelatin (1oz total)* I used one box of Knox gelatin
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups fruit preserves or jam (you chose the flavor)
1. Place 2/3 cup juice in a small bowl or measuring cup and sprinkle with gelatin. Let sit 5 minutes. Meanwhile , in a medium saucepan combine remaining 2/3 cup juice and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high and cook, stirring until sugar dissolves, 5 minutes. Add preserves and whisk to combine. Return to a boil and cook until thick and syrupy, 2 minutes. Add gelatin mixture and wisk until gelatin dissolves. Pour throught a fine-mesh sieve into an 8″ square baking dish. Refrigerate until set, 3 hours (or up to 2 weeks).
2. Place 1 cup sugar in a pie plate or shallow bowl. Cut fruit jelly into 1″ squares. Toss in sugar to coat just before serving.
* Make Ahead: Keep uncoated jellies, tightly covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator.
*Freutcake tips: When cutting jellies, use a knife that has been run under hot water for easier cutting. Also, the first row of jellies are more difficult to take out and should definitely be eaten as testers!
Flavor Combination Ideas:
apple juice & apricot preserves
grape juice & jam
pomegranate juice & raspberry preserves
strawberry-apple juice & strawberry jam