Today we’re sharing out tried and tested (and re-tested) version of jelly gummy bears (and some syn free gummy sweets using the same recipe) along with a slightly embarrassing Pinterest fail version of their American cousins.
The last time I made these I made Pink Prosecco jelly gummy bears and they were amazing….
My children are obsessed with anything American – be it sweets, food or make-up (that last one is just Miss Frugal obviously ;-)) so when we found ourselves with a box of Jell-O they knew exactly what they were going to make – Jell-O Gummy Bears!
After the success of my little boozy army of prosecco gummy bears, I was pretty confident as I started making a more child-friendly version using the Jell-O! Alas, the jello just didn’t set at all and what should have been an army of blue raspberry Jell-O gummy bears was actually more of a Jell-O puddle.
We were determined not to be beaten though so we tried again using Hartley’s jelly sachets and the result was much, much better – to be fair though, the Jello-o puddle wasn’t hard to beat!
I’ve tested the recipe a couple of times now to prevent anyone else having a fail like we did and I think this one is the ideal recipe for jelly gummy bears – it’s even syn free if you’re on Slimming World as it’s sugar-free jelly.
How to make Jelly Gummy Bears
2 sachets of sugar-free Hartley’s jelly – we use the one where the jelly is in powdered form rather than the cubed wobbly jelly style packs.
2 sachets of powdered vege-gel or gelatin
- Add the boiling water to your jelly mix according to the instructions – I used the amount of water advised on the pack for one of the jelly sachets but added them both. So the instructions on my jelly advised me that one pack of jelly needed 1/2 pint boiling water so I used 1/2 pint water with two sachets.
- You now need to empty the sachets into the liquid, one by one but you need to be super fast at whisking in the gelatin into the liquid as it can get all clumpy and lumpy if you don’t whisk fast enough – I pour the powder in very slowly and whisk very fast.
- Once all of the gummy powder is dissolved you can use your dropper to fill your moulds as quickly as possible.
- Then I just filled my gummy bear moulds with the mix and popped them in the fridge to set.
They worked out amazing and Master Frugal is extremely impressed and now has ambitions to open up his own business which is set to rival Haribo. 😉
I will say though that the gummy bears are so faffy to get out of the mould so unless you really really want jelly gummy bears, I’d go for a larger style silicone mould like I did with these little gummy sweets. Or leave them in the mould for at least 24 hours – I was a bit eager with taking the ones in the photo out of the mould and they were much harder to do than the ones I got out the day after!
I was asked loads last time where I got my gummy bear moulds from so if you’re interested you can buy some gummy bear moulds of your own here. You can also buy a million different flavours of the Jell-O here too if you want to have a go with Jell-O. I’d love to hear if you have success with the Jell-O version though!
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