I put together this gift thanks to Martha Stewart's recipe. Simple ingredients, easy mixing, and some waiting.
What you need:
1. 1/2 cup citric acid ( from the grocery store, canning section )
2. 3/4 cup cornstarch
3. 1 cup baking soda
4. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
5. Food coloring
6. Essential oil or candy flavor
7. Cookie cutters or any mould of your choice
What you do:
Stir together citric acid, baking soda and corn starch. Pass mixture through a fine sieve or flour sifter into a mixing bowl. Add sugar.
Add some food coloring to about 1/8 -1/4 cup water. The less water the better. Sprinkle a bit of the colored water unto mixture. It will fizz some. Mix till damp or until you can pack mixture with your hands.
Add essential oil or candy flavor ( I used cherry ), a drop at a time till desired strength of smell. ( May take about 10-15 drops)
Mix till color is even throughout. Spoon or pack into desired mould. I just heaped patted and cut with cookie cutters.
Leave out to dry at room temperature. Waited about 2-3 hours before gently pushing them out. Original recipe calls for overnight drying ( I am not that patient ).
Now have fun with pretty packaging.
PS: silicone moulds make the popping out part so much easier!