I have made this confection several times since Thanksgiving. The first time they were a little hard, I liked it. The more you boil them the softer they become, I like them soft as well. I have shared my candy with my fitness minded friends and coworkers they prefer orange peel but were fascinated with the grapefruit as it was not as bitter as they imagined they would be. I use a chili pepper mix as my coarse topping.