This 3-Ingredient Sour Patch Kids Recipe tastes JUST like the original, and is shockingly easy to make! Try them for your own version of homemade chewy sour candy. They’re a healthy and fun sweet treat.
How to Make Sour Patch Kids
- Using a fork scrape out the insides of your citrus. Press to flatten and small and sharp cutter to cut out shapes of choice.
- Add cut out citrus to a medium pot on the stove with a few cups of water. Bring both to a boil. Once citrus is boiling, let cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and drain. Repeat this process two more times.
- Add peels back to the pot with 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil again, stir, and let cook 20-30 minutes. Carefully drain the liquid off. Place candied peels on a wire rack and let dry for a few minutes.
- Mix remaining 1 cup sugar with citric acid in a medium bowl. Toss candied peel in this mixture to coat. Place back on the wire rack to dry fully.
This is an example of the mini animal cutout I used to make the shape!
Are citrus peels safe to eat?
Yes, citrus peels are completely edible and delicious! The trick of making them less bitter is a process of boiling + draining (in fresh water each time) to coax out those more pungent notes. I like to use organic citrus when possible.
Thicker peels (like those of a large grapefruit) may take a bit longer to cook than very thin peels (like Meyer lemons). For this reason, I recommend looking for citrus for this recipe that is all a relatively similar size. Sumo mandarin oranges are my favorite (if you can find them) as their peels are a medium thickness and the fruit inside will come out very easily! There is not need to worry about scraping every bit of the pith and fruit out of these peels though, some will boil away during the cooking process.
What is citric acid? Where can I buy it?
Citric acid is an organic compound that exists in a variety of fruits and vegetables, most notably in the citrus family. Industrial citric acid production first began in 1890, where the juice was treated with calcium hydroxide to form calcium citrate, which was set aside and converted back to the acid using diluted sulfuric acid. It is totally safe to consume in small quantities and often used in the production of “sour/sweet” candies. You definitely would want to avoid mistaking your citric acid for sugar! Consuming a large amount is not recommended.
Citric acid can be purchased at a variety of stores including Target and Sprouts Market. You can of course also find it online at Amazon!
I hope you enjoy this recipe for sour patch kids! Let me know in the comments what you think of it. If you’re looking for more simple homemade candy recipes, try one of these:
And if you’d like another use for citrus peels, make these Sorbet Orange Wedges next!Print
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