I love gummies! Whenever my kids get candy from holiday parties they like to save them for me. Every Halloween, Valentines Day, Easter, and Christmas I get first dibs on their gummy stash.
Since I’m one of those weirdos that only likes the red, purple, or blue candies, it makes sense just to make my own. However, finding a recipe that met my high standard of gummy quality was a challenge.
So, after much experimentation, I present to you the perfect DIY gummy recipe. A great snack and treat for any occasion.
Creating The Perfect Gummy
I tried a lot of different recipes while looking for the one that had the perfect ‘gummy’ consistency. However, none of them were quite what I was looking for.
I was looking for that certain gummy ‘chew’ which didn’t melt as soon as it was removed from the molds. I didn’t want mini jigglers, I wanted the real gummy experience.
Great Kid Recipe
School’s out for the rest of the semester, so this was the perfect fun, edible activity to keep them away from video games for a bit. I loved watching them help me and each other as they used the dropper to fill the cavities.
If you are looking for a great activity for fine motor skills, this is a great one. Using the dropper, the child has to gauge how much squeeze as they fill each little cavity.
My three year old was totally excited as she saw the tiny dinosaurs pop out of the molds. She grabbed a plate and went around the house making sure everyone got some. Later, she played dinosaurs vs. unicorns.
There are lots of fun molds to choose from. I used chocolate, jello, candy, and fondant molds. I suggest silicon molds, but other plastic molds can be used as long as you spray them with cooking spray for easy removal.
Gluten Free Treat
The thing I like about most gelatin treats is the fact that most of them are gluten free. A friend of mine has a child with celiac disease, which makes it hard to find treats that they can enjoy.
These are so fun, sweet and tasty, anyone would love to eat them. They are also fairly quick to make. So, if you need a fast treat for a class party and not sure about allergies, these are a great ‘go to’ recipe.
Perfect DIY Gummies
- molds (chocolate, candy, jello, or fondant) and dropper.
- 3 cups Juice Your choice of juice. (I prefer white grape so colors don't clash).
- 1 box 3 oz. Jello or Generic Gelatin Dessert mix your favorite flavor
- 7 tbsp Unflavored gelatin powder (one small envelop of unflavored gelatin usually equals 1 tbsp.)
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- cooking spray
- In a saucepan, pour in juice, jello mix, unflavored gelatin, sugar and honey. Allow ingredients to absorb for a few minutes.
- Turn on the stove to medium heat. Slowly whisk ingredients together until graininess of texture is dissolved to a smooth liquid. Do not allow mixture to come to boil.
- Turn off heat and add the heavy whipping cream. Whisk together until well blended.
- Lay out candy molds and apply thin layer of cooking spray.
- Using a dropper, fill each cavity of the molds slowly. Continue until all cavities of the molds are filled or you run out of mixture.
- Allow to sit for 5 minutes before transferring them to a freezer for 10 minutes.
- Pop gummies out of molds and enjoy! Store in refrigerator.
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