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Fruit Jellies

2 1-3/4-oz boxes powdered pectin
3/4 cup water
6 oz can frozen juice concentrate, thawed
1 tsp baking soda

2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla

In a saucepan, mix together pectin, water, juice and soda. In a
4-quart saucepan, mix together sugar, corn syrup and vanilla.

Bring the contents of both pans to a rapid boil and cook, stirring,
for 6 to 8 minutes. Next, pour the pectin-juice mixture slowly
into the sugar pan, stirring continuously. Bring to a boil again
and stir constantly as it cooks for 1 more minute.

Remove from the heat, let sit for 1 minute, still stirring, then
pour into two 10 x 5 x 1 inch aluminum foil pans coated with spray
oil (Pam or somesuch). Set aside, uncovered, until cooled and
firm, about 3 hours.

This candy is extremely sticky and may be difficult to unmold.
Using a sharp knife, cut around the edge of the pan, then pull the
sides of the pan away from the candy. Gently flip onto a sheet of
aluminum foil. and remove the pan, peeling away the candy if
necessary. Repeat with the second pan. Put 1/2 cup sugar into a
flat bowl. Cut the candy into 1 inch squares with a pizza cutter,
then put several squares at a time into the bowl of sugar. Coat
the candies thoroughly, then place on waxed paper, making sure the
pieces are not touching. Leave the candies on the wax paper
uncovered overnight in a dry place. Store in a cardboard box with
wax paper between layers. Makes 2 pounds or about 80 pieces.

I made this with cranberry for Christmas (satisfyingly red). I
used a full can of concentrate (9 3/4 oz) and added water to make
12 oz. I found the fruit-pectin mixture wasn't tart enough, so I
added approximately 1/2 - 3/4 tsp citric acid powder to taste. I
put the mix into a large, flat cake pan that was well-coated with
an oil/lecithin mix and left to set for 9 hours (went to work).
I didn't have any trouble unmolding, but I don't know if this was
because of the long sitting time or the fact that cranberry is high
in pectin on its own. Enjoy, these turned out beautifully for me,
I'm going to try lemon soon.


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