Okay, you’re either thinking, “Mountain Dew Jelly, that’s sounds really great!!”, or you might be thinking, “Mountain Dew Jelly, that’s sounds awful!” People either love or hate this stuff.
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The fact is, it’s now one of my favorite jelly recipes to give away as gifts during the holidays or any time. If you’re wondering what it tastes like, it actually doesn’t taste like Mountain Dew after it loses its fizz. It ends up with a slightly lemon flavor.
Mountain Dew Jelly Recipe
3 ¼ c. Mountain Dew soda
4 ½ c. sugar
1 pkg. or 6 tbsp. powdered pectin*
2 tbsp. lemon juice
¼ tsp. butter
Note: If you are going to make a lot of jam and/or jelly, then you HAVE to try this powdered pectin that you can buy in bulk from Amazon. Six tablespoons of this pectin is the equivalent to one box of Suregel pectin. This is the ONLY way to buy pectin inexpensively if you are going to buy a lot of it (like I do!).
Combine the Mountain Dew soda and lemon juice in a large stock pot. Sprinkle the pectin on top of the juice mixture and use a whisk to mix it together. Stirring constantly, heat until boiling. Boil for one minute.
Add the butter and return to a boil. Add the sugar to the pot all at one time (measure it and have it ready ahead of time). Stir until sugar is dissolved. Return to a boil and boil for one minute.
Remove the pan from the heat. Remove any foam with a metal spoon.
Ladle the jelly into hot sterilized jars, leaving ¼ inch head space. You can easily measure the headspace with this inexpensive canning funnel. Process the jars in boiling water canner for 10 minutes.
If you like this recipe, you can use other types of soda (Dr. Pepper, orange soda, etc.) in place of the Mountain Dew. I also have a great recipe for rootbeer jelly you might like to try.
Yield: 2 pints or 5 half-pints
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