Halfway Homemade: Gummy Candy

Homemade gummy worms www.abeautifulmess.comIt's no secret that I love playing around with gelatin. With unflavored gelatin you can make marshmallows, homemade jello shots and all manner of fun kitchen experiments. I decided to try making homemade gummy candy. I adapted the recipe found on the side of the gelatin package and used store bought fruit juices to flavor these. You can make all different kinds of fun shapes using different techniques. How to make gummy candy at home www.abeautifulmess.comLike, you can make gummy letters. Whoa. I couldn't resist. 🙂Homemade gummy candyHomemade Gummy Candy

1 cup fruit juice (I used Welch's White Grape Cherry and Grape)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 cup sugar
3 packets unflavored gelatin

In a bowl combine 1/4 cup of the fruit juice with the lime juice. Sprinkle on the gelatin and let that sit for a couple minutes. It will start to look weird/alive. Don't be alarmed.Making gummy wormsIn a small pot combine the remaining 3/4 cup juice with the sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Once the mixture reaches the boiling point remove from heat. Pour into the bowl with the gelatin and stir to combine. Allow to cool slightly before pouring into a square baking pan or candy molds. Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.Homemade fruit gummies www.abeautifulmess.comTo make fruit shapes (or any shape) buy some candy molds or ice cube trays. I bought my fruit shaped ones from Amazon. Peel the gummies out after they are set. Don't worry, they won't tear. My first batch did tear, which meant I didn't use enough gelatin (I tried again and the recipe you see above is the winner). Toss the shapes in sugar so they won't stick together.Homemade gummy wormsTo make gummy worms pour the gummy batter into a square baking pan. After it's set peel the gummy candy from the pan and lay out on a cutting board. Use a pizza cutter to slice the gummy into thin strips.Gummy letters!Instead of slicing the gummy candy you can use small cookie cutters to cut out cute shapes. I bought my mini letter cutters from Amazon as well. 

Have fun making your own gummies! You can store these in the refrigerator or at room temperature. If your house gets warm though I would recommend storing them in the frig. If they get warm they are more likely to stick together. And if they get too hot they can flat out melt. Gross. Watch out for that. 🙂 xo. Emma

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