Homemade Fruit Gummy Candies

Trying out Xomi’s “My Candy Mill,” it’s a candy and chocolate shapes maker. The set contains candy molds and miniature squeeze bottles. You don’t necessarily need to have this candy mill to make your own candies. Any kind of chocolate/candy molds will do.

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Sooo excited to make some gummy candies!

Recipe (on the manual of the “candy mill set”):

– 1 tablespoon of gelatin

– 2-3 tablespoon of fruit juice

– 1-2 knife tip of citric acid

– 1/2 teaspoon honey

– 1 tablespoon sugar

I just used what we have available at home.

I used a no-sugar/no preservative apple juice and mixed it with the gelatin powder in a cup. Let the gelatin melt, according to the instruction. (I was too lazy to wait for the gelatin to nicely melt. I heated them instead.)

I mixed the sugar with the “citric acid” in another cup, and I added honey.

Being the novice-kitchen person that I am, I didn’t know what citric acid was, until I Googled it, so I deduced a lemon will do. But all we have at home were oranges, so I squeezed an orange and added a few drops.

I heated the gelatin mixture, and when I got a liquid consistency, I added the sugar, honey and orange drops mixture. I only heated the mixture for less than 5 mins. If I may add, the first time I did this, I poured the gelatin mixture directly to the pan, but it sizzled and showed hints of burned texture at the bottom. The next time I did it, I whisked a teaspoon of water on the pan before pouring the gelatin mixture.

At the last minute, I decided to add some coloring to make it more appealing since I used an uncolored powdered gelatin.

I put it aside, and I planned to wait for the foam to disappear, but I couldn’t wait, so I scooped the foams/bubbles out. I put the fruit gummy candy mixture in the plastic squeeze bottles. If you don’t have a plastic squeeze bottles, you can use a disposable syringe.

Then my little girl started filling the molds with the fruit gum candy mixture!

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After putting them in the mold, you have to wait for 3-4 hours before removing the candies from the mold. This kid couldn’t wait that long, so she started eating a plate of candy molds! We waited for the other candies to form perfectly in the mold though.

You can put it in the fridge to speed up the process, but the same logic applies that chocolates melt as soon as it leaves the fridge because of the sugar/fat bloom effect. You know, there’s a bad relationship between chocolate and water.

We tried both ways, and I preferred to wait longer hours before removing the candies from the mold. The refrigerated ones started getting watery after a few minutes.

This recipe is only good for 1 miniature plastic squeeze bottle. If you want to make more, you can always double or triple the ingredients. Just do the math.;)

You can also put oil to line the plastic molds if you want, but I didn’t. You can use any kind of fruit or powdered juice, whatever suits your liking.

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You can see some of the burnt gelatin residues on the top photo.

What I love about this is that I can control the candy ingredients. My daughter is a picky eater, so I always put malunggay extract to her milk and some of her food. I added a teaspoon or two of the malunggay extract to the gummy candy mixture.

Easter Egg Hunting

How about an Easter egg hunting in your own yard?
 
It’s an established fact that Xomi loves anything about Easter. She’s too excited for her egg hunting and Easter egg painting.
 
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We’re just going to recycle the colorful and multi-sized plastic eggs we used last year. You can always buy a basket full of plastic eggs in the department store. Few days ago when we did our grocery, I bought individually packed marshmallows, Hershey’s Kisses, candy canes, and I kept some miniature boxes of Smarties in the ref.
 
You can put any goodies inside the plastic eggs and finished it off with a tape to make sure the contents of the egg won’t go spilling while in hiding.
  
We’re just going to put the goodies inside the eggs and scatter the eggs on the bushes, pots, plants, and rocks outside the house.
 
I thought of getting Xomi a new basket this year, but she said she wanted to use her old white plastic basket with a blue handle!
 
She wants to wear a bunny costume, but I told her a bunny-ear headband will do. We usually do the Easter egg hunting in the morning–the first she does when she wakes up on Easter!
 
It’s going to be a basket full of fun!

Pre-Easter Egg Fun

Since I thrive in organization and structure, I make a routine for my daughter’s daily activities. I plan her daily activities for the entire week. Routine makes our lives a lot easier.

When she doesn’t feel like doing something I already a planned, we’re flexible enough to make some adjustments.

Mostly, Monday is arts and crafts day.

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Pre-Easter Egg Fun

Now that summer is here, you must be thinking of activities to fill your toddler’s day with fun! Instead of letting your child watch her shows on TV or tap the tablet all day, get some scissors, construction/bond papers and cut away.

I pre-cut some small and big white eggs using bond papers. Art is not an exact science, so don’t worry if the cutouts are not perfect.

Then let the fun begin! Let your child color them using crayons, pastel sticks, or if you want, you can use water colors.

My daughter loves Easter because according to her, she loves Easter funny bunny and Easter eggs. She’s been playing with these for 3 days.

Optional: You can make a paper basket, but I got lazy, so I just got a small box with a string, and let her put her paper Easter eggs inside.

Easy peasy, but it’s loads of fun, well at least for my daughter. Oh and some of the eggs made it to her freedom wall. Freedom wall is an area where Xomi can stick anything she wants.

If you have some fun activities you want to share, just let me know!;)

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Playful Polka Dot and Plain Jane Bows

Not all the time little girls want to wear elaborate head pieces. I made this collection with this fact in mind. This is perfect for a casual look and everyday wear.

Fill your little girls hair with these classic solid color and fun circle bows.

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