How to make jelly candies at home?

Introduction: What are Jelly Candies?

Jelly candies are a popular sweet treat loved by many people all over the world. They are made from a mixture of gelatin, sugar, water, and other ingredients that give them their unique texture and flavor. Jelly candies come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and are often enjoyed as a snack or dessert.

Making jelly candies at home is a fun and easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Not only can you customize the flavors and colors to your liking, but you can also control the quality of the ingredients used. Plus, making jelly candies at home is a great activity to do with kids or friends, and can be a fun way to get creative in the kitchen.

Ingredients needed for Jelly Candies

To make jelly candies at home, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Gelatin powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • Water
  • Flavorings (such as fruit juice, extracts, or concentrates)
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Cornstarch or powdered sugar (for coating)

You will also need a candy thermometer, a saucepan, a whisk or spoon, and candy molds. Candy molds can be found at most baking supply stores or online, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Jelly Candies

Here are the step-by-step instructions for making jelly candies at home:

Preparing the Gelatin Mixture

  1. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of cold water and 2 tablespoons of gelatin powder. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add the gelatin mixture to the saucepan and stir until fully dissolved.
  4. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan and heat the mixture to 240°F (115°C), stirring occasionally.

Adding Flavors and Colors to the Gelatin Mixture

  1. Once the gelatin mixture has reached 240°F (115°C), remove it from the heat.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of flavorings (such as fruit juice, extracts, or concentrates) and a few drops of food coloring (optional) to the mixture. Stir well to combine.

Pouring the Gelatin Mixture into Molds

  1. Grease your candy molds with cooking spray or vegetable oil.
  2. Using a spoon or a small pitcher, carefully pour the gelatin mixture into the molds, filling them about 3/4 of the way full.

Allowing the Jelly Candies to Set

  1. Let the jelly candies cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  2. Once cooled, transfer the molds to the refrigerator and let them set for at least 2 hours, or until firm.

Removing the Jelly Candies from Molds

  1. Once the jelly candies are set, remove the molds from the refrigerator.
  2. Gently press on the bottom of each mold to release the jelly candies. If they don’t come out easily, run a knife around the edge of each mold to loosen them.

Coating the Jelly Candies with Sugar

  1. In a small bowl, mix together equal parts cornstarch or powdered sugar.
  2. Toss the jelly candies in the cornstarch or powdered sugar mixture until fully coated.

Storing and Serving Jelly Candies

  1. Store the jelly candies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
  2. Serve and enjoy your homemade jelly candies!

Tips and Tricks for Making Perfect Jelly Candies

  • Use a candy thermometer to ensure that the gelatin mixture reaches the correct temperature.
  • Grease your candy molds with cooking spray or vegetable oil to make it easier to remove the jelly candies.
  • If the jelly candies stick to the molds, run a knife around the edge of each mold to loosen them.
  • Experiment with different flavors and colors to customize your jelly candies to your liking.

Conclusion: Enjoy Your Homemade Jelly Candies!

Making jelly candies at home is a fun and easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. With just a few simple ingredients and some candy molds, you can create your own delicious and colorful jelly candies. So why not give it a try and enjoy your homemade treats!

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Elise DeVoe

Elise is a seasoned food writer with seven years of experience. Her culinary journey began as Managing Editor at the College of Charleston for Spoon University, the ultimate resource for college foodies. After graduating, she launched her blog, Cookin’ with Booze, which has now transformed into captivating short-form videos on TikTok and Instagram, offering insider tips for savoring Charleston’s local cuisine.

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