Gummy candies are enjoyed by hosts of people. Why? Because they are low in fat, easily digested and inexpensive to boot. Another of the reasons that gummy candies are so attractive is that they come in assorted entertaining shapes and colors. Some of these are licensed characters, adding slightly to the price, but overall the cost is minor compared to that of chocolate bars, candy eggs and other sugary concoctions. Oh yes, the lack of scads of sugar is another attractive element to gummy candies as well.
So with this in mind, presenting Smart Planet’s gummy candy maker, the Peanuts Gummy Candy Maker. The gummies are to be characters from Charles Schultz’s creations and consist of the well-known Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Snoppy and his Doghouse. But you do have to work at it to reach the point where you can bite into them.
The Peanuts Gummy Candy Maker has no moving parts, but does require a steady hand. But first there’s the food material to consider: gelatin (yes, like Jell-O) is what is needed, and the color that the gelatin consists of will be the color of the final gummy. There’s four trays of molds, with each joined to the other and forming a circle. They’re placed into ice trays that go beneath them and hold crushed ice (or you can place the molds in the fridge or freezer instead). In the center of the circle is the gummy pot (for want of a better name). The gelatin goes into the pot and then the pot goes into the microwave in order to melt it to a liquid (the time needed will be determined by trial and error since microwaves differ in power but it’s for boiling that you are looking for). Take the pot out of the microwave and carefully pour the liquid gelatin into those molds that you want to have that particular gelatin’s color. Then clean out the pot, put in different colored gelatin (if you want) and repeat the process. When done, it’s just a matter of patience for waiting for the gelatin to harden, courtesy of the crushed ice. Then a quick turning over of the mold and some pressure applied and out pops your gummies (done over a clean surface or on wax paper, for example). Now admire the gummies — forget that, start popping them into your mouth before the other members of the family appropriate them all.
The Peanuts Gummy Candy Maker retails for $24.99 and uses safe, food-grade silicone trays (tip: give a quick cooking spray into the molds to speed the characters leaving them once the gelatin has hardened). No batteries or electronics to worry about either. The only concern is just how many Peanuts characters you can chomp down on before it’s time to make some more.