Homemade Gummy Snacks are so simple to make you’ll wonder why you haven’t made them yet!
Not only are they nutritious with gut-soothing, joint-strengthening and skin-boosting grass-fed gelatin, if you make these in fun shapes – like these Lego men (find the molds I used here) – they’re bound to be a hit with kids of all ages.
This recipe uses 100% juice with no added sugar, but the same concept can applied to any liquid. In fact, check out my very popular Homemade Kombucha Gummies for an added probiotic benefit.
Here are four must-follow tips for making these Homemade Gummy Snacks:
- If you want to use a mold, you’ll need to use more gelatin than the container of gelatin calls for. If you use less, the shapes won’t pop out of the molds cleanly. (However, if you’re using a square or rectangular baking dish to make your gummy snacks and cutting them into squares, you can get away with using less.)
- Do not use pineapple, mango or papaya juice unless you have boiled it first. These fruits all contain bromelain, an enzyme that denatures the gelatin protein. It won’t set.
- When you’re heating the juice, heat until very warm but not boiling. If the liquid is too hot, it will also denature the gelatin protein and your gummies won’t set.
- Add the gelatin powder to the warmed juice one tablespoon at a time by slowly pouring it in while whisking. This prevents clumping. Repeat until all the gelatin is added. You may create foam because you’re introducing air. If you want, you can just skim the foam off with a spoon before you pour the gelatin.
I made this batch with beet juice to get that super dark red color!
You can also get creative as time goes on and add pureed fruit. Experiment to see which combinations you like.
Homemade Gummy Snacks Recipe
Pour the juice into small saucepan. Heat gently until the juice is very warm but not boiling.
Pour the mixture into silicone molds or an 8-inch by 8-inch glass baking dish that’s been very lightly greased with coconut oil. You don’t have to grease the silicone molds if you decide to use those. How many gummy snacks you’ll end up with depends on how big your molds are. These Lego brick molds hold 1 tablespoon of gelatin per brick while the Lego men molds hold 1 teaspoon each. I usually make a couple trays of gummy snacks and then pour the extra into a glass dish, cutting it into squares.
Refrigerate the Homemade Gummy Snacks for at least 2 hours, then pop them out of the molds. You may want to freeze them for 15 minutes before you try to unmold.
Keep these gummy snacks refrigerated in a covered container. They keep for 3 to 5 days.