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.
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!
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.
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.