limoncello sweets

Lemon sweets are very popular with many; they take away that sweet craving. Lemon leaves a great refreshing taste in your mouth, not to mention the benefits on digestion you get from lemon itself. Lemon sweets or drops were invented in England when a confectioner learned that if you add acidic things to sugar, it prevents crystallisation.

If you do not know how to make sweets, you should not attempt this recipe as it is very difficult to get right and you may end up wasting your ingredients. You can use glucose syrup instead of honey if you want to. Using a marble work top and creating an ice bath is recommended for the best results. To make the sweets the same colour as the featured image, you will need to add food colouring, however, it doesn't affect the taste and they are healthier without. 


  • sugar (2 1/4 cup) 
  • Lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • Honey (2 tbsp)
  • Water (1/3 cup)
  • Limoncello (1/3 cup)
  • Icing sugar to dust
  • Yellow food colouring (optional)


  1. Put the limoncello, sugar and water into a pan on low heat.
  2. Stir until combined well then bring to a high boil. Do not mix it whilst it is heating otherwise it may ruin the sweets. If you have a thermometer, it should be around 250f.
  3. Remove from the heat, add in lemon juice, and honey and stir well. 
  4. Put it back on the heat and bring it to boil again. 
  5. Pour the liquid onto a baking tray lightly greased. Allow it cool.
  6. Using your fingers or a small spoon, pull out pieces of the mixture a little at a time and roll into whatever shape you like and dust with some icing sugar. 

Up next: How to Make Italian Limoncello.


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