Homemade Gummy Bears

Homemade Gummy Bears

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  • Total: 17 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 2 mins
  • Set Time: 20 mins
  • Servings: 14 servings
  • Yields: 14 gummy bears
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
11 Calories
0g Fat
0g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 14
Amount per serving
Calories 11
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 3g
Calcium 2mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you are a fan of gummy bears, making your own is a fun way to enjoy these chewy, colorful candies any time. Homemade gummy bears are a treat that both kids and adults enjoy, and making them is surprisingly simple.

This basic gummy bear recipe requires just three common ingredients and uses the microwave. The flavor and color are determined by the flavored gelatin you choose, so there's no need to add extra coloring or flavorings. Because the gelatin includes sugar, the bears come out perfectly sweet. Adding a bit of citrus acid gives them a slightly sour taste.

You will need a bear-shaped candy mold. They're inexpensive and available at baking shops or online. The recipe is enough for about 14 (1 1/2-inch) bears; the quantity will vary if you use smaller or larger molds. It's easy to multiply the recipe or make multiple batches in succession with different gelatins. If you're stocking up, be sure to store them properly because the gummy bears do not contain the preservatives found in store-bought candy (which makes them even better).

This recipe is designed for regular flavored gelatin (such as Jell-O brand). If you want to use sugar-free gelatin, some slight changes are required and the recipe for sugar-free gummy candy is a better bet.

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Ingredients

  • 3 ounces flavored gelatin
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon citric acid (for sour gummies)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for homemade gummy bears
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  2. Spray a paper towel with nonstick cooking spray, then rub it lightly around the bear cavities in the mold to coat them with a thin layer of oil.

    Oil the gummy bear molds
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  3. In a small bowl, combine both gelatins and the cold water.

    Combine gelatin and water in bowl
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  4. Whisk them together, then let them sit at room temperature for 10 minutes to allow the gelatin to soak up the water and soften.

    Red gelatin in a white bowl
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  5. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook for 30 seconds, then whisk well. Microwave for another 30 seconds and stir. The sugar should be dissolved and the mixture clear and well-mixed. If not, microwave for another 10 to 15 seconds until the sugar and gelatin is completely dissolved. Pour it into a measuring cup with a spout.

    Gelatin mixture in a measuring cup
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  6. Pour the gelatin into the cavities.

    Pour gelatin in mold
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  7. Place the candy mold in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to set the gelatin.

    Gelatin setting in gummy bear mold
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  8. To remove the bears, carefully push the sides away from the edges and toward the center, then pull them up and out of the molds. Repeat with other colors and flavors of gelatin, as desired.

    Remove gummy bear from mold
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  9. Serve and enjoy.

    Colorful homemade gummy bears
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Tips

  • Gummy bears can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at room temperature for several weeks.
  • If you are using the miniature bear molds and find it difficult to control the amount of liquid from the measuring cup, use a dropper instead (the kind used for dispensing liquid medicine).

Recipe Variation

  • To make sour gummies, add a bit of citric acid to the mixture. After the gelatin has been microwaved, and the mixture is fluid and smooth, whisk in 1/4 teaspoon citric acid. Taste it and add up to an additional 1/4 teaspoon citric acid if you want a more sour taste.
  • If you prefer, prepare gummy candies on the stovetop rather than using the microwave.
  • Use the same bear molds and make a jelly candy with your favorite fruit juice instead of flavored gelatin.

Why Are Homemade Gummy Bears Sticky?

Heat and humidity can cause homemade gummy bears to become sticky and even melt. Depending on the climate, you might need to store these candies in the refrigerator, and they should always be in an airtight container. You can also try to dry them a bit after removing the bears from the mold: Lay them out on a baking sheet and let sit form 12 to 24 hours, turning them over every now and then for even drying. Another option is to lightly coat them in cornstarch, which will absorb moisture without affecting the flavor. Some people prefer to use powdered sugar.