Who doesn’t love a gummy candy? This stretchy, chewy concoction is a staple in our household and my kids are absolutely nuts about it. As hands-on parents, my wife and I prefer homemade treats whenever possible; that way, we know exactly what and how much of it is going on in the preparation.
For the past year or so, I’ve been trying to find a good candy recipe that has the right ‘gumminess’ to it; most recipes rely on store-bought flavored gelatin, which, to be honest, doesn’t ‘feel’ that good. Obviously, I took the Gummy Challenge head-on and came up with this really good (and somewhat healthy) recipe after a few failed attempts. The gummies turned out surprisingly chewy and tangy, with a good stretchy consistency. Here, I am presenting two variations of the recipe; ‘Citrus Blast’ and ‘Very Berry’. But before you proceed any further, pay heed to my words: once you pop, you can’t stop!
Tools and Utensils:
- Silicone molds (easy to remove the gummies once set and no need to grease – available online or in stores)
- Plastic molds/ice-cube trays (apply some cooking spray/oil before pouring the gummy mixture)
- Measuring cups & spoons
- Bowls (if you wish to mix in different food colors)
- Ziploc bags
- Airtight container
Ingredients for Citrus Blast:
- 1 cup cold juice comprising of:
- 1 cup minus 3 tbsp fresh orange juice (without pulp)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice (without pulp)
- 1 tbsp lime juice (without pulp)
- 6-8 drops orange oil
- 4-5 drops lemon essence
Ingredients for Very Berry:
- 1 cup cold juice comprising of:
- 1 cup minus 1 tbsp mixed berry juice (without pulp)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (without pulp)
- 4-5 drops strawberry essence
- 30 gms gelatin (I got 3 sachets of 10 gms each)
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 pinch citric acid powder
- a few drops of natural food colors (optional)
- Pour cold juice into a saucepan and add corn syrup to it; mix well till both are uniformly combined
- Add gelatin to the juice and whisk it all up so that no lumps are visible
- Set the mixture aside for 5 to 7 minutes to let the gelatin bloom
- Put the saucepan on a medium-low flame and add the sugar to the gelatin mixture; cook for 8 to 9 mins, stirring constantly
- Take the pan off the heat and mix in the oil, essence and citric acid powder
- If you want to use food colors, divide the liquid into separate bowls, add a few drops of color to each bowl and mix well
- Using a tablespoon or a dropper, pour in the hot mixture into silicone molds; work fast as you don’t want the liquid to start solidifying
- Refrigerate the molds for 90 minutes
- Remove gummies from the molds and place them on a tray
- Keep the tray in an open place, covered with a thin cloth, for 36 hours (larger candies) or 8 hours (tiny candies/gummy bears) to let the sugar crystallize – this will give the gummies their stretchy texture
- Keep them in a cool dry place (use a ziploc bag or an airtight container) to preserve freshness; for the gummies to really feel like the store-bought ones, consume them after 7-8 days
- Consume them within 1 week
Try going insane with whatever tickles your fancy; just substitute the juice, oil, and essence to experiment with interesting combos. Do share your exploits in the comments section below so that others can try them too. Enjoy!
NOTE FOR VEGETARIANS: Try using 10 grams Agar-Agar (also known as China Grass) powder as a substitute for the gelatin. The texture of the gummies would be slightly brittle as agar coagulates differently. Alternatively, you can use vegetarian gelatin/gels available in the market. I haven’t tried china grass for this recipe but I’m sure they’d taste great. If you do try a vegetarian variant, please let me know!
Way cool. My 5 year-old grandson would love to help make these. Thanks!
Yay! Please let me know how they turn out.
This is a great way to do something delicious, beautiful and colorful for children! Thanks for the detailed instructions! I will try to overcome myself and make the same beauty!
It sure is. Please let me know how they turn out! 🙂