How to Make Natural Gummy Bears

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Forget the store-bought stuff. Making gummy bears at home is a breeze with fruit juice and our four simple steps.

Go vegan

If you're not stoked about using gelatin in your gummy candies, try agar. It's vegetarian- and vegan-friendly and thickens like gelatin, except it's made from seaweed and is totally flavorless.

We'll admit that the texture is a bit different, since agar gummies aren't as "bouncy" as their gelatin counterparts. But they're a fine alternative if you're wanting to keep your recipe vegan.

Sweet, natural flavors

Fruit juice is our favorite way to add sweetness and flavor without anything artificial. Just about any kind of juice works well here, but do avoid pineapple and mango juices — they don't gel well with gelatin.

For light juices made with less ripe fruit, I like to add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar or honey for added sweetness. Darker colored juices already have deep, intense flavor, so no need to add anything.

Shaping your gummies

Fun molds are definitely preferred, but never necessary. If you're trying to get by with materials you have at home, try an ice cube tray or just a greased pan (and cut into cubes after they're set).

Silicone molds are best since the candies can pop right out, but hard candy or chocolate molds will work too.

How to make gummy bears using gelatin

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fruit juice
  • 3 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar or honey (optional)

Step 1

In a small sauce pan, whisk juice, gelatin and fresh lemon juice until all lumps are gone. If you're using sugar or honey, add those now, too.

Step 2

Heat the liquid over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until all the gelatin has melted, making sure it doesn't come to a boil. It should look completely smooth and glassy.

Step 3

Move the liquid into a measuring cup with a spout and then pour into your molds.

Step 4

Let the molds cool at room temperature for 5 minutes, then place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes (larger gummies will need closer to 15 minutes). Then pop 'em out of the molds and let them dry out at room temperature for about an hour. Once they're feeling right, keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks (though we bet they won't last that long).

If your gummies are feeling too sticky at this point, just place them in a colander, sprinkle with a little cornstarch and shake them around to remove excess.

How to make vegan gummy bears using agar

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons agar powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons sweetener like honey, cane sugar or agave nectar for vegan/vegetarian (optional)

Step 1

In a small sauce pan, whisk juice and agar together and let sit for about 5 minutes before heating.

Step 2

Heat the liquid over medium heat, whisking frequently. When it starts to thicken, add sweetener (if you're using) and stir. Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes until it thickens to the consistency of paint, stirring constantly.

Step 3

Move the liquid into a measuring cup with a spout and then pour into your molds.

Step 4

Let the molds cool at room temperature for 5 minutes, then place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes (larger gummies will need closer to 30 minutes). Then pop 'em out and keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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