Create with Edible LEGOs (no corn syrup recipe)

Create with Edible LEGOs (no corn syrup recipe)

Inside: Edible LEGO pieces made with gelatin and water in LEGO shaped molds. 


If I want to bring up a topic to engage my kids, I don’t have to look too far. LEGO is always one subject that excites my kids and a question like, “Can you tell me something about [this]?” can keep them talking for hours.

I just have to remember not to say things like, “What a cute airplane!” unless I’m 100% certain that it’s indeed an airplane and not a spaceship. Nothing irritates my kids more than clueless adults. Maybe it’s just my kids, but it’s a sure way to make them shut down. 

By extension, offering to do together any LEGO related activity immediately elevates me to the status of a super mom. So far we have done homemade LEGO soap (is a huge hit in our house), LEGO cake topper (use your favorite cake recipe to fill LEGO mold and assemble the pieces for pleasing effect), LEGO ice (for sensory play), chocolate LEGO candy (yum and makes great presents), and finally LEGO crayons.

Edible LEGOs: I highly recommend this for your next project with kids. It’s pretty quick, not too messy 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! #LEGO

 
 
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!
 
I subtly try to discourage eating of LEGO pieces, but if my kids do take a bite here and there, I don’t faint in horror. 
 
Are you ready? 
 

Edible LEGOs without corn syrup

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 photo below has everything you need for 4 trays.  
 

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 is too lumpy)
 

Equipment

Lego molds
8 oz jelly jars
 

Optional

You can use flavorings and sweeteners, but I try to stay away from that stuff.
 

What to do

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 to absorb water. One time I had to stop in the middle of the project to go put the baby down for a nap and discovered that if you wait longer, the foamy layer is thinner and the percent of the 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 from the photo below the consistency varies greatly depending on which child mixed the powders. It’s all fine!)
 
 
4. Melt the mixtures until it’s all of the same consistency. Stir it well in the beginning, but avoid stirring once it 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.  (Always check the temperature before you let kids stick a finger into the mixture. It can result in a serious burn.).
 
 
 
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 an hour. If you are ok with waiting, 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.
 
 

Voila! LEGO bricks you can stack (and eat)!

 
Note: if you want your LEGO pieces to be stackable put a regular LEGO tray on top of your mold to create the grooves.
 
 
 
As you can see the LEGO pieces are pretty clear. 
 
 
 
I highly recommend this for your next project with kids. The more we do it, the more steps kids can do on their own without my prompts. It’s a great learning experience! 
 

 

What will you create with your edible LEGOs?   


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It’s never too early to start teaching physics to kids. Grab a bucket of sand and some LEGO bricks for a quick demonstration of the Brazil Nut Effect. #summer #sand #science

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