Fruit Juice Gummies
My family loves Legos. We also enjoyed the first Lego movie. We have yet to see the second but are excited by it’s potential given how good the first movie was. I think you probably must have a love of Lego to really enjoy the movie, but there are good family messages as well. It’s a fun all around family movie. To celebrate the new movie coming out, I’m hosting the #FoodNFlix challenge for the month. I’m making Fruit Juice Gummies in Lego shapes for the event.
I did a lot of experimenting for this recipe. I’ve seen so many versions and variations, I just had to figure out what we liked best. I wanted to make Fruit Juice Gummies as I like the idea of having control over what is in this little treat, being able to choose my shape and to get a bit of gelatin in my diet as I’ve been having trouble with my nails lately. Winter is taking its toll, I think.
I experimented with four versions. I truly could have continued with additional sweetener options, such as maple syrup, honey or agave, but just decided we had one we liked well enough. My versions included:
- Sweetened with sugar
- Sweetened with corn syrup
- No sweetener
- Sweetened with simple syrup
We learned that the flavor will be mild no matter what you do. I haven’t yet tried using flavor extracts as it didn’t sound good to me, but it might strengthen the flavor. Another idea my husband had was to try to use fruit juice concentrate instead of juice. We could also try a fruit puree. These options will not result in the traditional clear look of gummie buy may strengthen the fruit flavor.
The results of our taste test were that unanimously our family preferred the plain sugar version. I encourage you to experiment as well to find your favorite variety.
Fruit Juice Gummies Recipe
This recipe is easy to make using the microwave. Put the juice, sweetener, and gelatin in a microwave safe measuring cup. This method is easiest as you can just pour into the mold straight from this container. Let the juice sit so the gelatin can bloom. Stir to combine, then heat in the microwave for one minute. Stir again. The sugar and gelatin should be completely melted. Pour the mixture into a silicone mold that has been placed on a cooking sheet to allow for easy movement into the refrigerator. Cool for at least one hour, then pop the gummies out of the mold and enjoy.
- 1 cup juice
- 2 tbsp. sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
- 2 pkg. (approx. 2 tbsp.) gelatin
In a microwave safe measuring cup or bowl, combine the juice, sugar and gelatin. Let it sit until the gelatin blooms. Stir to combine.
Put cup into the microwave and heat on high for one minute. Stir until gelatin and sugar is dissolved. You shouldn’t need to but if they won’t dissolve, heat for another 30 seconds.
Place silicone mold onto a cooking sheet. This is to ensure it can be moved without spilling over. Spray the silicone mold lightly with cooking spray.
Pour the mixture into a silicone mold. Place into the refrigerator for at least one hour.
Pop the gummies out of the mold. They are ready to eat.
Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
The fruit juice flavor is very mild. You can experiment with adding flavor extracts or commercial syrups (like Torani) to increase the flavor.
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