Who doesn't love gummy candy? The sweets are totally nostalgic, and you'd be surprised at how simple it is to get all Willy Wonka in the kitchen to whip up gummies on your own.
Gummy bears and worms were totally our favorites as kids, but the beauty of making gummy candies at home is you can create pretty much any shape you want. It's as simple as picking up a few novelty silicone ice trays, and you're on your way to making brain, Star Wars or huge diamond ring gummies.
Ready? Here's how to make gummy candies at home.
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 go a little crazy. You can use actual candy molds from candy supply houses, silicone ice cube trays (like we mentioned above) or simply improvise. I like to keep the final product on the small size because I like the idea of having 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).
A version of this article was originally published in April 2009.
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