These sugarcoated candies are like a cross between gumdrops and gummy bears, and they’re an easy treat to make for a Christmas cookie plate, Halloween party, or elegant dinner party. Simply cook sugar, applesauce, grapefruit juice, and pectin on the stovetop until the mixture hits 220°F. Then stir in grapefruit zest and a little food coloring. Pour the mixture into a pan to set in the fridge for a couple of hours, then cut into squares, toss with sugar, and serve.
Special equipment: You’ll need a candy/fat thermometer for this recipe.
What to buy: Pectin, a thickener that occurs naturally in some fruits, is what gives this candy its bouncy texture. You can find it in the baking aisle of well-stocked grocery stores grouped with the canning supplies, or online.