Damek's favorite candy is gummi bears, and for awhile now he has been wanting to make homemade gummi bears. I found a recipe (recipe is at the end of this post) last month and last week we went to the cooking supply store to pick out molds. They didn't have any bear molds, so Damek picked out starfish, trucks, fish, snowflakes, and some different animal ones. The recipe called for pectin, baking soda, water, corn syrup (we used brown rice syrup), sugar, orange extract or lemon extract (we used orange) and color (we used annatto seed extract).
I was just about to hop in the shower yesterday morning after breakfast, and Damek said "let's make gummi's now". I put off taking a shower and Damek and I proceeded to make the gummi's. Damek helped me measure all the ingredients into the two pots and then helped stir while the ingredients heated up. I poured the mixture into the molds and we waited for them to firm up, which the recipe said would take about 5 hours. Damek kept coming by about every 1/2 hour throughout the day asking if they were ready and poking his finger into them saying "not ready yet, still sticky".
After Lee got home from work at 5:30, we got ready to go to our friends Melissia, Jon, Ari & Mina's house because Damek & his friend Ari were having a "video game night". Their both into the same video games and both have a gamecube, so we thought it would be great to get together so they could play. Play they did, and their right about at the same level, so they were able to help each other and give each other tips on playing. We stayed 5 hours and didn't get home until almost midnight, which shows how much fun the kids(and Lee & I) were having and didn't want to leave:)
Late this morning we checked the gummi's and they were finally done! Still slightly sticky, so we carefully got them out of the molds and rolled them in sugar and Damek has been nibbling on them all morning along with his banana pancake he wanted for breakfast:)
I have to say that they do taste scrumptious, having a lot more flavor than store bought gummi's.
Recipe (added on 7/4/10):
Sunday, January 20, 2008
1 box powdered pectin (1 3/4 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup water
1 cup brown rice syrup (the original called for corn syrup)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons lemon extract or orange extract
6-8 drops food coloring (we used the all natural Seelect brand)
oil for coating the molds (we used coconut oil)
superfine sugar for coating the candy
1. Lightly oil enough candy molds to make 36 medium sized gummis. Set them aside.
2. Combine pectin and baking soda in a heavy medium saucepan. Add the water and place the pan over medium heat. Stir well until the pectin is dissolved. The mixture will foam as it heats. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick, smooth, and clear, 2 or 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and cover the pan to keep the pectin warm.
3. Combine the brown rice syrup and the sugar in another heavy medium saucepan. Place pan over hight heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil.
4. Clip a candy thermometer to the inside of the pan. Cook, without stirring, until the mixture reaches 260 degrees F (hard ball). Immediately add the pectin mixture and return to a boil. Boil exactly 1 minute and remove the pan from the heat.
5. Add the lemon or orange extract, the food coloring and mix thoroughly until incorporated. Pour the syrup into the prepared molds and set them aside at room temperature until the candy has cooled and firmed up (about 5 hours).
6. While the candies are still in their molds, sprinkle the tops with superfine sugar. The candy is very sticky and the sugar will allow you to handle them and remove them from the molds. Completely cover each candy with the superfine sugar. Shake off excess and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.