Homemade Gummy Bears: A Healthy Snack Idea

Homemade Gummy Bears

Here’s a healthy snack idea, homemade gummy bears! They’re delicious, easy to make, and unlike nasty commercial bears, contain only healthy ingredients.

Store bought gummy bears used to be a treat I considered to be healthful. Before our journey into a more natural lifestyle began, I thought anything that was low in calories meant “healthy.”

I’ve since completely stopped looking at calories in products, and started focusing on ingredients. Now when I pick up a package of popular brand gummy bears, I’m no longer duped into thinking it’s a health food snack. Ingredients in Haribo® gummy bears include the following:

Corn Syrup, Sugar, Gelatin, Dextrose, Citric Acid, Corn Starch, Artificial and Natural Flavors, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Carnauba Wax, Beeswax Coating, Artificial Colors Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue (source)

Corn syrup – most likely derived from GMO corn. Sugar – most likely derived from GMO sugar beets. Gelatin – likely from animals that were raised in a questionable environment and fed a very questionable diet. Artificial flavors and artificial colors – linked to all sorts of health and learning problems.

So, as we’ve discussed in so many of our past articles, products like this can almost always be made at home with ingredients that are far more pure, natural, and healthful. For my homemade gummy bears I like to use a natural sweetener like honey, gelatin that’s derived from cows raised on pasture, and colorings/flavors that come directly from fresh fruit juices!

Also, I’m getting my gelatin in the form of a delightful nostalgic snack when I make homemade gummy bears! (Read my thoughts here on the benefits of including gelatin in your diet.)

Note: For a vegetarian/vegan alternative to gelatin, you can try agar agar powder (found here). We have not tried this ingredient, and so cannot guarantee the same results when using it. If you try it be sure to share your results in the comments – you may need to play a bit to find the proper amounts. 

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Homemade Gummy Bears: Sweetened Naturally

You can make gummy bears in almost any flavor, using different combinations of freshly squeezed juices or pureed fruits. NOTE: Do not use pineapple – it contains enzymes that break down gelatin so it will not set properly. Below are three of my favorite recipes. Feel free to adjust ingredients and sweetness to your liking.

Ingredients

Orange Gummy Bears

Strawberry Gummy Bears

Blueberry Gummy Bears

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except gelatin in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir with a whisk.
  2. Gradually whisk gelatin into the mixture, stirring constantly. (Avoid dumping gelatin into pan all at once, which will cause big globs of gelatin to remain in finished product.)
  3. Continue heating over medium-low heat until all ingredients are well combined and gelatin is completely melted. (The mixture will change from a grainy, jelly-like consistency to a more glassy, smooth consistency when gelatin is all melted.)
  4. Place gummy bear mold on a cookie sheet (which makes it easier to move without spilling once filled). Pour mixture into silicone mold and place in freezer for about 20-30 minutes.
  5. Pop gummy bears out of mold and store in an airtight container. They will keep in the refrigerator for a few weeks.

Notes

You can also pour mixture into a baking dish greased with coconut oil if you don’t have silicone molds. After mixture is set up, cut with a knife or use cookie cutters to make any shape you like.

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Have you been wanting to make your own homemade gummy bears? What flavor combinations will you try?

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Comments

  1. What fun! I didn’t realize they make gummy bear molds!

    I have been making my own natural jello for 3-4 years now, for much the same reasons, + I want no sugar – I use stevia (bit pricey, could use xylitol if you can tolerate it). I use a strong flavored/herbal tea for my base/flavoring. Peppermint, ginger, and a combo of the two are all grand (I us Organic India Tulsi teas, Celestial Seasonings Holiday and flavored teas), as well as apple/cinnamon, or other fruit flavors. I use 2 teabags/cup serving, and steep for at least 20-30 min. Of course, if you find it stronger/weaker than you like, you can change that up easily.

  2. Wow, great stuff here and all your posts. You are a force of nature! Thank you for sharing your wonderful and vast knowledge!

  3. I’ve made these before, and while the texture was great, the flavor was not. But that is because none of the fruit here was in season, so it was very bland.
    I think next time I will use 100 % fruit juices and some fruit for texture, until the fruit is in season here and full of flavor.

    • Let us know how it turns out Katy, the fruit we used was delicious – we picked bulk amounts in season and freeze it so we have it available all year. Blessings.

  4. Love this idea! I’ve never been a gummy bear person, but I know many moms who are wanting to find healthy snacks their children will eat. This sounds perfect!

  5. Hi guys! you gummy bears look very yummy a must do for me. Thanks for all the goodness your site provides. Blessings.

  6. Hi, I am getting ready to make these…they look like a wonderful treat, and great way to use healing gelatin. I have a recipe for home made elderberry syrup…any idea what quantity I could use to make them into gummies? It’s just elderberries soaked and cooked, strained and raw honey added…it’s about a 50/50 ratio. Thanks!

    • Definitely leave out the honey in the recipe if your syrup already includes it. Depending on how sweet your syrup is, you may want to dilute it with a little water or just use it straight. (About 1 cup total liquid, and maybe add the 1 TBSP lemon juice if desired.) You can always taste during the heating/stirring stage to see how you like it and add more sweetener or water at that point. Hope they turn out well!

    • That’s a great idea! I also make elderberry syrup each fall to boost the immune system and ward off colds and flu. But at some point the bottle gets pushed to the back of the frig and I forget to take my daily spoonful. turning it into gummies would make it more fun to take and I’d get the healthy gelatin as well.

      • Andresa
        I was just thank about doing that I have a granddaughter last winter she had runny nose and that will help her and it does not have the process sugar in it.

  7. I plan to try this for my neice and nephews, but I want to know if I can substitute Agagar for the geletain?

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