Homemade Gummy Bear Candies

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Gummy Bears are a time honored treat, penny candy from the past, but did you know you can make them at home? Here’s how:
We’ve provided 3 different recipes to suit your eclectic tastes, traditional gummies, sour gummies and vegan gummies for those who prefer to avoid animal products. Regardless of which recipe you choose, you’ll need to prepare your gummy bear mold before you start the actual recipe.

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Using a Misto olive oil sprayer, lightly mist the molds, or add oil to a paper towel and lightly to coat each of the bear mold cavities with a thin layer of oil.

Traditional Gummy Bears
3 oz flavored gelatin aka Jello (do not use sugar-free as it will not set)
1 envelope (1/4 oz) unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup cold water.
Bear-shaped candy molds.

In a small microwave safe bowl, combine the flavored gelatin, the plain gelatin the cold water, whisking to combine.

Let them sit at room temperature for 10 minutes to allow the gelatin to soften.

Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds, then whisk well. Repeat until the mixture is clear and no undissolved sugar remains. (This can also be done on the stovetop in a saucepan if you prefer).

Transfer the mixture to container with a pour spout and pour the gelatin into the cavities. Cool at room temperature for 10 minutes, then place in freezer for 20 minutes.

Traditional Sour Bears

3 oz flavored gelatin aka Jello (do not use sugar-free as it will not set)
1 envelope (1/4 oz) unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup cold water.
1/2 tsp. citric acid
Bear-shaped candy molds.
granulated sugar (for dusting the bears)

In a small microwave safe bowl, combine the flavored gelatin, the plain gelatin the cold water, whisking to combine.

Let them sit at room temperature for 10 minutes to allow the gelatin to soften.

Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds, then whisk well. Repeat until the mixture is clear and no undissolved sugar remains. (This can also be done on the stovetop in a saucepan if you prefer). Add the citric acid 1/2 tsp at a time, whisk, taste. If you’d like more sour, add the remaining 1/4 tsp. Whisk

Transfer the mixture to container with a pour spout and pour the gelatin into the cavities. Cool at room temperature for 10 minutes, then place in freezer for 20 minutes. Remove from molds and roll in granulated cane sugar.

Vegan Gummy Bears-

Not crazy about the idea of using animal based gelatin? No worries, here’s a delicious recipe that utilizes your favorite fruit juice and Agar Powder (Made from seawood, completely flavorless!)

1 cup fruit juice
2 tablespoons agar powder
1-2 tablespoons sweetener like honey, cane sugar or agave nectar

In a small sauce pan, whisk juice and agar together, let it set

Turn on heat & whisk frequently. As soon as it starts to thicken, add your sweetener (if desired) and stir.
Simmer until it thickens to the consistency of paint, stirring constantly. (About 4-5 minutes)

Remove from heat, transfer the hot liquid into a measuring cup with a spout and carefully pour the liquid into your molds.

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Cool at room temperature for 10 minutes, then place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to harden.

Pop them out of the molds. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

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Melissa Burnell, known to her friends and fans as "Liss," grew up in Southern Maine, now residing in sunny South Carolina. As a busy Wife, Mother of two sons, an avid photographer, and self-employed entrepreneur, Liss understands the value of both time and money.

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