Homemade Lemon Drop Candies

Homemade Lemon Drops

Homemade lemon drop candies give you a zesty flavor pop anytime you need a break. They’re made with real lemon juice and zest for authentic taste.
Course Dessert


  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 lemon juiced and zested
  • 3 drops yellow food color optional
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • icing sugar to dust


  • Juice and zest the lemon with a fine grater.
  • Measure the water and sugar into a saucepan over a medium low heat.
  • Heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the lemon zest and bring to a rolling boil. If you have a candy thermometer, it should read 250 Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the lemon juice, honey, and food coloring if desired. Stir together.
  • Return to the heat until the mixture comes to another boil.
  • Strain out the lemon rind (or leave it in as you like). Pour the candy mixture onto a lightly greased baking tray.
  • Allow it to cool for a few minutes, just until it's cool enough to touch.
  • Use a spoon or clean fingers and pull out small pieces one at a time. Roll into a ball and dust with icing sugar.
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