Dill Pickle Gummy Worms
If you've got some gummy candy molds, why not get weird with it? These Dill Pickle Gummy Worms are not only hilarious, they're actually really tasty!
Back when I first bought some gummy molds, making dill pickle gummies was one of the first things I wanted to do... and the first thing I actually made with them.
I have no idea why the idea even came to mind, as I had so many other cool ideas on the go - Homemade BCAA Gummies, Tart Cherry "Gouties", all kinds of exotic fruits on hand... but no. Pickle gummies was 100% my focus at first!
I made them on a Friday night - skating night. We made and ate some, laughed a bunch, and decided to bring them to the rink for our adult skating practice. I was handing them out, not telling people what flavour they were -I said they should guess.
It was SUPER fun to see the looks on everyone's faces as they realized what the flavour was. A LOT of people asked for seconds, including someone's kid who was WAY into them - I ended up giving them the remainder of the batch!
The flavour profile of these is going to vary wildly based on the type of pickle brine you use. I used a pretty basic garlic dill pickle, but you can use whatever you like. Spicy ones could be fun!
Hell, olive brine could make some fun martini garnishes, for that matter.
I am NOT a fan of sweet pickles at all, so there's not a ton of sugar in these. It's weird - they definitely register as sweet / candy, but don't trip the "OMG GET IT OUT OF MY MOUTH NOW UGH" that accidentally biting a sweet pickle does. They're really tasty!
A note on colouring:
Our first batch of these, we didn't add any colouring at all, and they turned out a pale, straw colour. It was pretty meh and nondescript, so I do recommend colouring them.
Having gotten rid of all of my cake decorating stuff before our move - including many dozens of Americolor gel tints - which would have been perfect! - I only have a little box of Wilton paste colors on hand. This is the box I have, and I used a little each of Lemon Yellow and Leaf Green to come up with the lime green you see pictured. (More yellow than green).
If you haven't used Wilton or Americolor tints before, a word of caution - a little goes a LONG way. For this, I whirled the end of a toothpick in the paste, and added that to the gummy mixture. Start with less than you think you'll need!
Unlike commercially made gummies, there really aren't any preservatives in homemade gummies in general. These pickle gummies may be a bit different, as pickling brine is a preservative, but I still recommend treating them the same as other homemade gummies.
SO, store them in an airtight container or ziplock baggie, and keep them in the fridge while you're not eating them. Dried out gummies just get kind of crusty, gross, and shrunken, and the gelatin is a magnet for microbial growth. So, eat them soonish after making them!
The number of molds you'd need will vary based on the mold, but in the style shown - This is the set I used - this recipe fills 2 trays exactly. (The set comes with 3).
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