Big zucchini? Make candy!

annie1992August 22, 2014

In my family there is never too much zucchini. After we've made Zucchini Cinnamon Red Hot Pickles and Zucchini Sweet Relish and put zucchini in the dehydrator for this winter's soup and eaten parmesan zucchini chips and zucchini gratin to our heart's content, then what?

Makayla decided that we finally had "enough" zucchini, I have harvested 67 pounds of it so far this year, LOL. So, she decided to teach her cousin, Jamison, how to make zucchini candy. It tastes just like gummy worms, really, I promise.

First you peel lot of zucchini....

Nope, more than that. You need 20 cups of peeled and seeded zucchini, cut into julienne slices about 4 inches long. Keep peeling.....

Mix Koolaid, sugar, water and the zucchini and simmer for 25 minutes, then lay the strips on the dehydrator tray and dehydrate. After 14 hours, turn the strips and dehydrate some more, at least 4 hours. Then take them off the tray and roll them in sugar to keep them from sticking together. Be sure to NOT tell anyone it's zucchini, I've never had a single person guess the "secret ingredient". (grin)

It really does taste like gummy worms and has that same chewy consistency. I'm not even going to pretend that it's healthy, with all that sugar, but the kids love the stuff. So, when life gives you zucchini, make gummy worms!

Annie

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sleevendog

What?! That is hilarious. Looks great. And never knew about parm chips. (?!) I've got the crops coming full swing now. I've got some young sugar-a-holics at work and the gummy thing would be a big hit. Seems a good use for the hidden 'baseball bats' i keep finding.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 2:03AM
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plllog

Hilarious indeed, but what fun!

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 2:41AM
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mitchdesj

wow, I'm so impressed , what a discovery !!

do they keep a long time?

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 6:00AM
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annie1992

mitch, they do keep a long time, they don't usually last that long, but I've kept it a couple of months, unrefrigerated. The dehydration and the sugar apparently preserve it sufficiently for some storage.

pllog, the girls had as much fun with the peelers as they did making the candy, I think.

sleevendog, it's easy, but takes 18 to 24 hours in the dehydrator. Here, I'll post the recipe, it's from Linda Lou, a certified master canner over on Harvest.

Zucchini Candy
10 cups peeled diced zucchini 1/2 inch cubes ( I use "worms" about 3 inches long and 1/12 inch thick and wide. The little dice would be good in muffins, though.
3 cups water
2 pkgs. unsweetened Koolaid
2 1/2 cups sugar
Peel zucchini,
diced, removing seeds. Mix the liquid syrup together. Add zucchini. Bring to a boil and them simmer for 25 min. Drain. Put on dehydrator trays. Dry 14 hours at 125 degrees. Turn pieces over and dry another 4 hours. This will feel dry and not sticky when done. Store in jars or other tightly sealed containers.If you dip in sugar when you turn them, they will be more like "gum drops" on the outside.
You can do the same thing with the zucchini but use 48 oz. pineapple juice

2 T. pineapple extract
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice

Now make candy! Here are some mixed flavors I made a couple of years ago...

Annie

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 11:20AM
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mustangs81

Terrific! My daughter would love this for BeauLily and they would enjoy making it.

Thanks ladies, you are a great source for fun recipes.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 12:38PM
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annie1992

Cathy, you should definitely try this with Beaulily. All the kids in the family love giving a piece to people and making them guess what it is. No one has ever guessed that it is zucchini. I've convinced myself (almost) that since I drain the syrup off the zucchini and discard it, there isn't that much sugar. Yeah. THat's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Annie

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 4:20PM
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Monkey_Princess_101

yup grandma it does taste like gummy worms so now when I go to your house and you say eat your veggies I will because I will the gummy worms because there made of ZUCCHINI!

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 9:45AM
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