Have you ever tried making the iconic gummy bear candy yourself? Gather your kids and treat everyone to something sweet!
The gummy bear has been a staple of America’s sweet tooth since its debut in 1922 and it is still going strong as everyone’s favorite candy. We love it so much that we even made an entire collection of products based around it. So we figured it was about time to try making the candy itself. What we found was that it is surprisingly easy to do it yourself! See for yourself how easy it is to make your own gummy bears at home.
Remember that making gummy bears requires a stove so make sure you are supervising the little ones during each step of the process.
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup cold water
You can replace the water with fruit juice of your choice for extra flavor
1 package flavored gelatin
Use any flavor that you prefer,
2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin Gelatin is not a vegetarian ingredient. For alternative use, use agar powder.
Bear-shaped silicone mold
Bear-shaped molds can easily be found at your local crafts & hobby store or online. If you do not want to buy a new bear-shaped mold then any mold made from silicone will work. It’s important that the mold is made out of silicone as the flexible material will make it easier for you to pop them out when they’re done.
A measuring cup with a spout or a baster.
Use one or the other to pour the mixture into the molds. We recommend the measuring cup as it is easier to clean than the baster.
Pour the 1/2 cup of cold water into a pot. Do not heat the water yet.
Add 2 tablespoons of unflavored gelatin. Give it a brief stir.
Add the packet of flavored gelatin.
Mix well. Make sure there are no clumps of gelatin in the mixture.
Have your molds ready nearby with your spouted measuring cup or baster handy.Note: The next steps involve using the stove so I suggest having your kid watch you do steps 6-9 unless they are old enough to use the stove with your supervision.
Turn the stove on on low to medium heat. Keep mixing gently and slowly for about 10-15 minutes while the mixture heats up. Keep the heat low enough that the mixture doesn’t simmer. The gelatin will dissolve in the heat.
Ensure that the gummy bear mixture is clear and free of all clumps.
Take the pot off the heat.
Portion out the mixture into the molds. Fill them up all the way, but do not let them overflow. Work quickly as you need to get the mixture into the molds before they get cool and solidify. If you have a measuring cup with a spout: Pour the mixture into the cup then use the spout to evenly distribute into the molds. If you have a baster: Dip the baster into the mixture and drop into the mold. Avoid bubbles.
Put your molds in the freezer for 10 minutes then move to the refrigerator for another 15-20 minutes until they are set. Test one of the gummy bears to check that it is set. If they are still warm and squishy then put them in the refrigerator for 10 more minutes.
Pop them out of their molds!
Eat! The gummy bears are now ready for you to enjoy.
Refrigerate the gummy bears in an airtight container. These will keep for about a week, but we would be surprised if they last that long. You can toss them in a little bit of powdered sugar or cornstarch to keep them from sticking to each other. Skip this step if you plan on going sour!
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Citric acid
The sour taste comes from citric acid. When you’re ready to pop the gummy bears out of their molds then take citric acid and mix it with granulated sugar. Press each gummy into the citric acid sugar mix for a slight zing to each candy. You will still need to refrigerate these gummy bears if you don’t plan on eating them all right away.
Try making them yourself! Take some pics and show us in the comments below if you’ve tried making the iconic candy yourself.