Thursday, February 14, 2008

Gummy Hearts for Valentine's Day

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Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

I tried my hand at making homemade gummy candy for the first time. Turned out it wasn't very hard at all. It took about half an hour, and then it needs one night to firm up properly. And that's all there's to it. You need some special equipment - a decent thermometer, and silicone candy molds. I actually used ice cube trays from Ikea - a great and cheap option.

I wish I had smaller ones though, so I could make smaller candies as well. You *can* make your own molds from cornstarch, but that seemed like a fairly messy option and I just didn't have the energy for that. Next time, perhaps!

You also need pure glucose, and some kind of candy flavoring. I used "wild strawberry", from Stockholms Eter & Essencefabrik, but I also bought a pure raspberry aroma that I'll try next. They had tons of flavors!

The recipe comes from Vinterns Söta - I've written about it here. It makes really firm gummies, and I think I'll try to cut down on the gelatine just a little bit - maybe half a sheet - next time. Oh, and a note on the gelatine. I used gelatine sheets, and I'm so sorry - but I can't guarantee that the ones I use are the same as the ones available where you live. Sorry!

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Gummy Hearts
Makes about 16

6 gelatine sheets
50 g glucose
100 g sugar
250 ml (1 cup) water
a few drops of candy flavoring
a few drops of food coloring
fine sugar to roll
possibly citric acid, if you want sour gummies

Start by oiling your mold with a neutral oil - do this carefully so you can get your gummies out! Place the gelatine leaves to soak in cold water.

Mix glucose, water and sugar, and boil until it's 122°C. It will go slowly at first, and much faster as the water evaporates. Meanwhile, melt the gelatine with about 2 tbsp of water on low heat. Do NOT let it boil.

Add the gelatine to the sugar syrup with the food flavoring and color. Let it cool just a little, but not much - it will start to set. Pour it into the molds. Cover loosely with plastic, and leave at room temperature to set overnight.

On the next day, remove the gummies from the molds, and roll them in fine sugar. Mix the sugar with some citric acid if you want your candy to be sour.

Recipe in Swedish:
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11 comments:

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Beautiful!

Pille said...

I'm showing this to K. - he's been experimenting with various gummy recipes, but none of them has been a real success so far..
Happy Valentine's Day!!

Bondhustrun said...

Oj vad snygga! Själv lyckades jag knåpa ihop en allahjärtansdag-tårta dagen till ära, med sugarpaste på (för första gången!).

http://bondhustrun.blogspot.com/2008/02/14-februari.html

glamah16 said...

Thats cool store you linked to. Must visit it when I get to Stockholm. I love gummi candies. And what better than homemade.

Mariya said...

Dear Anne! Happy Valentine Day to you!!!
Mariya&Ron (Canada)

Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen said...

Happy Valentine's Day!!! The hearts are beautiful!!!! I've only seen recipes where you're supposed to make your own molds in cornstarch, I never though about using silicone molds.

Joanna in the kitchen said...

Interesting.... I have never thought I could make them on my own, in my kitchen. And they loook great.

Kinna said...

Looks delicious! Really something to try out! =)

annamaria said...

Så fina och så underbart goda de ser ut! Jag har ett recept på marmeladgodis i lådan men inte kommit till skott ännu. Kanske är dags nu.

Tartelette said...

Happy belated Valentine's Day! The candy is a beautiful success! Love it!

Jeanne said...

These look wonderful - and how clever of you to use ice cube moulds!