If you’re a fan of sour hard candies like Warheads, you’ve gotta try this festive lemon drop candy recipe! These lemon drops are bursting with intense, lemony flavor that’s so-sour-but-so-good—it’ll make your face pucker with joy.
Made with freshly-squeezed lemon juice, these homemade lemon drop candies have an all-natural, fiercely tart taste. But, in true candy form, they’ve got a dose of sweet sugary goodness to complement the sour. And, those are the only 2 ingredients you need for this easy lemon drop candy recipe: lemons and sugar! No corn syrup, artificial flavors, colors, or junk. fun, cleaner recipe for homemade sour hard candy—and so easy!
8 lemons juiced (1 cup)
1 cup sugar
Squeeze lemons until you get 1 cup of fresh juice.
Combine lemon juice and sugar and stir to dissolve.
Boil mixture until thick and syrupy—about 20-30 minutes, stirring regularly. Test the syrup by dropping a small bit into cold water—if it crystallizes and becomes brittle, it’s ready!
Spray down a mini muffin tin or silicone mold with cooking spray and add heated mixture to the tin/mold. Fill each mini muffin cup less than halfway full, or fill small silicone molds about ¾ full. (I used a cooking syringe to help transfer my syrup into the silicone molds.)
Transfer filled molds to the fridge to cool until hardened, ~1-2 hours.
Pop out and enjoy!
Yields ~30 homemade lemon drop hard candies.
Per 1 homemade lemon drop: 0g fiber | 7g sugars
Serving: 1 lemon drop