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):
19 hours ago