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.
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
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
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
Add the warm water to the powders.
Step #4. Mix Well
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
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
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.
Step #7. Serve
The gummies are ready to be eaten!
Tip: You can add these gummies to our Churro Snack Mix!
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.
How to Make Gummies
- 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
- Mix the Jello powder with the unflavored gelatin.1 cup of your favorite Jello powder, 4 tablespoons unflavored gelatin powder
- Add the warm water to the powders.2 cups warm water
- Mix slowly using a spoon, making sure that it has dissolved completely. You want to try to avoid creating bubbles.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve. The gummies can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature. They should last a few days.
Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.
What kind of gummy flavor is your favorite? Let us know how they turned out in the comments!
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I don’t have flavor jello where I’m at,so how can I make the flavor jello from scratch?
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!