These gummy candies may look sweet, but beware….they are deceptively spicy.
- 1 cup boiling hot Water
- ½ tsp Kool-Aid Mix
- 2 packets Unflavored Gelatin
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 1-2 fresh Chili Peppers or 5-10 dried peppers
Other things you will need:
- Jar/mug (must be able to hold hot water)
- Measuring cup (microwavable)
- Candy Mold
Step 1: Slice the Spice
With a knife, cut your peppers into pieces. I cut the habaneros in half and sliced the jalapeno.
If you will be using dried peppers, you don’t need to cut them.
Step 2: Hot Water
- Place the peppers into a jar or mug and then pour in 1 cup of boiling hot water.
- Wait for the water to cool.
- When the water has reached room temperature, it should be spicy and ready to use.
Don’t sniff the water, it might make your nose cry.
You only really need ½ a cup of water to make a batch of gummies, but it’s always good to have extra just in case you spill or want to make a second batch.
Step 3: Mix
- Measure out 1/2 cup of spicy water into a microwavable measuring glass.
- Microwave for 2 minutes.
- Remove from microwave.
- Stir in in 2 tbsp sugar.
- Stir in 1/2 tsp Kool-Aid mix.
- Stir in 2 packets of unflavored gelatin.
- If a lot of gelatin is left undissolved, microwave the mixture for 30 seconds and stir again.
- Scoop out any chunks of gelatin that may be floating on top.
Step 4: Pour and Wait
- Pour the mixture into a candy mold.
- Place in refrigerator for an hour or so to set, or in the freezer for 20 minutes, or just leave them out at room temperature for a few hours.
- Once they've solidified, you can remove them from mold and enjoy.
I don’t know how to quantitatively measure the spiciness of each of the gummies I made using the different peppers. So, I’ll just let you know how many peppers I put per cup of water and I’ll try to describe the spice level.
2 Habaneros, 1 cup Water: (mixed with Orange Kool-Aid) Spiciest of the three. Has a bite to it, but doesn’t set your mouth on fire. Wouldn’t want to pop a whole one into my mouth, but if I did it wouldn’t be terrible. Best enjoyed squirrel-style, (in tiny bites over a longer period of time). Could eat more than one but would rather have something less spicy.
1 Jalapeno, 1 cup Water: (mixed with Green Apple Kool-Aid) Moderately spicy. Just enough spice it give it a kick. The heat isn’t overpowering and doesn’t distract from the overall flavor of the gummy. Green Apple Kool-Aid adds a sour taste which made this gummy sweet, sour and spicy. Strange, yet tasty.
5 Dried Japanese Chili Peppers, 1 cup Water: (mixed with Cherry Kool-Aid) Spice is barely noticeable, would feed these to a child.