We love all kinds of food at our house, but since we prefer to eat organic we often find ourselves trying to figure out how to make many things from scratch. Recently I've been working on homemade gummy bears and could use some help.
The main issue seems to be finding the right "jelling" agent to make the gummies "gummy"...for that I found agar-agar, pectin and gelatin. I tried agar-agar first, and while they looked great, they unfortunately were mealy in texture and the agar's taste was noticeable and unpleasant. Next I tried pectin using a modified homemade jelly recipe, but I couldn't get the gummies firm enough to not fall apart in my hand. The taste was great though. Finally I tried gelatin, and the texture was pretty much what you'd expect for a gummy bear, but just a tad too rubbery. However, never having cooked with plain gelatin before, I almost gagged at the smell! It smelled like I was cooking pig hair! Fortunately I couldn't detect as much of the odor after it cooled and set.
If anyone has any experience making gummy candies like these, I'd love any tips you can give me. I also have a few questions:
1. Is there such a thing as "non-stinky" gelatin? I used Knox unflavored gelatin and the smell was hideous!
2. What's the trick to getting pectin to jell thick enough for a gummy candy? I know it can be done because I've had pectin jelly beans before.
3. My gummies weren't as tangy as the store-bought ones. Would I add something like citric acid to the recipes for that?
4. To get the gelatin gummies to be a bit less rubbery and a bit more smooth, should I just use a bit less gelatin or is there something else I can add to accomplish that?
Here's the recipes I tried:
Agar-agar recipe: http://ladymake.hubpages.com/hub/How-...
Pectin recipe (in FAQ section): http://www.pomonapectin.com/recipiesa...
Gelatin recipe: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_...