Today I have a special guest in the kitchen with me. He’s not my husband, but he’s pretty darn handsome! Let me introduce you to Diego….
He’s the son of my best friend Christina who has raised 4 amazing children who I love deeply! Boys are tricky and I wasn’t sure if this would be his kind of project, but he seemed more into it when I mentioned worms haha.
The kind folks of Glee Gum sent me a package of their Make Your Own Gummies Kit to try out. They also offer other make your own candy kits including chewing gum, and chocolate. What I love most about these kits is how they relate to many topics, including coastal ecology, social sciences, chemistry, geography, and more. They also include lesson plans on their site.
So on to the project! First we made our own molds using the molding starch in the package. Diego brought some of his favorite toys, but they ended up being difficult to get a good mold out of so we used a straw suggested by Glee which made a nice looking worm shape and a heart shaped candy mold I had.
While we worked on the molds we soaked the dried seaweed in a bowl of water.
I know what you’re thinking….seaweed? Well, we probably use seaweed everyday without even knowing it. Seaweed naturally contains a substance which makes liquids like water and milk get thicker or even become solid. Check the ingredient list on your toothpaste, cottage cheese, deodorant, pudding and even salad dressing. The gummies kit uses 2 of the seaweed gels – carrageenan and agar. Agar is something I’ve heard them mention on cooking shows which is the same thing as clear gelatin, but clear gelatin is made from boiling animal bones.
Next we made the gummies. Empty the powdered seaweed into a microwaveable bowl, adding 1/2 cup water and stir well. Remove the dried seaweed soaking in water and add it to the water seaweed/water mixture.
Heat until it foams up. (It foamed up more then this, but I wasn’t quick enough with my camera.)
Lift the big piece of seaweed out with a fork and dispose of it. Stir in flavored, colored sugar packet.
Put back in the microwave and heat for 1 minute, or until it foams up again.
We had a little issue with the molding starch because as the candy starts to cool it starts to firm up so you have to work fast. I did like that you could keep reheating the mixture to get it to work.
We had a great time making these and I think they would make an excellent gift for an kid or adult!
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