April 13, 2012

Homemade Sugar Free Gummies (and a bonus: Hard Candies)

Homemade Sugar Free Gummies

Something I first thought about making back around 2002 and it's taken me 10 years to 'get around to it'.  Since I had an extra box of Knox Unflavored Gelatin on hand (4 to a pack) I felt I'd whip these up just for the heck of it.  I only had 2 flavors of sugar free Jello on hand;  peach and black cherry.  But you can use whatever flavor you wish.  It only uses 2 ingredients plus water (3 if you add Vitamin C as I did).

Sugar Free Gummies (with a notation about making them into hard candies)

1 pkg. any flavor Sugar Free Jello
3 pkg. unflavored Knox Gelatin
1/2 c water
1 500 mg. (typical size) chewable Vitamin C tablet- optional

Have your mold ready by lightly spraying with Pam or other cooking spray.  You can use any candy mold, or pour into a small pan and cut them into cubes if you have none. 

In a sauce pan place the jello and gelatin.  Crush the chewable table (I used a rolling pin to crush mine inside a Ziploc baggy).  Turn on the heat to medium and add 1/2 cup water.  Cook, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth.  Pour carefully into the molds.  Let set about an hour to harden and they should pop right out.  You could place them into the refrigerator to speed up the process but mine were gummies and ready to pop out on their own within about 15 - 20 minutes.  *To make them into hard candies, let them sit on a plate or foil on the counter for a day.  Flip over and let them air dry another day.  Flip back and forth until completely dried.  I actually love these as 'candies' better than gummies, but kids and teenagers might like them in their original gummy form best.

Jello and gelatin... that's it!

Add a crushed Vitamin C table if you wish for a little tang

Thick until you melt it over medium heat on the stovetop

This candy form is from an Advent Calendar that originally held milk chocolate at Christmas time

Pour the jello into the molds

Mine set up in about 15 minutes because they are small

Pop them right out

Finished gummies - or let them air dry to make hard candies

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