Simple Gummy Candies

Gummy Candies
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 20 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
42 Calories
0g Fat
0g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 42
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 11g
Calcium 8mg 1%
*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.)

Attention gummy candy lovers: No need to rely on old bags of maybe chewy, maybe stale gummies to get you through a craving. Now you can recreate that soft, chewy magic right in your home kitchen. 

These simple gummy candies are easy to make and more flavorful than store-bought gummy candies. The recipe requires nothing more than two kinds of gelatin, water, and a little cooking spray—you might even have everything you need in your pantry. Customize the candies by choosing your favorite flavored gelatin (such as Jell-O brand) and using candy molds in a variety of fun shapes. 

This recipe yields about 20 (1 1/2-inch) candies, and you’ll get more or less depending on the exact size and depth of your molds.


  • 6 (1/4-ounce) packages unflavored gelatin (1 1/2 ounces total)
  • 1 (3-ounce) package flavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for gummy candies

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  2. Prepare the candy molds by making sure they are clean and dry; then spray them with a very light coating of nonstick cooking spray. Place the molds on a baking sheet.

    A candy mold
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  3. Combine the unflavored gelatin, flavored gelatin, and cold water in a small saucepan. Whisk everything together very well until it’s combined and the gelatin has dissolved.

    Gelatin and flavored water mixture in a pot
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  4. Place the saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Continue to whisk occasionally while the mixture heats up and becomes a liquid.

    Cooking gelatin mixture while whisking
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  5. Once the gummy mixture is fully liquid, remove the pan from the heat and pour the gelatin into a measuring cup or a similar container with a spout.

    Liquid gummy mixture ready to pour into a mold
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  6. Carefully fill each cavity of the mold with gelatin. Transfer the baking sheet with the candy molds to the refrigerator so the gummy candies can fully set. 

    Filling gummy candy molds with gelatin
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  7. Once the candies are set, remove the gummies by carefully pushing the sides of the candy away from the edges of the mold and toward the center, then pull them up and out of the molds.

    Popping out a gummy candy from a molds
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  8. These homemade gummies can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or left at cool room temperature for several weeks.

    Homemade gummy candies
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  • You can use any variety of molds that you like. Metal and polycarbonate molds are popular among those who regularly make candy, but inexpensive, thin plastic molds work equally well.
  • If you don’t have candy molds, you can also use ice cube trays—there are a lot of cute silicone ones in different shapes available.
  • Another option is to simply pour the mixture into a pan, then cut it into small squares or other shapes once it’s set. Candy molds make the gummies cuter, but they taste just as good no matter how you serve them.