Homemade Gummy Bears

Homemade Gummy Bears

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A simple recipe + tips for chewy (not rubbery) regular and sour homemade gummy bears made with only 4/5 ingredients! This is a super fun post and filled with some (hopefully) helpful tips I’ve learned from my trial runs.

Homemade Gummy Bears

Ingredients:

  • 1 3 oz package of Jello (pick your flavor!)
  • 2 packets gelatin
  • ⅓ cup cold water or fruit juice
  • silicone mold
  • (optional) citric acid or sour flavored Kool-Aid powder

Instructions:

  • Place your silicone mold(s) on a baking sheet.
  • In a pot, boil water ¾th of the way up.
  • In a glass measuring cup, pour in ⅓ cup cold water or fruit juice.
  • Slowly, pour in the gelatin packets while mixing continuously, but not too vigorously. This will prevent the gelatin from clumping together.
  • Pour in the Jello packets while also mixing continuously, to prevent clumping.
  • If you want to make your gummies sour, pour in some citric acid or half the packet of sour flavored Kool-Aid powder.
  • Place your measuring cup into the pot and stir slowly until the mixture turns into a syrupy consistency.
  • Safely, handle the measuring cup and take it out of the pot.
  • Use a syringe or the measuring cup itself to slowly pour the mixture into the molds.
  • Place the baking sheet with silicone molds into the fridge and let it set for at least an hour.
  • Pop the gummies out of the silicone molds by pushing softly from behind or stretch the molds slightly before popping them out if necessary. Enjoy!!

Tips:

Tip #1: I noticed that the longer the dummies stay out, AKA the “staler” they became, the more “gummy” in texture, they become as well. Meaning, if your “fresh”, straight-out-of-the-mold gummies are too rubbery/soft/hard/etc. for your taste, let it rest, covered with saran wrap or a lid, for a day or two (or longer if you notice a good texture pattern forming).

Tip #2: Use a syringe for smaller molds. I used a cup with a spout and it was still difficult because the mixture kept overflowing even if I poured for a millisecond too long. A syringe will allow you the most control. If you end up using/buying a “bigger” mold (by bigger and smaller I mean the actual cavities in the molds themselves!) then you don’t have to worry about overflowing as much, but still try and use a pourer that is meant for pouring or a syringe anyway!

Tip #3: Don’t get rid of your pot of boiling water yet and use it to reheat your gummy mixture if you need to make it in 2 batches! The gummy mixture hardens FAST, so this will save you some valuable time and effort! (Also, see tip #5!!)

Tip #4: Stir the gelatin and Jello powders into your mixture thoroughly and continuously, but not TOO vigorously, because it will cause your mixture to get really bubbly and foamy. The bubbles/foam are then, really hard to get rid of and will alter the texture of your end result gummies. If the foaminess is unavoidable, try and let it sit a little bit or strain the mixture through a fine mesh. If you want, scoop out the foamy part of the mixture and just use the rest.

Tip #5: Cleaning! Once that gummy mixture dries and hits room temperature on any of the utensils or bowls you used, it’s like rubber cement and extremely annoying to get off. Keep your boiling pot of water and use it to clean off utensils you use to stir the gummy mixture with. Then, when you’re done using up the whole mixture, pour the pot of boiling/hot water into the measuring cup/bowl/cup you used to store the gummy mixture and anything else that has “gummy” on it! It’s pretty much the simplest, easiest, way to clean everything in seconds!

source recipe: http://www.goodmorningcali.com

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