Our local candy store makes the most delicious gummy bears! They’re full of flavor, come in an a assortment of vibrant colors, and are chewy and soft at the same time. It doesn’t even make sense how that’s possible, but they’re that good!
On a mission to make my own version with all natural flavors and less sugar, I came across two recipes: one with Jello and one without. While these homemade gummy bears won’t have quite the same chewiness and texture as store-bought ones (due to a lack of pectin), these are still quite flavorful and fun to eat! These homemade gummy bears last up to 2 weeks when refrigerated, but once you try them, they won’t last that long!
My first attempt at making homemade gummy bears used honey, gelatin, and fruit juice. I ended up using 100% apple juice since I already had some on hand, but I think orange juice or any other citrus juice would taste great as well. These gummy bears were firm, tender, juicy, and naturally flavored (bonus)! While they weren’t as vibrant as the Jello version, they are healthier and taste great.
The second version of this recipe uses Jello with added gelatin. The kids actually preferred this version over the naturally-sweetened homemade gummy bears. I’m guessing that the bright colors enticed them to gobble up all 200 gummy bears in one sitting, including myself!
Depending on whether you want naturally sweetened gummy bears, or the more vibrant, sugary version, both recipes require gelatin. I ended up using this Knox brand of gelatin which comes with 4 packets. You can make about 200 naturally sweetened gummy bears using these molds and the following recipe:
Gummy Bears Recipe With Juice
- 2 packets of Knox Gelatin (2 tablespoons)
- 1/2 cup of all natural fruit juice (your choice)
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- Heat 1/2 cup of fruit juice on low and add 2 tablespoons of gelatin until fully dissolved.
- Next add a tablespoon of honey and stir until fully incorporated.
- Remove from heat and use the eye-dropper tool provided with this mold to fill each tray.
- You will need to move fairly quickly as once the mixture is off the heat, it will begin to cool and harden.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
- Remove gummy bears from mold and keep refrigerated in air tight container.
Gummy Bears Recipe With Jello
- 1 packets of Knox Gelatin (1 tablespoon)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 package of Jello
- Heat the water on low.
- Add 1 tablespoon of gelatin and one 3 oz. package of Jello until fully dissolved.
- Remove from heat and use the eye-dropper tool to fill each tray.
- Refrigerate until firm (30 minutes)
- Remove from mold and keep refrigerated in an air tight container.