Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tutorial Time: Jelly Pop Pumpkins!

Here's a fun and tasty Halloween item you still have time to make before the big day: Jelly Pop Pumpkins.  It's a homemade version of the fun shaped jellies on stick the stores sell, except these will be much fresher and tastier than the stuff that's probably been sitting on a shelf for months (when they start dragging out the Halloween items super early).  

The recipe is from the DIY Gum Drops I shared during CraftShare this summer.  The silicone pumpkin mold is from Wilton & pretty cheap - especially now that Halloween items are already marked down significantly.

You'll need:

1 cup Sugar
1 cup Corn Syrup
3/4 cup Water
1 Box Powdered Fruit Pectin (find it in the baking/canning section)
1/2tsp. Baking Soda
A few drops of Flavor Oil (Lor-Ann makes loads of flavors)
A few drops of Food Coloring

Vegetable Oil
Silicone Mold
2 small saucepans
Heat resistant spoons (wooden or silicone are best)
Waxed Paper
Extra sugar for rolling (about 1 cup)
Lollipop Sticks (find in candy-making aisle of most craft stores)

As mentioned before the key to success with jelled candies like these is oiling up the mold like crazy.  You want them to come out nice & easy, so a silicone mold+a good slathering of vegetable oil are critical:

Mix the sugar & corn syrup in one saucepan and the baking soda, water & pectin in the other over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes (when the baking soda stops foaming):

Then pour the baking soda mixture into the sugar syrup and stir for one minute.  Then add a few drops of flavor oil & coloring and pour into the molds.  I used orange coloring and marshmallow flavoring:

Let the candy sit for 24 hrs  - it needs to firm up into shape.  After 24 hrs, flip molds and gently push the jellies out onto waxed paper and let them fully set for another 24 hrs.

Now comes the fun part, roll each pumpkin in sugar on all sides.

I did some with black sugar for a spookier look.  I used pre-colored sugar, but you can make your own with a drop or two of coloring gel and plain white sugar (you'll want to do that in advance so the sugar is dry before using).

Then carefully insert the lollipop sticks about 2/3 into the candy.  I recommend doing this right before displaying them standing up or leaving them on their sides until serving so gravity doesn't cause things to slid down.

My pumpkins are about 2"x2" so they're a bit on the heavy side, but tasty items like these don't stick around long in my house, since everyone wants to eat them right away.  This recipe makes about 1.25lbs of jellies, so it makes plenty for taking to parties, sharing with friends or as a festive treat for the kids.


Sharing this with my FAVE LINK PARTIES too so click HERE to check them out!


  1. They look great, I never would of thought of making my own! Thanks for sharing the 'how to'.

  2. They look fantastic! thanks for sharing the how to - and that cuddly ghostie in the photos is gorgeous! Did you make him?

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  3. That is totally cool - need to find those molds and make some myself :)

    Love for you to link up at:
    "Made by ME" Linky Party at JAQS at http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/10/made-by-me-4-linky-party-and-features.html

  4. We are having a Halloween Kid Treats party over at Sassy Sites! I would love for you to come by and link this up! XOXO!

  5. This is so awesome - what a great tutorial. I'm already thinking of other fun jelly candies to make. I'd love for you to share with my readers if you get a chance. I'm pinning this! http://www.momontimeout.com/2011/10/taking-timeout-thursday-link-party-no-2.html
    -Trish @ Mom On Timeout

  6. Those look awesome! Visiting from Over the Big Moon link up :)

  7. I featured this today! Come by and check it out! :) Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites FFA party! Have a wonderful Halloween weekend! XOXO!!

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  8. These are so fun! I am for sure going to have to try them out! Thanks for linking up at 4th Friday Finale!


  9. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!!! I'm featuring your pumpkin pops as my treat of the week!

  10. Oh I just love, love, love that these are homemade and not store bought! What a fantastic idea! Love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

  11. wow, my kids sure would love it if I made something like this! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!


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