How to make homemade gummy bears

There’s no need to get store-bought gummy bears when you can use this recipe to make endless flavors of your own Homemade Gummy Bears.

There are no additives and no refined sugar. Best of all your kids will love them.

Ingredients Needed

  • Fruit Juice: I prefer to purchase unsweetened fruit juice since the recipe calls for additional sweetener. You can choose your favorite juices such as grape, orange, cranberry, etc.
  • Honey or Maple Syrup: You can use either honey or maple syrup for this recipe. The flavors of both are not overpowering and they each bring a subtle sweetness to the bears.
  • Stevia: Adding the stevia sweetens the homemade gummy bears a little more and you can also use sugar in its place, but you’ll need to add an additional tablespoon if you make the swap. It is also optional.
  • Unflavored Beef Gelatin: This type of gelatin is key for achieving crystal clear gummies that hold their shape well and don’t get stuck in the molds.

Flavor Combinations

To get the brilliant gummy bear colors you see in the images you can use some of the following juices. You can also use cold-pressed juice or set up a combination of some of the below.


  • Grape Juice
  • Pomegranate Juice
  • Cherry Juice


  • Orange Juice
  • Apple Juice
  • Tangerines


  • Lemonade
  • Mango
  • Tropical: pineapple, mango, and lemon juices together for a delicious tropical gummy bear.


  • Green Cold-Pressed Juice: juices such as the Green Lemonade from Whole Foods will work well with these bears and taste delicious too.


  1. Heat the juice and sweetener. In a small pot over medium heat combine the fruit juice, honey or maple syrup, and stevia (or sugar) together until just mixed.
  2. Dissolve the gelatin. In a small bowl dissolve the unflavored beef gelatin into the water. It will become thick and sticky. Drop this mixture into the small pot.
  3. Heat the juice mixture. Stir or whisk the fruit juice mixture until it comes to a soft boil and the gelatin has dissolved.
  4. Fill the molds. Working quickly use the rubber stopper to drop the juice mixture into the gummy bear molds. Make sure to go slow and fill it up past the brim otherwise the backs of the gummy bears will turn out concave once settled.
  5. Chill. Place the mold on a flat surface or a baking sheet and sit it in the fridge to set for about 20 minutes.
  6. Pop them out. Once set you can easily pop the gummy bears out of the molds.

Jello Method

You can also use Jello to prepare a flavored version, though not as healthy, but delicious nonetheless. To use this method, which will allow for much more color variations, follow the directions below.

Jello Method Ingredients

  • 1 package of Jello (3 oz size)
  • 1 tablespoon Gelatin
  • 1/2 cup of Water

Pour the water into a small saucepan and set it over medium-low heat. Add the Jello and gelatin and whisk together until dissolved.

Remove the mixture from the heat and using your stopper drop the mixture into the molds. Allow it to cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

Equipment Needed


Place all the gummy bears in a sealed container and store them in the fridge for up to 1 month. They do not freeze well so I don’t recommend freezing them.

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