Make your own homemade gummy worms or leeches for Halloween using healthy fruits, juices, or even kombucha without special molds or scary ingredients. Makes approximately 40 gummy leeches, depending on the size you make them.
Mix together 1 cup of the juice (or other liquid) with the 5 Tbsp. of gelatin and allow the gelatin to rest for several minutes. This will allow the gelatin to "bloom," meaning that it will absorb the liquid and expand. This will make it much easier to dissolve the gelatin later.
Begin warming the other half of the juice in a small saucepan over the stove.
Stir the hydrated gelatin mixture into the saucepan with the rest of the juice, and stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin fully dissolves.
Prepare whatever gummy worm or leech "molds" that you want to use. To make gummy worms with straws, fill a tall, narrow glass with tightly packed straws. For gummy leeches, place a sheet of aluminum foil over the grate of your oven grill, and gently press the foil into the spaces between the grating. It's easiest if you begin on one side and carefully work your way to the other side. You can, of course, also use a silicone gummy worm mold.
Pour the gelatin mixture into your candy molds. Using a syringe or dropper makes the job easier and less messy, but you can also carefully pour or spoon the mixture into the molds.
Place the molds over ice or place them in the fridge until the gelatin has set. If using the grill method, and the grill doesn't fit in your fridge, you can allow the gelatin to set at room temperature and then move the foil to the fridge.
Carefully remove the candies from the molds.
You can now serve and eat them immediately or store them in the fridge for later.
Nutritional information for 1 gummy worm based on making 40 gummy worms with the amounts listed above and using lime juice as the base liquid. It will vary depending upon the size of your molds.