Make your own gummy bears

19 February, 2021

 It’s easier than you think, and (sometimes) healthier too

Kids love gummy lollies, but did you know you can make your own, healthy gummies? They’re a great gut friendly treat and not as hard to make as you might think. All you need are some basic ingredients and kitchen equipment.

The jelly method

Anyone who’s ever made jelly knows that a pot of water and some jelly crystals can equate to a whole lot of sugary goodness. But when you want to make chewy gummy bears, you need to add gelatin to the mix. The solution will solidify and your gummies will have that satisfying sticking texture that makes them so much fun to eat.

Bring half a cup of water to a boil on the stove and pour in a packet of jelly crystals (85g). Stir until dissolved, then add a tablespoon of gelatin. Transfer the solution into the gummy bear moulds using a small jug or eye dropper. After half an hour in the fridge they’ll be ready to eat.

The no-jelly method

Looking for a healthier option? Something that the kids will think is a treat, but is a ‘better-for-you’ option? 

With only juice, gelatin and honey you can produce a healthy snack and the kids will love it so much they won’t even notice. You’ll need a gummy bear lolly mould if you can find one, if not any silicone chocolate mould, ice tray or cupcake tin would work as well. 

All you do is bring the fruit juice to a boil on the stovetop and dissolve the honey and gelatin in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and use a dropper to transfer the mixture to the moulds. Place the moulds in the fridge, wait 20 minutes and your treats will be ready.

For every cup of fruit juice you use, add three tablespoons of honey and three tablespoons of gelatin.

Vodka-infused adults only gummy bears

If you’re wanting to serve vodka gummy bears at a party, never fear. We have the solution. Simply purchase your gummy bears at Woolworths, grab a bottle of vodka from BWS and this two ingredient ‘dish’ can be made in a flash. You do need to start a day ahead though. 

Simply place your gummy bears into a bowl, pour vodka over them, then wait 20-24 hours. The gummies will absorb the vodka and almost double in size. Be careful – they’ll taste sweet like lollies but they contain a lot of booze and they will absolutely affect your blood alcohol level. Don’t eat and drive! And keep them away from the kids.

Want to take your gummy bears to the next level?

Your lolly collection is limited only by your imagination and creativity. Try grabbing a takeaway coffee from Locomotion or Cofi House, adding gelatin to coffee for a caffeine fix, or make your base solution a tea from Tea Journal or Coco Fresh Tea and Juice. Wine or cider from BWS or even Gatorade could form a base for these.

Where to buy your tools and ingredients for making gummies

Gelatin is a commonly used ingredient in baking (see here for recipes using gelatine) and it’s also great for your bones and joints so it’s widely available at stores like Woolworths and Horn of Plenty. For a fabulous array of silicon moulds, try Zap Variety. Gummy bear moulds can also be purchased online.

Have you ever used gelatin to make lollies?

There are plenty of recipes and ‘how-to’ videos online. Share your successes (and failures) with us.