Fainting Fancies




Introduction: Fainting Fancies

About: I'm a Renaissance woman. I love to create things with a fantasy, medieval, or geeky edge. I'm also a math/science nerd. I have a passion for all things Halloween. I like to build props, create costume elements…

This version of the Weasleys' trick sweet uses the idea of a double shock to add magic to its gummy goodness.  Firstly, the savory orange colored "fainting" side takes the eater by surprise with the completely unsweetened flavor of carrot spiced with cumin.  Then the sugar-laced yellow half, meant to revive it unconscious consumer, tastes of sour lemon.

Step 1: Supplies

4 Tbsp unflavored gelatin
4 Tbsp water
1/3 cup carrot juice, strained (other juices work here)
1/4 teas ground cumin
1/3 cup apple juice
6 Tbsp sugar
1 packet lemonade flavored drink mix powder, unsweetened (1/4 oz)
1 small pan*

*Total volume is 1 1/4 cup so I used a mini loaf pan 5"X3"  To see how thickly your treats will be in your own small pan, pour in 1 1/4 cups to see the final height.

Step 2: Non-Sweet Side (Orange Colored)

Place 2 Tbsp water into a small bowl.  Add 2 Tbsp gelatin.  Set aside for at least 5 minutes.

In a small saucepan, place 1/3 cup carrot juice and 1/4 teas cumin (other juices/spices will also work).  Heat on low-medium to simmering.  Add the gelatin.  Stir until gelatin is melted.

Pour into pan and place in refrigerator to chill.  Once it is set-up and cool, about an hour or so, proceed to the next step.

Step 3: Revival Side (Yellow)

Place 2 Tbsp water into a small bowl. Add 2 Tbsp gelatin. Set aside for at least 5 minutes.

In a small saucepan, place 1/3 apple juice, 6 Tbsp sugar, and contents of drink mix packet.  Heat on low-medium while stiring until sugar is dissolved. Add the gelatin.  Continue stirring over low to medium heat until gelatin is melted.

Set aside while this mixture cools a little.  It should still be warm but not so hot it will immediately melt the cooled orange side.  I set it out for about 15-20 minutes but your experience may vary.  Carefully pour over orange gelatin and place in refrigerator to chill and set-up.

Step 4: Cutting

One the two layers are set-up, place the pan in hot water and carefully loosen sides with a knife.  Turn out onto a slightly damp cutting board (this prevents it from sticking so much).

Keep a bowl of hot water handy.  Plunge the knife into this water between cuts, allow it to be hot and wet as you slice through.  Slice off a side, as shown.  Using a knife or cookie cutter (also plunged into hot water) to cut the candy into pieces.  If uneven, trim them to even them up.

Allow these candies to sit out on a very lightly greased plate for an hour or two to lose their stickiness.  Keep packaged between layers of parchment paper in the refrigerator.  Since the carrot side is completely unsweetened, it should be kept cold.  So if you happen to make two sweet sides, refrigeration is not necessary.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    If you replaced the carrot juice with orange juice, do you think that would be enough sugar to stop them going off?


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I tried to make these over the weekend with my cousin... it didn't go so well. I don't know if we were doing it wrong or used the wrong kind of gelatin, but it clumped up really fast, looked nothing like yours, and smelled as if it were something you'd put in the puking pastilles. We were, however, able to make fever fudge and puking pastilles without any trouble. She put a little too much garlic in and not enough anise, and then over-did the cinnamon and was really lenient on the cayenne, but those two turned out great. We ran out of time before we could get the nosebleed nougat, :( But, something to look forward to. :)


    I mention that these should probably be refrigerated due to the lack of preserving component on the carrot side. Yes, they do. I sealed a few in a zip top bag and the carrot side molded within a few days. My husband thought that side might taste better with the mold but he wasn't willing to confirm this. Yuck!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    These are so funky! I plan to make some of these Weasely's treat for some friends of mine who are bid fans of the books! I can't wait to see what you come up with next. :)