Julie was challenged to recreate this famous childhood candy… and it wasn’t easy.

—RECIPE—

Ingredients:

2 3-ounce box Jell-O powder (Blue)
2 pkg. Knox unflavored gelatin (7.2g)
1/2 teaspoon citric acid
1/2 cup corn syrup
2/3 cup water (room temperature)
1 T powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
1 T cornstarch
1 T granulated sugar
1/2 t citric acid
50-100 Plastic Straws

Steps:

1. Combine Jell-O, unflavored gelatin and citric acid in a medium microwave-safe bowl and stir to combine. Add the corn syrup and water, and stir gently with a soup spoon until all of the ingredients are blended together. Stirring too fast may add air bubbles to the mixture, so keep it slow and sweeping. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes so that the gelatin can bloom.

2. Stir the candy syrup gently again, then microwave it on high for 30 seconds. Stir it again, then zap it for another 15 seconds. Repeat heating it for 15 seconds 3 more times for a total heating time of 1 1/2 minutes. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. Give the solution a gentle stir every couple of minutes and you should see it become clearer over time.

3. Place the straws upright in a tall thin glass. Pour the candy syrup into a measuring cup with a spout, then carefully pour the liquid into the straw molds. Don’t worry about pouring into each straw, the liquid displacement will fill them all evenly. Let the candy sit for 30 minutes, then put the molds into your refrigerator for another 30 minutes.

4. Whisk the powdered sugar and cornstarch together on a plate, and whisk the granulated sugar and citric acid together in a small bowl. Set aside.

5. Wiggle out a straw and run it under hot water to remove the sticky exterior. Holding one end and using your thumb, squeeze the jelly out and onto the cornstarch mixture. If it doesn’t come out right away, don’t force it. Run it under more hot water until it comes out smoothly. Repeat with all straws

6. Tap off the excess powder and then toss them in the sugar-citric acid mixture. If the candies are dry to the touch, spray them with a mist of water before coating them in the citric acid mixture. Place on a baking sheet to dry for 3 days.

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