Let me tell you about the day I lost control of my life and made 12 different flavors of homemade gummy bears.
It all started when I learned you can buy gummy bear molds from the internet.
I went to the grocery store and bought all the gelatin they had. That’s not an exaggeration. I cleaned them out. And I would eventually use it all.
I decided to start with strawberry.
My next batch was a Manhattan cocktail bear.
The most difficult part of the process was taking the bears out of the mold.
Once I nailed the formula, I just kept making new flavors.
And then I maybe took it too far.
But I wasn’t done.
Have you ever seen anything like this? No. You haven’t. Does this look cool or seriously messed up? Let’s go with both.
So how do homemade gummy bears taste?
Birthday Cake Gummy Bears
Rosé Gummy Bears
Manhattan Gummy Bears
Strawberry Gummy Bears
Apple Cider Gummy Bears
Creamsicle Gummy Bears
Matcha Gummy Bears
Kale Gummy Bears
Blueberry Gummy Bears
Coffee Gummy Bears
Latte Gummy Bears
Margarita Gummy Bears
Tips for making gummy bears
∙ Place the gummy bear molds on a baking sheet before you fill them.
∙ It's OK to have a few undissolved gelatin clumps in your liquid mixture. You can avoid them if you use the dropper that comes with some molds.
∙ When removing the bears from the mold, push them out feet first. The feet tend to get stuck if you push them out last.
∙ The flavor of your gummy bears will fade as they solidify. Try to make the flavor stronger than you think you'll need. If you're making a fruit flavor, adding lemon juice can help boost the flavor.
∙ When your bears are completed, you can give them a chewier texture by letting them sit out exposed to air for about eight hours. Standing them upright as they dry will make them even chewier.
∙ Adding sugar helps the bears set better. (Sorry if you were trying to be healthy.)
∙ I recommend storing in an air-tight container in the fridge.
∙ If you want to create your own new gummy bear flavor, you need about 1/2 cup of liquid (of whatever you want*) and three gelatin packets (3/4 ounce gelatin), which will fill two 50-bear molds. (Use the gelatin as its directions suggest and refrigerate for several hours or until it sets.)
*There are some things that probably won't work, but there's a lot of room to experiment.