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Homemade Gummy Bears: A Fun and Fruity Treat!

Calling all candy lovers! Here's your chance to create your very own delicious and colorful Gummy Bears at home. This recipe is surprisingly simple and uses a few basic ingredients. It's a fun activity to do with kids and allows you to customize the flavors and shapes to your liking.


  • For the Gummy Base:

    • 1 kilogram (approximately 2.2 pounds) refined sugar
    • 2 cups water
    • 4 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • For the Fruity Fun:

    • 1 box flavored gelatin (any flavor you like!)
  • For Presentation:

    • Granulated sugar, for dusting


  1. Melt the Magic: In a saucepan, prepare a double boiler (or bain-marie) by simmering a few inches of water in a larger pot. In the top pot or heat-resistant bowl placed over the simmering water, whisk together the water, unflavored gelatin, and your chosen flavored gelatin powder. Heat gently, stirring constantly, until all the gelatins are completely dissolved and the mixture is clear.

  2. Sugar Rush: Once the gelatins are dissolved, add the sugar. Stir continuously until all the sugar crystals dissolve. This can take a few minutes, so be patient!

  3. A Simmering Symphony: Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Continue to simmer and stir for about 5 minutes. This ensures the sugar is fully incorporated and the gelatin is activated.

  4. Molding the Magic: Remove the pan from the heat. Prepare your molds by lightly greasing them with margarine or a neutral oil spray. Pour the hot gummy mixture into the prepared molds.

  5. Setting the Stage: Cover the molds loosely with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and let the gummy mixture rest for at least 24 hours, or until it has completely set and firmed up.

  6. Unmolding and Shaping: The next day, carefully unmold the gummy sheet. If you used shaped molds, you can enjoy the gummies as is. If you used a sheet mold, use a knife or cookie cutters to cut the gummy sheet into your desired shapes.

  7. A Sweet Finish: Pour some granulated sugar onto a plate or shallow dish. Lightly coat each gummy piece in the sugar, ensuring they are completely coated. This will prevent the gummies from sticking together and adds a delightful textural contrast.

  8. Gummy Bear Bliss!: Let the sugar-coated gummies dry completely for a few minutes before enjoying them. Store your homemade Gummy Bears in an airtight container at room temperature.


  • Experiment with different flavored gelatin packets to create a variety of gummy bear flavors.
  • You can also tint the gummy mixture with food coloring to create vibrant and colorful candies.
  • For a tangy twist, consider adding a splash of lemon juice or citric acid to the mixture.
  • If you prefer your gummies to be very firm, let them rest in the molds for an additional 2 days after coating them in sugar.