Overwhelmed by zucchini or summer squash? Make some summer squash gummy candy! I saw a recipe online that made them with drink mix and sugar, and coated them with more drink mix – more sugar and artificial color and flavor than I prefer. So I decided to experiment with a simpler version using grape juice concentrate. It worked out great!
Summer Squash Gummy Candy Recipe
- 8 cups summer squash or zucchini, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
- 1 can fruit juice concentrate (11.5 ounce) (I used grape w/ no added sugar, but I think most types would work.)
- 1 can water
Prepare zucchini, place in a large, nonreactive stockpot.
Pour in grape juice concentrate and water.
Cook gently until translucent and tender, about 30 minutes.
Drain in a colander, spread out on dehydrator sheets so the pieces are not touching.
Dehydrate at 125 degrees F for 14 hours or until tacky but no longer moist. (I dried mine for close to 20 hours because it was very humid.)
The original recipe I saw called for rolling these in powdered lemonade mix to do a sweet/sour gummy, but the grape juice provides plenty of sweetness for me. I’d suggest storing these in the fridge and eating them within a month, or freezing for longer storage. With the sugar content and water content, it’s tough to get them dry enough to ensure long shelf life without cooler temps.
And there you have it – summer squash gummy candy made with no artificial flavors or colors and unsweetened fruit juice.
Three fair sized crooknecks made eight cups raw squash, which dehydrated down to around 3 cups. Zucchini would probably be a little easier to use since they have a more uniform seed cavity. The texture and taste is amazingly similar to a commercial gummy candy. I used the leftover grape juice concentrate to flavor kombucha.
My boys were a little leery, but my friend Tammy and her son, Nathan, loved them. Even my husband said they really tasted like a “normal” gummy candy.
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