My plan was to make a sugar free gummy candy in hopes the boys will like it. Just didn’t happen.
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 and it’s taking over.
The boys have been on winter break while they are ‘under the weather’ and today I ended up staying in with them – my ‘healthy’ candy making plan was a no go.
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. So today was an improvised cooking with kids day.
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 Fruit Punch.
I adapted this recipe and some great info on the health benefits of Gelatin from www.diynatural.com
- 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 ½ inch. Chill and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
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 project for #cookingwithkids. 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. We learned about gram measurements. Chris had no problems with it but I’m still confused – I was never a math wiz.
Making gummy candy when the weather is snowy or stormy is a great #cookingwithkids project. Gather some small cookie cutters and/or use silicone molds (spray lightly with cooking spray). Start early in the day since this needs to chill at least 2 hours – longer is better but the kids are impatient.
You can use juices from fresh fruits or use organic fruit juices that do not have added sugars for a healthier candy. You can find more information on diynatural.com on the health benefits of gelatin and making a ‘healthier’ gummy candy.