Homemade gummies are a great candy snack; whether you are seven or 70, no one can resist those colorful sweet delights. Not only are they delicious to eat, but they are also very fun to make, considering you can make them in all colors and shapes you like. Still, there’s a common problem with homemade gummies that they often melt. So, how to make gummies that don’t melt?
The main thing is to dehydrate the gummies and let them dry thoroughly, so they don’t melt. Since homemade gummies contain more sugar than store-bought and none of the additives make store-bought gummies so stable, the drying process is imperative for solid homemade gummies.
Homemade gummies can be a great snack, but if they melt, they can ruin your experience. Store-bought gummies don’t melt even when you have them squeezed in your pocket, so it is entirely possible to make homemade gummies that don’t melt. In the following paragraphs, I will explain how to make gummies that don’t melt and give you the recipe to make the best gummies and enjoy them to the fullest.
Why Are Gummies Melting?
First of all, although soft gummies still fall within the solid category, they contain a high amount of moisture. They are gelatin-based, and to make them, you need warm water.
Water naturally creates moisture, but warm water creates even more as it melts the sugar. Gummies normally contain a lot of sugar, though some sugar-free variants exist.
The water melts the sugar, which releases additional moisture, which is why the gummies become unstable and they melt when stored at room temperature. You are supposed to store gummies at room temperature, meaning there is a way to keep them stable and solid.
Another reason homemade gummies melt and store-bought don’t is because store-bought gummies are covered with wax, and homemade ones aren’t.
How Do You Keep Edible Gummies From Melting?
The trick to keeping edible gummies from melting is to dehydrate them, deprive them of moisture as much as possible, and at the surface so that it is more resistant.
The most effective drying method takes rather long, but it is worth the time as it results in great gummies. You need to place the mold in the fridge when you make the gummy mixture and put it into the molds.
The common way is to put the gummy mold in the freezer, but that’s not the best thing to do. The gummies won’t freeze, but they will become moister than before. Therefore, when you let them out of the freezer, they will be more sensitive to room temperature and melt more quickly.
Instead of placing the gummies in the freezer, put them in the fridge for about three hours. After the three hours pass, take the gummies out of the mold and put them on parchment paper. Make sure they don’t touch.
Keep the temperature at about 25 °C, i.e., 77 °F. Let the gummies dehydrate for three days. In the fridge, the gummies lose about three % moisture; at room temperature, they lose about 10% a day.
While dehydrating, you should coat them with coconut oil, a replacement for the wax used in the store-bought gummies. Coat the gummies with coconut oil twice a day.
Each coconut oil layer over the previous one helps the gummies keep their shape and protects the exterior. It works something like an external shield.
During the drying process, it is recommended that you use a fan directed at the gummies, which will make the process more effective. Keep the fan at medium strength because too aggressive fanning will make the coconut oil layer uneven and dry the gummy surface.
After the three days of drying, place the gummies for another three hours for additional hardening. By this time, they have already dehydrated to a great extent, and the six coats of coconut oil do a great job protecting the gummies from the fridge moisture.
Therefore, the gummies will harden and solidify but won’t moisten as the fridge moisture won’t penetrate them due to the six coconut oil layers.
At What Temperature Do Gummies Melt?
Gummies melt in the oven, as well as out of the oven, at a temperature of 35 °C, i.e., 95 °F. So on hot summer days, when the temperature is around or over 35 °C or 95 °F, place the gummies in the fridge before the melting process even begins. It is easier to prevent the gummies from melting than to harden them after they have melted.
Therefore, don’t even let them soften, but refrigerate them once you notice the temperature in the room is getting close to the gummy melting temperature.
How Do You Preserve Gummies?
If you make them properly and dry them well, gummies are a long-lasting snack remaining safe and tasty for weeks. Once you’ve made them, place them in an airtight container, preferably larger, and leave them in a cool and dark area.
Keep an eye on the temperature; if you notice it getting warmer, place the gummies in the fridge. Ensure you don’t stuff the gummies in the container, as they could start melting due to lack of space. See that they are lightly placed next to one another and if you layer them, place parchment paper between layers so that the gummies don’t touch.
Homemade Gummies that Don’t Melt
- 2 oz granulated sugar
- 1 oz unflavored gelatin
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 oz corn syrup
- 2,5 oz of flavored liquid, such as juice or water
- few drops of candy flavoring
- Mix the gelatin, sugar, and liquid in a heatproof vessel.
- Let it sit for about five minutes for the gelatin to develop.
- Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds and take it out.
- Stir the mixture.
- Microwave for another 15 seconds.
- Stir again.
- Check to see if the gelatin has evenly activated, and stir again if you see any bumps.
- Microwave in 5-second intervals until you even out the mixture stirring after each cycle.
- Add the corn syrup, lemon juice, and candy flavoring.
- Stir the mixture carefully.
- If there is foam on the surface, scoop it off.
- Grease up the mold and pour the mixture.
- Place the mold in the fridge for three hours.
- After the three hours have passed, place the gummies on parchment paper, let them dry at room temperature for three days, and put coconut oil twice a day.
- After three days, place the gummies in the fridge again for three hours.
- Store the gummies in an airtight container in a cool and dark area.
- Note: At first, your gummies will be softer, but they get chewier over time. Since they don't contain any perishables, they will last a long time if you store them right.