what is it about experiments in the kitchen?
this weekend i tried a simple recipe for making my own gummi bears. i have a friend who has celiac disease, and she really misses gummi bears. so i endeavored to make some that she could enjoy. this is about the easiest candy recipe i’ve ever seen, and worked like a dream. however, i want to keep experimenting so that vegans can also have them (this used gelatin, which is i am sorry to say, ground up animal bones people). i’d also like to do something about all those chemicals and colorings that fill jello. so i’m looking for more recipes that use agar and fruit juice… and hopefully soon enough i can use Local fruits and make a gummi bear filled with thoughtful-eating ingredients (unprocessed, organic, nutritious, Local!), while opening up to more exciting flavors.
so here’s what i did:
in a small saucepan, sprinkle one package jell-o and two packages gelatin. (if you are looking for gluten-free, make sure the ingredients don’t include “natural flavors.”) let sit 5 minutes.
heat over medium heat for 2-5 minutes, stirring, until the gelatin has completely dissolved.
transfer to a small pitcher or pyrex measuring cup (for ease of pouring into tiny little molds).
wait one minute, then start pouring into candy molds, taking your time to not overfill.
in 20 minutes, remove from molds. don’t be afraid, they’re pretty tough little guys.
one other thing i want to solve: they’re kind of sticky. i’ve heard that there are different ways to solve this, so i’ll try things out, though i hate to ruin their shiny jewel appeal.