Sunday, September 7, 2014

Homemade Gummy Bears


Inspired by girlichef's Giant Evil Gummy Bears, but determined to not use Jell-o (I'm anti-food coloring and artificial flavor, not anti-gelatin), I made a couple of versions using organic juice. The first batch was okay, texture-wise, but lacked flavor. The second batch was declared a winner. All I changed was a little bit of sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 C juice (I used Suja Essentials' Sweet Beets juice for this batch)
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 T raw turbinado sugar


Procedure
In a small saucepan, pour your juice and whisk in the sugar till mostly dissolved. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top and let sit for at least 5 minutes. Not all of the gelatin will absorb the juice; that's okay.


After five minutes, heat the mixture over a low to medium heat until the gelatin is dissolved and the mixture is thickened and clear. You can pour directly into the mold from the saucepan, if you like. I don't trust my neatness without a spout, so I transferred the mixture to a measuring cup.

Pour the mixture into the molds. You can pour all the way to the top, since it doesn't expand. Place the mold on a flat tray and put them in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes. They should pop out easily. If they don't put them back in the freezer for a few more minutes.


 This is what they look like out of the mold... and when they are being decapitated!


 The boys love playing with their bears, They danced. They kissed. And they had a war. Sounds like marriage!



Thanks, Heather, for inspiring me to do these. I have two very happy boys. And a five-year-old pal who is super excited for his delivery. Red is his favorite color. Hence, the color of these batches. But I have some mango juice I'm going to try later.

Here's an affiliate link to the mold. If you are uncomfortable using the link, feel free to go to amazon and search "gummy bears ice cube tray" on your own!

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