Homemade Gummy Snacks

I adore gummies of any kind. They are more tempting to me than a candy bar. I especially love sour gummy worms! Sugary goodness! I try to ration them out, but it’s hard because I could easily eat an entire bag in one sitting if I’m not careful. I thought these would be a fun treat for Valentine’s day and you can customize them by making them into whatever shape you would like. I used a silicone heart shaped ice cube tray for these and it worked great.
I have to admit that I had two attempts prior to this one with a different recipe. The first time I let it boil too long and burned it and my kitchen filled with smoke. The second time I think I still let it boil too long and it was a hard gooey mess and I couldn’t even get it in the molds. User error I am sure! So I scratched that recipe, ran to the store for more gelatin and went with the recipe below. Success, Finally!! They are a little bit softer than the gummies you buy at the store, but still a really good sweet treat. And once I got the recipe right, surprisingly easy to make. Also visit the about.com link below for info on how to make these into gummy worms.


Homemade Gummy Snacks
Recipe: Elizabeth LaBau at About.com
Method for filling molds: Suite101.com
Makes about 28 gummies

Ingredients:
6 tbsp sugar
2/3 cup 100 % Berry Juice or flavor of choice
4 tbsp corn syrup
4 packets unflavored gelatin
Food coloring, optional

Directions:
Prep your silicone mold by brushing them with a tad of canola or vegetable oil, set aside.

Place gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water to soften for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, add berry juice, sugar, & corn syrup. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Once sugar is dissolved, add in the gelatin and stir continually until it dissolves. At this time, add food coloring if desired (I added just a tad of pink).

Using a turkey baster, fill baster with berry mixture and squeeze into the molds, filling about 2/3 of the way full. Place molds onto a baking sheet for stability and refrigerate for at least one hour. Remove from refrigerator. Pop out the gummy snacks & enjoy a sweet treat! Store in an airtight container.

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    Comments

    1. Steph Hann says:

      Stephanie! What a fun idea. My mind immediately started brainstorming what other kind of gummies you could do. I am really excited to try this! :)

    2. Oh my gosh. I'll have to try these…yum!

      ((Hugs))
      Laura

    3. How freaking adorable are these! Love them!! I like that fact that you used the turkey baster, way to multi-task that utensil! LMAO

    4. Those are so pretty. You're so great to make your own homemade gummies.

    5. What a great idea! I've gained 10 pounds just reading your yummy blog!! Haha! Thanks! Have a nice day!

    6. These look delicious and I just bought a set of heart-shaped ice cube trays yesterday! Can't wait to break them in with this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    7. This is so funny, because just today I was eating the Valentine's Day heart shaped cherry gummies from Trader Joe's and thinking about how I wished I could enjoy them year round – love this recipe!!

    8. I love gummy everything!! I never even thought about trying to make them!!

    9. My kids are CONSTANTLY asking me to buy them fruit snacks or anything "gummy"! I love the fact that I can make them at home and the kids don't get all of those artifical sweeteners/ingredients that you can't pronounce!

    10. Just wanted to let you know that I have an award waiting for you on my blog :) Happy Valentine's Day!

    11. definitely guilty of eating an entire package of gummy bears last weekend. can't wait to try these!!

    12. Sal Casley says:

      Next to jawbreakers, gummy snacks have been my favorite to eat when I want something sweet at a given time. Since I was a young boy in Lakeland, FL, I have been snacking on those, when my dentist has given me a bag of gummy worms after being cooperative while he checks up my teeth. As time goes by, whenever I'm done with my appointment with the dentist (Lakeland, FL), I've been buying a bag of it as a way of rewarding myself.

    13. Awesome! Do these need to be stored in an airtight container in the fridge or can they be stored in the pantry? Thanks :)

    14. Macaroni and Cheesecake says:

      Lisa, these should be good stored in the pantry. Enjoy!

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