Homemade Gummy Bears

Homemade Gummy Bears

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  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 14 gummy bears (14 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
11 Calories
0g Fat
0g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 14 gummy bears (14 servings)
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. (It also means your homemade gummy bears have fewer preservatives.) This gummy bear recipe is simple to make: All you need to get started are three ingredients, an inexpensive bear-shaped candy mold (easily purchased online), and nonstick cooking spray. If you like a little sour with your sweet, you can easily turn those gummies into sour gummies with the addition of a bit of citric acid.


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  • 3 ounces flavored gelatin (do not use sugar-free 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 all of the sugar and gelatin have dissolved into the water. Then 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. You should get about 14 (1 1/2-inch) bears from this recipe.

    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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  • 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 finding it difficult to control the amount of liquid from the measuring cup, you can 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.