I often post photos of gummies that I have made on Instagram and I am often asked for a recipe. Well I’ll let you in on a little secret….
…I don’t use one! They really are easy to make and I just wing it. But there are a few guidelines that you can follow to ensure you get the effect you want.
What brand of gelatin should you use?
You know that saying ‘there is no substitute for quality’? Well that definitely applies to gelatin. After all, it is made from the skin, connective tissues and bones of animals, so it’s best to pay for the best to ensure that you are getting a good quality product containing quality nutrients.
Great Lakes Gelatin is a good long standing brand that you can purchase online from iHerb and I Quit Sugar has gelatin you can buy from their website and it’s made from ‘ethically and sustainably pasture-raised cows’.
This post isn’t sponsored, I’m just recommending the brands that I use and trust.
You’ll need a liquid of your choice – almond milk, fruit juice, pureed fruit, coconut milk or a mixture of these.
I’ve tried lots of different flavours including cacao, lavender, orange juice, apple juice, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, rhubarb and turmeric. Get creative and try different combinations. You can either just add the whole berries to the juice or milk so that they are whole when you eat the gummies, or puree them and add it to the mix to add colour, texture and sweetness.
If you need something sweeter, add a little honey or maple syrup.
What’s the easiest way to make them?
As a general rule, it’s one cup of liquid to 2 tablespoons of gelatin for a gummie-like effect (pictured above). Just add the liquid and flavouring to a saucepan and warm it on a low heat until it is just starting to bubble at the sides of the saucepan but don’t let it reach a simmer or boil.
Then add the gelatin, whisk it until its mixed and turn off the heat.
Then pour it into a baking dish or container and pop it in the fridge for at least 2 hours. You don't need to grease or line the dish as it won't stick.
What will it look like?
If you’ve followed the 2 tbs/1 cup rule you will be able to slice it in the dish into squares, or run a knife around the edge and pry it out in one piece. It should come out in one big jiggly slab that you can slice on a chopping board.
If you use less than 2 tbs of gelatin per cup of liquid, it will have a jelly-like consistency that you can eat with a spoon straight from the dish.
If you add more, it will be quite firm. It is difficult to get a gummie effect using pureed fruit and will generally be more like thick jelly. But it’s all good, just eat it anyway and try something different next time!
Store it in the fridge, if left out to warm to room temperature it will lose its firmness. It works good as a lunchbox snack but add a freezer block to keep them cool.