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How To Make Gummy Bears

cherry gummy bears sitting on a cupcake stand and on a table
cherry gummy bears sitting on a cupcake stand and on a table

Make gummy bears at home with my expert tips and tools. You can even substitute corn syrup for honey. This is an easy kids craft! You can also give homemade gummy bears as fun food gifts.

Today I’m sharing tips on how to make gummy bears. This recipe tastes great with corn syrup or clover honey. Making homemade gummy bears is fun for kids and adults, especially with this easy recipe! It only takes 10 minutes to stir up the gummy candy mixture. Then the yummy gummy bear ingredients firm up in the gummy bear molds in the fridge. You can even give these gummy bears as edible gifts!

Homemade Gummy Bears As Food Gifts

Did I mention edible gifts? Check out how adorable this looks. All I did was pack my freshly made gummy bears into a small mason jar and tie a green ribbon around the lid. To make the DIY gift tag I wrote”Homemade Gummy Bears” on a blank tag and slapped on a sticker of a present. Simple, yet adorable!

The gummy bears will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge if you store them in an air tight container, like this mason jar with a lid.

homemade gummy bears inside of a decorative mason jars with gummy bears sitting on top of the lid

Try making these easy homemade gummy bears for your next party.

What Are Gummy Bears Made Of?

These homemade gummy bears are made of a few simple ingredients.

  • Vegetable oil
  • Water
  • Gelatin
  • Corn syrup or honey (see notes below)
  • Jello mix

In this recipe I’m using black cherry Jello mix, but you can use your favorite Jello mix to make your favorite gummy bear flavors! During the holiday season, I like to make red, white, and green gummy bears. Check out my black cherry gummy bears below just chillin out.

homemade cherry gummy bears on top of a Jello box with more gummy bears scattered on a table

Make gummy bears at home! You just need Jello and a few other ingredients.

Tools To Make Gummy Bears (Amazon Affiliate Links)

Tools To Make Gummy Bears As Food Gifts

  • Small mason jars with lids
  • Thin ribbon
  • Blank gift tags
  • black feltmarker

Tips On How To Make Gummy Bears

Tip 1: Grease Up The Gummy Bear Mold

Spray vegetable oil on the gummy bear mold before adding the gummy candy mixture; otherwise your gummies will stick to the mold and to each other. If you don’t have vegetable spray, add 2 tsp of vegetable oil to a small bowl. Then, dip a silicone brush into the oil. Poke the bristles into each crevice of the gummy bear mold. Below is what I’m talking about.

silicone brush is dabbing vegetable oil over a yellow gummy bear mould

Remember to grease your gummy bear mold before you add the gummy mixture. You can use this silicone brush if you don’t have vegetable oil spray.

Tip 2: Place The Gummy Mold On A Baking Sheet

To prevent spilling, it helps to put the gummy mold a baking sheet, then fill it with the gummy mixture. Eventually, the gummy mold is moved to the fridge.

Tip 3: Remove The Top Foam

Before you pour the gummy bear mixture into the squeeze bottle or eyedropper, use a small spoon to remove the top foam by skimming the surface. This is similar to the way you would remove excess grease from gravy. If you don’t remove the top foam your gummy bears will be covered in tiny little bubbles.

Tip 4: If The Gummy Candy Hardens Before You Get It Into The Gummy Mold

Don’t worry just reheat the gummy mixture on medium low heat in a small saucepan. Or, place it in a microwave safe dish and microwave it on high for 2o seconds.

Tip 5: Speed Things Up With Plastic Squeeze Bottles Instead of The Eyedropper

Although gummy bear molds usually include a small eyedropper, I always use a 4oz plastic squeeze bottle instead. Why? Every time you refill the eyedropper it sucks up tiny air bubbles, which then create tiny bubbles in your gummy mixture. Plus, the squeeze bottles can hold more mixture so you don’t waste time constantly refilling.

eye dropper for candy next to a plastic squeeze bottle for candy

When you make gummy bear candy at home, what’s better? An eyedropper? Or, a squeeze bottle?

Tip 6: Don’t Fill The Gummy Candy Bear Mold To The Very Top

If you want pretty gummy bears, fill the gummy bear mold just below the top edge. I like to leave around 1 mm space at the top. This way the backside of your gummy bear will have a clean flat surface. In the below image you can see the gap at the top.

homemade cherry gummy bears sitting on a gummy bear mold filled with gummy mixture

Buy this gummy bear mold and you can make gummy bears at home any time YOU want!

Tip 7: Gently Shake The Gummy Bear Candy Mold

After you pour the gummy mixture into the candy bear mold, gently shake the entire mold to help pop any strangling bubbles in the mixture.

Check out this adorable cherry gummy bear! It’s easy to learn how to make gummy bears at home.

Corn Syrup Versus Honey

You can use corn syrup or honey in this gummy bear recipe. Just keep in mind that honey has a strong flavor whereas corn syrup is more muted. For a mild honey flavor use clover honey.

Difference Between This Gummy Bear Recipe & My Gummy Brick Recipe

This homemade gummy bears recipe is softer and less chewy compared to my other gummy brick recipes, which include more gelatin. The recipe for this 11-layer gummy pyramid made of stackable gummy bricks has more gelatin because each brick is designed to support the weight of the other bricks. Since you won’t be stacking these gummy bears, I reduced the gelatin.

If you want the gummies to be more chewy, double the gelatin to 2 tbsp (but don’t add more than that otherwise the gelatin flavor will overpower the Jello flavor).

How Are Gummy Bears Made?

Making gummy bears at home is easy. It consists of four stages:

  • prepping your gummy bear molds with oil
  • mixing the gummy bear ingredients on medium low heat
  • pouring the gummy mixture into the gummy bear molds and letting it set in the fridge
  • setting in the fridge

Check out the full recipe below.

homemade gummy bears piled up inside a grey cup alongisde gummy bears on a tea towel

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How To Make Gummy Bears

Today I'm sharing tips on how to make gummy bears. This recipe tastes great with corn syrup or clover honey. Making homemade gummy bears is fun for kids and adults, especially with this easy recipe! It only takes 10 minutes to stir up the gummy candy mixture. Then the yummy gummy bear ingredients firm up in the gummy bear molds in the fridge. You can even give these gummy bears as edible gifts!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best gummy bear recipe, homemade gummy bears, how to make gummy bears
Prep Time 15 minutes
Fridge 20 minutes
Servings 300 gummy bears
Author Chewable Structures

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 1 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp gelatin
  • 2 1/2 tbsp corn syrup (or clover honey)
  • 3 oz Jello powder

Instructions

  1. Place all the gummy molds on a baking sheet. Spray vegetable oil on the gummy bear molds. (see tip 1)
    silicone brush is dabbing vegetable oil over a yellow gummy bear mould
  2. Add the water and gelatin to a small saucepan. Whisk until combined. Heat up on medium low heat.
  3. Add the corn syrup (or honey) and stir until combined.
  4. Add your favorite Jello powder and gently stir until all of the Jello powder disappears. It should take around 1-2 minutes.
    homemade cherry gummy bears on top of a Jello box with more gummy bears scattered on a table
  5. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  6. Using a small spoon, skim the surface to remove the top foam (similar to the way you would remove oil from gravy. (see tip 2)
  7. Pour the gummy mixture into the plastic squeeze bottle (see tip 3 and 4).
    eye dropper for candy next to a plastic squeeze bottle for candy
  8. Carefully squeeze the gummy mixture into each crevice of the gummy mold. (see note 5)
    homemade cherry gummy bears sitting on a gummy bear mold filled with gummy mixture
  9. Place the gummy molds in the fridge to set for 20 minutes, then pop the gummy bears out of the mold.
  10. Store gummy bears in an airtight container in the fridge.

    homemade gummy bears piled up inside a grey cup alongisde gummy bears on a tea towel

Recipe Notes

Tip 1: Grease Up The Gummy Bear Mold If you don’t have vegetable spray, add 2 tsp of vegetable oil to a small bowl. Then, dip a silicone brush in the oil. Poke the bristles into each crevice of the gummy bear mold.

Tip 2: Remove The Top Foam If you don’t remove the top foam your gummy bears will be covered in tiny little bubbles.

Tip 3: If The Gummy Candy Hardens Before You Get It Into The Gummy Mold Don't worry just reheat the gummy mixture on medium low heat in a small saucepan. Or, place it in a microwave safe dish and microwave it on high for 20 seconds.

Tip 4: Speed Things Up With Plastic Squeeze Bottles Instead of The Eyedropper Although gummy bear molds usually include a small eyedropper, I always use a 4oz plastic squeeze bottle instead. Why? Every time you refill the eyedropper it sucks up tiny air bubbles, which then create tiny bubbles in your gummy mixture. Plus, the squeeze bottles can hold more mixture so you don’t waste time constantly refilling.

Tip 5: Don’t Fill The Gummy Candy Bear Mold To The Very Top If you want pretty gummy bears, fill the gummy bear mold until there’s a 1 mm gap at the top. This way the backside of your gummy bear will have a clean flat surface.

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