Zucchini Gummy Candy

Yes really.  Zucchini candy.  Sounds strange I know, but hang with me on this.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  I am about to show you that you can take an ordinary zucchini and turn it into something akin to gummy worms or gummy bears.

To me, zucchini has to be one of the simplest vegetables to grow and it usually produces such an abundant harvest that I find I don’t really know what to do with all of it.  So when I heard about this recipe I knew immediately I had to give it a try.   Having just acquired one giant zucchini from my in-laws and with two smaller, freshly harvested ones from my garden I was all set in the squash department.  I also had a very nice stash of Kool-Aid thanks to a fabulous coupon deal at my local Super, so I was able to immediately tackle this rather intriguing looking recipe.

I gathered all the essentials: zucchini, sugar, Kool-Aid, knife, cutting board, vegetable peeler, and my favorite little kitchen helper.  We both washed the veggies and then my little sous chef begged me to let him peel the zucchini, but well, as he is still so new to the world of culinary arts I thought it best if I handled this particular job myself.

With all the zucchini cut up it was time for the next photo opp, sweet as you please.

And a little silly to boot!

Once peeled, the seeds needed to be removed and the zucchini cut into strips or bite-size pieces.  I found the giant zucchini to be much easier to de-seed than the little ones.  In the future I plan to use only the largest ones for this recipe.

Since I couldn’t decide which size I like best I opted for both: cubes (the bears) and some strips (the worms).

The next step is to put the water, Kool-Aid and sugar in a large pot to boil.

Once the Kool-Aid mixture came to a boil, I added the zucchini.

Here’s what it looked like after tossing with the Kool-Aid mixture.

I let this simmer for about half an hour until all the zucchini became translucent.

Using a slotted spoon I scooped out the zucchini pieces and placed them on my dehydrator sheets and then placed the trays in my dehydrator at 125 degrees for 20 hours.

I dried my candy longer than the original recipe called for, but I didn’t want to worry about them sticking together.  I also tossed them in a little powdered sugar for a little added anti-stick protection.

The verdict?  Well, according to my little helper and official taster, the recipe is a keeper!

As for me, I love them too! I plan to allow lots of my zucchinis to grow to gargantuan porportions just so we can make more of these delightful little tidbits.  Such a cool way to use up the inevitable excess of zucchini.  I think I will also try experimenting a bit and use some cinnamon oil and red food coloring instead of Kool-Aid to make some “hot tamale” gummies.  Stay tuned…

Zucchini Candy

10 cups peeled diced zucchini into 1/2 inch cubes
3 cups water
2 pkgs. unsweetened Koolaid (any flavor)
2 1/2 cups sugar

Directions

Peel and dice zucchini, removing the seeds. Mix the liquid syrup together. Add zucchini. Bring to a boil and them simmer for 25 min; drain. Put on dehydrator trays. Dry 14 hours at 125 degrees. Turn pieces over and dry another 4 hours. This will feel dry and not sticky when done. Store in jars or other tightly sealed containers. If you dip in sugar when you turn them, they will be more like “gum drops” on the outside.  You can also toss them in a bit of powdered sugar to prevent them from sticking together.

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10 thoughts on “Zucchini Gummy Candy

  1. I do not have a dehydrator, but I do have an oven, and a little girl who would looooooooove these & a bag of zuchini a friend gave me. This recipe seems as easy or easier than making more sweet pickle relish. Could I do these in the oven on low? If not, what type of dehydrator do you recomend?
    Thanks much for sharing.

    • Hi Karen,
      I have heard of people using their oven to dehydrate things. You would use a very low temperature, keep the oven door slightly ajar, and if possible get the air circulating with a fan. These take about 16 or more hours in the dehydrator so I am not sure how long it would take in the oven. I do think you’d want to flip them periodically so they would dry evenly.

      As far as dehydrators go, I don’t think I could ever live without one now that I’ve owned one. They are one of the most practical kitchen purchases I’ve ever made! They can save you a ton of money in the long run because you can dry foods that are about to go to waste and stock up on grocery deals when the prices are low.

      I have an Excalibur and I really think it’s the best one out there. You can get much cheaper ones, but I have heard they don’t usually last very long and certainly don’t work as well as the Excalibur. But you could always start with something less expensive and, if you find you use yours a lot eventually upgrade to a better model.

      I hope that helps! Thanks for dropping by!

  2. you can use grape juice instead of the kool aid and sugar!! even better for you. the recipe comes out just the same!

    • Oooo! What an awesome idea! I have a couple bottles of juice in the pantry and some zucchini that should be ready before too long. I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Karen,

      Yes, I tried and failed! It’s been a while since I tried it so I can’t remember what I did, but it didn’t turn out. I wish I could find a recipe for cinnamon zucchini gummies. I think they would be so good!

      Thanks for visiting.

      Susan

  3. Hi Susan,
    I tried making cinnamon zucchini gummy worms and they turned out fairly good. I used the basic water, sugar recipe but for flavoring I used an 8 oz. bag of red hot cinnamon candy, 4 cinnamon sticks and a tsp. of cinnamon flavor extract–simmered for an hour or so to blend flavor from the sticks and melt the red hots. I removed the cinnamon sticks and added the zucchini, simmering longer than the normal 25-30 minutes to absorb as much flavor as possible (plus my zucchini was not as uniform in size as yours!). Dehydrate as per your instructions. There is a light cinnamon flavor but not nearly as strong as in a cinnamon bear. I’m not sure how to make it stronger but this is a good start! Maybe somebody else can improve upon this.
    Amy

    • Amy,

      This sounds awesome! My mom always made hard candy during the holidays and my favorite flavor was the hot cinnamon flavor. She used Lorann cinnamon oil. I remember hot cinnamon toothpicks were also popular when I was a kit. We would soak them in the cinnamon oil and then suck on them (very weird now that I think about it). You can kick up the heat with a few drops of this stuff, but be careful because a little goes a long way!

      Thank you for sharing your recipe! I will have to give it a try. My zucchini didn’t make it this year. I am guessing it’s because of all the rain we had early in the season. I may hit the farmer’s market to get some zucchini so I can make some Gummy Candy this year.

      Have a great day!

      Susan

  4. Oh my gosh your little helper is so sweet I found it hard to stay focused on the recipe! Thanks we’ll give it a shot!

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