Gummy Candy Cooking With Kids Recipe
Gummy Candy is a child’s dream sweet treat. I started the day with the idea of making a ‘healthy’ gummy candy. Ahhh, please don’t laugh just yet!!!
My plan was to make a sugar free gummy candy in hopes the boys will like it. Did you ever have a day planned out but it somehow takes on a life of it’s own? Well that’s what happened today. My family has been sick and passing around their germs to each other for the past two weeks.
The boys have been on winter break while they are ‘under the weather’ and today was my day to ‘babysit’ – though they are not babies at this point. I stayed with them for a while to entertain them. It’s a fun way to ‘play’ in the kitchen and keep them away from electronics for a while. My plan was for making ‘healthy’ gummy candy – really, it was a “no go” plan.
Since I didn’t realize I would spend a good part of the day at my daughter’s I didn’t bring any supplies with me. We improvised which is always more of an adventure especially when trying to make a gummy candy cooking with kids recipe.
When I mentioned to Chris of my plan to make a healthy gummy candy Chris was excited – not about the ‘healthy’ part but the gummy candy was on his radar.
I checked the fruit bowl and all that was left was one orange, not quite enough to make 1 cup of fresh orange juice.
A little brainstorming and rummaging through the cabinets we decided to use Gatorade – not the best candidate – but as a stand-in for flavor it worked for our first test run.
We used a little Glacier Freeze which is the light blue, and the Fruit Punch.
Gummy Candy Cooking With Kids Recipe
Gummy Candy Cooking With Kids recipe is adapted from www.diynatural.com. There is also some great info on the health benefits of Gelatin.
- Prep Time: 8 minutes
- Cook Time: 8-10 minutes
- Total Time: 2-3 hours chill time
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
- 1 cup freshly squeezed juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey (add if needed)
- 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
- silicone molds and/or small cookie cutters
- Add juices and honey if using to a small sauce pan on low heat and stir.
- Gradually sprinkle in the gelatin stirring constantly. Sprinkling the gelatin in slowly is key so it doesn’t clump.
- Continue stirring mixture over low-medium heat until the gelatin is dissolved. See photo above.
- Pour mixture into silicone molds and refrigerate at least one hour. (You can place in the freezer for approx. 30 minutes – I didn’t have room in the freezer so I can’t give an opinion on the results.)
- Remove from fridge and pop out of the molds.
- You can also pour the mixture into a pan filling about 1/2 inch. Chill and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
Keywords: cooking with kids, homemade gummy candy, fresh fruit juice, party candy
The Glacier Freeze flavor was not a favorite but the Fruit Punch was good. The best chill time for our recipe was almost 3 hours and longer if you have the time.
After 1 hour they were not quite gelled enough but by the second hour they were ready for cutting into shapes for a tasting. It was a thumbs up, they were not sweet which was a plus. We put them back in the fridge to continue to chill. Chris said by the evening the consistency of the candy became more like a gummy candy.
This is a very easy gummy candy cooking with kids project to try on snow days. It definitely requires supervision but it’s a great project for spending time in the kitchen together and there is always something new to learn. Today we learned about gram measurements. Chris had no problems with it but I’m still confused – I was never a math wiz.
Gather some small cookie cutters and/or use silicone molds (spray lightly with cooking spray). Start early in the day. That will give the candy time to set up.
You can also use juices from fresh fruits or use organic fruit juices that do not have added sugars. This will make for a healthier candy. You can find more information on diynatural.com on the health benefits of gelatin and making a ‘healthier’ gummy candy.