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Homemade Gummy Bears

Learn how to make your own gummy bears with this simple, sweet, gummy recipe with juice!

Homemade Gummy Bears
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While it might be easier to buy bears at the store, these homemade gummy bears are much tastier. Made with just a few ingridients (including real fruit juice), our gummy bear recipe is sure to taste way better than a store-bought bag. If you're looking for a boozy option, consider combining this recipe with our champagne gummy hearts for a mix of berry bears and happy hour hearts!

From the Chef: "You can buy gummy bears, but they are so fun to make. And the taste of a little homemade gummy bear is quite different than the pre-packaged kind. These bears are pastel in color and juicy as can be."
- Addie Gundry

This recipe is from RecipeLion's 103 Cookbook series, No-Bake Desserts: 103 Easy Recipes for No-Bake Cookies, Bars, and Treats.

Yields40 gummy bears

Preparation Time15 min

Chilling Time2 hr


  • 1 cup berry fruit juice (or any fruit juice)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 (0.25-ounce) packets unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Gummy bear molds (see Note)


  1. In a saucepan, bring the berry juice and lemon juice to a boil.

  2. Add the gelatin and stir continuously for 3 minutes until dissolved.

  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar until dissolved.

  4. Pour the mixture into gummy bear molds (see Note) and transfer to the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours.


Gummy bear molds are sold in craft stores and online.

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These look so easy to make. I like the fact that they are made with fruit juice. If you added liquid sugar such as stevia you could make a healthy version. Would that work or would it make the consistency different? These are a good idea for school fund raiser bakes. I would make them for that.

I enjoy providing healthy snacks for my little ones. I think not only will they like this gummy bear recipe, they would enjoy helping to prepare it. With only a few simple ingredients I would not feel too bad if they had a serving size of these. Know that there are no preservatives is a real good feature to this recipe.

Since these are mostly fruit juice, these are more like a healthier fruit snack than a candy and thus mom friendly too! When I saw this recipe, I knew I didn't have these special molds, but looked around for something I could use instead. I found some plastic easter eggs that had a small hole on one end. Maybe I could suck this stuff up with a syringe and inject it into them, tape up the hole with kitchen tape. But I'm wondering if the eggs might contain BPA...

After these little darlings have a set time in the fridge for 2 hours, are they likely to "melt" if left out for the little ones to nosh on during the day?

This is fun! I'll have to see what kind of cool molds I can find to make all sorts of unique shapes.


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