I am so excited to share the recipe for this marbled sweet tart candy with you today! This Halloween I have been trying to make my own candy and so far I have made cotton candy corn and gradient chocolate bars, but these marbled sweet tarts might just be my favorite. Each color of the candy is a different fruity flavor and when marbled together it is the perfect sweet and tart fruit punch flavor! And just look how cute they are! So much better than those store bought candies.
You can even mold the dough into different shapes to make Halloween themed candy as well like I did with a silicone brain mold. Talk about a sweet treat!
The recipe is actually pretty simple and as I said, the flavor and smooth melting texture is just so tasty.
Marbled Sweet Tart Candy
- 1/4 c. lemon lime soda
- 3/4 t. gelatin
- 3-4 c. powdered sugar, plus more for rolling
- 2 t. citric acid (I found this in the bulk section of my local grocery)
- Flavored extracts (I used Pina colada, peach, watermelon, and lemonade)
- Food coloring
Begin by combining the gelatin and soda in a mixing bowl and letting the gelatin bloom for 5 minutes. Then place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and let the gelatin melt until no more granules are present.
Next, use a stand mixer or hand mixer to combine the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until the dough resembles a stiff fondant like texture. Remove from the bowl and need on a powdered sugar surface until no longer sticky. At this time you can divide your dough into pieces and add a few drops of food coloring and flavor oil. Use your hands to work the flavor and coloring into each piece of dough.
Next, roll the dough out into log shapes, then twist them together and roll flat.
Use a sharp paring knife to cut the candies in asymmetric geometric shapes. Place the candy on a parchment lined baking sheet and let sit for a few days to dry out. Then you can place in an air tight container for up to 3 months.
For the brain candy or and shaped candy, roll the dough into a ball and then roll it in powdered sugar to fully coat the ball. Press the ball into the mold and then quickly unmold the shaped candy. Let sit out for a week to fully dry out and turn into the sweet tart like candy.
If you haven’t tried any of my other recipes, you really need to try this one. That addition of the flavor oils and citric acid make the most sweet and tart candy and it really is so much better than store bought!