Homemade Gummies

 

 

Ingredients:

• 1 ½ cups of fruit juice (your choice, but avoid pineapple, kiwi, and papaya as they can affect gelling)

• ½ cup of water

• ¼ cup of gelatin powder

• ½ cup of granulated sugar (or honey to taste)

• Food coloring (optional)

• 1 tsp of citric acid (for tartness, optional)

• Additional sugar for coating (optional)

 

Instructions:

1. Prepare your molds by lightly greasing them with a neutral oil like canola or using non-stick spray. If you don’t have molds, you can pour the mixture into a shallow pan and cut into shapes later.

2. In a small saucepan, combine the fruit juice and water. Sprinkle the gelatin powder over the liquid and let it sit for a few minutes to “bloom.” The mixture should become somewhat solid.

3. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Do not let it boil as high heat can affect the gelling ability.

4. Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves. If you’re using honey, you can add it off the heat to preserve its nutrients.

5. If you want to add food coloring or citric acid, do so now. You can split the mixture into different bowls to make multiple colors.

6. Pour the mixture into your prepared molds or pan. Use a dropper for precision if needed.

7. Allow the gummies to set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until firm.

8. Once the gummies are set, if you’ve used a pan, cut them into your desired shapes.

9. Optional: Roll the gummies in granulated sugar or a mix of sugar and citric acid for a sour coating.

10. Store the gummies in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They should keep for up to a week.

Notes:

• For clearer gummies, use white grape juice or apple juice.

• Experiment with different flavors by using different types of juice and adding extracts or zest.

• These homemade gummies can be a fun treat to make with kids. They can choose their favorite flavors and help with mixing.

• If you prefer vegan gummies, use agar-agar powder instead of gelatin, but note that the texture will be slightly different.

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