Here in Texas, we love our Dr. Pepper. It was created in Waco, Texas in 1885 and the company is still headquartered here in the Lone Star State. Did you know that you can take this popular soda and make Dr. Pepper jelly? (There are Dr. Pepper Jelly Beans so why not?)
For everyone out there thinking that making homemade jelly sounds hard, you couldn't be more wrong. James Lamprey from YouTube's FunFoods shows us how easy it really is in this step by step video. If you have any friends or family that are fans, this would make a fun Christmas or summer birthday surprise at a minimal cost. There's no food coloring or artificial flavor required because we want it to look as close to the soda pop as possible. So ditch the grape jelly and grab some cans of soda pop. You'll love this so much you'll grow a Dr. Pepper jelly belly from eating it so often. (And don't worry, this is gluten-free).
- Add 4 cups of Dr. Pepper soda to a large pot
- Bring the pot to a full rolling boil for 5 minutes
- Remove from heat and stir in one pack of sure-jell with a metal spoon
- Combine sugar to the pot (4 cups sugar)
- Bring the pot back to the stove and heat to a boil, keep boiling for 2 minutes
- While the jelly is boiling, prepare your jars. Put them in a pot of hot (not boiling) water that covers them completely and put on the stove to keep warm
- Do the same for the jar lids (put them in hot water in a large saucepan)
- After 2 more minutes of boiling, remove the jelly from the stove and let it cool slightly before pouring into your jars (use a funnel if desired)
- Be sure to wipe the lids with a damp cloth to ensure you have a tight seal on the jars
- Carefully place the sealed jars back into your large pot of hot water
- Bring the pot back to the stove on high heat and let the water boil one last time
The crazy thing is, you can use this recipe to make any number of soda pop flavors, like Mexican Coke, Orange Crush or Big Red. And hey, if you want color added or extra flavor (like using lemon juice, red food color, or corn syrup) then you do you!