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.
1 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.
- In a separate bowl mix your gelatin or vege-gel according to the instructions on the pack – mine said to dissolve in 110ml hot water so I did that. Always remember to sprinkle the vege-gel or gelatin onto the water slowly to prevent lumps forming.
- Pour the vege-gel or gelatin liquid into the liquid with the dissolved jelly and give it a quick stir.
- The instructions on my jelly said to top up to 1 pint using cold water so I did exactly that leaving me with 1 pint of the jelly mix which incorporated my two sachets of jelly and my gelatin liquid.
- Then I just filled my gummy bear moulds with the mix and popped them in the fridge to set.
There was lots of jelly mix left over so I guess you could also make this by using just the one sachet of jelly and halving all the liquid quantities.
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!
Don’t miss out on future posts like this – receive updates directly to your inbox by email by adding your email address here and hitting subscribe. You can also follow me on Twitter, BlogLovin or Networked Blogs and I’d love to see you over on my Facebook page and on Instagram