Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Terrific Tutorials

This is a new feature, that I hoped would become weekly, but due to time, it will be more sporadic.

There are hundreds of thousands of tutorials online.... and some of them are pretty cool!

Today's feature tutorial is "Homemade Gummi Candies", which I found on Skip To My Lou's Blog. (Lots of tutorials and neat stuff there!)

Paisley helped me with this one.

What you need:

1 box Jello
2 envelopes of unflavored Gelatin
Molds (either plastic ones for chocolates, or silicone ice cube trays work well)

Pour 1/3 cup of water into a saucepan, and add the jello and gelatin, let stand a few minutes. Then heat til it dissolves (2-5 minutes).

Transfer to a container that's easy to pour from (I used a measuring cup).

Gummy Candies

Fill the molds, and let them stand for about 2 minutes. To speed up the setting of the gummies, you can put it in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Then you can just pull them out of the molds! Don't be scared to really pull, they'll stick together.

I found that mine were not really set after 30 minutes on the counter, so put them in the fridge, and 10 minutes later, they were full fledged gummi candies. So yummy!

Gummy Candies

I had a sesame street ice cube tray that i've never gotten to use (I have an ice maker in my fridge, so never had a use). So Paisley loved it! :) I got carried away and made a 2nd batch in green (too bad I didn't do that til the oscar the grouch ones were already filled!).

If you like your candy more chewy, you can add another packet of gelatin. I actually was a bit stingy on the gelatin for the red batch... only used one envelope, they still set, but are softer. So whatever you would like for the consistency.

A great place to get fun shaped ice cube trays (the flowers, and star fish ones I have... also have hearts, etc) is IKEA!. :)

Have fun! It's a great activity to do with the kids, and they're tasty!

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