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Harry Potter Sherbet Lemon Recipe | My Harry Potter Kitchen (Recipe #5)

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For our next item of food from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, we're heading back to Chapter One: The Boy Who Lived when Dumbledore pays a visit to Privet Drive.

"A sherbet lemon. They're a kind of Muggle sweet I'm rather fond of"

Sherbet Lemons are an old-fashioned British sweet made of a lemon candy with a tangy sherbet coating. Harry Potter Sherbet Lemons were made famous as Albus Dumbledore's favourite sweet and I can't blame him, the sweet but sour sweets are quite addictive!

Making homemade candy isn't as scary as it seems. Due to the hot sugar syrup, it's not a recipe that's recommended for children but once they're set the kids can always help coat and finish the homemade sweets. You can also adapt this recipe using a variety of flavourings and moulds to come up with your own magical creations!

Harry Potter Sherbet Lemon Ingredients:

(makes 12 Sherbet Lemons)

for the candies

  • 200g granulated sugar

  • 4 tbsp water

  • 4 tbsp glucose syrup

  • 1 tsp citric acid

  • 1 tsp lemon flavouring

  • a drop of yellow food colouring (optional)

for the Sherbet Lemon coating

  • 5 tbsp caster sugar

  • 1/2 tsp citric acid


  1. Place the sugar into a heavy bottom saucepan along with the water and liquid glucose and warm on a medium heat

  2. Place a sugar thermometer into the mixture while it is still cool and bring it up to 150 C (310 F) - this boiling point is known as 'hard crack'. Avoid stirring with a spoon as this could cause too many sugar crystals to form. Swirl the pan around a few times if you need.

  3. As soon as the sugar hits temperature, prevent it from over-cooking but removing it from the heat and pouring into a heat-proof jug.

  4. Working as quickly as possible add in your citric acid, flavouring and optional food colouring and mix through. If your lemon extract is colouring you might not need food colouring but if you choose to add additional colouring only add a small dot at a time from the end of a cocktail stick to avoid it going too dark

  5. Pour your sugar into a silicone mould, ensuring you get a nice even level and then place in the fridge to set for 15 minutes

  6. For the coating mix the caster sugar and citric acid together in a bowl

  7. Pop the candies out of the silicone mould and toss them in the Sherbet Lemon coating a few at a time. Mix around until they are evenly coated and then repeat the process for the rest of your candies.

  8. Store in an air-tight jar for up to 1 month and enjoy!

Even Dumbledore is bound to be pleased with this Homemade Sherbet Lemon recipe (in fact it might even be the one he uses to magic up an endless supply!)

If you've not tried Sherbet Lemons before I'd definitely recommend giving them a go, and if you do, let me know what you think by following me on Instagram and sharing your pictures with the hashtag #MyHarryPotterKitchen

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