It wouldn't be an understatement to say that learning how to make gummy candy at home is one party trick that could add a new layer of sweetness to your life. Pick up a few novelty silicone ice trays in some adorable shapes — stars, hearts, citrus slices and little penguins — and you may never have to waste your money on store-bought candy again. These cute little confections also make a fun gift for birthdays, Easter, Halloween and Christmas.
Gummy candies aren't much more than a whole lot of gelatin and some flavoring. Yes, that simple. You might have all the ingredients you need in the house right now. As for equipment, the only thing you might not have is a mold.
Ah, the mold. This is where you can let your imagination run wild. You can use actual candy molds from candy supply houses, silicone ice cube trays or simply improvise. I like to keep the final product on the small size because I like the idea of a handful of them. If you can't locate a mold, just pour the mixture out onto a baking sheet, and cut it with a pizza cutter when it has set. And if you want to get super creative, read up on making your own custom molds with food-grade silicone.
The following basic recipe makes a relatively few number of candies — about one ice cube tray — but you can easily scale it up to make dozens more of these gummy goodies. Learning how to make gummy candy turns out to be so quick that you can even make successive batches in different flavors. And once you have the recipe and technique down, you can experiment with adding additional flavors to the gummies. A good example is adding ascorbic acid powder for tart-flavored gummies (add the ascorbic acid after melting the mixture).
Updated by Bethany Ramos on 3/18/16
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