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How To Make Gummy Candy

Posted by  ·  January 6, 2010  ·  Last Updated: June 18, 2018

Well the boys are back to school and Bella and I are finding plenty to do! Yesterday — homemade gummy bears!  We decided that learning how to make gummy bears, would be a project.

how to make gummies

All we needed was 1 -3 oz box of flavored gelatin and 2 – 1/4 oz  packages of unflavored gelatin, water and candy molds. (we used two candy molds)

homemade gummy bears

Gummy Candy Recipe


Place 1/3 cup water in a small sauce pan. Sprinkle the Jello and  unflavored gelatin over the water. Let sit 5 – 10 minutes. (If you like chewier gummi candy add in another packet of unflavored gelatin.)

Place sauce pan over medium heat and stir until gelatin is dissolved, about 2-5 minutes. When mixture is liquid and all gelatin has dissolved, remove from heat.  Let cool a minute and then pour into a container that is easy to pour from.  I use a small ceramic creamer pitcher.

Fill molds. If you save the inside of the advent calendar for  projects like do, it works perfect! The sheet of star molds worked a bit better than the bears because they are a bit deeper. However, I must say we were just needing an activity so our standards were pretty low— we thought they all turned out great!

how to make gummy bears

Allow to cool completely, about 20 minutes. They may be placed in a refrigerator for about 10 minutes if the kids are eager. Once cool, the backs can be lightly dusted with corn starch, if desired.

homemade gummy candy

Peel the gummi candy out of the molds. Don’t be shy, you won’t hurt them when peeling them from the molds. No need to oil the molds!


how to make gummy bears


Make homemade stickers with the unused unflavored gelatin packets.

Notes: My son felt the blue ones weren’t flavorful enough. Next time we will try 2 boxes Jello, 3 packages of unflavored gelatin and 1/2 cup water.

DIY gummy bears


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  1. Jennifer Lemanis
    Monday, February 11th, 2019
    If I want to use my own flavorings how would I adjust the recipe to eliminate the flavored jello?
  2. Devinne
    Monday, January 7th, 2019
    Hi I bought a bunch of flavored jello but not unflavored gelatin is there anything you think could work without using that? Perhaps less water and/or honey or corn syrup in its place?
  3. Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
    Yum! These look amazing! I can't wait to try them!
  4. Eme F
    Tuesday, January 1st, 2019
    Hey, is it possible that you try to make a recipe for giant gummy bears?? I've tried making them before, but everything just fell apart. And by the way I love the recipe you shared, it was great!
  5. friday patrick
    Friday, September 14th, 2018
    great, i want to learn more.
  6. Isabelle B
    Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
    Is it possible to make with homemade simple syrup with added flavors instead of jello powder ?
    • Cindy
      Saturday, September 29th, 2018
      Isabella, I haven't tried that! If you do give it a go please let us know if it works
    • Tami Williams
      Friday, February 1st, 2019
      I made them with lemon and lime juice as the liquid and a few packets of the Knox gelatin and added minced ginger. They were crazy yummy! I'm going to try passion fruit juice next, with and without the ginger too!
  7. Marcy
    Friday, September 22nd, 2017
    Thanks for sharing!! I can't wait to try this
  8. Lilla mys bakning
    Thursday, August 17th, 2017
    Found your blog looking for a soft candy recipe. I've tried them out and it was a big hit not just for my boys but all the kids that lives close to us and the parents was happy to eat them as well.
    Thank you for a good recepie
  9. Shawn
    Saturday, May 13th, 2017
    Darn it I thought all I would need was 1 box of jello, I got the black cherry kind along with some citric acid and malic acid to make sour gummies - I even got a Wonder Woman mold for all my geek friends - I guess I have to get more jello now haha!
  10. Saturday, March 18th, 2017
    We are making these right now!!! So excited!!!! :D
  11. beth
    Thursday, February 9th, 2017
    Do these need to be refrigerated and what kind of shelf life do they have? I'm assuming not much more than 2 weeks I want to make some for party favors & id like to put instructions on them if they require anything special.
  12. Tabitha
    Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
    I tried these with my family today. They are really good the only problem I had was that there was a lot of foam? Anyone else have this problem. How do I get it from foaming on too of the gelatin?
    • Cindy
      Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
      Tabitha, I haven't had that problem. Be sure to mix the ingredients slowly trying not to create too much foam. Hope that helps!
    • Jeffery Legere
      Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
      rapid cooling causes that. let it cool on the counter instead.
    • Natala Assa
      Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
      I also had that problem. I was using s different recipe and they used a dropper instead of pouring the mixture into the molds. They also had us refrigerating for 10 minutes, then freezing for 10 minutes.
    • Devinne
      Monday, January 7th, 2019
      I saw on another tutorial when you remove from stove and pour in container that you can pour from or use the eyedropper thing with, if you let that sit a couple min it should foam at the top and if you remove the foam you shouldnt get bubble bears. Hope that helps
  13. hope B crowder
    Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
    Our daughter is getting married soon and she wants me to make and decorate her cake... I can make roses out of jelly candy and I'm going to use this recipe to make the roses for her cake with a twist I'm adding citric acid to the sugar coating on the outside BC she loves sour candy thanks again for sharing ❤
    • Cindy
      Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
      Thanks! Send me a pic!
  14. Saturday, October 29th, 2016
    Thank you! I am Diabetic and there is not much for us so, I tried and love these. I changed to sugar free jello. Wondeeeerful!
  15. Neceros
    Friday, February 26th, 2016
    Can I make this with my own flavors? I have oil-based strong flavors.
  16. Michael Brown
    Saturday, December 19th, 2015
    Do I have to use unflavoured gelatine?
  17. Cathy
    Saturday, October 24th, 2015
    Have you tried these with sugar free Jello? I am looking for a low/no carb candy recipe for a ketogenic diet. Thanks!
    • Beth
      Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
      I used sugar free tonite worked perfect
  18. Monday, August 31st, 2015
    How fun is this? I definitely have to try this! My son will love it!

  19. Bella
    Monday, August 3rd, 2015
    I am 11'and this was really fun and easy to make it by myself with a little help
    • Monday, August 3rd, 2015
      Yay Bella! So happy you made them!
  20. Steve b
    Friday, May 8th, 2015
    You saved the day. Followed another sites recipe and they were too wet. Yours was perfect. Gave a boring dad something to make his 5 year old daughter think he was cool for a night. Ty
  21. shelley
    Thursday, February 19th, 2015
    In your note you suggested using 2 boxes of Jello (double he amount, but only 3 packages of the unflavored (1 1/2 times the amount). Have you tried this?
  22. Kira G
    Friday, January 30th, 2015
    Mine turned out cloudy, but yours look clear. Still taste yummy, and added a unsweetened koolaid packet to the second batch. Super fun!
  23. Lynn
    Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
    How long can the gummy Candy stay fresh in a Ziploc bag?
  24. melissa payne
    Monday, March 24th, 2014
    I made orange, watermelon, grape, sour apple(jolly ranger jello), lemon, and cherry.. very YUMMY!!!!
    • Max Payne
      Monday, July 18th, 2016
      That sounds delicious. I am doing something similar with a different set of flavors.
  25. Monday, February 24th, 2014
    Wooo! I tried this out tonight and the results were great. I'm not sure there'll be any left in the morning. I used straws cut lengthwise as molds for worms. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!
    • Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
      Thanks for stopping in! I love the idea for worms too! So fun!
    • Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
      Kat that is a great ideas to use straws for molds! Thanks for sharing!
  26. Michelle C
    Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
    Kathi, I kept mine in a Ziploc bag on the counter and they did just fine.
  27. Kathi
    Saturday, January 18th, 2014
    Will these need to be kept in the fridge or will they melt like jello if kept on the counter? Thanks, :)
  28. Michelle C
    Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
    I just tried this recipe, adding the extra packet of unflavored gelatin, and they are GREAT!!! I used strawberry banana jello, and they're yummy!! Can't wait to make more with different flavors!!
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  30. Christina
    Monday, September 2nd, 2013
    :( I tried making these twice today, first time I used less unflavored gelatin and they turned out very sour, the kid wouldn't even eat them. Now I am trying what the other commenter mentioned about 1 pack of jello and 3 unflavored. I felt like I had to add sugar and more water and they still are sour. Tomorrow I will head to get more supplies and try it again. My son's 1st birthday is going to be all gummy bears because his nick name is Gummy Bear.
    • Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
      YIKES Christina, I don't remember them being sour at all, in fact unflavored gelatin isn't sour so I wonder what is causing this. Ideas anyone?
  31. Tina
    Saturday, August 24th, 2013
    I can't wait to make these for my grandson (and his mom, aunt and uncle, etc...lol).! Of course, I'll have to make a couple of "test batches" first to see how they taste, LOL!
    I love your website - I'm getting ready to make a Halloween Trick or Treat bag for my 5 yr. old grandson using your tutorial for the simple reversable tote bag (with my brand new and very first sewing machine!). I want to send the Gummi Candy with the Trick or Treat bag to my grandson for a surprise Halloween gift.
    I'm teaching myself how to sew and your tutorials are so easy to follow - THANK YOU!! You are very creative, so please keep up the good work!
  32. B
    Sunday, July 28th, 2013
    We just made these gummies today. We put them in heart molds. They were delicious and beautiful! Thank you so much for the recipe!
  33. Bobbie
    Saturday, July 27th, 2013
    We just made these, one pan with strawberry, the other with lime jello. Both we very flavorful!! Though we like an even softer gummy, so next time i will cut the plain gelatine amount in half. Otherwise they set in the freezer in 10 minutes and peeled nicely from the molds.
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  35. Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
  36. Urwah
    Friday, March 8th, 2013
    I like the valentines cake
  37. Lindsay Marshall
    Thursday, February 28th, 2013
    I followed this recipe, but got a gooey mess. The product did not set up firmly like a gummy candy and stuck to the mould like crazy! We will try again with less water, and some kind of release agent in the moulds.
    • Jen
      Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
      Same happened to me. I know I'm impatient in trying these. I have a lego mini figure silicone mold. But very gooey and not set up. But luckily the boys (5&6) don't care! We're also trying to make a giant one in the big silicone cake mold. EEEKKK!!!
    • Cindy
      Friday, August 11th, 2017
      Jen how did the larger one turn out? Watch the gummy candy video I just added and see if this gives any new tricks to help you!
    • Cindy
      Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
      So sorry to hear that Linsday, try watching the video and see if that helps.
  38. Caryn
    Saturday, February 16th, 2013
    Wow! I'm so excited to share these with my granddaughter! I love brilliant people like you who make life so much easier and more fun for people like me. :)
  39. maria g
    Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
    I just made this using SUGAR FREE gelatin, I use 1 box of sugar free and 3 packs of unflavored gelatin, I also added coloring and they taste great :)

    my niece has type 1 and here in Guatemala it`s hard to find "kid friendly" sugar free products.
    I`m gonna try adding some candy flavoring and tart&sour enhancer for a stronger taste
    • Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
      Thank you so much for sharing the sugar free gummi candy recipe!
  40. YA
    Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
    Hi! Thanks for the easy recipe! Do you know if I can substitute the gelatine with pectin? Would I need more or less pectin to do that? I haven't cooked with either so I don't know.

    • Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
      I don't know if you can substitute the gelatine with pectin.
  41. rexza
    Thursday, August 16th, 2012
  42. Nance
    Monday, August 13th, 2012
    I doubled the recipe, but after getting them out of the fridge, they were REAL chewy, almost stiff...I will try it again, but I will only use 3 packets of gelatin, instead of the 4 I am supp to use to double it..my daughter loves them anyways!
  43. Thursday, August 9th, 2012
    I had the ingredients and made these tonight. Quick, easy and delicious! Looking forward to making them in lots of different flavors! Thank you for sharing and going to add your link to my blog. :) loved your note about advent calendars I've saved mine for years and refilled and re-used too!
  44. Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
    This is such a great idea! My daughter will love these!
  45. Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
    I just made a few batches of different flavors of these. I used juice instead of water (I used peach/white grape) All I can say is YUMMY!! They came out perfect...thank you so much! Every other recipe I came across was to dang chewy..these are PERFECT every time! I rolled them in powdered sugar and put them in the fridge for safe keeping...for a minute anyway. <3
  46. Abby
    Friday, May 4th, 2012
    My boys love gummies! I was wondering if the homemade ones hold up well in heat? They are both stationed in Afghanistan and it gets pretty hot there.
  47. Sunday, March 11th, 2012
    Yum! Can't wait to try these!
  48. Sunday, March 11th, 2012
    This is such a fantastic idea! I wanna run to the store right now and get all the ingredients!! Just brilliant!
  49. Saturday, March 10th, 2012
    These look so easy and I really love the idea of saving the advent calender molds, so many possibilities. I'd love it if you stopped by my monthly link up to share this with my readers.
  50. Friday, March 9th, 2012
    What a fabulous idea! I love the way these turned out -- such bold, yummy colors! Thanks for sharing. :-)
  51. Thursday, March 8th, 2012
    I didn't know you could make your own gummy candies! I would love for you to share with my readers on Blog Stalking Thursday! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/03/blog-stalking-thursday-31_07.html
  52. Shelly
    Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
    Try mixing a packet of unsweetened Kool Aid in with it for sour gummies!! It's a recipe that's been popular with low carb dieters for years!
  53. Jennifer Johnson
    Sunday, February 26th, 2012
    Just made these tonight with my boys. They loved them. So easy to make. We made cherry and lime. Thanks for the great idea.
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  55. lisa
    Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
    Have you made with sugar free hello? Any idea the water/gelatinous ratios for that? A sugar free hello box is .60 oz. My son has Type 1 Diabetes, this would be an awesome treat for him, but would much rather have in sugar free. If you have suggestions it would be awesome. Thanks.
  56. Friday, February 17th, 2012
    Oh my goodness...how easy is this! I cannot wait to try this!
  57. Marcia
    Thursday, February 16th, 2012
    I've made your gummies and they turned out right!
    When ready, I passed them over cristal sugar, but later the sugar disappeared completely! Don't understand why!
    Any ideas?
    Thank you!
  58. Suzanne
    Sunday, January 15th, 2012
    how long will the gummi bears keep and what is the best way to keep them fresh?
  59. Friday, October 28th, 2011
    Featured you in our Food Trends article this week! Love this idea! http://is.gd/WKSTQg
  60. Katie
    Friday, September 30th, 2011
    Stronger flavor: use concentrated juice as opposed to Jello and add an extra envelope or two of gelatin. You can also add a tablespoon or two of honey to sweeten them (since jello mixes have a lot of sugar in them).

    Cinnamon bear question : You could melt the little cinnamon red hotts into the gelatin. Then use either a cherry, raspberry, apple or other "red" juice. Doesn't really matter what because, for the most part, the red hots color and flavor will dominate.

    Sticking problem: next time, lightly lightly oil the mold. To release already stuck on ones, put the mold lightly on a dish of warm water. NOT HOT. Just lukewarm, that should help the gelatin to melt a little and release from mold. Your shapes will not be as nice but it should get them out.
  61. Elaine Gibson
    Thursday, September 15th, 2011
    These are awesome. Made them in deep Christmas molds. The thick ones are much more satisfying than the thinner ones.
    They taste like Jell-O, of course, because they are Jell-O.
    Don't keep them in the fridge. They get chewy in an undesirable kind of way.
  62. Monday, September 12th, 2011
  63. Marissa
    Thursday, July 28th, 2011
    Do these taste like jello? Or actual gummys?
  64. gary n nevaeh
    Sunday, July 24th, 2011
    In the fridge cant wait much longer tweaked the recipe added hot sauce and cinnamon let ya know how they come out
  65. Thursday, July 21st, 2011
    These were simple to make, my only problem is that the gummies are not releasing from the mold. I tried freezing it and it still won't release. Any ideas-I don't want to ruin anymore of them.
  66. Friday, July 15th, 2011
    Really like your blog ,because are very interesting articles here ,thanks for that .I will return later for other items.
  67. Thursday, July 7th, 2011
    Great recipe. I added Vitamin C crystals (ascorbic acid) to make them sour, both in the mixture and dusted on the outside.
  68. Thursday, July 7th, 2011
    One WORD >>> YUMMY .... thank you so much for sharing..i just love it
  69. Thursday, June 30th, 2011
    Love this idea! Do you think it would be possible to use fruit juice and (extra) unflavored gelatin instead of jello to make them a little bit healthier?? Would be very interested in finding out if anyone has tried this!! Thanks for the tutorial, ADORABLE!
  70. Christie
    Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
    I made a similar recipe with my step kids last year, and agree with your son about some of them not being very flavorful. I was thinking that if we made them again, we'd use a fruit juice instead of water. Nothing mild like apple juice, maybe cranberry juice or lemonaide.

    The kids, on the other hand, thought they were about the coolest thing ever. They'd never made candy before so were pretty impressed with themselves. And that was, after all, the point!
  71. tashian
    Saturday, May 21st, 2011
    The idea was S-O thrilling, so we had to try.

    Appearntly, we were not very successful- it tastes great, but it wouldn't leave the molds... So we had to actually scratch it out.

    Could you please help? any ideas why did this happen?

    Many thanks :)
  72. Thursday, April 21st, 2011
    Can't wait to try this one! We can never keep enough Gummies in the house!
  73. Saturday, April 9th, 2011
    Oh my WORD. These look so fun to make! I can hardly wait to get to the grocery store. Hello, cherry flavored jello...hello cherry gummi bears!! Thanks for a great tutorial. :-)
  74. Monday, April 4th, 2011
    Hmmmmm...you made me crave for some jelly gummies :S
  75. Thursday, February 24th, 2011
    Thank you very much!
  76. Lori
    Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
    Could these be adapted to taste like cinnamon bears?
  77. Saturday, January 29th, 2011
    Ha! So cute. Ours are almost identical with the stars! What a fun recipe!

    I used more water and gelatin though. Did you find yours to be soft? Mine seemed to be just chewy enough :)

  78. Thursday, December 30th, 2010
    Love this! We did a large batch and poured it in a teddy bear cake pan. Huge Gummi Bear. Thank you!
  79. Felicia
    Thursday, December 30th, 2010

    I tried making the gummy bear but it's a little too sticky! How do make it less sticky? Because it gets rather difficult to get the gummies out of the mold.

    Please help! Thanks :)
  80. Sarah
    Monday, November 8th, 2010
    I didn't know these were so easy to make or I would have made some a lot sooner! I think it's pretty simple.. I wonder if you could add real fruit juice to make some a little healthier. Gonna try!

  81. candylover
    Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
    i mean jello not jelly
  82. candylover
    Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
    can i use something else other thn flavoured gelatine or jelly??..because i dont have these at my country...
  83. Monday, July 12th, 2010
    Those look so yummy!! I wish I weren't restricting my diet!!
  84. Monday, June 28th, 2010
    Home made sweets. You can use vegetal gelatine (agar-agar) instead. With no artificial colorant, it is perfect! And so fun to mold their shape. Les bonbons, c'est tellement bon.
  85. Thursday, May 20th, 2010
    What a great idea! I definitely want to try this recipe :) I love gummi candy!
  86. Sarasvati fautheree
    Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
    Tried this recipe with sugar free to avoid the sorbitol that's often used in factory made sugar free gummy bears, and it worked! I did a batch with sugar too, so here's the downlow: sugar free settle more in the mold as they cool, they are more flavor-intense, they melt faster and once activated with saliva they have a texture that leaves a little more of an aftertaste. That said, I like them, so if you want to nix the extra calories without having to reach for the pepto bismol, you may want to give it a go. The flavor reminds me of when we used to lick kool-aid off our palms at school recess when we were kids.
  87. Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
    I love these. I'm going to make a bunch of them for the "Easter Bunny" to bring to my toddler. I added this link to my blog round up of things I'm going to try to make for Easter!
  88. Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
    This is absolutely brillant! I can't wait to give these a try!
  89. Saturday, March 6th, 2010
    I stumbled this one!!! It's great...thanks for sending it over!
  90. Sunday, February 21st, 2010
    Any chance of a recipe for all natural (fruit juice based) ones? My kids would love these but I'd love a healthier version. It would justify all the trouble (I mean fun!) much more on my part! :)
  91. KTC
    Monday, February 15th, 2010
    i just made these for valentine's day! they were delightful. check them out on my blog: http://thisiswhyktcishot.blogspot.com/
  92. Saturday, February 6th, 2010
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Gummies....so I am will be trying this tomorrow !!!
    THANK YOU !!!
  93. AiRuiJia
    Saturday, January 30th, 2010
    Just made two batches and they are great. The Boy loves them. For the first batch, I used one candy mold and with the little gel left I poured it into a small metal fish shaped mold (like for salmon mousse). And for the second I just used the fish molds. They look like giant 'swedish fish' except that they are green. Thanks for the post!
  94. Justine
    Sunday, January 17th, 2010
    I'm following the directions and I've made two batches, but these just do not taste right. Any ideas?
  95. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
    This looks pretty cool. I just recently started buying candy molds to do with chocolate, but this looks great for variety.

    Let me ask a question though, do these need to be eaten right away because they are made from jello? Do they need to be kept in the fridge or can they be room temp?


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    • Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      The gummies can be kept at room temperature.
  96. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
    I did this my daycare kid and he loved it. Thank you so much for sharing this.
  97. Rob B.
    Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
    This is the best thing I've read in a while. Especially with different flavor combination. Definitely going to add this one to the book, thank you very much.
  98. da rippa
    Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
    I saw a show on how gummies were made. Instead of casting in molds, an impression was made cornstarch and gummy syrup was poured in. When cooled, the trays were flipped over and the corn starch was reused. The gummies were "polished" with a bit of mineral oil. Pretty cool DIY project!
  99. Joe
    Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
    thanks for sharing this. i can't wait to try with my girl.
  100. Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
    This is so inviting. I am going to make my own Gummi bears / whatever shapes I want. Great idea to make a kid's day.
  101. Monday, January 11th, 2010
    Fantastic! I'm making these today with my kiddos. I also plugged this on Cook Play Explore's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing it!
  102. Barb
    Sunday, January 10th, 2010
    I can't use regular flavored gelatine because I'm allergic to the food colorings they add...do you think it would work using just plain gelatine but substituting juice for the water to get the flavor?
  103. JJ
    Sunday, January 10th, 2010
    Might be a silly question, but what's the corn starch on the backs do? Does leaving that out make a big difference?
  104. anna
    Sunday, January 10th, 2010
    Oh I wish I could make these, I used to love gummy candies - but I can't get my head around the fact that it's made of pigs' bones!
  105. jason
    Sunday, January 10th, 2010
    any tips on making these vegetarian friendly?
  106. Bob Kew
    Saturday, January 9th, 2010
    I made some of these before Christmas for a friend at work. She said "I'll love you forever!" ;->

    The recipes I found use one package of Jello and 5 to 7 envelopes of unflavoured gelatin (I used 5) with half a cup of water. I made one batch with Jello and 5 envelopes plain, and another with about 1/3 cup of honey, 7 envelopes of plain, and the half cup of water. (I'd use more honey next time, maybe half a cup.) Since I had no molds, I put each batch in a little pan I folded out of foil, about 4 inches by 6, and put it on a small baking sheet. I stuck it in the freezer for 5 or 10 minute to set.

    Both turned out pretty good. But then, maple syrup would be good (have to adjust the water), or maybe molasses or brown sugar. Or infuse some cardamom in the water for a day or two, or cinnamon, or ginger (Yum!), or whatever spices you like. Wine might work too; I think the gelatin sets even with some alcohol around.

    I saw a list of fruit juices NOT to use, including pineapple and kiwi - those will keep it from setting.

    I might be talking myself into making another batch.
  107. Jenny Lamb
    Saturday, January 9th, 2010
    mine turned out awesome! i posted on FB to share with my friends!
  108. sean
    Saturday, January 9th, 2010
    Anyone know where to get molds that look like turtles?
  109. kate
    Saturday, January 9th, 2010
    You could also use the gummi mixture for these: http://www.instructables.com/id/Edible_Shot_Glasses/
  110. bj
    Saturday, January 9th, 2010
    @Giana, you could try using agar instead of gelatin.
  111. Saturday, January 9th, 2010
    This is awesome! I never thought making gummy bears would be so easy. Thanks for posting!

    I saw this in Craftzine & had to stop by.
  112. Jeremy
    Saturday, January 9th, 2010
    @ dawn

    You can print this. Just copy and paste it in Word or whatever you use and then print it.
  113. Tony
    Saturday, January 9th, 2010

    All we needed was 1 -3 oz box of flavored gelatin and 2 - 1/4 oz packages of unflavored gelatin, water and candy molds. (we used two candy molds)

    Place 1/3 cup water in a small sauce pan. Sprinkle the Jello and unflavored gelatin over the water. Let sit 5 - 10 minutes. (If you like chewier gummi candy add in another packet of unflavored gelatin.)

    Place sauce pan over medium heat and stir until gelatin is dissolved, about 2-5 minutes. When mixture is liquid and all gelatin has dissolved, remove from heat. Let cool a minute and then pour into a container that is easy to pour from. I use a small ceramic creamer pitcher.

    Fill molds. If you save the inside of the advent calendar for projects like do, it works perfect! The sheet of star molds worked a bit better than the bears because they are a bit deeper. However, I must say we were just needing an activity so our standards were pretty low--- we thought they all turned out great!

    Allow to cool completely, about 20 minutes. They may be placed in a refrigerator for about 10 minutes if the kids are eager.

    Once cool, the backs can be lightly dusted with corn starch, if desired.

    Peel the gummi candy out of the molds. Don't be shy, you won't hurt them when peeling them from the molds. No need to oil the molds!

  114. Friday, January 8th, 2010
    thanks for the recipe! do you think it will work with silicone molds?
  115. Friday, January 8th, 2010
    Making these for my 4 year olds! Thanks so much!!! I found heart-shaped ice cube trays at Target, two for $2.50. Can't wait til they are done!!
  116. Friday, January 8th, 2010
    Posting this on FB & I loooove this idea!
  117. Karen
    Friday, January 8th, 2010
    Target has heart-shaped molds in their dollar spot. They are sillicone ice-cube trays, but they have a softer back so they pop out just fine. Thanks for the idea!
  118. Friday, January 8th, 2010
    These are so easy and so cute! I just made them and I love them! I used Strawberry Jello and they have awesome flavor. I just wish one batch made more!
    I used ice cube trays that I got at dollar tree over halloween! So we have little skulls to eat!
    They were easy to unmold but very sticky!
  119. Friday, January 8th, 2010
    Oh yum, this is dangerous :)
  120. Friday, January 8th, 2010
    I can't wait to make these with my Granddaughter! THANKS for sharing!:)
  121. Friday, January 8th, 2010
    Awesome! Thank you!
  122. Thursday, January 7th, 2010
    This is an excellent idea. My little crafty 3 year old will love this.
  123. Thursday, January 7th, 2010
    A while back, I made these apple jellies from Lottie & Doof- http://www.lottieanddoof.com/2008/10/apple-jellies/. They are a bit sticky (thus the sugar coating). Boy, would it be nice if they could be put in molds. My children are delighted enough with the yummy sugar-coated squares. But I'm sure molding them would be beyond exciting.
  124. Kris
    Thursday, January 7th, 2010
    So awesome!!! i just saw advent calendars on sale at my grocery store for 45 cents!!! trying this right now!!
  125. Straylight
    Thursday, January 7th, 2010
    How about using a Kool-Aid package to add extra flavor? Would that possibly work?
  126. Giana
    Thursday, January 7th, 2010
    Can you make these without the gelatin?
  127. Thursday, January 7th, 2010
    My goodness! How freaking cool is this?! Thanks for the great how-to!
  128. Thursday, January 7th, 2010
    Ok, we just made these and the kids thought they were awesome. We used a box of lemon jello-o and instead of water we used orange juice. They had lots of flavor! If I had orange jell-o I would have used that but they were still a good mixture of tart and sweet chewiness. :)
  129. Thursday, January 7th, 2010
    How clever! We just made our second batch of homemade marshmallows last night and the kids love them. I think I might use my mini muffin silicone "pan" to make these gummis. Keep the good ideas flowing. :)
  130. Dawn
    Thursday, January 7th, 2010
    I wish there was a way to print just the recipe.
  131. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    This is AWESOME!! My 4 year old will love this, and I have lots of candy molds from before I had kids (and thus the time to make chocolates!!)
  132. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    This is such a great idea. You are full of great ideas. I added a link to your blog just yesterday for the candy cane idea. I found that last year, probably on your site, and loved it. Thanks for sharing. I also emailed you before the end of the year and just resent the email. Will you check to make sure it didn't end up in your spam? I had a couple of questions for you so I could finish one of your projects. Thanks Cindy!
  133. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    no way... i love gummi candy and will definitly add this to my list of fun things to do!
  134. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    I've been looking for a recipe like this! My kids love fruit snacks and I figured it could be done with gelatin, I just hadn't figured out how! Thanks!
  135. elaine
    Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    i am so excited to try this! My girls are still home for 1 more week. And the Christmas buzz is wearing thin for them. This will be a fun craft to do!!!
  136. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    I also posted this on my blog with a link to your site so my followers can find your awesome blog:)
  137. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    Wow! That's a great idea:)
  138. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    What a great idea!! I'm going to have to try this!! Thanks for shaing. I'm linking this post to my blog so I can come back to it!
  139. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    how cool! thanks for sharing:)
  140. Annegret
    Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    We all love gummies! I will try your recipe. Thank you very much.

  141. Silvelaine
    Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    Que divertivo!!! É uma brincadeira gostosa...
    What fun...
  142. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    Love this....We are totally going to try it out! Can you tell us how to store them and how long they will last? Should they be refrigerated? My kids will love these!
    • Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
      They don't need to be refrigerated, just keep them in an air tight container or zip lock bag.

      Any flavor of jello should work!
  143. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    How simple is that? I love the idea....now all I need to do is find some cheap molds. Thanks for sharing!
  144. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    I'm planning to make all the Easter candy homemade this year and these are PERFECT!!
  145. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    ooo how fun, cute and delish! i love gummies and i love jello!
  146. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    I love this! My kids love gummy creatures. I do have a bunch of jello in the cabinet. Do you think that I could use any flavor? Now I just need to go find some candy molds. Hee Hee.
  147. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    I make these with the Sugar Free Jello, and they are so addictive! The Walmart Brand Jello(Sugar~Free) has excellent flavor!
    Thanks for sharing!
  148. Shelley C
    Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    Looks like fun! I emailed this to my daughter in law.
  149. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    I am excited to try them. I bought lots of gelatin with hopes of making marshmallows but since that didn't happen I will make these. My kids will love them. Thanks for another great idea.
  150. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    Fun! How do you store them?
  151. Dianne
    Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    Can you use sugar free jello?
    • Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
      I don't see why you couldn't use sugar free Jello.