A fun project to do with the kids this time of year is to make Halloween pumpkin gummy candy. They will enjoy helping to add the gelatin to the pan and do the stirring.
Halloween Pumpkin Gummy Candy
There are very few times I splurge using refined sugar in a recipe – Halloween happens to be one of them. If you follow me, you know that I try not to use refined sugar in my ‘sweet treats’ – and I make a LOT of sweet treats. However, we are in the Halloween ‘candy season’ and some recipes need jello. That’s the way it is for Halloween. It’s just one day, and I do try to limit the candy intake.
Why Gummy Candy
I was never a big sweet sugary candy person. My preference was always chocolate, but for some reason everyone in my family eats different types of candy, especially the kids. One loves the smarties and skittles and the other will eat any candy at all, as long as it’s candy.
So we set out to make Halloween pumpkin gummy candy using the new ‘simply good’ Jello that has ‘Natural Flavor with Other Natural Flavor’ and has NO Artificial Flavors, Dyes or Preservatives. We used the orange-tangerine flavor. The color was perfect for the pumpkins and the flavor was actually really very good.
This is a quick and easy project, a total of about 10 minutes from start to setting up for chilling. Total chill time should only take about an hour, although if it’s 90 degrees in the shade in your neighborhood add more chilling time.
So let’s get started with this simple recipe that the kids are going to scream over. Use their favorite jello flavors to achieve the gummy candy they will enjoy.
You will need #1. a package of flavored jello, #2. two individual packages of unflavored gelatin and #3. plain old water. That’s it, OH, and you will need a candy mold with holiday shapes of your choice or you can just use ice cube trays.
Ice cube trays are just perfect. Be sure to only fill half way or the candy will take very long to set up. You can also drop in candy as I did which is easier to do in the ice cube trays (in the photo above you can see the candy corn in the rectangular shaped gummies).
A small saucepan and a fridge takes this gummy candy project to completion. This is such an easy and fun project to make with the kids. You might also enjoy this
Gummy Candy Recipe that is a Cooking With Kids Project. This recipe has no refined sugar, give it a try!
Halloween Pumpkin Gummy Candy
This is an easy recipe which uses Jello that you can make with the kids. This time of year it’s easy to engage the kids to help in the kitchen. It’s great for making memories. Supervision is important since this involves boiling water and sugar.
- Prep Time: 5 min.
- Cook Time: 8-12 min.
- Total Time: 1-2 hr. chill time
- Yield: 4-6 servings
- Category: Candy
- Cuisine: American
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 2 packets of unflavored gelatin
- 1 pkg. of Orange Jello (use your favorite flavor)
- 1/3 cup of water
- In a small saucepan add 1/3 cup cold water and sprinkle the two packets of unflavored gelatin over the top. Let it sit a few minutes to absorb the water.
- Turn the stove on to medium heat, stir in the Jello and add in another 1/3 cup of water.
- Stirring continuously until the mixture is smooth and the jello and gelatin has dissolved. This takes about 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and pour into a cup with a pour spout. Pour the mixture gently into the molds. (If using ice cube trays only fill them 1/4 to 1/2 way.)
- Place in the fridge to set up. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to about 1 hour – depending on how much liquid you added to the molds.
- Remove from the molds and enjoy!