I was complaining to Will the other day about how much I wish he loved baked goods like I do so I could bake for him. I said that my love of baking was pretty much wasted on him and it wasn’t fair. His response to this was ‘well then make me gummi bears, I’ll eat them.’ My first reaction was, as if you can make gummi bears, but a quick Google search taught me that you can and in fact it is ridiculously easy and quick. So my challenge was set. I thought that the end result was delicious. Not too sweet like store-bought lollies and a nice chewy texture (although next time I would add a little more gelatin for a bit more bite). They would make a great school holiday activity! Make your own jelly lollies and see how easy it is!
All you need is your favourite flavoured jelly, some gelatin and water.
In a small saucepan, mix the water, jelly crystals and gelatin. Set this aside for about 10 minutes for the gelatin to absorb the water.
The mixture will stay separated for a few seconds when it’s ready to be heated.
Heat the mixture, stirring constantly, until all the gelatin and jelly has dissolved.
Quickly pour the mixture into a heatproof jug with a pouring bit (spout?).
Pour the mixture into your moulds. There’s no need to grease them. If you’re using little moulds then use a dropper or turkey baster to fill them. I used chocolate moulds and an ice cube tray to make mine but you can use whatever you have on hand. Leave them on the bench for about 10 minutes to set then transfer to the freezer for another 10-15 minutes.
When they’re firm, dust the backs with corn flour. This step is optional but it does stop them from sticking together.
Remove the sweets from the moulds and enjoy! Store any uneaten lollies in an airtight container.
- 1x85g packet of your favourite jelly
- 20g gelatin
- ⅓ cup of water
- Mix all the ingredients together in a small saucepan and set aside until the gelatin has absorbed most of the water (about 10 minutes).
- Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly until the gelatin has dissolved.
- Transfer the mixture to a heatproof jug and pour the jelly into your moulds. Leave them to sit for about 10 minutes then put them in the freezer for another 10 minutes.
- Dust the lollies with corn flour before removing them from the moulds.