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3/3/2015

DIY Homemade Gummy Bears

Alright all you candy lovers out there, today we’re making GUMMY BEARS!! I decided it was high time I ventured into candy making and couldn’t think of a better way to start than with one of my favorite childhood treats! These little dudes are even better than the store bought kind though, ’cause I gave them some fancy-pants flavors with Simply Beverages’ new line of juice drinks. With only 4 ingredients to make these babies, you have NO excuse not to make these for all of your friends and package ’em up with the free (and hilarious, if I do say so myself) printable I’m sharing too.

DIY Homemade Gummy BearsDIY Homemade Gummy Bears

Click through for the recipe!

DIY Homemade Gummy Bears

Those three new juice drinks up there? They are a trifecta of AWESOME. These all-natural juice drinks made from simple ingredients gave these bears the punch of flavor they needed. And Jeff drank the rest before I even had a CHANCE! Rude. 😉

DIY Homemade Gummy Bears

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1 Cup of Simply Juice’s Simply Fruit Punch, Simply Tropical and/or Simply Mixed Berry (I also used their Simply Raspberry Lemonade!)
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp. Liquid Stevia
3 packets of Unflavored Gelatin
Gummy Bear Molds

Recipe adapted from Elana’s Pantry. Makes 8-10 large gummy bears! Keep scrolling for how to make mini sized ones!

DIY Homemade Gummy Bears

1. Prep your molds! Place your gummy bear molds on a cookie sheet or tray so they can easily be transferred to the fridge later.
2. In a saucepan, bring the juice to a boil.
2. Remove from heat and stir in the stevia and lemon juice.
3. Gradually whisk in gelatin. (Sprinkle the gelatin over the juice quickly but gradually, while constantly whisking. If you dump an entire packet in at once, it’s going to clump!)
4. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before pouring into the gummy bear molds. Refrigerate for two hours, then remove from fridge and pop them out of the molds! Ready to eat!
5. Package them up!

Click HERE to download the free printable Gummy Bears, Don’t Care labels!

I printed the labels onto sticker paper, cut them out, then adhered them to these acrylic boxes. Fill your boxes with bears and gift away!

DIY Homemade Gummy Bears
DIY Homemade Gummy Bears

I also came across this mold which makes normal (mini!) sized gummy bears. See ’em up there!? SO CUTE! If you use this mold, the recipe above will make several dozen.

Gummy Bears, Don't Care

Photos by Studio DIY

If you were trying to find a way to win over some friends (or your kids), this is it. Bribery is best in candy form. 😉 You can check out more fun Simply Juice Drink recipes on the Simply Facebook Page!

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45 comments

  • Brittni

    These look delicious, Kel. Definitely going to have to give these a try.

  • Kristina B

    OMFG I CAN’T WAIT TO MAKE THESE

  • Krystal

    These look AWESOME! Quick question, do you have to use stevia? If I omitted it, would the gummies still set and just not be as sweet?

    • Kelly

      They will definitely still set up without the stevia, they just won’t be as sweet!

  • Lynne

    These are so cute! I always appreciate that you give provide links for the supplies. Thanks. Do the finished Gummy Bears need to refrigerated like jello?

    • Kelly

      Yes! If you aren’t going to eat them right away, I’d recommend storing in the fridge!

  • Veronica

    I never knew you could make Gummy Bears from scratch! I love the simply juices.

  • Sara B

    OMG! OMG! I can’t wait to make these. I LOVE gummy bears and I didn’t even think I could make them until I read your post. Bravo!

  • Monique | WritingMonique

    This is absolutely incredible! I have never even thought about making my own gummy bears! Such a great idea!

  • Cec

    You are seriously the best blog ever!

  • Oh Happy Dane

    This is simply a good idea! I definitely have to try!! Thanks!!

  • Jen from Fairy Much Fun

    Oh, this is fabulous! I will definitely have to get the smaller mold so as to extend the gummy love for both of my girls.

  • Mima

    Great recipe!
    FYi, there’s no actual legal definition of the word natural when it comes to food.so, just because it says natural doesn’t actually make it so. Anyone can put the word natural on their product. Look for organic certification or non-gmo labeling to know that you are getting a healthy product. Reading the ingredients and what brands are independent or owned by major corporations is also important. Simply brand juice is owned by a major corporation and even though there may be “simple” ingredients listed, doesn’t meet that it’s not highly processed.

  • cri erre

    Delicious ^_^ I will try it! Thanks for sharing.

  • Eli

    Is there any substitute for gelatin that can be used?

    • Kelly

      Not that I know of Eli, that’s what gives these ones their “gummy” consistency! Sorry!

      Kelly

    • Kel

      Agar Powder is a vegetarian substitute for gelatin if you don’t want to use something that is an animal product (which gelatin is) but like the previous reply says, you have to use either gelatin or agar or the gummies wont be gummy.

  • tricia

    Do you know what size gelatin packets you used? I think I bought bulk ones that are larger than regular and don’t want to mess up the gummy bears! Thanks!

    • Kat

      Please yes tell me how much powder… I have agar powder in bulk.. Will be using Organic juice though. So excited to try them

  • Emma

    I was wondering if you could use stevia sugar instead of the liquid?

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  • Opal

    Where can I purchase the mold
    for the gummy bears?

    • Kylie

      Opal, I got my molds on amazon. These gummy bears are so yummy! I give this a five star rating!

      • Kylie

        lol I just noticed that you wrote that comment about were to get the molds two years ago😂👌🏻

      • Annalynn

        since it looks like you’re the most recent person who made these, hopefully i can ask you a few questions.

        What’s the shelf life on these?
        How should these be stored?
        What size gelatin packets should be used?

  • Brianna

    Can I use powered Stevia insead of the liquid?

  • Natalie

    Question:

    Do you mix all 3 juices together in the saucepan to boil? Or do you do each one separately?

  • Jahna

    How do you store the extra gummy bears? In the fridge? Cabinet?

  • Viki

    Would it taste/be the same if you use beef gelatin/kosher gelatin??

  • Alexandra Marks

    This is absolutely amazing 🙂 I never imagine that I can make gummy bears in home… Thank you so much 🙂

  • Shannon

    What size gelatin packets did you use? I have a large container so I need a measurement 🙂

  • Lindsey

    What is a good substitute for the stevia?

  • Jessica

    I can’t believe I never thought of this! Lol Thanks for sharing. I’ll be stocking up on these for school lunches ASAP!

  • Kathy

    Do I need to spray molds with a non stick spray?

  • Ferial

    Can you use agar powder instead of gelitain

  • Brianna

    The gummy bears are absolutely delicious and super easy to make, unfortunately they came out as more of a jello consistency instead of a gummy texture. Was I supposed to put three packages of gelatin per one cup of juice? I used one package per one cup of juice.

  • Alex wetzel

    Will this recipe work with regular lemonade and pink lemonade?

  • Annalynn

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I love those drinks so I’m sure these taste amazing! Quick question…. what’s the shelf life on these gummies? I’m thinking about giving them away as gifts, so I’d like to write a “best before” date on them. THanks in advance!

  • Stacy

    Has anyone tried with chocolate or coconut?

  • Jennifer

    I’m curious why you add in the stevia extract to the mix when there’s already so much sugar in the juice?

  • Tonya

    We made these with the pink lemonade and they had absolutely no flavor. 🙁 kids won’t even eat them. Any suggestions

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