Creepy Brain Gumdrop Treat – Best Cheap & Easy Halloween Party Food For Kid


  1. Butter your brain molds before you make your batch of gumdrops.
  2. Butter the sides of a heavy 1-1/2 or 2 quart saucepan. Set aside.
  3. In another 2 or 3 quart saucepan combine water, pectin, and baking soda. Mixture will be foamy. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In the buttered saucepan pour corn syrup. Sprinkle sugar. Turn heat on medium-high and stir gently to dissolve sugar. Be careful not to splash the sugar crystals onto the side of your saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Clip your candy thermometer onto the side of your pot. Cook until the thermometer registers 260 degrees Fahrenheit. You will continue to cook your sugar (ultimately you’ll want it to reach 280 degrees which is the soft crack stage,) but at this point, you need to set your pan of pectin mixture back on the stove and heat it over high heat until it comes to a boil.
  5. Once your pot of boiling corn syrup/sugar reaches 280 degrees remove it from the heat or turn off your gas. Slowly and VERY CAREFULLY drizzle in the hot pectin, stirring slowly yet constantly. Once all the pectin has been poured into the saucepan, return it to medium-high heat and cook it for one more minute, then remove from heat and pour into a glass bowl, with a spout, preferably. This stops it from continuing to cook.
  6. To flavor your gumdrops, add some flavored oil or extract, 1/4-1/2 teaspoon, if flavoring the whole batch. To check if you like the flavor, fill a glass with ice water, take a small spoonful of your hot gumdrop mixture and set the spoon in the ice water. Let it set for at least 30 seconds. Remove it and touch it to make sure it is cool. Return to water, if too hot. Taste it. Adjust your flavoring accordingly.
  7. Fill up each brain cavity about 3/4 full.
  8. Immediately, poke a hole in each brain using a skewer or toothpick that has been dipped in red food coloring. Swirl the skewer around a bit, spreading the red coloring around inside the brains.
  9. Allow the gumdrops to cool for 1 hour then pop the molds into the freezer for an hour. Remove, & coat all the gumdrop brains in sugar.

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