Published on Friday, September 10, 2021

By Melissa Pette

We continue celebrating Costa Rica independence day in our kitchen. Readers have been busy requesting ideas on how to make easy patriotic original recipes for kids' school homework. I found a delicious choice of Costa Rican flag colored gummies.

The recipe is from chef and writer Elizabeth LaBau. She is a professional pastry chef, cookbook author, instructor, and writer who loves to share her passion for sweets. She is the author of a candy cookbook, "The Sweet Little Book of Candy Making".

The original recipe was for making star gummies. It was made to celebrate our beloved USA flag. But you can use any cookie cutter you want to make all types of figures, such as balls, bears, or hearts. The bright colors of the jelly will make your children's homework a success.

So let's go to the kitchen!

Red, white and blue gummies



By Elizabeth LaBau

Red, white and blue Gummies are easy peasy recipes. These chewy, flavorful gummies are the perfect warm-weather candy.

This gummy recipe takes a while because there are chilling periods in between each layer, but most of the time is inactive "resting" time, the actual kitchen time is minimal! To speed up the process, you can prep the ingredients for the other layers while the candy is chilling in the refrigerator.
The ingredients are for up to 30 gummies.

For the blue layer:

1/3 cup cold water.


1 (3-ounce) package blue jello.


1 (0.25-ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin.


For the white layer:

2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin (from about 2 1/2 envelopes).


1/3 cup cold water.


2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk.


1/3 cup sugar.


1/2 teaspoon coconut extract, optional.


For the red layer:

1/3 cup cold water.


1 (3-ounce) package red jello.


1 (0.25-ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin.






First, line an 8x8-inch pan with foil, and spray foil lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Combine ingredients for the blue gelatin layer in a medium bowl. Whisk together, then let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Microwave bowl for 30 seconds, then whisk well. Microwave for another 30 seconds and stir. If sugar has dissolved and mixture looks clear and well-mixed, then pour into the prepared pan. If not, microwave for another 10 to15 seconds until all the sugar and gelatin have dissolved. Refrigerate pan to set gelatin, about 20 minutes.

To make white layer, combine gelatin with 3 tablespoons of cold water in a small bowl and whisk together. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Combine remaining 3 tablespoons of water, sweetened condensed milk, and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat mixture, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a simmer.

Add gelatin and whisk until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat and add coconut extract, if using.

Pour white gelatin over blue gelatin in the pan, and refrigerate for another 20 minutes to set.

Prepare the red gelatin layer the same way as the blue, and pour over white layer. Refrigerate for 20 minutes once more.

Once set, remove gelatin from the pan using foil as handles. Cut into small squares, or use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes.

Store the gummies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Thank you for taking your time to write. You are all invited to share your recipes with a horizontal photo of the dish by emailing food@amcostarica.com. More delightful recipes can be found on the AM Costa Rica Food page.

Pura Vida!






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