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Homemade Gummy Bear Recipe

Did you know you can make your own gummy bears with only a few ingredients? We are sharing this easy to make gummy bear recipe with you today. And we’re showing you two ways to make them! You can make them with fruit juice or with JELLO (flavored gelatin). Both methods are really easy to make homemade gummy bears. We hope you try them both!

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Gummy Bear Recipe

There are two ways you can make homemade gummy bears. We decided to test out both methods and share the recipes here!

Our kids actually preferred the JELLO version but they also liked the fruit version too. If you have gelatin, JELLO or fruit juice on hand you can easily make these!

Homemade Gummy Bears

The only thing you’ll need to get in advance are the gummy bear molds. Kids will not only love eating these gummy bears but they’ll also love helping to make them! Our 4 year old had fun using the droppers to put the recipe into the molds.

Gummy Bear Recipe – 2 Ways

We’re sharing two ways you can make your own homemade gummy bears. Let us know which one you try and which one is your favorite!

  • Gummy Bears made with JELLO
  • Gummy Bears made with fruit juice

How to Make Gummy Bears with JELLO

To make homemade gummy bears with JELLO you only need a package of JELLO and some gelatin. The easy thing with this recipe is that you don’t need to worry about how to sweeten it. Our kids loved this version because JELLO is sweet. We also love how bright and colorful the JELLO versions turned out. If you have extra JELLO boxes lying around the house this is a perfect way to use up the box!

How to Make Gummy Bears With Jello

Ingredients for JELLO version

Note: You can get Vegan Gelatin – this brand is a 1 for 1 replacement. Another option is Agar Agar Powder but we haven’t tested this with our recipes.

Homemade Gummy Bears Recipe

Directions to Make Homemade Gummy Bears with JELLO

  • Pour 1/2 cup of water into a sauce pan set on low heat
  • Add 1 package of Jello (85 size/3 oz size)
  • Add 1 tablespoon of gelatin
  • Mix until all dissolved and then remove from heat
  • Using the dropper add into your mold
Fill Gummy Bear Mold

Tip: Try to avoid getting bubbles in your dropper when placing in the mold. If you end up with bubbles on the top, that’s ok but the bubbles will solidify that way. We had some bubbly ones and the kids still thought they tasted good.

  • Place in fridge for 30 minutes or until solidified.
Gummy Bear Recipe With Jello
  • Once they are hard from the fridge you can easily pop them out of your mold. If you find them hard to take out of the molds, keep longer in the fridge to make sure they are full solidified.

Gummy Bear Recipe With Fruit Juice

We tested a lot of versions with fruit juice. We tried different sweeteners and out of them all honey was our favorite. We didn’t try with regular sugar as we wanted this version to be sweetened naturally. Note: If you want to avoid all added sugar from using store bought juice you can make your own juice with real fruit instead using a juicer.

If you want to substitute the honey for regular sugar we would recommend you add a little bit of sugar to start and then taste-test before filling your molds.

Note: Reminder that honey should not be given to babies under 1 year old.

Other Sweetener Options

You can also use Stevia but only the liquid drops. We tried with the powder version and the recipe did not turn out. We also tested Agave syrup but we personally did not like the flavor. The final option to sweeten naturally is you can use maple syrup. However, we liked honey the best because it’s sweet but the flavor is not too overpowering.

For juices we recommend any clear juices – the ones we used are called Simply Lemonades. You can also use cranberry juice or apple juice.


Keep stored in the refrigerator and they should last at least one week (but will usually get eaten up before then!).

How to Make Gummy Bears

Ingredients for fruit version

Note: You can get Vegan Gelatin – this brand is a 1 for 1 replacement. Another option is Agar Agar Powder but we haven’t tested this with our recipes

Here are the directions for the fruit version – you can print the recipe off here too! 

Gummer Bear Recipe Homemade
5 from 20 votes

Gummy Bear Recipe

Homemade gummy bears made with fruit juice and honey. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Active Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes



  • Pour 1/2 cup juice into a sauce pan set on low heat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon honey.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of gelatin.
  • Mix until all dissolved and then remove from heat.
  • Using the dropper, add into your mold.
  • Place in fridge for 30 minutes to cool and form or until solidified. 



Calories: 27kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 2g, Sodium: 5mg, Potassium: 20mg, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin C: 0.2mg


Note: You can substitute the honey for maple syrup or stevia drops. Test a small amount and taste for sweetness to your liking. 
For the JELLO version, see instructions above. 
Storage: Keep stored in the refrigerator and they should last at least one week. 

For a healthy snack option for kids, see these fruit popsicles – kids love helping to make these and they are perfect for a hot summer day!

And for another fun snack idea for kids – try these yogurt bites!

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97 comments on “Homemade Gummy Bear Recipe”

  1. Mary Connor

    5 stars
    I used the fruit juice recipe with great success. I had multiple molds so had no problem using up all the mixture. This time I need to make gummy worms but only have one mold that makes 11 worms. My question: how long can the liquid be stored to make additional worms after the first set solidifies?

  2. I am wanting to make these for my son’s birthday… I have one mold, that makes 20 lego bricks. Assuming the mix folks way more than my one mold, is there a way to keep the mixture useable while the molds sets?

    1. I think it’ll set once it cools so you’ll need to make another mixture in between each set. You could cut the recipe in half though if it makes too much.

  3. 5 stars
    Super yummy, tried my first batch with UK Hartley jelly, worked fine but not as hard as shop bought sweets (will just add more gelatin next time) tried with Jello Pack & worked great. Kids really enjoyed making & eating these. 👍

  4. Will they last long enough out of the fridge for my kids to take to school for a snack?

  5. 5 stars
    I just made fruit juice gummy bears and they are delicious! I couldn’t stop myself from eating a handful! I will have to quadruple the batch next time!

  6. Victoria Hall

    Hi! My 3 year old grandson and I made these both ways! Both were super easy! The jello one is a bit more sticky, but both came out great! Wont let me tag you for a chance to be featured though 🙁

  7. 5 stars
    Yummm!!! I did the jello recipe. One hint dont place them on a plate, they stick bad to it

  8. Brittany Gharring

    How was the texture? I’ve made with agar agar and the texture is interesting… did these stretch and give a little gummy chew ? Thanks!

    1. The Best Ideas for Kids

      The texture isn’t the same as traditional gummy bears but it’s as close as I have tested with a DIY recipe.

  9. 5 stars
    great recipe! i added a tablespoon of citric acid to make them sour and they tasted great, i highly reccomend adding it if you like sour candy.

      1. The Best Ideas for Kids

        Sugar free juice will work but I haven’t tested it with sugar free jello.

  10. Jillian Cottrell

    Hi! Our juice gummy bears turned out perfect! Thanks so much for the recipe. 

  11. Fiona Jung

    I can’t get the juice ones out of the silicon molds. They have been in the fridge for 7 hours now. Any suggestions?

    1. The Best Ideas for Kids

      Sometimes the juice ones seem like they won’t come out but you just need to push them out and they are still 1 piece. Push from the back of the mold.

  12. So I can use flavored jello or non flavored jello and fruit juice to flavor these little guys correct? 

    1. The Best Ideas for Kids

      Yes exactly! Just make sure to follow the directions for quantity so they set properly.

    1. The Best Ideas for Kids

      You can if you’d like! We didn’t have an issue getting ours out without it though.

  13. Trying to make about 80-90 servings of these. How many servings does the original recipe yeild?

    1. The Best Ideas for Kids

      The serving suggestion is 6 but it really depends how many gummies you want per serving. You will get about 2.5 trays per recipe. Each tray we used has 53 gummies on them. So 2.5 trays gives you about 22 gummies per serving for 6 servings.

  14. Do I need to substitute something for the honey? The fruit juice I use is sweet enough me. Thanks 🙂

  15. Hi, I tried making the jello ones, and they never hardened… what do you think I did wrong?

    1. The Best Ideas for Kids

      Check your measurements for your Jello package to make sure it’s the same. If so, add a little more gelatin and let sit a little longer in the fridge. They may seem a little soft to the touch but when you pop them out of the mold they are firm.

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