I came across a recipe on Pinterest the other day for homemade gummies, and when I realized how easy it was to make I knew I had to give it a try!
These definitely aren’t the sugar-free, healthy, fruit versions but I don’t eat a lot of candy anyway so I’m okay with having a few bites of these every now and then. I’ll keep the fruit in my smoothies ;)
So here’s what you need (see the original recipe at Hoosier Homemade):
– 1 cup of white sugar
– 1 small box of jello
– 2/3 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
– 1 pack of Knox gelatine
– extra sugar for coating
– small saucepan, 8×8 pan, parchment paper, cutting board, sharp knife, patience
Start by lining an 8×8 pan or a small cookie sheet with parchment paper. I tried it both ways and using an 8×8 pan made them thicker and easier to cut. The cookie sheet made them much thinner which made it harder to cut, but I liked that I could make bigger shapes and that they weren’t huge pieces.
Okay, now that you’ve got that figured out grab the saucepan and all your ingredients and mix them together. Let it sit for a minute so it starts to gel. Then bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, and boil for a minute.
Pour it into your prepared pan/sheet and let it set in the fridge for 3-4 hours.
Once it’s set take it out of the fridge, and starting at one end and peel it off the paper in one big piece. Don’t let it fall back on itself or it will stick and you won’t be able to get it apart again! If you used the 8×8 pan then you might need to use a knife to loosen the edges from the paper. Other people say to use a spatula, but that didn’t work for me so I just cut a tiny bit of the edges off instead.
Get it on the cutting board and slice it into whatever shapes you want! If your knife gets too sticky then run it under hot water in between cutting. Toss the shapes in a bowl of sugar until coated and place on a cookie sheet to dry. Leave them out to “dry” for 8 hours-2 days (this is where that patience comes into play). The longer you leave them out the crunchier the sugar coating will get, but the inside will still be soft. Store them in an airtight container.
So here’s my verdict: they aren’t quiet as “gummy” as I was expecting. I don’t know if I’m just not used to super fresh candy, but these guys are really soft on the inside. I left mine out for a few days in hopes that they would harden more on the inside, but so far no luck. However, since they are basically just sugar I doubt they will go bad so maybe in a few weeks they will be more to my liking.
Second thing: I love sour gummies (dinosours anyone?), and I read that if you just add a pack of Kool-aid to the mix they will be. But sadly, I couldn’t find Kool-aid anywhere. Weird. So I’ll attempt it again in the summer when I’m told I will be able to find some.
In the meantime… gum drop party!
PS scroll down for pin-able recipe :)