DIY Sour Patch Kids Recipe and Classic Snacks Made from Scratch Giveaway

by autumn on February 19, 2013


The first time I met Casey Barber I was so psyched to interview her for the podcast and when we bonded over peeling the marshmallow coconut skin off of Sno-balls, I knew she was exactly the person you’d want on your side for DIY snacks. At that point, her book, Classic Snacks Made From Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-name Treats, was in its earliest stages and I have been anticipating it ever since.

Classic Snacks Made From Scratch is full-color, has that lay-flat binding that I wish was required of every cookbook, and is packed with gorgeous photos. The one thing that really stuck out to me is how simple the recipes are, in the best way. I certainly never imagined that it was possible to make Corn Nuts at home, let alone with only four ingredients, but Casey makes it happen.


I have seriously fond memories of globby tapioca pudding on fast-food salad bars (remember when Wendy’s had a salad bar?!), but am slighty embarrassed to admit that I had never thought about making it myself. The recipe in Classic Snacks Made From Scratch made me realize that tapioca is basically the easiest pudding to make ever. I successfully cooked some up while multi-tasking (not my strong point) and it totally took me back.

I had a minor freak-out when I realized there was a recipe for homemade Sour Patch Kids in the book. I’m just the sort of weirdo that has citric acid and copious amount of powdered gelatin stashed in my pantry, so these also came together so easily. (If you’re not my sort of weirdo, there’s a really helpful resources section at the back of the book to help you find stuff like citric acid.) The instructions and recipe headnotes in Classic Snacks Made From Scratch include phrases like, “The sugar will form a big, scary, hard clump when it hits the gelatin, but don’t worry,” which is exactly how I want to be talked to when dealing with anything that’s 300 degrees. In other words, the book is totally approachable.

To celebrate the launch of Classic Snacks Made From Scratch, I have one copy to give away. Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win by 5pm ET on Friday, February 22nd (US and Canadian entries only and one entry per person, please). I will choose a winner at random.


Sour Patch Kids


  • For the Jellies
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime, lemon, or orange juice or bottled cherry juice
  • 1/2 t citric acid
  • 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 4 (1/4 ounce) envelopes powdered unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
  • Coating
  • 1 T powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 T granulated sugar
  • 1/2 t citric acid

Cooking Directions

  1. MAKE THE JELLIES: Whisk the fruit juice and citric acid with 1/4 cup water in a 2-quart straight-sided saucepan until the granules are fully dissolved. Sprinkle the gelatin as evenly as possible over the surface; it will absorb the liquid on it own without whisking or stirring.
  2. Whisk the sugar with the remaining 1/4 cup water in a separate straight-sided saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, uncovered, stirring until the sugar fully dissolves. When the liquid starts to bubble, stop stirring and attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Cook undisturbed until the sugar reaches 300 degrees on the thermometer. You'll notice the liquid thicken to a more syrupy texture as the boiling slows and the bubbles become less "furious"--but a thermometer is the most surefire way to know when you've reaches the right temperature without undercooking or overshooting.
  3. Carefully pour the hot sugar into the gelatin and place the saucepan over medium-low heat. The sugar will form a big, scary, hard clump when it hits the gelatin, but don't worry: gently and continuously stir over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, and it will soften and dissolve until there are no more clear lumpy bits. If the liquid starts to boil, lower the heat.
  4. Pour the mixture into an 8-inch square glass baking dish and let sit at room temperature for 2 hours.
  5. COAT THE CANDIES: Whisk the powdered sugar and cornstarch together in a small bowl, and whisk the granulated sugar and citric acid together in another small bowl. Set aside.
  6. Set a wire cooling rack in a rimmed baking sheet, making sure the rack fits comfortably inside the "walls" of the sheet.
  7. Lightly dust a cutting board with powdered sugar, spreading it with your hand to make an even dusting. Carefully lift a corner of the set gelatin block and peel the candy out of the pan and onto the cutting board. Flip over once so that both sides have a fine coating of sugar. Slice into a dozen 1/2 inch strips and cut each strip into 5 candies, each about 1 1/4 inches long.
  8. If the candies are starting to "weep" and get goopy and sticky first dredge them in the cornstarch-powdered sugar mixture, a few at a time, tapping on the side of the bowl to remove excess powder. Then toss them in the sugar-citric acid mixture. If the candies are dry to the touch, simply coat them in the citric acid mixture.
  9. Let the coated candies dry for 8 hours on the cooling rack until the coating is hard and crunchy.
  10. Store the candies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week.


1 anna February 19, 2013 at 4:13 am

yes please!! looks like fun. I made homemade marshmallows once and wasn’t that a mess!

2 Renee G February 19, 2013 at 4:37 am

Sour patch kids is my favorite sweet treat – I have to try this recipe and see what else this cookbook has to offer

3 Adina | Gluten Free Travelette February 19, 2013 at 6:42 am

Seriously. DIY Sour Patch Kids? I’m in. Desperately wanting that cookbook.

4 Tamika February 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I’m definitely in your category of weird! Can’t wait to see what other treats this book has in store. Thanks for sharing!

5 Becky February 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Corn nuts are my go-to junk food.

6 Kelley February 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I really would love that book!! So fun!!

7 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm

COOL!!! This looks so awesome!

8 catharine @BakingChemist February 19, 2013 at 8:44 pm

omgosh! I love sour patch kids! !!! I would love to see what else is in this book!!

9 Sami February 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm

What a great example of the tone of the book – “The sugar will form a big, scary, hard clump when it hits the gelatin, but don’t worry,”
This sounds like such a fun source of recipes, and who wouldn’t love sour patch but better because they could taste like real fruit?

10 Jess February 19, 2013 at 10:07 pm

LOVE this! I think it’s wonderful to make these classics from scratch. I would love this book.

11 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) February 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Omg! I just came over from TasteSpotting–and got sucked in when I saw “homemade sour patches” –which are pretty much one of my favorite candies (basically any sour gummies are, basically). I can’t believe I can make my own! This is very, very dangerous information 🙂

12 Melissa February 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

My brother devours Sour Patch kids so I should try to make him some! Great gift idea.

13 Mahala February 19, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I love sour patch kids but always feel a tad bit guilty because of the ingredients. Love the idea of being able to make my own. I will definitely be trying this recipe!

14 Mairin M. February 20, 2013 at 12:10 am

These are probably one of my biggest weaknesses when it comes to candy! I would love to try a homemade version and the book sounds awesome!

15 Jessica @ Desserts with Benefits February 20, 2013 at 12:34 am

Oh my goodness I used to eat about 3 bags of sour patch kids a day… and going to the movies was a special treat because I would always get the watermelon flavored bags 😉
Oh what memories this recipe brings back… definitely want to make these asap!

16 Zoe Kay February 20, 2013 at 1:10 am

These are gorgeous! I’d like the enter the giveaway

17 Belinda February 20, 2013 at 1:22 am

Looks like a yummy book…fun!

18 Julie R February 20, 2013 at 1:27 am

I’m sooo making this once I get my hands on citric acid!

19 Steph February 20, 2013 at 1:43 am

Definitely checking out this book and would love to have a copy!

20 Winnie February 20, 2013 at 1:59 am

Love this recipe and this book looks like so much fun. I think I’ve got some citric acid in my pantry…:)

21 Mike February 20, 2013 at 3:01 am

Yes! off to buy citric acid…

22 Jenna Piechota February 20, 2013 at 3:28 am

This book looks amazing! I never thought making your own sour patch kids was a possibility. I’ll definitely have to try this!

23 Renee February 20, 2013 at 3:59 am

YummY!!! I will have to hide some from the kids!

24 kaela February 20, 2013 at 4:17 am

SOUR PATCH KIDS!! Yay! I am so down with this. Thanks, Autumn!

25 Cait February 20, 2013 at 5:35 am

Those look delicious!

26 emily | nomnivorous February 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I’ve always been too big of a wuss to enjoy the sour start to sour patch kids, but I adore Casey and recipe testing for her cookbook was a blast. I’d love to win a copy.

27 Krista S. February 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm

So cool! I’m familiar with graham crackers and oatmeal cream pies, but homemade sour patch kids? No way!

28 Beth February 20, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I would love a copy of that book! Coping with a recent celiac diagnosis and trying to find my way back to baking.

29 Anastasia February 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm

This looks like so much fun!

30 Anne McIntosh February 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I must confess, today is the first time I’ve heard of the book, but I’m really interested in having it…enough to comment on your site for the chance to win one! It would make a great birthday present (my birthday is tomorrow) LOL. So I’ll wait to see if I win (I never do!)then I’ll go order my copy. Thanks for introducing us to this great new cookbook!

31 linda February 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

O_O this was like the most awesomest post ever ahaha i was reading it and was thinking. wow! must check this book out! then when i read more i realized you’re giving it away too! i must try my luck on this! =) thanks for the giveaway!

32 Rich February 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I have been avoiding these kinds of candy for years, but now you may have just opened a can of (gummy) worms for me…

33 Sheena February 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Love the idea of homemade sour patch kids…especially because I would dig through the entire bag and just eat the orange ones.

Thanks for sharing the recipe and book with us!

34 Lisa February 20, 2013 at 10:52 pm

As a child of the 80s i absolutely must have this book!! Can’t wait to try the sour patch kid recipe! Thank you for the great giveaway!!

35 Katie D. February 21, 2013 at 12:48 am

Looks so delicious. Sour patch kids are my favorite!

36 Claire February 21, 2013 at 3:03 am

Thanks for the chance =))

37 Vanessa L. February 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm

sour patch kids are the best.

38 Julia February 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Yes please! I am always experimenting with new gummy recipes, and have not hit on one I really like yet. Me, random number generator, please??

39 carrie @plums in the icebox February 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm

yes! these looks amazing and so does this book.


40 Jen M February 21, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Oh this sounds like a really fun book. 🙂

41 Terresa Dipuma February 21, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I would love this! My little one will be asking for snacks soon…

42 Carol February 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

Yay for from scratch!

43 Shelly Bee February 22, 2013 at 12:58 am

This book sounds awesome!
I would love to make some treats from this book for my kids 🙂

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