Easy Homemade Jelly Candies (Using Kool-Aid!)

sugar coated Kool-aid jelly candies

Both of my kids have a pretty big sweet tooth. And while I might get a little tired of them asking for candy, I have to remind myself that they come by it honestly. I, too, have a big sweet tooth.

But instead of constantly saying no to buying candy, I decided to turn it into an activity to do with my kids. Let’s use that sweet tooth to teach them about the kitchen and how to make some homemade candy.

If you’re looking to try your hand at making candy, homemade jelly candies are a great place to start. You don’t need to fuss with a candy thermometer and getting the right temperatures. This recipe is fool-proof and it’s pretty easy to get success. And while you can flavor jelly candies with juice, I decided to go with one of my childhood favorites. This recipe is going to use Kool-Aid.


  • 3/4 cup water, divided
  • 4 packets unflavored gelatin (I used Knox Gelatin. Each package was about 2 tsp)
  • Packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid (whatever flavor you want)
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus about 3-4 tbsp for dusting
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup


  1. Pour 1/4 cup of the water into a bowl and add the gelatin. Stir to combine and let sit for 5 minutes to soften.
Bowl with gelatin and water
  1. Put 1/2 cup water, Kool-Aid, sugar, and corn syrup into a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.
1/2 cup water, Kool-Aid, sugar, and corn syrup in a small saucepan
  1. Add the gelatin to the sugar/Kool-Aid mixture and stir over medium heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. The gelatin will want to stay in one clump. This should take about 3-5 minutes.
Adding gelatin to sugar/Kool-aid mixture
  1. Pour the mixture into a greased 9×9 in. pan. Allow to cool and completely set, about 4 hours in the refrigerator or overnight at room temperature.
Kool-aid mixture in a greased 9x9 inch pan
  1. When the mixture has set and cooled, dust the top with 1 tbsp sugar.
Dusting sugar over the cooled and set jelly
  1. Use a sharp pairing knife and cut around the edges. Turn out the cooled jelly sheet onto a cutting board. I ended up using a thin spatula to help pull out the jelly sheet. It should be pretty firm at this point.
Turning out cooled and set jelly
  1. Dust the other side with another tablespoon of sugar. Cut the jelly into various shapes using either small cookie cutters or a knife.
Cutting out Kool-aid jelly candy with a large knife
  1. Roll the cut-out jellies in a small bowl of sugar to coat them completely.
Sugar-coated Kool-aid jelly candies

Serve and enjoy! The candies will start to absorb the sugar, so if you want to prepare this ahead of time, wait to coat the jellies with sugar until you’re ready to serve.

Gregory Grabowski

Greg Grabowski is the principal creator of DadStuffSite.com, a website for dads by dads. Inspired by his two boys Ben and Sam and his wife Dianna, Greg loves to make things, learn things, and loves doing fun stuff with his family.

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