During my gummy classes and demos, I’ve been telling people that any jello recipe should work as gummy with extra gelatin added, including those based on milk ingredients for white, opaque jello. This week, in advance of my demo at the Houston Cake Club’s Cake Decorating ExPO (I really am scheduled to demonstrate even though I’m not listed on the page), I figured I’d give opaque jello a shot myself.
Previously, I’ve added White White food colouring to regular gummy mixes and it does make it opaque. You can even swirl it just a little bit to make a marbled effect:
But in order to test making gummy from scratch recipe for white jello, I had to start with an actual recipe, since I’d never made that before. So I used the oft-cited Food Librarian recipe, but tweaked it to suit gummy. Here’s what I did: I mixed 4 envelopes of Knox gelatin with 1/2 cup of water in my small nonstick pot I always use for gummy. I let it bloom thoroughly. Then I added a small squirt of hot water from the baster (see my basic gummy tutorial for more on using basters) and warmed the whole thing over low heat until it was melted. I added the can of sweetened condensed milk and mixed thoroughly over low heat until it was warm and completely blended. I didn’t add any extra water beyond that.
The result was gummy that did eventually set up, especially in the fridge, but much, much more slowly than regular gummy. It also felt a bit floppy compared to the usual gummy, so I think a fifth envelope might be in order. Taste-wise it was actually quite pleasant, a mildly sweet, soft candy. I thought it’d be horribly over-sweetened but it wasn’t.
Unfortunately, the sweetened condensed milk had a significant yellow tinge, so the gummy isn’t really white. It’s more like ivory. So while this worked well enough, especially with other colour added, I’m going to have to do more research to get an actually white gummy.
Here are photos of my research, which happened to coincide with me wanting to play with my new Star Wars molds that I had on preorder since last spring and only arrived a couple of weeks ago. The R2s are the gummy as described above, the Han Solos are the same stuff with some Americolor Super Black added.
So that was okay, but really, Carbonite needs to look metallic. BRING OUT THE EDIBLE PEARL SPRAY!
Now the gummy looks like a little chunk of metal, except that you can make him touch his toes:
Here’s a side-by-side with an unsprayed one so you can see how dark the black gummy comes out:
Then I hit an R2 unit with the pearl spray too, just for kicks. Note how it definitely makes the lines easier to see:
Then I did some quick dabbing on another R2 unit with some edible-ink markers and that turned out okay too (albeit sloppy because I wasn’t going for precision):
So the overall result is that this recipe works, but if you want it less floppy, add more gelatin. I still have some leftover stuff to play with tomorrow, which looks eerily like a lump of flesh in the pot. Hrm, maybe I should add a little bit of a pinkish hue and see what terrifying monstrosities I can create while still keeping a PG rating on this blog…
PS Maybe I need to find a way to get them to the Firefly people so they can hide gummies all over their sets.