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Jelly Beans

3 packages unflavored gelatin
2 3/4 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 teaspoons orange zest
4 teaspoons lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
Chill a medium-size baking pan in the refrigerator. Place gelatin, 2 cups sugar, and 1 1/2 cups water in a separate pan. Bring the ingredients to a boil over medium heat, stirring continually for 20 minutes. Remove the pan from heat, and add salt, orange juice, and lemon juice. After the mixture has cooled somewhat, stir in the orange and lemon zests. Remove the chilled pan from the refrigerator, pour the jelly mixture into it, and let it harden for 4-5 hours. Use a knife to loosen the hardened jelly mixture from the pan. Lay the hardened jelly onto a cutting board and cut it into 1/2” pieces. Dust the pieces with cornstarch and place them on a wire rack to dry. If you have a coating pan attachment for your mixer, pour the pieces into it and add 1/4 cup of water and 3/4 cup sugar. Turn the mixer on high until the jelly beans are nicely coated. If you don’t have a coating pan attachment, and can’t borrow one, simply skip the cornstarch and dust the jelly beans in colored sugar (using the instructions in the Marshmallow Chicks recipe below).

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1 papapablo { 05.29.13 at 3:19 pm }

I made these, and they turned out really good. I made both lemon and lime, and we liked the lemon best. HOWEVER, I did not do the coating thing, and there is a secret to them: they have to sit and dry for a week before they are ready. After cutting them into pieces, toss in plain granulated sugar and set on racks in cookie trays. (I didn’t color the sugar because that will come off on hands – the natural color from the citrus juice/zest is enough). Once a day, turn each one and pour more sugar over them. After a week they will be nicely set and have sufficient texture to serve. I took them to an event and people were passing them around to encourage others to try them.

2 dreamditty { 04.25.13 at 10:53 pm }

Wow! Who would have thought…making jelly beans! My grandkids will love me for this.

3 Save Big Live Better! { 03.25.13 at 5:14 pm }

AMAZING! This is going to make my hubby soooo happy! LOL, he’s a sweet addict!
Thanks so much for sharing:)

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