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Step 2: Making the Candy

To make gummies the only essential ingredient is unflavored gelatin.

For flavor I used flavored gelatin (Jello is one brand) plus a Vitamin C to bump up the pucker power.

I expect they can be made by adding candy flavorings and sweetener to unflavored gelatin, but I haven't tried it.

See step 3 if you want to make Sour Gummies.

The amount of flavored gelatin you use is up to you. I'm recommending a full package of flavored gelatin for each batch. It gives the candy a pretty intense flavor.

Use an extra packet of unflavored gelatin, and they will be even chewier. Use one less, and they will be softer.

HERE WE GO:


'You might look at all the writing below and think that this is way too much work. All you are going to be doing though, is mixing the powder in water, melting it and pouring it into molds. I've just written a ton, so you know a lot of the pitfalls and know exactly how I make them.'

If you don't really care how clear the candy is, just stir the powders in the water, put it in hot water on the stove and melt it, then pour it in the molds.

If you want them really clear then read the details below.

I use a little over 1/3 cup of water (you can use even more for softer candies).

Measure 1/3 - 1/2 cup of cold water into your measuring cup.

MIX IT UP


SPRINKLE the gelatin powders into the water, as you continuously and gently stir it. Don't let the dry powder pile up. Sprinkle, stir, sprinkle, stir,... If you get a pile of gelatin and stir that in, it will make a lump, and lumps are hard to dissolve once you've made one. Do this rather quickly. The gelatin will immediately start absorbing the water. If you move too slowly it will get pretty dry towards the end and it will be very difficult to avoid lumps.

It will get very thick as you work in the powders. Sometimes it ended up like a lump of clay. Add just a tiny bit more water to the mix to get a slushy consistency. Either way will work fine. Scrape down the sides of your measuring cup and try to get all the gelatin down in contact with the wet stuff.


LET IT REST


Cover the pyrex cup with plastic wrap and let it rest for 10 minutes. The gelatin needs time to absorb the water before we heat it.

You can leave the spatula in the gelatin while it is resting, but don't leave any chunks of gelatin on the back of the spatula where it will dry.


I'M MELTING...


Put a pan of water on the stove and bring it up to a slow boil/fast simmer.

In the photos I'm using a shallow pan. I only did that so I could photograph the sides of the cup and let you see what was happening. I use a deeper sauce pan when I make them now.

After the resting time, remove the plastic wrap and put the measuring cup in the water. The lump of clay or slushy material will melt but it does take several minutes. Occasionally stir it. Stir it gently. Don't get too vigorous and mix a lot of air in it, or you will have cloudy candy. (If you are adding vitamin C to sour them up, add it at the very end.)

Once it melts, you will see that it has a layer of foam on top. Try to avoid mixing that foam back into the melted syrup. When it is hot enough you will see there is a very thin layer of clear on the bottom, a layer that isn't as clear, then the layer of foam on top.

Now stop stirring and just let it sit in the water for about 2 minutes. We are letting bubbles rise at this point.

* For very clear candies: After melting the candy, put the pyrex cup in the fridge. Let it firm up. Then remove it from the cup and using a pair of scissors, cut it into chunks. Then using a knife or your scissors, carefully trim the foamy layer off. Remelt the clear chunks and you will end up with very clear syrup. Details of this process are in Step 5.

FINALLY WE FILL THE MOLD


Now I put my syringe into the bottom of the cup and suck up all that clear syrup.

I use the syringe to squirt the candy into my mold.
(Step 4 has other ways of molding the candy).

If your mold won't hold all the syrup you made, turn the heat off and let the cup sit in the water while your first batch of candy is setting up. When you pull the first batch out of the mold, just turn on the stove and melt the syrup that is still in the cup the same way we did it the first time.

You don't need to use any kind of release (no oil or cooking sprays) with gummies. They will peel off of anything that is smooth. If you get some on your stove, floor, or counter, don't bother to try to clean it up while it is wet and hot. It's much easier to just let it set up and peel it off.

Most of the time when you make gummies you will not try to mold them in 360 degrees. The top side (which will be the bottom of the candies) is just left flat. I wanted to mold in little holes on the bottom of in my bricks so I could actually stack them.

The syrup contracts quite a lot as it cools. I had to fill the mold, then go back through and top them all off again as it would shrink way down. When I got them all full, I took the base plate (the same one I used when making the mold) and pressed it on the top of the mold, squeezing any extra goo out of the sides. Then I let it sit on the counter top for a couple of minutes. I do that, just so the stuff that leaked out the sides would set up and it wouldn't get all over my freezer when I put the mold in there.

I put the mold with the lid (base plate) into the freezer. You only leave it in the freezer for 10 or 15 minutes. If you are going to leave it longer, or you think you might forget it, you can just stick it in the fridge. It will be fine there without any worries about leaving it too long.

These candies actually do not need to be refrigerated at all to set up. You can just leave your mold on the counter at room temperature and they will still set up. I use the freezer to get them done faster.

Once they are set up, take them out of the mold. Clean them up if they need it, and you are done.
Here is a video based on this instructable. Hope everyone enjoys it.<br>https://vimeo.com/36217289
Awesome work. Thanks
do i need the knox gelatin <br>what happens if i dont use it ?
The Knox gelatin is used to make it more firm without adding more flavor, if you didn't use it you would have firm jello and not jelly candy's.
Great Instructable!&nbsp; I purchased my silicone from http://www.makeyourownmolds.com/ - I used their CopyFlex.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; 1 lb. was perfect for the size of the mold I made.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; I&nbsp;tried to make a gummy lego dude, which actually worked better than I thought it would!&nbsp; 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.<br /> <br /> The recipe you give for the gummies was perfect.&nbsp; I tried yours and another I found online and yours worked much better.&nbsp; Had a lot of trouble getting them clear though.&nbsp; They ended up pretty cloudy.&nbsp; Added a few pictures.&nbsp; Thanks again!&nbsp; Great instructable!
Wow, I like the gummi man :)<br /> 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 :(<br /> <br /> If anyone knows other places that sell the silicone please let me know.<br />
<p>I ordered mine form Dougless and Sturgess and I live in MN, UPS Ground was still $12 but still cheaper than the other options I was researching. One pound = One mold, at least from our experience. I made the mold last night and it turned out great!</p>
The price at Douglas and Sturgess would be about the same.<br /> <br /> 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 <em>most</em> 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.<br /> <br /> 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!)<br /> <br /> Thanks<br />
Do you by any chance still have the Lego mold? I'm having tons of trouble with mine.
That is so incredibly awesome. People ask about the lego guy a lot.<br><br>Here is how I make them perfectly clear:<br>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. <br><br>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. <br><br>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?<br />
I thought it worked great for this.&nbsp; It was easy to mix and pretty quick to set up.&nbsp; I'd recommend it.<br />
Thanks! I saw some other kinds but this looked the best and easiest to use. I'll have to try it!<br />
This is so awesome. I saw the comment on my phone and it didn't reveal there were PHOTOS. I love it. <br /> <br /> The lego man is great!<br /> <br /> Thank you for your tips and sharing the photos. <br /> <br /> I added <strong>Step 5 </strong>that details the process I came up with that makes almost perfectly clear candies.<br /> <br /> Thanks<br />
Just was at douglasandsturgess.com and looks like their &quot;Food Grade Silicone, 1 lb.&quot; has the purchase number &quot;<font face="Arial, Helvetica" size="-1">Code: <b>MC-1287</b></font>&quot;. <br /> <br /> Also, glad to know someone else out there calls them &quot;kitchen scissors&quot; too!<br /> <br />
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.<br><br>Thanks for the code update. It has changed a few times.
Just to let you know, douglas and sturgess have the silicone on their wbsite now. here is the <a href="http://www.douglasandsturgess.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&amp;Store_Code=DAS&amp;Product_Code=MC-1287&amp;Category_Code=FLEXMOLD-SILICONE" rel="nofollow">link</a>.<br />
Thanks!
Here are a few pictures from my moldmaking process.&nbsp; The first is the Lego grid I built.&nbsp; As mentioned on the main comment page I worked the volume out by counting bricks and figuring out the volume.&nbsp; A 1 lb. container of silicone filled it perfectly.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; The next two pics are just after combining the two parts, and then what it looks like mixed together.&nbsp; I didn't use anything high tech for this, just a plastic knife.&nbsp; There were a fair amount of bubbles in the mix, but I&nbsp;ignored them.&nbsp; When I started pouring the mold, it wasn't moving exactly like I wanted it to.&nbsp; I did a fair amount of nudging it into place with the knife.&nbsp; As slow as it is to move, though, it will indeed fill all the voids and level out if you're patient.&nbsp; You can see some of the larger bubbles in the last picture.&nbsp; I obsessed over the bubbles, but all the big ones worked themselves out.&nbsp; There will be some microscopic ones left all over the bottom, but they don't matter.&nbsp; All of this was done with no prior experience or knowledge except for SFHandyman's instructions, and the mold turned out great.&nbsp; If you're thinking about trying this instructable out, I urge you to do so.&nbsp; It's a lot of fun.<br />
​hey im just wondering how much (in grams or cups) silicone you used for 1 mould??
<p>the liquid does not appear to get clear when cooking. It is bubbly and foamy but does not look clear like in the video...........</p>
<p>Gorgeous, delicious gummies. Thanks for the recipe. </p>
<p>yeah. build us something with them.</p>
<p>thats one helluva idea. lego should give a royalty and run with the idea.</p>
<p>I love your wry humour.</p><p>Someday maybe I'll get round to making the gummis too.</p>
<p>As an adult - that would be awesome for parties. However I would be concerned if giving to younger children &ndash; sometime kids don't have great discernment (of course some adults don't either) and next thing you know you could be hauling your kid to emergency with a stomach full or real Legos.</p>
<p>In Europe and several other regions, Lego lost the trademark on these building blocks and while you can't use the brand name &quot;Lego&quot;, you can make these bricks and sell them if you like! The Lego patent expired in 1989!</p><p><a href="http://arstechnica.com/uncategorized/2008/11/lego-loses-eu-trademark-on-bricks-prepares-for-clone-wars/">http://arstechnica.com/uncategorized/2008/11/lego-...</a></p><p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interlego_AG_v_Tyco_Industries_Inc">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interlego_AG_v_Tyco_...</a></p><p>Thing is, the shape of LEgo bricks is functional thus it cannot be trademarked. The copyrights and patents have expired. </p><p>Also see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CQZRtTtUSA but as always, be careful if you try to sell this product! </p>
Where can i buy this lego mold?
<p>This is neat. And you are teaching your children just how yummy legos can be! What could possibly go wrong?</p>
<p>Does anyone want to sell me a silicone mold. I know there are options to purchase on amazon but the problem is you can't stack the bricks if you dont put the holes on the bottom of your gummy bricks. I would want to buy the lego plate + silicone mold if anyone is willing to make one for me. Brian_green06@yahoo.com ; I have looked on ebay.com and its just the typical molds</p>
<p>hi! I tried this last night- it didnt work out so well- </p><p>1. my gummies stuck to my silicone mold- any idea why? i cant get them out without breaking them</p><p>2. I keep kosher and had to use kosher gelatin and kosher jello- perhaps the consistancy is different? </p><p>3. I used 2 tablespoons of gelatin to one 3 ounce package of jello- is that about right?</p><p>thanks!</p><p>jenn</p>
<p>This recipe called for 3 packets of Knox gelatin--that would be 3 Tablespoons of gelatin which might be your problem.</p>
What a fun idea! I started making this but soon discovered my gummies were very sticky. What am I doing wrong? Please help, thank you!!
<p>Has anyone tried to actually tried making the gummies interlocking?? Im not sure if gummies would be up for that challenge but maybe some sort of harder candy.</p>
Can I use just any bowl? I guess I'm asking will I be able to use the bowl again? Or will it ruin the bowl?
1st batch, 2nd batch, 6.3<br>A holiday favorite at our. house
hi hun! love this. doubble boilers are cheep and easy to make. all you need is a large pyrex glass bowl and a pot. tada!!! grab a oven mit and away you go!
<p>Metal bowls work wonderfully too! Most professional kitchens use metal bowls instead of double boilers, but the metal is hit and miss with accessibility outside of a restaurant supply store. Thrift shops are pretty good bet. </p>
So, so, so, great. Thanks for superb instructions.
Wow, wow, wow, Thank you.
I have no other reason to get a metric scale. Have you ever made an extra silicone mold and sold them? I know it sounds lazy, trust I'm not that way I just can't justify spending even $5 for a single project then never using it again. I would like to make Lego gummies and ice cubes just for fun.
<p>Kitchen scales are very useful and have multiple conversions. This is a pretty spendy project if you have such buyers remorse. </p>
<p>Lego makes some, actually. The brick-shaped ones aren't always available, but the minifigure-shaped ones tend to be. Plus, if you live near a Lego store, some of them have the brick-shaped molds in stock.</p><p>http://search-en.lego.com/?q=ice+cube+tray&amp;cc=US</p>
Can we get an alcohol infused recipe?!?!? :D
<p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mEMGBJGH-Q</p>
I made the <a href="http://imtopsyturvy.com/lego-mold/" rel="nofollow">mold </a>and LOVED it!!! I made a double size and it has been so worth it. I've used it for 4 lego parties with more to come. I've made the gummies, hard candy, more hard candy, candy melts, crayons and soap in my mold! Even ice cubes a few times!
<p>It looks like you used copy flex silicone for your mold--how much did you use? 1 pound or 2 pounds? (Or more?)</p>
Made the mold and then tried using the recipe via Grant thimpson's YouTube video, and now will be trying this. Neither instructions say you need to spray your mold (in fact this one specifically says you don't need to), but my gummies definitely stuck like mad to the mold even after sitting overnight (I used the Lego plate cover as suggested by Grant, with oil brushed on it, and the plate came off fine). Are you sure no spray is required for the mold? I had just made the mold and pulled it out of its cast maybe 30m earlier, maybe that was the problem? It felt perfectly set up... <br><br>Also, neither video nor instructable to my knowledge says what size packet of jello to use. There are big ones now, not just for pudding. I stopped the video and looked closely and saw its the smaller size jello packet. I thought it might be the bigger one in this case though because some recipes use the bigger ones for jigglers, and thought the same would apply here.<br><br>Anyway, lessons learned. I'll be trying again this morning and I will be spraying the mold lightly first just to be safe. Want to make sure this batch comes out well for my 9 year old. :) <br><br>Any ideas as to why my first gummies stuck would be greatly appreciated!
<p>you see the little dimples on the side and around the brick moulds? When u fill up the brick moulds u can place the same plate (just without the bricks on it) on top brushed with vegetable oil and the bricks will be build able!</p>

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