There's nothing better than revisiting your childhood and letting yourself go a little. Whether that's playing with lego or pretending you're a secret agent. Remember snacking on Haribos and having your favourite flavour of gummy bear? Well, guess what, today we're making our own!
Birthday Cake Gummy Bears
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Inspired but Funfetti Cake Batter Gookie Dough, these birthday cake gummies are super adorable and rainbow magical. All you need is 235ml of water, one teaspoon of vanilla, three tablespoons of sugar, rainbow sprinkles and three packets of gelatin. Then two 50 bear gummy moulds with a dropper!
Simply sprinkle your rainbow sprinkles inside the empty bolds. Mix the water, sugar and vanilla together. pour half of the mixture into a small saucepan and heat until simmering. Mix the gelatin into the remaining half of the mixture and add the simmering liquid to the gelatin mixture, stirring until it has dissolved. Fill the moulds with the liquid using your dropper and pop into the fridge until set. Then remove from the moulds.
Margarita Gummy Bears
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So, we're now levelling up and half adulting. You will need 60ml of tequila, 60ml of lime juice, a pinch of salt, two tablespoons of sugar and three packs of gelatin along with your two 50 bear gummy moulds/dropper.
Mix the tequila, lime juice, sugar and salt and pour half the mixture into a small saucepan and heat until simmering. Mix the gelatin into the remaining half of the mixture. Add simmering liquid to the gelatin mixture and stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Fill the moulds with the liquid using the dropper and pop in the fridge to set.
Latte Gummy Bears
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Perfect if you don't have time to make a coffee first thing in the morning so you can chomp on these first thing in the morning. Sweets for breakfast? Love it! You will need 125ml of strong coffee, 4 tablespoons of coconut milk, 2 tablespoons of sugar and three packs of gelatin with your moulds and dropper.
Mix your coffee, sugar and milk together and pour half of the mixture into a saucepan and heat until simmering. Mix gelatin into the remaining half of the mixture and add simmering liquid to the gelatin mixture, stirring until it has dissolved. Fill the gummy moulds and pop in the fridge to set.
Time to get your hands messy! How can you deny an alcoholic drink which is disguised in a gummy? Happy pre-weekend!
Sugar is the main ingredient in our lives. It is in everything and provides us with the energy we need. However, here are some interesting facts about sugar that you may not know.
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When we're born, the only taste we crave is sugar. Weird, right? Sugar is also one of the world's oldest ingredients. The sugar cane became used in around 8000 B.C. (don't ask me where they get the statistics from!).
The tallest sugar cube tower measured six feet and ten inches and was built by Camille Courgeon of France on the 1st July 2013. This tower used a whopping 2,669 cubes and was built in just under three hours.
A sugar addiction can be genetic (so you no longer have to blame yourself for giving into those sweet treats). Those who had genetic changes in a hormone called ghrelin consume more sugar and alcohol than those with no gene variation. In fact, sugar and alcohol have similar toxic effects on the liver. Liver damage can occur without excess calories or weight gain.
Sugar is in a lot of products that you wouldn't expect. For example, it is found in tonic water, marinades, bread, dressings and tomato sauce. Heinz ketchup surprisingly has one teaspoon of sugar in each one tablespoon serving.
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Sugar isn't the sweetest thing around. In fact, the sweetest compound ever known is something called lugduname and is over 20,000 times sweeter than sugar. Imagine that intense flavour.
Sugar consumption is on the rise and it is thought that we consume the most sugar through regular soda drinks followed by sweets then cakes, cookies and pies then fruit drinks and finally, dairy desserts and milk along with other grains.
Brazil is the world's largest producer of sugar cane but you'd be surprised that America or the UK isn't the largest consumer. In fact, it's India.
In the 16th century, a teaspoon of sugar cost £3.77. Rather outrageous! Now you can grab a bag for next to nothing.
This dessert may look fancy but can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. If you have a spare half an hour, then get to it because it includes everything that is sat in your kitchen cupboard or fridge. Caramel apple Gookie dessert? Bring that dish to the family gathering; it'll have everyone thinking you're the best baker in the world!
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You will need:
Three red delicious apples which are peeled, cored and sliced
475ml of apple juice
510g of Gookie Dough (preferably original)
Three tablespoons of white sugar
500g of caramel dip or sauce
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Preheat the oven to 175 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Place the apple slices in a bowl and cover them with apple juice. Roll out the Gookie Dough onto the baking tray and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake the Gookie Dough in the oven for about 5-10 minutes or until cooked but also gooey. Warm the caramel in the microwave and spread over the cooled cookie. Remove the apple slices from the juice and arrange them in rows over the caramel. Then drizzle any remaining caramel over the apples. Cut into the desired size and serve.
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We told you it wasn't complicated! Apples mean that this is one of your five a day, right? So if we eat five pieces, then we've met the requirements? We can wish!
We love fudge. Whether it's lathered within a chocolate cake or the sickly-sweet stuff you get at the seaside, we want it. All of it. Fudge has always been one of those recipes that not many people attempt, it doesn't exactly sound easy, but I've just transformed your views, as this is microwave fudge that you can make in no time at all. Perfect for you lazy bakers! Who doesn't love a kitchen hack?
Peanut Butter Fudge
Peanut butter is the cheese to our pizza, the drizzle to our pancakes and most definitely, the key to our hearts. The food trend was fire this year and why wouldn't you want to combine the two?
Sweet condensed milk and chocolate chips are the perfect partners in crime. Get creative by adding drizzled chocolate, nuts or candy and own it! Probably the only recipe you can't fudge up (see what I did there?)!
Get the sugar rush flowing and make everything majestically unicorn magical. Add as many sprinkles as you want and make a rainbow explosion. No one can be sad if there are sugar-coated delights around.
Red Velvet Fudge
Is it just me or are we just discussing all of our famous Gookie Dough flavours? Get fancy with red velvet fudge and marshmallow fluff (oof, heaven!); you shall be on cloud nine!
Pretzel Nutella Fudge
Possible one to confuse the taste buds as the salty pretzel flavour intertwined with Nutella hits both sweet and savoury senses! Mix some pretzels and Nutella together, spread out on a pan and freeze them for a few hours, super easy.
Candy Cane Fudge
Perfect for the festive holidays, this candy cane fudge provides a refreshing peppermint taste. Using red food colouring, you can get creative (pro tip: instead of mixing in the food colouring, do a swirl effect before popping in the fridge, so it looks super fancy).
Cookie Crumb Caramel Fudge
Buttery, the right amount of sweetness and amazingly creamy. Using condensed milk, brown sugar, butter, golden syrup, white chocolate, cream and cookies of your choice (Oreo, of course), you can make this in 15 minutes max!
Making fudge for adults only? Add a splash of your favourite liqueur and get all fancy.