Lemon Drop Candies

One of the joys of childhood is sour candies in the summertime! Lemon drops are an all-time favorite of many and Cara over at Fork and Beans has a great recipe for homemade lemon drop candies! Bickford's lemon flavor will shine through and delight your inner child! Here's our Bickford adaptation of her recipe:


  • 1 c. sugar
  • ¼ c. corn syrup
  • 3-4 Tb water
  • 2 tsp citric acid
  • 2-3 drops all-natural yellow food coloring
  • Bickford lemon flavoring


  1. Place parchment paper into a small pan (an 8 or 9" square or round pan will work).
  2. Place sugar, corn syrup, and water into a saucepan. Bring to soft boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Place candy thermometer into saucepan. Do not stir anymore at this point. Once it reaches 310 degrees, remove from heat.
  4. Allow the mix to sit for 30 seconds-1 minute. Place a couple of drops of coloring, flavoring, and citric acid and stir.
  5. Pour into parchment-lined pan. Let it cool briefly for 4 minutes (you want the candy harden a little but still soft so you can cut through it).
  6. Using kitchen scissors, cut into desired shapes. Dust with powdered or fine-textured sugar (this keeps from the candy from sticking together).


Recipe adapted from this recipe by Cara at Fork and Beans.

Photo by Richard Stebbing from Sudbury, United Kingdom (Lemon) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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