Make Your Own Sour Gummies

Sour Sweets (jelly sweets, USA) in bowl

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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Cooling Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: Varies (4 portions)

Do you crave sour gummy candies? Using some simple store-bought ingredients, it is easy to make these sweet treats at home. These mouth-puckering gummy candies can be made in any flavor you desire, but it's best to try to match complimentary Jell-O and Kool-Aid flavors and colors. The Kool-Aid can be increased to a full package if an extra sour flavor is desired. To make a sugar-free candy, substitute sugar-free Jell-O.

Another benefit of making your own sour gummy candies is that you can experiment with all kinds of fun shapes. You can use any kinds of candy molds to make the gummies in different shapes. Candy molds can be found in most craft or baking stores, or online. If you do not have candy molds, do not fret. You can simply make the sour gummy candies in a pan and then cut them into squares or your desired shape. Another option is to make them in ice cube trays or any other silicone mold you may have around the house.


  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 packages Jell-O (any flavor)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 package Kool-Aid (any flavor)

Steps to Make It

  1. Prepare an 8-inch by 8-inch pan by spraying it lightly with cooking spray. Alternately, if you are using candy molds to make your gummy shapes, simply lightly spray the molds with cooking spray. Be sure to get in all the cracks and crevices if it's a complicated candy mold.

  2. Place the water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.

  3. Immediately add the Jell-O, Kool-Aid, and gelatin and stir vigorously until all of the powder has completely dissolved.

  4. Pour the candy into the prepared pan or spoon it into the prepared molds. Place the pan or molds in the refrigerator to set for approximately 20 minutes.

  5. Once it is cooled and set, the candy in the pan can be cut into worms, squares, or shapes using cookie cutters. If you used candy molds, simply pop the gummy candy out of the molds.

You can eat these candies as-is or roll them in sugar to add a sweet crunch and take the sour edge off of the taste. Homemade gummy candies lack the preservatives that store-bought sour gummy candies have, so they are best stored in the refrigerator. Place them in a zip top bag or sealed container and then store the candy in the refrigerator. If your sour gummy candies are sticking together, you can sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar or cornstarch on them prior to storing to prevent too much sticking.

If you are serving your candies to guests, remember that gelatin contains animal by-products and should not be consumed by vegetarians. For a ​vegetarian-friendly alternative, try using agar powder in place of the gelatin. Agar powder is a natural thickener made from plants that are safe for vegetarians to consume.