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Course: Sweets
Keyword: Acid Jellies, Candy, Desserts, Fruit, Halloween

Acid Jellies

ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 4 hours 30 minutes
Yield: 64 (1-inch) pieces
Photo by Lynne Calamia
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  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 8 envelopes gelatin
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest

Specialized Hardware

ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 4 hours 30 minutes
Yield: 64 (1-inch) pieces


  • Combine 113 grams (1/2 cup) water, the gelatin, lemon, and lime juices in a 2-quart saucepan. Set aside.
  • Combine the remaining 170 grams (3/4 cup) water and 227 grams (1 cup) of the sugar in another 2-quart saucepan, over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook for 3 minutes. Remove the lid and cook until the mixture reaches 300ºF on a digital instant-read thermometer.
  • Once the sugar comes to temperature, remove from the heat, and add to the gelatin mixture. The mixture will clump; just reduce the heat to low and stir constantly in order to dissolve gelatin completely. Add the lemon and lime zest and stir to combine. Pour mixture into an 8-by-8-inch nonstick pan and cool to room temperature, 1 ½ to 2 hours. Do not refrigerate.
  • Using a pizza wheel, cut the cooled jellies into cubes, and toss to coat in the remaining sugar. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Stored jellies may need to be recoated in sugar before serving.
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