Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Homemade Shamrock Gummi Pops {{St. Patrick's Day}}

If you have been following along, then you probably knew that these homemade gummi pops would happen and will happen again and again and probably again before I'm ready to retire these little treats.

When I told you my kids love these, there was no exaggeration involved. They seriously stalk the kitchen repeatedly asking over and over and over again in those "cute" little voices....

"Are the gummi's ready yet?"
"Are the gummi's ready yet?"
"Are the gummi's ready yet?"
"Are the gummi's ready yet?"
"Are the gummi's ready yet?"

So any holiday works out for me in regards to making them and then sharing with readers old and new, as well as my anxious gummi pop lovin' kidoddles.

This is what you will need.....
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 package of 1/4 oz. gelatin (unflavored)
  • 1 package 3oz. flavored gelatin (flavor/color depends on you...I went with lime green.)
  • Shamrock Candy mold (I bought mine at a local craft store)
  • Lolly pop sticks
  • Paper straws..if you have them and want to use them to dress up the lolly pop sticks.
  • Corn starch

Fill a pot with 1/3 cup of water and sprinkle unflavored gelatin and flavored gelatin into water and give it a quick stir. Let it sit on the counter for about 10 minutes. Transfer pot to the stove and cook on medium heat on the stove for about 3-5 minutes, until all of the gelatin has dissolved.

This is obviously not the lime green flavor :)
I let it cool for a quick minute and then I pour the mixture into a measuring cup with a spout, so it's easier to pour into the mold. As you can see the total mixture amount is a little less than 2/3 of a cup, so use this to determine how many pops you can get out of each mold. Please be mindful this needs to be done all at once. You can pour it into a mold, wait for them to dry and then pour the remainder into the mold. If you planning on making a few of these it may be in your best interest to purchase a few molds

Pour the mixture into the cavities carefully and then insert your candy sticks into the mold.I give them a little turn to coat the entire stick so that it sets nicely.Try not to overfill the mold, stop pouring a little before it has reached the edge so that when you add the stick, it doesn't overflow.

Let it sit out on the counter for about 20 minutes, until set. Resist the urge to check on them before they set  or they will shift and spill if not totally set. After they have completely set, dust the back of the mold with cornstarch to off set the stickiness. Peel out of the mold.

 You can use any mold you can find, they tend to carry them in local crafts stores. Just be sure that when you buy it, that the mold has a bit of depth to it. The one I used was quite shallow and it probably would have worked out much better if it was deeper, although my kids still loved them :)

You can use any flavor/color combo of gelatin you like to make these fun and easy treats. Let your imagination be your guide!!

Hope you liked this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!!

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