Yield: enough to cover one tray
1/4 cup + 2 teaspoons Clear-Jel or 4-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch (*see note)
1 cup fruit juice or purée
1/2 cup sugar (optional)
1 tablespoon bottled lemon juice (optional, but maintains color and flavor)
- Mix sugar and Clear-Jel. If sugar is omitted, mix Clear-Jel with a small amount of cold fruit juice.
- Whisk Clear-Jel mixture into fruit juice or purée in a heavy kettle.
- Cook using medium heat until mixture thickens and comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Add lemon juice. Boil one minute.(**see note)
- Cool mixture by placing pan containing the filling in a sink with cold water; stir mixture to cool it down.
- Spoon mixture into cake decorator cones made from wax paper or into a self-sealing plastic bag. (Close bag and cut tip off one corner.)
- Squeeze drops from bag or cone onto parchment-covered drying trays. Dry drops in food dehydrator at 125°F/50°C. To speed up the drying process, turn drops over halfway through the drying process. Drying time may take up to 24 hours depending on size.
*The amount of Clear-Jel will vary with the type of juice you use. If the mixture is too thick, add a small amount of juice; if too thin, mix a little more Clear-Jel with a small amount of cold juice or water and add to mixture and cook until mixture thickens. You can use cornstarch but your gummy drops will not be as clear in color.
- Clear-Jel (Cook Type) is a modified cornstarch used by many commercial bakers in fruit pie fillings.
- This cornstarch works well with acidic ingredients and tolerates high temperatures.
- It doesn’t begin thickening until the liquid begins to cool.
**The microwave can be used to cook mixture. Microwave mixture 5-6 minutes on high power. Stir once or twice as mixture thickens.
I have seen some very creative gummy drops made with a piping bag and cake decorating tips; everything from gummy worms and tapeworms to flowers. Let your imagination and creativity soar with this fun project. It makes a great project to do with the kids too after the mixtures have cooled.
Add extracts, flavorings, juices, purées, and powders into the mix to make flavor combinations your family will love. Our favorites are peppermint tea with cacao powder added and banana purée with pineapple purée. Use your dehydrated powders and fruits or pulp from smoothies or jellies. Below is a listing of a few of our favorites.
- Apple-Lemon (Sour Apple flavor)
- Concord Grape-Cherry
Store in refrigerator. Not for long-term storage.
Printable Recipe can be found here. Gummy Drops Recipe
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