Yummy Monday: Grapefruit Pâte de Fruit Candy Recipe

Photo credit: Chow.com

Photo credit: Chow.com

Happy Monday! We love this recipe that we found on chow.com for Grapefruit Pâte de Fruit. Obviously, you can change the flavor profile by changing the citrus to orange, satsuma, yuzu, lemon or lime! The possibilities are endless. This is a "sticky" candy so it's not ideal to have out in humid conditions. But it's easy to make, pretty and very tasty. Enjoy!

Grapefruit Pâte de Fruit Candy Recipe

Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 3 hrs | Makes: 64 (1-inch) squares

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.


  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened smooth applesauce
  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon powdered pectin
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated grapefruit zest
  • 4 to 5 drops red food coloring (optional)


  1. Cut a 16-inch-long piece of parchment paper and fold over the edges so it measures 8 inches wide. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with the parchment, seam-side down (the 2 long ends will hang over the edges). Be sure to fit the parchment as smoothly as possible into the dish, snugly creasing it into the corners; set the pan aside.
  2. Place 1 cup of the sugar, the applesauce, juice, and pectin in a medium saucepan and whisk to combine. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Attach a candy thermometer to the saucepan, add 1 more cup of the sugar (set the remaining 1/2 cup aside), and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches 220°F, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and remove the thermometer. Stir in the zest and the food coloring, if using. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and refrigerate until set, about 2 to 3 hours.
  4. To remove the pâte de fruit from the pan, sprinkle 1/4 cup of the remaining sugar in a thin, even layer about the size of the baking pan on a cutting board. Invert the pan, and the pâte de fruit, onto the sugar and peel off and discard the parchment.
  5. Cut the pâte de fruit into 1-inch squares. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar evenly over the top and toss the squares in the sugar to completely coat. Store in a covered container at room temperature or refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. (If the pâte de fruit absorbs the sugar coating, just toss the pieces with more sugar before serving.)