Monday, December 24, 2012

Make your own candy the easy way

This year for Christmas, I made baskets of home made goodness for friends. Amongst the yums was some jubies (or gummies, whichever you choose to call them) and I thought I might add a quick tutorial on how to make them. They are very simple, really fast and aside from the heat factor, your kids can make them with you!

You will need:

Plain gelatin in powder form 
a pack of jelly (jello) crystals. Any flavour is fine. I have Aeroplane jelly in lime and creaming soda, Ive also used cheap no name brand jelly and while it works the same the flavour isn't as intense.
Silicone moulds. Mine are chocolate/Icecube ones so quite small. You can use more solid ones but I find the silicone the easiest to get the finished product out of.
Glad (cling) wrap
A solid glass bowl
A saucepan the bowl will fit inside
a spoon for stirring
I have a mini ladle for scooping the liquid into the moulds, a soup ladle would work fine
1/2 cup and a tablespoon for measuring

Into the glass bowl put 1/2 cup cold water
Sprinkle 4 Tablespoons of plain gelatin over the water.

Tip the packet of jelly crystals in too

Stir it all up, it will have a consistency similar to clag paste

Cover the bowl with cling wrap and let is stand for 10 minutes

Heat a pot of water to simmering, once it is place the glass bowl inside and remove the cling wrap. Melt the Jello mush.

When there are no solid parts left and the mixture is runny remove from heat and let sit for a minute (Warning: Glass will be HOT) 

Scoop the liquid into the silicone moulds. Don't worry too much about making a mess

Place the moulds in the freezer for 10 minutes, then move them to the fridge for a further 10 minutes

CLEANING TIP: Let whats left in the bowl set, then you can just peel it off the bowl before washing it. Makes for a much less sticky mess.

Once your jubies are turned out let them sit and reach room temperature before packaging them, providing they last that long and you don't nomnom nom them!
Told you it was easy!! Make them in many flavours for some mixed jube fun!

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