I was visiting one of my favorite forums harvest@garden web (http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/harvest/) and came across a recipe for candy made from zucchini. This gave me the excuse I needed to run out and buy a food dehydrator. I made a batch using cherry cool aid. The verdict? It tastes like gumdrops with a tiny taste of zucchini. I think it will make a novel gift for a neighbor.
There's the recipe if you're interested.
10 cups peeled diced zucchini 1/2 inch cubes or strips about 3 inches long and 1/12 inch thick and wide.
3 cups water
2 pkgs. unsweetened Koolaid
2 1/2 cups sugar
Peel zucchini, and dice or cut in strips, removing seeds. Mix the liquid syrup together. Add zucchini. Bring to a boil and them simmer for 25 min. Drain. Put on dehydrator trays. Dry 14 hours at 125 degrees. Turn pieces over and dry another 4 hours. This will feel dry and not sticky when done. Store in jars or other tightly sealed containers.If you dip in sugar when you turn them, they will be more like "gum drops" on the outside.
You can do the same thing with the zucchini but use 48 oz. pineapple juice 2 T. pineapple extract 2 1/2 cups sugar 1/4 cup lemon juice