Homemade Natural Juice Gummy Bears Galore!

After a visit at our kids’ grandparents and making gummy bears there with Grandpa, our Z couldn’t get enough gummy bears. Every 2-3 days during her play dates, she made gummy bears with her friends. It’s easy and quick with only a few minutes of adult help. Homemade juice gummy bears are one of our favourite play date activities. Here’s the recipe to share:

1 cup natural fruit juice
1 tablespoon gelatin, powder
1 tablespoon honey, unpasteurized

Whisk fruit juice, gelatin and honey in a small pot. Once dissolved, place on stove on medium-high heat. Whisk until it boils. Bring to a rolling boil and continue to whisk for 2 minutes. Turn heat off and pour into gummy bear and/or chocolate silicone molds. Use a flat edge spatula or knife to remove excess liquid from the top of the molds. Leave on counter for 20 minutes to set or place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set. Remove from silicone molds by pressing from the bottom of each mold cavity, essentially flipping the gummy bear inside out. They come out perfectly.

Gummy bears using fruit juice, gelatin and honey poured into gummy bear and/or chocolate molds.

Gummy bears using fruit juice, gelatin and honey poured into gummy bear and/or chocolate molds.

Makes about 1.5 trays of gummy bears or 2 chocolate mould trays or about 25 gummies. These gummies will keep on the counter at room temperature for a day or two but best to keep them in the refrigerator. But I doubt it will last that long. My kids gobble them up on the first day!

Z still can’t get enough gummy bears. Eventually, we ran out of gelatin but I’ve bought more since so she can continue with her gummy bears galore!

Just a note about the juice, we use natural 100% organic juice, no sugar added bought from the store. We have used pressed homemade juice (previously frozen and then thawed) from asian apples and crab apples. Both work wonderfully! The asian apples juice was purely by accident - last fall, my father lost most of his asian apples from a massive wind storm. The asian apples split and bruised when they fell and he didn’t feel right giving them away so he pressed them all into juice and froze them. Lucky for us!