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fruit juice sweetened gummy bears recipe

Fruit juice-sweetened Gummy Bears are ideal as an after-school snack and work just as well for Halloween.

My children were very upset with me last night when they saw I was making gummy bears. Why? I told them they could not eat any as I needed them for a morning photo shoot…for you all. The boys will be happy this afternoon when they get home from school and find this healthy candy ready to eat. These gluten-free gummy bears are the perfect thing to pack as a treat in school lunches, make a wonderful after-school snack, and are a great homemade Halloween candy for your little ghosts and goblins.

My boys (both teenagers now) are literally obsessed with these fruit juice-sweetened gummy bears and worked with me as I made them numerous times to perfect both the texture and flavor.

Gummy Bearsprinter friendly

  1. In a medium saucepan bring juice to a boil
  2. Allow to cool for 3 minutes, then stir in lemon juice and stevia
  3. Very gradually, whisk in gelatin
  4. If you do not whisk gradually and thoroughly your bears will be lumpy
  5. Allow mixture to cool almost to room temperature, then pour into gummy bear molds
  6. Refrigerate for 2 hours
  7. Serve

Makes 10 gummy bears –store in the refrigerator

Each healthy gummy bear candy has close to 2 grams of protein –not bad for a snack food. My older son likes to eat these with breakfast.

I haven’t played with gelatin for quite some time, however, Kelly kept telling me about a recipe of Diane‘s using pure gelatin (as in unflavored, without all of the sugar and dyes found in the more commercial product); between the two of them I’m totally on the gelatin bandwagon. Gelatin is fantastic for gut health and high in protein, which makes it an optimal food for my family. I make sure to purchase the grass fed gelatin that Diane recommends and have found it to be very high quality. Here’s to the oxymoron of healthy candy, and gummy, or gummi, bears!

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posted on September 19, 2013

99 comments leave a comment

  1. Kate

    Are they the size of standard ice cubes using the Gummy Bears ice cube tray?

  2. Sharon L Ulam @ mozilla/firefox

    This sounds great for our grand children. Will have to print it up! :)

  3. kathy scott

    Hi Elana
    I just love your recipes and would love to make these for my grandson! Could you tell me where you bought your gummy bear moulds? I live in Ontario.

    Thank you

    Kathy S.

  4. minnie

    if you use a small portion of the juice to bloom the gelatin (soak it til it hydrates) you’ll have no lumps. i think maybe 1/4 c would work

    • Michele

      I assume we’d need the juice to be hot? And about how long would it take for it to ‘bloom’?

      I just made some a little while ago and had a little bit of trouble whisking in the gelatin, but that may have been the pan and the whisk I used.

      • Debra E

        You don’t need the juice to be hot, just room temperature. Let the gelatin soak in and gel, then you can whisk it into the hot liquid mixture. I believe that once it has gelled that you could also add it to the rest of the ingredients while they heat up. You might not have to wait until the end if you did the gelatin this way.

  5. Jane

    I’m also curious about the molds, they’re adorable. The recipe looks great, will be trying, thanks!!

  6. Michele

    I’m about ready to jump on the gelatin bandwagon myself! I found some through Azure Standard that is grass and grain fed (I assumed finished) at half the price ($8.60 a lb) and I am motivated to finally try it tonight!

  7. Noa lev

    Have u tried agar powder instead of gelitan. It should work just as well and be healthier. Thanks. Noa

    • Deila

      Noa~

      I am not sure that agar would be healthier than gelatin. Gelatin provides a vast amount of nutrition, protein, and helps with joint issues. i think I would prefer to stick with grass fed gelatin when making gummy candies.

      • Sheindal

        But if one were not to use gelatine because one didn’t use animal products, then asking if agar agar would work is a valid question, even if it is not one that Elana would have the answer to. (And one I’d like to know the answer to as well!) Sea vegetables have a great deal of nutrition in, so assuming the refining process does not extract all the goodness (and the company that make the ones I have don’t use chemicals to process it) then I can’t see why agar wouldn’t be equally as beneficial to your body, if in a different way from the nutrition cited above for gelatine. BTW, for any vegetarians or kosher following enquirers, my agar flakes box suggests one full tablespoon of flakes to one cup of liquid. I might try and see…

        • Fabiana

          Please somebody try the agar agar and let us know….

          • Sara

            I have a high sensitivity to all things beef, so I tried agar agar instead and they didn’t quite work. I’m not sure though if it was the agar or that I used pure organic pineapple juice, which was a little thicker then the typical juices. It was also challenging to get it to dissolve, even in the hot juice. I ended up have to take my immersion blender to it to fully integrate the agar agar. Anyway, they didn’t get completely solid like gummies, they are more like jell-o that hasn’t quite set. Either way they are totally tasty and it won’t be a problem making them disappear. I’m going to try again with a thinner juice (like grape) and then I’ll know for certain if it was the juice or the agar.

    • Ruth

      Caution for those trying agar agar. While it says on most sites to substitute agar agar powder for gelatin in the same amount, when I did this and followed Elena’s recipe, I came out with bears the texture of wax. I googled “agar gummy bears” and came up with recipes that use roughly 1 Tablespoon of agar per 8 ounces (as Elena uses) of fluid. Also, the juice with agar must be simmered at least 5 minutes to thicken. I’ve yet to perfect agar gummy bears and I’ve used an entire bottle of agar and an entire jar of organic juice experimenting.

      (When I made it with gelatin, I got it perfect the first time.)
      Like others, my kids are allergic to beef, so I might punt on the agar and use gelatin from fish.

  8. Anna

    Do these melt at room temperature?

  9. elmleaves

    I am a vegertarian, how can I use something else to substitute the gelatine, pls?

  10. Maggie

    I don’t have molds–do you think it would work if I just spread the mixture out thinly on a parchment-paper lined jellyroll pan?

  11. Laura@EmptySpoonful @ emptyspoonful.com

    This just made my day! I LOVE gummy bears and this recipe looks fantastic! I adore this picture, they came out beautiful Elana; too perfect to eat!

  12. Jess

    I only have honey on hand and have been making these all week! soo good!

  13. Kim Riffle

    Where did you purchase the gummy bear ice cube trays?

  14. Bobbie Carichner

    Can you suggest a substitute for the lemon juice? For me any citrus is a migraine trigger.

  15. GiGi Eats Celebrities @ gigieatscelebrities.com

    Yum! I haven’t had gummy bears in AGES!!!

  16. Pam Frydman-Roza

    Where do you find Kosher Gelatin with a real hechsher. I’ve seen Great Lakes gelatin that is labelled Kosher but I don’t see a hechsher.
    Thanks a bunch.
    Chag Sukkot Sameach!
    Pam :)

  17. Deila

    FOR THOSE WITH FURRY FRIENDS:

    I make gummy treats for my dogs using bone broth and gelatin.

    1C bone broth of choice
    4-6T gelatin

    Heat broth. Whisk in gelatin, 1T at a time. Pour into molds or pan with lip and set in refrigerator. Pop them out of molds OR cut into pieces and give them as treats.

    I add in extra gelatin to make them *harder*, because my dogs like to chew them. plus, it’s a hoot when I toss them a gummy, and they don’t catch it. Watching the gummy bounce around while they chase after it is a RIOT!!!!

    My dogs adore them, they are Paleo (SHOCK) and good for pups with joint issues.

  18. Kerri

    Hi-This link will bring you to Amazon which no longer carries the bear molds. You can go to here:

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ee56/?pfm=Search&t=gummy%20bear%20ice%20cube%20tray

    to order them.

  19. Julie

    What brand of gelatin do you use?

  20. Jess

    These look delicious! Do you think that I could use Agar Agar powder to make these vegan? Thanks!

  21. maya

    if you really want to make them healthy, use agar agar instead of gelatin!

  22. Karen

    Awesome recipe Elana.
    Where do you get the gummy bear tray from?

  23. Donna

    The gummy bear molds are currently unavailable on this site and may or may not become available in the future.

  24. Abigail

    Where do I get the gummi bear molds?

  25. Heather J

    Wow, these are really good! I wanted to play with gelatin so this recipe came at the right time :)

    I used plastic Ikea ice cube trays for my gummies. Super cheap and they come in lots of different shapes. One tray had 10 figures (half the batch). I got 20 gummies from the recipe.

  26. Jennifer P.

    Gummy Bears are my all time favorite guilty pleasure! Do you use liquid stevia or powdered?

  27. Katarina

    What can I substitute stevia with? And howuch for the recipe? Would u reccomebd other juice flavors? Thank u.

  28. Mia Pritchett

    I did make these in a regular jello mold-very gummy and yummy. The Great Lakes gelatin just has such a strong smell and taste (not really in the best way either). My boys were not too sure about eating it. I guess Mom gets it all:)

  29. Cheryl

    HI – just wondering… liquid or powdered stevia?
    thanks!

  30. Cheryl

    How much honey did you use? I have never liked stevia.

  31. Mary Ann

    I am wondering how to store these. Do you keep them in the refrigerator or can they be left out. Mine are like ice cubes. Please advise.

  32. Leah

    These we’re so easy to make! I was worried (silly me) that they would come out to be glorified jello jigglers, but darned if they aren’t gummies! My kids like them. I bought silicone molds from Amazon for $4 each. Penguins, fish, hearts, and ducks. Perfect!

  33. I can’t wait to make these with my boys!! Can’t believe they’re so easy to make and even healthy!

  34. Michelle

    I have tried numerous other gummy candy recipes and was not happy with the results due to taste (lack of mostly) texture (too rubbery), and finally I have found the perfect recipe! I used a mango juice with no stevia (juice was intensely sweet already) and they are perfectly textured. Thank you!

  35. These are too cute! I’ll need to Google to find the molds. Love them! For more creative recipe ideas, fill out the form at http://www.BetterOffHealthy.com!

  36. How do you actually make the bears?

  37. jennifer

    I actually found molds at meijer! They have their summer things on clearance and there were so many different shapes to choose from! 99 cents each! I picked up six and I can make two batches. I got bears, cars, stars, apples, strawberries and smiley faces!

  38. Ruth

    These are Feingold compliant, and my sons loved them and asked for more flavors. I’m going to try to fix up the recipe for lime or grape gummy bears too. Found the gummy bear mold on ebay, and had to order a 2nd one to satisfy demand. Thank you Elana! My son was craving decadence, and this satisfied him.

  39. Tara Nicholson

    How to get the gummies out of the mold without them sticking? I made pretty firm gummies, but to get them out of the mold they did not come out easily. What did I miss?

  40. Debra E

    I would love if someone could share how to get these gummies out of the mold. They kept tearing at the feet.

  41. Manya

    Elana, big fan over here. My kids have had many a EVERYTHING because of you. Now I see this and cannot wait to get started. Only question is where does one aquire such an ice cube tray???
    I have GOT to get one asap!
    Thank you

  42. Margaret

    My kids LOVE these!! Thanks for the recipe!

  43. Jennifer

    Love these!!! I made my “non cooking” boyfriend make these while I was cooking dinner. Such a fun dessert! Now every time I turn around he is making another batch. Lol! Double batch of Mango lemonade and pineapple in the fridge right now! We use candy molds and a squeeze bottle for accuracy. Great treat!!!

  44. Jennifer

    I made these as written, with pomegranate juice. I had a layer of foam on each one – it stayed white even after they hardened. Anyone know why this happened? One of my kids loved them … the other two stuck their nose up after one bite … but maybe that was the foam issue?

    Oh, and I bought the molds on Amazon, and they are more ice cube sized.

    • Ruth

      To get rid of the foam, I used 1/3 cup of juice to put the gelatin in (I used 4 packets of Knox) then I heated the 2/3 cup of juice to boiling. Poured the boiling over the gelatin/juice ball, and I didn’t have to whisk so much that there was foam. My boys also hated the foam. I find that you can cut off foam and/or crust that forms over time with kitchen sheers and/or knife.

  45. Ruth

    Lime Gummy Bears
    1/3 cup lime juice cold with the gelatine
    AND
    1/3 cup water + 1/3 cup lime juice to boil
    about 1.5 Tablespoons of honey added with the boiling juice/water;
    and 2 “drops” of powder stevia (I have one of those measuring spoons labeled “drop”; I”m pretty sure the “drop” spoon is 1/64 teaspoon) that I added to the cold lime juice and gelatine

    I pour the boiling combo over the cold combo, stir without generating froth, then pour into gummy molds.

    The kids and I both felt that they tasted like lime jello gummies.

  46. jennifer

    Love this recipe. Because I didn’t want to use stevia or honey, i used thawed, frozen concentrate to increase the sweetness from the juice. I put 1/2 cup of thawed concentrate in a shallow glass baking dish and sprinkled the gelatin over it to soften it. Then I poured 1/2 cup boiling water over it, whisking to blend. Could also use half cup of boiling juice to increase sweetness even more. This eliminated lumps which I got when I did it with the original recipe. Guess I am too impatient for Elana’s technique. Thanks Elana, so fun to have candy!

  47. Need to find molds and time to make these

  48. Tina

    When I whisked the gelatin the mixture became frothy. They hardened with a frothy layer. Does anyone know where I went wrong? I really want this to work before Halloween. Thanks for any suggestions.

  49. Vivian

    I made these and wish I could say I liked them, but they didn’t turn out as I’d hoped. They were more like firm Jell-o and not really gummy in texture. I also found I could really taste the gelatin, which tastes a bit glue-like. I did make a half batch – did I do something wrong or am I just picky?

  50. Sarah

    Just made these, though only had a pan (no cute molds…yet.) So good, my kids asked for them for dessert. WIN!!!!

  51. Josefa Ciccarelli @ naturalwellnest.com

    Is the texture supposed to be more like jello rather then a gummy bear. not sure if i did something wrong. I used cranberry juice since I didnt have anything else. I also tried making my own “juice” with blueberries and raspberries but they turned out the same way. I also used honey because I didn’t have any stevia. I’ve seen other recipes use honey and homemade juice so thought it should work. But I am not sure what the texture of these is supposed to be like so don’t know if I did them correctly or not. They are more jiggly like jello though, but still a little firm. But not like a chewy gummy bear if that makes sense.

    • Alexandra

      I had to use commercial gelatin because I didn’t have any other options. Mine came out very much like jello. I was hoping for that rubbery-chewy feel that gummy bears have. I’m also wondering what the correct texture is supposed to be…

  52. Leslie

    Does the 3 tablespoons of gelatin really work. I read in another recipe it called for 3 envelopes of gelatin with all other ingredients remaining the same.

  53. Kent

    Bulk Barn in Canada also has many molds available.

  54. Tiffany

    Here is a link to the company directly for the trays. They are cheeper that way.

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ee56/

  55. Noreen

    Can you use vegetarian gelatine for these?

  56. Lori Brandt

    Amazon is out of the molds and says not sure if they will ever be back, ack!

  57. Has anyone tried this recipe using Xylitol rather than Stevia sweetener?

  58. Patti @ thatpatti.com

    I made the pineapple gummies yesterday exactly as written and with the same brand of gelatin, but the “beefy” flavor of the gelatin is very evident (and very gross).

    Am I just super sensitive to this smell/taste? I made beef broth exactly one time and can’t make it again because the smell of the boiling bones was overwhelmingly disgusting to me.

    My husband didn’t notice the taste, but the kids did. Maybe we have some genetic sensitivity to that taste??? I’m so disappointed because they came out great otherwise and were so easy!

    • Ann

      All gelatin is made from the collagen of cows and/or pigs and does not impart any “beefy” or pork flavor. Even regular jello brand gelatin is made with it. Possibly the power of suggestion? or maybe you are just sensitive to it.

  59. Frances Cromwell @ francescromwell.com

    I made these just as the directions said, except I doubled the recipe. My bears came out solid but very soft, not firm at all.
    Anyone have any trouble with the gummies not being firm?

  60. Lashonda

    I made these with just fruit juice, lemon juice, and gelatine. The consistency was fine. Not totally like a gummy candy but much firmer than jello. My concern is the flavor. They were really bland. I used cranberry grape juice, which I thought would be pretty strong in flavor. Was the juice the problem?

  61. Nicole

    Try getting the moulds at Bulk Barn. They have tons of different kinds of moulds and are super cheap. Not sure if the gummy bears will stick though.

  62. tara

    Elana: I attempted these gummies over the weekend and after a night in the fridge, they are gooey and have not set :( Any advice? I did substitute honey for stevia. My little one was so excited to have one after her first ski race this weekend and it was so disappointing… please HELP!

  63. RGC

    Do you still use the stevia you recommend? The reviews on Amazon say the formula has changed and that it is awful now.

  64. monica

    this is by far the best healthy recipe i have come across!!!!

  65. Jessica

    I haven’t tried these, but it sounds like a jello recipe not a gummy bear one. Do these really have a similar texture to gummy bears? Or is it just jello bears? Even if jello, it is a wonderful idea :-)

  66. KT

    2 grams of protein and how many calories? (since I fully intend on eating more than 1 :) )

    Also, do you use liquid stevia?

  67. Isabelle

    Hi!
    My daughter can’t have citrus… What could I replace the lemon with?

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