Homemade Gummy Candies
Craving gummy candies? Why not make your own?
It's very easy to make homemade gummy bears: only three ingredients are required to make the treats. Making your own gummies has the added benefit of including more wholesome ingredients. Unlike the store-bought “fruit snacks” or other gummy candies, the homemade version contains no high fructose corn syrup.
By purchasing different candy molds, gummy treats can be made to suit any season. I recently made some pumpkin gummy candies for my son. The pumpkin gummies were slightly bigger than the commercial fruit snacks, so I would place two into his lunch box each day as a treat. The homemade gummies are extremely flavorful, and the kids absolutely love to help make them.
Gummy candies are also a fun recipe that can be made with children. Have the children take turns pouring the gelatin into the fruit juice, and let the kids take the gummies out of the freezer to release the candy. Adults will have to handle the cooking portion of the recipe, of course, but children can watch as the thick, powdery goo becomes liquid, and then solid again as it sets. Making gummy candies is also an excellent way to demonstrate the different phases of matter!
1. 1/3 cup white grape juice
2. Two ¼ ounce packages of unflavored gelatin (such as Knox gelatin)
3. One 3-ounce package of flavored gelatin (such as Jell-O)
- Small saucepan
- Candy mold (silicone or plastic)
Pour the 1/3 cup of fruit juice into the small saucepan. Sprinkle one package of unflavored gelatin into the pan, and then sprinkle the second package into the mixture. Pour the package of flavored gelatin into the mixture: try to evenly distribute the powder over the surface of the liquid.
Some of the powder will remain undissolved in the liquid. Do not worry about this "extra" powder. Once the mixture is heated, all of the powder will completely absorb as the mixture turns into a liquid.
Allow this mixture to sit for ten minutes. Most of the liquid will be absorbed by the end of ten minutes.
Next, place the saucepan on a stovetop, with the heat set to medium. Gently stir the mixture until the powder is entirely dissolved and the mixture becomes liquid. Once the mixture is dissolved and does not appear granular in appearance, pour it into the candy mold. Take care when filling each section, so that the gelatinous mixture does not overflow from one compartment into the next.
Allow the filled candy mold to sit on the counter at room temperature for about 3 minutes.
After three minutes, place the candy mold filled with the gummy candy mixture into the freezer. Let the candy set for 10 minutes in the freezer.
After ten minutes, the candy should be completely set. Remove the candy from the freezer and dust the back of the candy with corn starch. The back side of the candy will be sticky to the touch, and if corn starch is not used, the candies will stick to each other in storage.
Using your fingers, pry each candy out of the mold. If the candy is difficult to release from the mold, use a butter knife to loosen one edge of the candy. It takes a little bit of force to release each candy, but the candies are fairly tough and should not break or tear during the release process.
Tips and Tricks
Store the gummy candies in a candy dish on the kitchen counter. The bright, translucent colors are beautiful in the sunlight.
Nearly any silicone or plastic candy mold will work to create gummies. The pumpkin gummies I made at home were created with a silicone ice cube tray from the dollar store! The gummy candies made from the ice cube tray were rather large, so the recipe only yielded about 12 gummy candies. A candy mold with smaller compartments will yield more candies. There are many cute designs on the market: you can make gummy gems, gummy cars, or any number of treats.
Some people will make their own molds by purchasing food-grade silicone mix. It is easy to manufacture these molds by creating a template (using Lego figures, small plastic action figures, etc.) and then pouring the food-grade silicone over the template. Once cured, the mold will make very unique homemade treats!