A recipe for Lego Fruit Gummies inspired by our visit to Legoland Florida! Turn your favorite fruit juice into lego-shaped homemade gummies with the addition of gelatin and a little honey.
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We recently spent a few days in Orlando for Evan’s birthday! We stayed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort and spent the week visiting Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Universal, and Legoland.
Today I am going over our day at Legoland Florida. Check out the rest of our trip to Orlando in 2014 here along with our previous visit to Legoland in October 2013:
- Pierogi Ruskie (Polish Dumplings with Potatoes and Cheese) and Downtown Disney
- Caprese Pizza and Disney’s Magic Kingdom
- Baghrir (Moroccan Crepes) and Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2014
- Bobotie (South African Spiced Meat Casserole) and Animal Kingdom
- Shrimp Pesto Pizza and POP Century
- Naan Breakfast Sandwich and Art of Animation
- Cornish Pasties (Cornish Pastry Filled with Beef and Vegetables) and Universal Orlando
- Fettuccine with Mushroom Cream Sauce and Universal Orlando
- Lego Crayons and Legoland Florida
Legoland Florida was another highlight of our week and this year we got to visit with the grandparents! The park opened in October 2011 and is about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Disney World.
We tried to get a family photo in front of the entrance, but impatient Evan just wanted to go have fun. He couldn’t waste any precious minutes posing for a photo, so this ended up being the best we could do.
Fresh from Florida Greenhouse
At the time of this post (2014), Legoland Florida is divided into the following areas: The Beginning, Fun Town, Miniland USA, Duplo Village, Lego Kingdoms, Land of Adventure, Lego City, Imagination Zone, Lego Technic, Pirates’ Cove, Cyprus Gardens, and World of Chima.
We started our day with the Fresh From Florida Greenhouse. This interactive exhibit shows the steps from farm to table. Miniature lego farm scenes are scattered through a variety of vegetables and ornamental plants.
It seems like in every park we visited, Evan always went straight for the carousel. The Grand Carousel is quite large with two levels Lego-style horses. Evan was excited to ride twice in a row thanks to the low crowd levels.
Unfortunately, we still missed out on Duplo Village. It closed for renovations right before our trip in October and didn’t open until the end of May. The water park was also closed during this visit, so I am glad we spent a good bit of time there in October.
Evan has grown a bit since October, so there were a few rides he could try this time. The Safari Trek was a particular highlight. Individual vehicles go along a track with large Lego safari animals.
Chad’s favorite is still the Star Wars section of Miniland.
As a note, this area of the park gets very very hot. There isn’t much for shade and all the concrete doesn’t help, so it is definitely best during the beginning or end of the day.
There are a few cooling fans stationed throughout the park, but by the afternoon, the mist seems to evaporate before it even hits you.
Sections of Miniland include Daytona Int’l Speedway, Florida, Kennedy Space Center, Pirate’s Shores, California, New York, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, and Lego Star Wars.
If you get the chance, look closely at detailing put into each of the sections. I especially enjoyed all the little scenes.
When Legoland Florida took over Cypress Gardens, they restored the botanical gardens and incorporated it into the park.
Walking along the trails, you will see a collection of native and imported plants, including a Banyan tree planted in 1939. We were strolling by the pond just in time to see an alligator catch a huge fish.
Lego Fruit Gummies
For my last Legoland post, I made Lego-shaped crayons using silicone lego brick and minifigure molds to create the distinctive shapes. I decided to use the same silicone molds again to make these homemade Lego Fruit Gummies!
This recipe is fairly versatile based on ingredients you have available. It is a fun way to use up any extra or homemade juice you have on hand and play around with different flavors.
I made three different batches, each a different color, with store-bought juice blends. The flavors were Orange Carrot Beet (so vibrant!), Orange Strawberry (a personal favorite), and a green Apple Celery Spinach Kale Lemon juice.
Just try to avoid any fruit with proteolytic enzymes such as pineapple, kiwi, mango, papaya, guava, and ginger. The enzymes will break down the gelatin if not thoroughly heated and prevent the gummies from setting.
You can use any shape silicone or plastic molds. The silicone is much easier to work with and doesn’t require any greasing compared to more stiff plastic molds. The version I got is no longer available, but Amazon does have the following at the time of updating this post: Building Block Silicone Mold Set.
If you don’t have a mold available, double the ingredients and pour into a parchment-lined small baking dish after the gelatin has dissolved. Refrigerate until set, then cut the sheet into individual fruit gummy squares.
A Few Homemade Fruit Gummy Tips
Take care when whisking the juice in the pan. Try to avoid creating too many bubbles or foam on the surface. The bubbles will remain and create air pockets on the surface of the gummies.
The gelatin begins to set quickly after removing from heat. If it starts to harden before you finish filling all the molds, gently reheat it on the stove and whisk to make sure the powder is thoroughly dissolved.
If needed, use a funnel or transfer the heated juice to a small pitcher to help carefully pour into the silicone molds.
The exact yield of gummies will depend on the size of your silicone molds. Smaller gummies will also set more quickly than the larger molds. The ingredients can easily be doubled for a larger batch.
Gummies are more likely to tear in molds with narrow edges or crannies.
After removing from the molds, store the gummies in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.
Lego Fruit Gummies Recipe
Adapted from Inspired Edibles
Lego Fruit Gummies
- 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) fruit or fruit/vegetable juice
- 1 tablespoon (9 grams) gelatin powder
- 2 teaspoons (10 milliliters) honey
- In a small saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over the fruit juice. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
- Place the saucepan over medium low heat. Cook, whisking occasionally, just until the juice has heated enough to dissolve the gelatin, but is not boiling.
- Whisk in the honey and adjust flavors to taste.
- Divide the heated juice among the lego-shaped silicone molds.
- Allow to rest at room temperature for 15-30 minutes, then transfer to a refrigerator to chill until the gelatin has set and the tops are no longer sticky, at least 2 hours to overnight.
- Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.