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Friday, January 18, 2008

Clif Shot Bloks Clones (Attempt #1)

Here's another item David enjoys on his rides, but is a special treat due to its price. $1.50 for a bag of six chews. Having tried one, they have a gumdrop consistency, the ingredients weren't usual pantry staples, but attainable (well, most of it.) They have in them: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Brown Rice Syrup Solids, Citric Acid, Green Tea Extract (for the caffeine), Colored with Black Carrot Juice concentrate, Natural Flavor, Coconut Oil, Carnauba Wax (to prevent sticking.) 33 calories per blok.
I found a recipe for orange gumdrops, a good place to start. Recipe as follows:

Ingredients:

Vegetable oil
1 c. sugar
1 c. light corn syrup
3/4 c. orange juice
1 pkg (1.75 oz) powdered fruit pectin
1/2 t. baking soda
2 drops red food coloring (optional)
Powdered sugar

1. Line loaf pan 9x5x3 (I used 8" square pan), with aluminum foil. Brush WELL with oil. Heat 1 c. sugar and the corn syrup to boiling in 1-1/2 qt. saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cook, without stirring, to 280*F (those at high altitude need to adjust accordingly) on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water separates into hard but not brittle threads.

2. While cooking sugar mixture, heat orange juice, pectin and baking soda to boiling (mixture will be foamy) in 2-qt saucepan over high heat, stirring constantly; reduce heat.

3. Slowly pour hot sugar mixture in a thin stream into orange juice mixture, stirring constantly (this should take 1 to 2 minutes0; remove from heat. Stir in food color, if using. Let stand 2 minutes. Skim off foam.

4. Pour mixture into pan. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature 24 hours. Lift foil from pan and remove foil from sides. Cut into 3/4-inch squares with knife dipped in sugar. Roll squares in sugar. Let stand uncovered at room temperature 1 hour. Store gumdrops in airtight container. Makes about 72 gumdrops. 28 calories per gumdrop.

VARIATIONS:

Grape Gumdrops: Sub grape juice for OJ, and add blue food coloring.

Apple-Cherry Gumdrops: Sub apple-cherry juice of the OJ, and add red food coloring.

Recipe by Bruce Weinstein from Betty Crocker's 40th Anniversary Edition Cookbook



Next time, I will do a better coat of oil, since the foil stuck to half of it. Or pour it into molds. I overcooked it a little bit, so they were a little harder than a typical gumdrop, but they soften up after you pop one in your mouth. I cut mine into 48 pcs, about 43 calories each. My only gripe is that it is a pain in the a** to cut. They tasted pretty close to Clif's. Next time I'll add green tea extract, and try subbing brown rice syrup for the sugar, and play around with different juices for different flavors. About $2.50 for a batch of 48 pieces. I hope David likes them and it'll work. He's out with them right now.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello,

Thanks for the excellent recipe suggestion for homemade clif shot blok.

I did have a question. I attempted the recipe, but my mixture never set to a firm hard consistency. It stayed semisoft and could not be cut. Any thoughts on the prep where I might have gone wrong? I made sure the sugar/syrup was 280F.

Thanks

Mother Bliss said...

Hmmm... maybe trying cooking the mixture to a higher temperature? The higher the temp, the harder it gets. Or if it's too soft to cut, put it in the fridge or freezer to firm up, then cut. And let them dry for a couple days on a rack. I found a few from this batch in my cupboard and they've gotten harder as they've aged. I know there is a way to test your mixture to see what stage of hardness it is. Look on the internet under candymaking. You can test by dropping it into some water (I think... don't quote me ^_^) Or maybe check your thermometer to see if it's correct by putting in some boiling water. Water boils at 212*F at sea level and lowers as you gain altitude. E.G., I'm at 6100' so my water boils at 200*F so you need to adjust accordingly. Hope this helps, and good luck!

Clare said...

Hi! Can't wait to try it out. I'm going to make it with salt substitute to add potassium, and add some sea salt.

I have a clif bar recipe that I worked out that I'm happy to share with you - we make it often, saves $$$ over store-bought bars. Give me a shout and I'll send it along to you -

Inkling said...

Hello, I would love to get a hold of that recipe if you would be willing to send it?