When I lived in Arizona, we practically lived on candy made from Prickly Pear. It was everywhere. I didn’t have to make it, because it was readily available in every store within walking distance and beyond. I loved my time in Arizona for so many reasons, and I long to move back there some day. It probably won’t happen. But a girl can dream. And in the mean time, I made Prickly Pear Gum Drops.
Did you see these fun Prickly Pear Gum Drops made from Cactus Fruit?
In the meantime, I can at least give myself a little taste of Arizona via some homemade Prickly Pear Gum Drops.
I’ll be totally honest, I was not convinced this was going to work. We make fruit gum drops all the time, but this is prickly pear fruit (cactus fruit) which for whatever reason, is just different than regular fruit and different to work with.
But guess what? It totally worked. It’s great!
Just a note: I am in Missouri. St. Louis to be exact, and both of our local chain grocery stores carry Cactus Fruit/Prickly Pear fruit. It seems to be slightly seasonal appearing mostly in the spring/summer months. It’s in a really small section by itself, but you might consider asking your produce manager if they ever get it in. It was super easy to find for me, but since then some are saying they can’t find it at all.
Update June 2013: I asked our local Schnucks produce manager about the cactus fruit and he said they get what they get. They get a very small amount and sometimes it goes really fast, and other times it lasts for a bit. Find out when your local store gets their shipments in and that might help.
Have you ever used a unique ingredient to create candy?