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Homemade Gummy Bears

You’ll never buy gummy bears again after trying this healthy gummy bear recipe! With zero refined sugar, these 3-ingredient homemade gummy bears are a terrific treat for you and your kids!

homemade gummy bears


I feel like this is a perfect time to kick off my 3-ingredient recipe campaign BECAUSE:

  • we all need ALL the recipes right now with only a few ingredients
  • gummy bears are happy and we could all use a little more “happy”
  • everyone is spending a little more time in the kitchen these days!

I’ve been trying my best to do some educational things with my oldest while he’s missing out on kindergarten, but truthfully it’s been more of a school of hard knocks (HAH – just kidding). But only kind of kidding, because him and Wally wrestle at least 75% of the day.

Other than the wrestling part of our day, I’ve been making something in the kitchen with the kids every day. Although this means we’re eating a lot of giant cookies and cakes, it also means good bonding!

These gummy bears were a big hit with the munchkins, and the nice part is, they’re way healthier than the store-bought kind!

homemade gummy bears

So, how do you make homemade gummy bears from scratch?

There’s a few different variations out there, but most recipes will consist of a few things (3 to be exact 😉 ):

  • juice
  • gelatin
  • sweetener

I use this gelatin from Vital Proteins because I like that it’s non-GMO and gluten-free. You can use whatever you like though, even the Knox you find easily at the store! For the juice, choose a few different flavors or even just one. Whatever you have on hand! For this particular recipe I used watermelon, lemonade and orange juice. They were great!

My sweetener of choice is maple syrup, but honey or agave would work just fine too.

You’ll want to start making your gummy bears by heating the juice, along with your sweetener of choice, in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Once things start bubbling, remove it from heat and sprinkle over the gelatin, using a whisk to incorporate everything. 

Now for the fun part – use a dropper syringe and silicone gummy bear mold to quickly fill up the mold. This is the mold I use, although you can really use any mold, it doesn’t even have to be a gummy bear mold!

Do homemade gummies need to be refrigerated?

You do have to refrigerate the gummy bears initially to let the gelatin set, but then they’re actually fine at room temperature for quite a while. I’ve had them out for the whole day and they’re still fine, but I would keep them in the fridge for any longer than that!

These gummy bears will last for 1-2 weeks, in the fridge. Not that they’ll last that long! My kids and I snapped these up within a couple of days!

Can we just admire this chubby little hand for a minute….!?

homemade gummy bears

Can homemade gummy bears be made vegan?

Unfortunately, traditional gelatin is made of animal parts, so with that in mind, the gummy bears would not be considered vegan. You could potentially try using agar-agar in this recipe, although I’ve never tried it myself. If you do, let me know how it goes! I’d love to know.

Have some fun with these gummy bears and switch up the flavors! They’re a fun treat to make for your little ones.

The 3-Day Recipe Campaign Begins!

homemade gummy bears

homemade gummy bears

I’m just beginning this whole 3-ingredient thing, but I’ve already got a few on the blog to enjoy!

Psst – don’t forget to check out the video to see just how easy this recipe is!

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homemade gummy bears

Homemade Gummy Bears

  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups gummies 1x
  • Diet: Low Calorie


You’ll never buy gummy bears again after trying this healthy gummy bear recipe! With zero refined sugar, these 3-ingredient homemade gummy bears are a terrific treat for you and your kids!


  • 1 cup juice (any flavor, no sugar added)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup*
  • 4 tbsp plain gelatin


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the juice and syrup to a gentle simmer. Remove the pan from heat and sprinkle the gelatin over the mixture, then whisk thoroughly until combined.
  2. Using a dropper, fill each cavity from your mold with the mixture, filling it to the top. Refrigerate the filled mold for 20 minutes before popping out the gummies. Enjoy immediately, or refrigerate for another time!

Gummies keep best in the fridge, in an airtight container for up to 1 week, but they also hold up fine at room temperature for up to 1 day!


*You can use honey or agave instead of maple syrup, and adjust the sweetening to your liking (1-3 tbsp)

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: candy
  • Method: no-bake
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: healthy gummy bear recipe // 3-ingredient homemade gummy bears // gelatin gummies recipe // lemon gummy bears

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Homemade Gummy Bears


  1. How fun are these?? Love that there’s only 3 ingredients too! I could definitely enjoy my fair share of these cute candy. It’s no surprise that your kiddos love them 🙂 Have a wonderful week ahead, my friend! XO

    • Thanks Dawn!! We gobbled these little guys up, I’ll have to make another batch soon!! Hope you’re having a great week! XO

      • I tried this recipe three times. The first two times the gelatin didn’t dissolve enough and I was taking lumps out and foam off the top from mixing it so much.But we still were able to make them and the kids loved them. So I watched the video and saw you put the gelatin in all at once. I was putting it in one tablespoon at a time. Big no no. So I just made more putting in a scant 1/3 cup(4 T)gelatin in all at once and voila! A few small lumps and that’s it. The kids love making them and the savings is tremendous from not buying organic gummy’s. Thanks so much!💞

  2. I love your new 3-ingredient recipe campaign! And these are definitely a fun way to kick it off. We had a movie night on Friday night and I ate a lot of swedish berries! These healthier gummy bears would have been so much better!

  3. Oh my goodness, Katherine! These bears are so cute. Even though my kids are older, they still love gummy bears! And I had no idea they were so simple! Thanks for the easy recipe!

  4. These homemade gummy bears are just adorable Katherine!!! i love how easy they are to make and only take three ingredients.

  5. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    These are way too cute! And it’s been too long since I made my own gummy candy. These are a must try!

  6. Your video was outstanding and I loved that mold you used to make the gummy bears. Such a fun 3 ingredient idea!

  7. These are so fun treat, Katherine! I made champagne gummy bears a few years ago, so I have the molds and have everything on had to make these!

  8. These are such a fun idea – I love how simple they are, and they’re SO cute. What a lovely sweet treat.

  9. Oh my gosh Katherine!!! These are SO MUCH FUN!!!! My girls went bonkers when I showed them the photos!! I’m ordering a mold and we will be making these cuties soon!!

  10. Great one for the kids although I’ll have to use different shape ( shops closed ) to make the treat and refrigerate a bit longer 🙂 Thank you so much !

  11. These are the cutest little things Katherine — you did such a great job! My kids would want to gobble these up and they’re in high school! lol

  12. I don’t have little kids around anymore, but I totally could make this for myself and my “big kids” 😄. These gummies are so adorable!!

  13. I want to make these tomorrow for my daughter (and us) 😂.
    Can’t wait. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. No one has commented that they have already used this recipe. How are they on the taste or texture?

  15. is the texture the same as the store bought ones?

  16. I tried this recipe and the texture was fine but it turned out to be pretty flavourless. What would you suggest to help the flavour be more pronounced? The juice itself is super strong flavoured, i used the guava juice from Costco. Thanks!

  17. I realized you gotta dissolve the gelatin in cold water before mixing into the juice syrup

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