Homemade Gummy Bears

Today is National Gummy Bears Day! These are fun to make with the kids and so good. It does take a little special equipment but it’s worth it.

  • 8 ounces (227 g) granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons (27 g) sorbitol
  • 8 ounces (227 g) corn syrup glucose, honey or golden syrup can be subbed
  • 6 ounces (170 g) cool water fruit juice, wine or vodka can be subbed
  • 44 grams (44 grams) KNOX gelatin about 6 packets
  • 2 teaspoons citric acid leave out if you’re using alcohol
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon candy flavoring I used raspberry, strawberry and tropical punch

Equipment list:

  • Food Scale ( measure out ingredients)
  • ▢Gummy Bear Molds (Amazon, Big Box stores)
  • Combine gelatin, and water (or flavored liquid) in a heatproof container. Stir gently to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes to give your gelatin time to bloom.
  • Combine together the corn syrup, sugar, and sorbitol in a medium saucepan. Stir gently to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  • Once simmering, wash down the sides of the pan with water using a clean pastry brush to make sure any stray grains of sugar is dissolved fully.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in your citric acid and gelatin mixture with a spatula until gelatin is melted.
  • Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes and allow the mixture to clear and foam to collect at the top. After 10 minutes the foam should be able to be easily scooped off the surface with a spoon.
  • Divide your mixture by straining the liquid into three bowls and add in any coloring or candy flavorings that you want. I used pink, blue and yellow food coloring.
  • Spray your molds lightly with some oil and wipe out the excess. Pour your mixture into your molds.
  • Let your gummy bears chill in the fridge for 6 hours until the bears are set but 24 hours is best. Once they are set they can be stored at room temperature.

Great Reference book:

A sweet and simple guide to homemade candy

Get ready to turn your home into a fully-stocked candy store! This candy cookbook for beginners shows you how easy and fun it can be to make sweet treats that everyone will love.

Filled with expert guidance for those just starting out on their confectionary journey, this is a candy cookbook that will have you fixing up dozens of delightful delicacies in no time. Create everything from fudge and honey caramels to sour gummy worms and peppermint patties as you discover your inner candy maker.

This complete candy cookbook includes:

  • All kinds of tasty treats—Fill your candy bowl with a variety of sumptuous sweets that are perfect for every taste and occasion.
  • Beginner friendly—Keep things simple thanks to a candy cookbook filled with recipes meant for brand-new confectioners who don’t own specialized equipment.
  • No-cook candies—Take a break from boiling sugar and get your young chef involved with a selection of recipes that only require mixing and blending.

Calling all dessert fans: this candy cookbook is a seriously yummy addition to your kitchen!

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