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Gummies are a favorite sweet treat of kids and adults alike. While it can be convenient just to grab a bag of them off the supermarket shelf, making your own gummies at home can be surprisingly easy.

This low-hassle recipe could be a rainy-day activity to do with kids. With few ingredients and steps, anyone can learn how to make gummies.

Green gummies on white plate.

If you want to be even more health conscious, you can choose a gelatin alternative that is vegetarian and vegan friendly like agar agar or Vegan Jel. You can see and control exactly what goes into your snack.

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients

Gummy ingredients prepped in small, clear bowls and measuring spoons.

In this tutorial, we will teach you how to make homemade gummies. Gummies are typically made with a liquid like water or juice, flavor, sugar and gelatin. In this recipe, Jello powder provides most of these components, but water and extra gelatin are added to help them set up.

Prepare the following ingredients and tools:

  • 1 cup of your favorite Jello powder (4 – 85 gram packages)
  • 4 tablespoons unflavored gelatin powder (also spelled gelatine)
  • 2 cups warm water
  • vegetable oil (to lightly grease the mold and help the gummies to release once they are set)
  • Candy molds

Step #2. Mix the Jelly Powder with the Gelatin

Gelatin mixture in small clear bowl on kitchen towel.
Gelatin mixture in small clear bowl.

Mix the Jello powder with the unflavored gelatin.

COOKING TIP: If you prefer sour gummies, try adding up to 2 teaspoons of food grade citric acid.

Step #3. Add Warm Water

Liquid gummy mixture in a small clear bowl.

Add the warm water to the powders.

Step #4. Mix Well

Liquid gummy mixture in a small clear bowl with a wooden spoon.

Mix carefully using a spoon, making sure that it has dissolved completely. You want to mix slowly to avoid creating bubbles.

Step #5. Pour into Mold

Jelly liquid pouring into blue silicone mold.

Very lightly oil your favorite shaped silicone molds with vegetable oil. Place the molds on a baking sheet and use a dropper or measuring cup with a spout to pour the mixture into the molds.

Step #6. Refrigerate Gummies & Remove from Mold

Gummies getting removed from blue silicone mold.

Refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight (until they have fully set), and remove the sweets from the mold. At this point, they can be eaten.

If you want the gummies to be more chewy, lay them out on wax paper or a baking rack and allow to air-dry for a day or two. They will become chewier.

Green gummies drying on a cutting board.

Step #7. Serve

Green gummies on white plate.

The gummies are ready to be eaten!

Tip: You can add these gummies to our Churro Snack Mix!

Storage

The gummies can be stored in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place like a cupboard or pantry. They should last up to 5 days. You can also store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Tips & Tweaks

This recipe is simple, but allows room for lots of creativity. While bears are the most well-known gummy candy shape, you don’t have to be limited by it. There are loads of different shaped silicone trays available for you to have fun with.

You can add any flavors you want. There are many different jelly flavors, and you can even try a sugar free or vegetarian alternative.

Why not spike them with a bit of booze for an adult twist? Just remember to clean your dishes before making a second flavor.

Green gummies drying on a cutting board.

How to Make Gummies

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Gummies are a favorite sweet treat of kids and adults alike. While it can be convenient just to grab a bag of them off the supermarket shelf, making your own gummies at home can be surprisingly easy.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Chill Time 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 15 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 14 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup of your favorite Jello powder - 4 – 85 gram packages
  • 4 tablespoons unflavored gelatin powder
  • 2 cups warm water
  • vegetable oil - to lightly grease the mold

Instructions
 

  • Mix the Jello powder with the unflavored gelatin.
    1 cup of your favorite Jello powder, 4 tablespoons unflavored gelatin powder
    Stirring gelatin and sugar together in a bowl.
  • Add the warm water to the powders.
    2 cups warm water
    Adding hot water to powders in a bowl.
  • Mix slowly using a spoon, making sure that it has dissolved completely. You want to try to avoid creating bubbles.
    Mixing water with powder in a bowl.
  • Very lightly oil your favorite shaped silicone molds with vegetable oil. Place the molds on a baking sheet and use a dropper or measuring cup with a spout to pour the mixture into the molds.
    Pouring gummy mixture into silicone mold.
  • Refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight (until they have fully set), and remove the sweets from the mold. At this point, they can be eaten. If you want the gummies to be more chewy, lay them out on wax paper or a baking rack and allow to air-dry for a day or two. They will become chewier.
    Gummies drying on a cutting board.
  • Serve. The gummies can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature. They should last a few days.
    Green gummies on a plate.

Equipment

Candy molds
Dropper

Nutrition

Calories: 14kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 0.003gSaturated Fat: 0.002gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.002gSodium: 15mgPotassium: 0.5mgSugar: 2gCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.03mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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    1. Jello powder is mainly gelatin and sugar with some flavor and color, so you could make your own with those ingredients or go with a recipe for gummies that uses simply fruit juice with gelatin powder. I believe there is approximately 12.5 grams of gelatin in 1 (85 g)box of jello powder. I hope this gives you something to work with!

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