Taste: ★★★★☆ -
Visual: ★★★★★ -
Level: Intermediate -
Botch Factor: Medium -
I decided to try my hand at candy making after seeing this gumdrop recipe on Bakerella’s site. Although the candy cubes are adorable, I decided to use the shaped ice-cube trays I have (and never use) for my gumdrops.
I used strawberry, lemon and coconut flavoring. The coconut was definitely my favorite.
║ What I learned:║
- You know how it says to use a “large” pot? Make sure you use a LARGE pot! Once it begins to boil, the gelatin/sugar mixture bubbles and foams, expanding a LOT. Unfortunately, the pot I used wasn’t large enough and it boiled over onto my stove, making a carbonized sugary mess!
- I found that 1/4 tsp of flavoring wasn’t enough to actually flavor my gumdrops. If it’s a strong extract, like mint or lemon, it may be enough, but for weaker flavors, you may need to use more.
- Bakerella was right when she suggested using cooking spray or oil to grease the molds. Make sure you use plenty and the gumdrops will pop right out!