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1-3 teaspoons citric acid powder
*you can buy packages or jars of pectin in the canning section of your grocery store
corn syrup (to use as glue)
pink candy confetti sprinkles (nose)
chocolate or black jimmies (mouth)
2 or 3 quart saucepan
glass bowl with spout or a glass mixing bowl
optional, thin tip paint brush to add decorations (food only brush)
In another 2 or 3 quart saucepan combine water, pectin, and baking soda. Mixture will be foamy. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.
Once your pot of boiling corn syrup/sugar reaches 280 degrees remove it from the heat or turn off your gas. Slowly and VERY CAREFULLY drizzle in the hot pectin, stirring slowly yet constantly. You DO NOT want to splash any of this hot boiling sugar on your hands. Once all the pectin has been poured into the saucepan, return it to medium-high heat and cook it for one more minute, then remove from heat and pour into a glass bowl, with a spout, preferably. This stops it from continuing to cook.
Immediately add food coloring, if using, and flavoring. Start by adding 1-2 drops of color and 1/4 teaspoon of flavoring. Add more coloring, if desired. To check if you like the flavor of your gumdrops, fill a glass with ice water, take a small spoonful of your hot gumdrop mixture and set the spoon in the ice water. Leave it in the water at least 30 seconds. Remove it and touch it to make sure it is cool. Return to water, if too hot. Taste it. Adjust your flavoring accordingly. I found 1/4 teaspoon of the apple oil to be the perfect amount.
Carefully pour the hot mixture into the silicone bunny mold, filling each cavity about 2/3rd’s full. Allow the candy to cool at room temperature for up to 8 hours. If you are in a hurry, like I was, cool for an hour then freeze for an hour.
Use corn syrup as glue and add candy eyes, pink confetti nose, and black or chocolate jimmies for mouths.
Your Sour Gumdrop Bunnies will keep for several weeks if stored in an airtight container.