Homemade Gummy Candies

In honor of my lovely friend A.M. over at Together Cooking, I’ve been on a mission this week to create my own gummy candies. I have yet to find the perfect gummy bear recipe but this recipe for pectin gummies came out really well. The texture is firmer then when I made it with gelatin and does not call for a box of jell-o.

Pectin Gummies:

  • 1 box (1 3/4 ounces) powdered pectin (available in many supermarkets or hardware stores)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract, or orange extract
  • 6 to 8 drops yellow or orange food coloring (optional)
  • Vegetable oil for coating the molds
  • Superfine sugar for coating the candy
  1. Lightly oil enough candy molds to make 36 medium-size bears, or a 9×13 inch pan and set aside.
  2. Bring pectin, baking soda, and water to a boil over medium heat, stirring until pectin is dissolved and the mixture is thick and smooth. Turn off the heat and cover to keep warm. Do not let it set.
  3. In another sauce pan bring the corn syrup and sugar to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Cook until a candy thermometer reaches 260 F.
  4. Add pectin mixture immediately and cook 1 minute, pour into prepared pan or molds and let firm.

If using molds: sprinkle with superfine sugar and remove with fingers.

If using a pan: remove entire sheet from the pan and cut out with small cookie cutters. Toss in a bowl of superfine sugar until separated and no longer sticky.

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