We now have done edible LEGOs a couple of times, tried different recipes and I can tell you from experience, this here is the best recipe for edible homemade gummy LEGOs there is. By trial-and-error I discovered a couple of tricks that help make clearer pieces with less work. As the extra bonus the final product is not sticky! And something I don’t mind my kids to actually eat (although lucky for me they don’t actually want to eat it that much because I don’t like them eating sweets at all)
Are you ready?
Edible LEGOs without corn syrup
It is so simple you would be surprised what took you so long!
The recipe below is for one tray! It means, if you use this set with 4 trays, you will need this recipe x 4. The pic below has everything you need for 4 trays. If you think, oh gosh, I really don’t need to buy another thing that will be used just once and never again. Think again! This mold can be used for a variety of projects: homemade LEGO soap (is a huge hit in our house), cake topper (use any favorite cake recipe and then royal icing for details), LEGO ice (for sensory play), chocolate LEGO candy (next on our list), and finally LEGO crayons (check out this tutorial from STEAM powered family).
Ingredients (for 1 tray)
1 package Knox Original unflavored Gelatin (for the texture)
1 package Jello-O flavored Gelatin (for the color and flavor)
1/3 cup + 1 Tablespoon Water (might need 1-2 teaspoons more,
if the mixture it too lumpy)
if the mixture it too lumpy)
8 oz jelly jar
You can use flavorings and sweeteners, but I try to stay away from that stuff.
1. Pour powders into the water and stir. If you end up with a huge lump that doesn’t dissolve add an additional teaspoon of water.
2. Let jelly jar rest for 10-30 minutes. Gelatin will continue absorb water. I have discovered (by having to stop in the middle of the project to go put baby down for a nap) that if you wait longer, the foamy layer is thinner and the percent of clear mixture is higher).
3. Bring a pan of water on a stovetop to slow boil. Put mason jar(s) in the water. (As you can see the consistency varies depending on which child mixed the powders. It doesn’t matter!).
4. Melt the mixtures until it’s all of the same consistency. Stir it well in the beginning, but avoid stirring once the foam starts forming on top. If you mix this foam into the mixture, the LEGOs won’t be as clear.
5. Let the mixture sit for a while at room temperature. I would say probably at least half an hour. At this point we usually put the shoes on and go for a walk. (Definitely check the temperature before you let kids stick a finger into the mixture).
6. When it’s ready the foamy layer on top should create a solid layer that you can pick with the spoon and pull away. Voila!
7. The clear liquid under the film is what goes into the molds.
8. If you are inpatient put the trays in the fridge for half hour. If you are ok with waiting just leave it at room temperature as the recipe doesn’t need cold to set.
9. When LEGO pieces are ready, they pop right out and ready to be eaten or played with.
Note: if you want your LEGOs to be stackable put a regular LEGO tray on top of your mold to create the grooves.
As you can see the LEGOs are pretty clear. Some pieces are better than others, but kids are not bothered by any imperfections. They are on top of the world.
I highly recommend this for your next project with kids. It’s pretty quick, not too much mess and it’s good for hours of Lego Fun. The more we do it, the more steps kids can do on their own without my prompts. It’s a great learning experience! The last time we did it, they did everything on their own and just brought me the jars when they were ready for melting stage. They would have been happy to handle the melting too, but I don’t feel comfortable yet with letting them next to the open fire.