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Lego brick shaped gummy candies

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In this Instructable, I'm going to show you how to make gummy candies.

I made a silicone candy mold using Lego bricks. You don't need to make a custom mold. There are many commercially available silicone molds, or you could just skip the mold completely, and cut them with cookie cutters, a knife, or even scissors.

THIS PROJECT IS NOT ENDORSED BY LEGO. DON'T MAKE THE MOLD, OR THE CANDIES FOR SALE. - FOR PERSONAL DELICIOUS GEEKY BLISS ONLY

First I'll tell you how to make the candy.

I'll explain in detail how I made the mold in step 4. It really is very easy. User Gabebillings made the mold and documented the process in photos. See the first comment under step 4 to read his experience and see his photos.

User ibeschieru made a "making of" video showing his kids creating Lego shaped gummy candies!  http://vimeo.com/36217289


I bought the Food Grade Silicone from Douglas & Sturgess. They are a great San Francisco store that sells artists materials, mostly for sculpture and casting. They have some great info on their site.

If you have kiddos that might mistake real bricks for the candy, you should consider whether it is safe to make these for them.

Vegan option There is another kind of jelly candy called gellies or jellies. Those are made with Pectin. It's a different recipe entirely. I don't know how well they would mold though.

Here is a Pectin Fruit Jelly Instructable. I haven't tested it in the mold but it seems like it should work. Pates de Fruit
 
 
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ibeschieru2 years ago
Here is a video based on this instructable. Hope everyone enjoys it.
https://vimeo.com/36217289
SFHandyman (author)  ibeschieru2 years ago
Awesome work. Thanks
Great Instructable!  I purchased my silicone from http://www.makeyourownmolds.com/ - I used their CopyFlex.  The only two reasons I used theirs is because the mix is a 1-to-1 ratio so I don't have to worry about how precise I am with it and they are in Cincinnati, so shipping was substantially cheaper for me here in the U.S. midwest.  1 lb. was perfect for the size of the mold I made.  I first used a little paintbrush to paint the silicone onto the lego pieces just to make sure that there was no air bubbles around the pieces themselves.  I tried to make a gummy lego dude, which actually worked better than I thought it would!  But I had to do some trimming with a knife to cut him free from the silicone and give access to free the gummy from the silicone later, but it worked pretty well.

The recipe you give for the gummies was perfect.  I tried yours and another I found online and yours worked much better.  Had a lot of trouble getting them clear though.  They ended up pretty cloudy.  Added a few pictures.  Thanks again!  Great instructable!
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SFHandyman (author)  baggynosheds3 years ago
That is so incredibly awesome. People ask about the lego guy a lot.

Here is how I make them perfectly clear:
I crush the vitamin c, dissolve it in water, let it drip through a coffee filter, then use the resulting clear liquid to sour the candies.

If it isn't the vitamin c making them cloudy, then it is probably because you are stirring too vigorously. You have to be very careful not to push air down into the syrup when stirring. Don't ever stir the foam back into the candy.

The other cloudy problem is from not letting it melt long enough. Just let it sit and mello in the boiler. The longer it stays, the more clear liquid gathers on the bottom.
How did that copyflex work? is it worth the 22 bucks?
I thought it worked great for this.  It was easy to mix and pretty quick to set up.  I'd recommend it.
Thanks! I saw some other kinds but this looked the best and easiest to use. I'll have to try it!
Wow, I like the gummi man :)
I had seen that website before but unfortunately the postage for me was $36 for 1lb, still haven't found anywhere else that sells it and I'm desperate to make these. I tried emailing Douglas and Sturgess about postage but they've not bothered to reply :(

If anyone knows other places that sell the silicone please let me know.
SFHandyman (author)  Badgerdan4 years ago
The price at Douglas and Sturgess would be about the same.

Sorry they haven't replied to your question. I think they are set up more as a business to business supplier, but they do have 1 retail store and it is here in San Francisco. I think most of the materials they ship out of their warehouse and over the website are larger industrial quantities. That isn't to say they should neglect you. I'm sorry that happened.

The guys in the store are Awesome. I'm sure it was just an oversight. (I thought I'd replied to you days ago but just realized it hadn't posted!)

Thanks
SFHandyman (author)  baggynosheds4 years ago
This is so awesome. I saw the comment on my phone and it didn't reveal there were PHOTOS. I love it.

The lego man is great!

Thank you for your tips and sharing the photos.

I added Step 5 that details the process I came up with that makes almost perfectly clear candies.

Thanks
ceafin4 years ago
Just was at douglasandsturgess.com and looks like their "Food Grade Silicone, 1 lb." has the purchase number "Code: MC-1287".

Also, glad to know someone else out there calls them "kitchen scissors" too!

SFHandyman (author)  ceafin3 years ago
hahaha I thought Kitchen Scissors was universal. I have sewing scissors too. Paper dulls scissors, so you never ever cut paper with your fabric scissors. You can cut hair with your fabric scissors though.

Thanks for the code update. It has changed a few times.
kcls4 years ago
Just to let you know, douglas and sturgess have the silicone on their wbsite now. here is the link.
SFHandyman (author)  kcls3 years ago
Thanks!
Here are a few pictures from my moldmaking process.  The first is the Lego grid I built.  As mentioned on the main comment page I worked the volume out by counting bricks and figuring out the volume.  A 1 lb. container of silicone filled it perfectly.  Incidentally when I mixed it by weight, I had some of the smaller container left over, probably because I didn't scrape out the big container well enough.  The next two pics are just after combining the two parts, and then what it looks like mixed together.  I didn't use anything high tech for this, just a plastic knife.  There were a fair amount of bubbles in the mix, but I ignored them.  When I started pouring the mold, it wasn't moving exactly like I wanted it to.  I did a fair amount of nudging it into place with the knife.  As slow as it is to move, though, it will indeed fill all the voids and level out if you're patient.  You can see some of the larger bubbles in the last picture.  I obsessed over the bubbles, but all the big ones worked themselves out.  There will be some microscopic ones left all over the bottom, but they don't matter.  All of this was done with no prior experience or knowledge except for SFHandyman's instructions, and the mold turned out great.  If you're thinking about trying this instructable out, I urge you to do so.  It's a lot of fun.
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izzythecat2 months ago
Dude this is awesome
Awesome, thanks for the instructable!
Chloe81 year ago
Amazing! Would love to try making it.
What.
This is amazing. You are amazing.
Xandergust1 year ago
I am really excited to try this! Thanks for the post! How long do these stay "fresh"? I want to make these for a party and would love to do this ahead of time, but there's nothing worse than a stale gummy.
banut1 year ago
What happens if you allow the liquid to cool to lukewarm before pouring into molds?
sugarworm1 year ago
Going to times this recipe by 6 to make a giant jelly fish for my marine biologist uncle, (and no his name is not George (; ) will this be flexible enough to make the tentacles or should I just melt together a bunch f gummy worms?
i went to the nearby groceri store. and make the gummies. they were awesome
TekoMuto1 year ago
looks delicous :)
sanzya2 years ago
hi there, i'm wondering how can i increase the number of gummies, that recipe only makes a 10 gummies and i have some about 10 different molds, how can i fill them all with only one pot? sorry for the words erros, portuguese man!!!
Fantastic Indestructible! Great and thorough video!
yallen2 years ago
In Australia you can buy citric acid at the big grocery stores which is just sour, no flavour. You could also met down a packet of jelly lollies. Gelatin is not always easy to find in my area.
asylvester22 years ago
Amazing, amazing, amazing!

Thank you, thank you a thousand times, for building a tutorial even the most helpless among us (me) can follow.

I'm throwing a Black Tie Gummi Tasting and thought it might be neat to build my own gummis. I'm making gummi Venus de Milos, gummi Octopi and gummi unicorns (complete with edible glitter, if I can ever get the gummis to come out clear).

Quick question for you though... Do you have any idea how long these gummis will keep?
SFHandyman (author)  asylvester22 years ago
Thanks, glad you like it. I have no idea how long they last. I had a lot around while I was still experimenting and I kept them covered in the fridge for a couple of weeks. They get worse with time. The flavors fade and blend together when stored for a long time in the same bag. The official ones I've made from the final recipe never lasted past the day I made them because folks ate them all.

Party sounds awesome.
asylvester22 years ago
Oh! And do you have any suggestions as to where I could find a confectionery syringe, like you suggest in the video and directions?

Google didn't help much...
SFHandyman (author)  asylvester22 years ago
The one pictured I bought at Tap plastics. I tried to find the one I use now online but couldn't track one down.
Echo10312 years ago
Can you use these things in sets? lol.
does it have to be silicone mold ? can we use something else, perhaps metal ?
FALCON4EVR2 years ago
Do you think i can make a soap mold using the same method?
glorrydoll2 years ago
So will ANY silicone mold work?? Not specifically for Lego candies but diff silicone molds. Would silicone molds work for HARD candies also?
yes and no :-)
depends on the temperature of your hard candy recipe when pouring... we make rock candy and it has a super high temp at pouring so we can only use tempered silicone molds...

check the mold/silicone before you get it, it will say tempered or not... if your candy doesn't have to reach boiling before you pour it, you are probably ok to use any candy molds
ssmoochy3 years ago
I probably messed up the jello/knox mixture -- no clear layers when melting or anything. The finished product is really soft and wet (more like jello then anything else I guess. Still they took to the molds pretty well. If anyone is interested in how I made teeth/tongue molds let me know.
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How did u do that?
Hi SFHandyman

Hey, I tried to do the gummies but I panicked in the middle of the melting process. I started wondering if I had the amounts right.
Do you happen to have the recipe with grams or some kind of measurement?
SFHandyman (author)  rauleduardo852 years ago
I don't have it in grams. You can read through the comments. Others have talked about this and you can read their experiences.

Don't be afraid of the candy though. You can remelt the gelatin again. Just finish the melting. Cast some candy. Let it cool and test the texture. If it is too soft add either more plain gelatin, or flavored gelatin. If it is too hard, add more water. Then remelt the whole batch and try again. It doesn't hurt it to remelt and adjust.
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