Use a silicone mold to make homemade gumdrops shaped like skulls and crossbones for a fun Halloween treat. You can flavor them how you like.
Silicone molds have become one of my absolute favorite kitchen tools and I wish I could find more designs for Halloween. The mold I used to create these skull and crossbone gumdrops is one of my favorite. I used it last year to make skull shaped cheese for my Halloween party and this year, I’ll be serving these candies.
Last week, while I was making my white Gumdrop Ghosts, I poured some of the hot molten candy into my skull mold not sure of how much detail would show up in a gummy candy. When I popped them out of the mold, I was thrilled to see that they looked perfect. All the grooves around the teeth showed up and once I coated my gumdrops in sugar, the details really popped. I think I’ll make several more batches of these for our party.
Gumdrop Skull and Crossbones (makes 16-20)
butter (to grease pan and skull and crossbones mold)
3/4 cup water
1 (1.75 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin (original not low or no sugar pectin)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup plus a small amount more to attach eyes
1/4 -1/2 teaspoon flavored oil (I used LorAnn Orange oil)
optional, white food coloring
granulated sugar to coat gumdrops
NOTE: You want pectin that is white or clear looking. I suggest Sure-Jell.Supplies:
2-3 skull and crossbones silicone molds (lightly greased with butter)
optional, food handling glove to help with greasing your molds
1 1/2 or 2 quart saucepan, preferably a good quality stainless steel pan
2 or 3 quart saucepan
glass bowl with spout or a glass mixing bowl
Butter your skull and crossbones cavities in your silicone molds.
Make one batch of gumdrops (see recipe, here.) Add white coloring, if using, or just leave the mixture clear.
Carefully pour hot candy into molds. I made a bit of a mess here and just used a spatula to scrape off the dribbles. If you make a mess, like I did, do not touch this candy with your fingers. It will burn. You can also just wait until it cools and cut off the dribbles.
Allow the gumdrops to cool for about 8 hours. To speed up the process allow them to cool for an hour then pop them in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
To un-mold, turn the silicone mold upside down and press the gumdrops out onto a sugar coated baking sheet. Coat gumdrops entirely in sugar.
Store in an airtight container for up to a month.
Items used to create this project that are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales)
Another use for the Skull and Crossbones silicone mold.
More Halloween candy recipes
from Hungry Happenings