Friday, 9 May 2014

Sugar Coated Gum Drops


Today I want to share another candy recipe. I've made these wonderful little gum drop candies twice now, and the process is so easy that it's almost fool proof! All you need is a bit of sugar, gelatin, and citric acid, then comes the fun part: choose a colour, flavour and shape!

After much deliberation, I settled on pink wintergreen flavoured gum drops. I made a half batch heart shaped using my new heart candy mold, and the other half I attempted to make perfectly spherical by pouring two batches and using my semi-sphere candy mold.
Here is the super easy recipe:

Ingredients

400 mL cold water
20 g powdered gelatin
300 g granulated sugar
1/4 tsp citric acid
1/2 tsp flavouring
3-5 drops food colouring
non-stick baking spray

Directions

Pour 200 mL cold water into a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it.

In a saucepan, combine remaining water and sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.  
Boil until the temperature on a candy thermometer reaches 130 C (266 F). Remove from heat and whisk in citric acid and gelatin mixture until fully dissolved.

Mix in the colour and flavour of your choice and pour mixture into silicone candy molds, sprayed with non-stick baking spray. Leave to set at room temperature or in the fridge for a few hours. If you have more than one batch, you may reheat the gelatin mixture over very low heat to pour into molds a second time. 

Remove candies from molds and roll in sugar to coat. 

Recipe is from The Vintage Sweets Book, by Angel Adoree. 
This is a  great book for introducing yourself to candy making of all kinds! Purchase it from amazon.

Check out the photos below to see the whole gum drop making process,
and for my tips on making perfectly spherical little candies!

 Gather your candy mold, flavouring, food colouring, gelatin, sugar and citric acid.
 Measure the gelatin by weighing it. 
 Pour the 20g of gelatin over 200mL of cold water. Let it sit. 
 Weigh sugar and combine it with water in a saucepan.
 Bring to a boil over high heat, and don't forget to attach your candy thermometer!
Prepare the candy mold(s) by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
And be sure to place the molds on a tray for easy handling.
 Keep your gelatin mixture and measured citric acid close by as sugar heats to temperature.
Whisk in citric acid and gelatin. Add colour and flavour.
Move the sugar mixture into a liquid measuring cup for easier pouring.
 Don't worry if you pour too much, the excess will peel off when candies are removed from molds.
 Let them set up in the fridge (2 hrs) or at room temperature (4 hrs).
 Have fun popping the candies out of the molds!
 They're so cute!
 I tossed the heart shaped gum drops in white sugar.

Now, to make the spherical gum drops....
Start by warming up the sugar/ gelatin mixture over very low heat
Even if left overnight, the sugar mixture can be used again. 
 Heat mixture up to liquid form, transfer to pitcher and pour into prepared mold.
Let the candies set about half way. They should be sticky but not too liquidy.
 Gather the half sphere gum drops from the first pour.
Place them on top of second pour half spheres. Let sit for a few hours before removing.

Enjoy your candies!


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