If you haven't tried making your own homemade low carb gumdrops, you are missing out! This sour lemon gumdrops recipe comes together in just a few minutes and tastes much better than the store-bought ones made with artificial flavors and tons of sugar. And they are very kid-friendly!
Hi, Joy Filled Eats community! Erin from My Flourless Kitchen here and I'm thrilled to share this recipe for homemade Sour Lemon Gumdrops with you.
I have been a fan of sour candy since my childhood. Once when I was studying for exams and mindlessly eating I ate so many sour candies that I burnt all of my taste buds on my tongue. I don't do that anymore but I do make this recipe often. It's in my "Go To" category! I hope you will try it and see how easy it is to make this homemade Sour Lemon Gumdrops Recipe.
What Equipment is Required for this Sour Lemon Gumdrops Recipe
Whenever I make homemade candy or chocolate chips, I use silicone molds or ice cube trays. I love how easy they are to use and I have a huge collection. For this batch of gumdrops, I used a plain rounded ice cube mold (like this one), but if you have a silicone mold with cute shapes, even better! Sometimes I use my dinosaur-shaped mold to make dinosaur-shaped gumdrops, just like I use when I make my son his favorite Toasted Coconut Butter Candy.
If you don't have a silicone candy mold or ice cube tray, line a small pan (like a banana bread pan or an 8x8 pan) with plastic wrap and make one large gumdrop and then cut it into small squares after it has set.
How to Make the Crunchy Sweet Sour Coating
To give these gumdrops the classic crunchy coating that you remember from your childhood, I used granulated sweetener mixed with food coloring. I just add the sweetener to a glass jar, add the food coloring (about 8 drops per ½ cup) and shake it up.
This is the same crunchy coating that I use for my Marshmallow Peeps.
How to Make Sour Candies
To make a delicious sweet *sour* crunchy coating, which is delicious, add a little bit of food grade granular citric acid to your colored sugar. You can find citric acid in the candy making section or the canning section of your grocery store or on Amazon here. Add the gumdrops to the jar and shake them up to give them a nice even coat of the sweet-sour crunchy coating.
Here's a pro tip for you: although citric acid is delicious, don't be tempted to make extra sour crunchy coating by adding more citric acid. It attracts moisture so a few minutes after the gumdrops have been coated they get all wet and sticky. I have experimented with the ratios of sweetener to citric acid and found that 1 teaspoon citric acid to ½ cup sweetener is best. It still gives a nice sour taste without making the gumdrops get all sweaty.
UPDATE: After extensive recipe testing I have found that the best method is to just add the coating right before eating these. With storage, they get wet and sweaty no matter what.
What to do with Leftover Sweet Sour Crunchy Coating
If you have extra sour crunchy coating, it keeps for a long time in the pantry. Or for another idea, try sweet and sour frozen grapes. Another crowd pleaser that is very kid-friendly! All you do is toss some slightly damp grapes in this sour crunchy coating and then freeze them for an hour. So yummy!
Love gummies? Try these sugar-free recipes next:
- Mix the lemon juice, water and sweetener in a small saucepan over very low heat.
- Slowly add the gelatin a little at a time, while stirring.
- If you have any chunks, continue to stir until they melt and break down.
- Strain the mixture through a wire sieve and into a measuring cup or another vessel with a pouring spout.
- Pour the mixture into silicone molds and put in the fridge to set.
For Crunchy Coating:
- Transfer the granulated sweetener and citric acid to a glass jar with a lid.
- Add food coloring and shake well to combine.
- Put the amount of gumdrops you would like to eat in the jar, a few at a time, and shake well to coat evenly with the crunchy coating. Transfer the coated gumdrops to a tray and repeat.
- ONLY COAT THE GUMMIES YOU WANT TO EAT IMMEDIATELY. This is very important. You can save the jar of coating and just coat them as you eat them. If you coat them and try to store them they release liquid.