LEGO fans, get ready to flip out!
Just when you thought LEGOs couldn’t get any better, somebody comes along and creates a recipe for edible homemade gummy LEGO bricks and pieces that you can actually build with. Yup. They’re custom gummies that are snack-able and stackable as well ;)
Grant Thompson, the genius behind the “King Of Random” Youtube DIY channel, posted a step-by-step recipe for how to make your dreams come true. The best part is that there are only 2 ingredients – gelatin and water (though you can use flavored gelatin or Vitamin C, too).
According to Grant, his recipe ensures that the candies come out crystal clear, firm, don’t stick to your fingers, and taste amazing. They are also very sweet, but don’t taste as sugar-loaded as gummy bears. And if you’re a practicing vegan and don’t want to use gelatin, there’s even a vegan option.
Grant also noted that the LEGO gummy candy’s texture is a little different than the average gummy bears.
In his YouTube video’s description, he elaborated:
5 years ago I was fascinated with it, wondering how it was made, and what gave it its gummy texture. It feels so good on the teeth to bite into it, and my kids go crazy for them .. so I spent a bit of time researching how they’re made commercially.
My biggest motivation for doing this was to see if we could make our own at home, and I’m actually still trying to figure out how to make gelatin and corn syrup from scratch, so if I can figure out how to do that, maybe I’ll show how to do it in another project video.
Now I wanted to make candies that made people look twice, and LEGO bricks instantly came to mind because what’s more awesome than LEGO and gummy put together? But I wasn’t sure where could you get a mold for making LEGO bricks.
Surfing around the internet, I stumbled across an awesome Instructable by SFHandyman: http://bit.ly/IBSFHandyman
To my amazement, not only had he shown how to make a mold for making LEGO candy, he also made LEGO gummies as well!
I played around with loads of variations in recipes to see what texture and tastes I liked the best. And I’ve kept experimenting off and on for the last 4 years, using my kids and wife for feedback. They gobble them up no matter what variations I use, but I’ve finally settled on 1/2 cup of very cold water, 1/4 cup of corn syrup, 2 packets of unflavored gelatin, and 1 pack of Jell-O. I’ve found that the corn syrup seems to help smooth out the texture and the taste.
There are also separate links for creating a silicone LEGO candy mold, which is also relatively simple. The cherry on top is how Thompson closes his mold so that you can actually build with these gummies!
The downside is that if you have very young children at home, you might need to consider waiting until they’re older – these gummies may encourage young children to eat real LEGO parts.
Watch the DIY LEGO gummy candy tutorial video here: