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Homemade Sour Gummy Bears (Real Fruit)

4.61 from 33 votes
Homemade Sour Gummy Bears made with Fresh Fruit and Natural Sugars. Just 4 ingredients and a great treat for your family

Hi Bold Bakers!

Store-bought Sour Gummy Bears can tend to have a ton of foreign, unpronounceable ingredients in them that would make you wonder. Did you know you can make them at home, with just a few ingredients and with all natural sugars, that’s it!

The main ingredient for Sour Gummy Bears is real fruit: strawberries, blueberries, oranges… what ever takes your fancy. The sweetness comes from the fruit and honey, so there are no artificial sugars or flavors.

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My Sour Gummy Bears are set with gelatin. I recommend using a good quality grass fed and unflavored gelatin. To make vegan gummy bears you can easily substitute the honey for agave and the gelatin for Agar Powder. Agar is suitable for vegetarians because it’s derived from red seaweed and either one works really well.

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While I was making my Homemade Gummy Bears recipe, I had the genius idea of making Sour Gummies. Once you know how to make gummy bears it’s so easy to make the sour version. You simply add citric acid to a sugar coating and then toss in the gummy bears. You can buy citric acid in most pharmacies or online.

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Homemade Sour Gummy Bears (Real Fruit)

4.61 from 33 votes
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 40 bears
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 40 bears

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (200g/7oz) frozen fruit, defrosted (strawberries, blueberry, raspberry etc)
  • cup (70g/3floz) water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or agave)
  • 4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin*
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) sugar (icing or regular)
  • 1-3 tsp citric acid

Instructions

  • Puree the fruit in a food processor until smooth.
  • Combine all ingredients except gelatin in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir with a whisk.
  • When it comes to a simmer gradually sprinkle and whisk the gelatin into the mixture, stirring constantly. (Avoid dumping gelatin into pan all at once, which will cause big globs of gelatin to remain in finished product.)
  • Continue heating over medium-low heat until it comes to a simmer and all ingredients are well combined and gelatin is completely melted. (The mixture will change from a grainy, jelly-like consistency to a more glassy, smooth consistency when gelatin is all melted.)
  • Take it off the heat and pass it through a sieve to remove any gelatin of fruit bits. If there are bubbles on top remove with a spoon.
  • Place gummy bear mold on a cookie sheet (which makes it easier to move without spilling once filled). Pour mixture into silicone mold and place in the fridge for a minimum of 6 hours. Any air bubbles that appear just pop with a toothpick.
  • Carefully pop gummy bears out of mold and store in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
  • Mix together the sugar and citric acid and then toss in the gummies until well coated. Store in a container on the counter top. Do not place in the fridge as they will get slimy.

Recipe Notes

Don’t have a mold? You can also pour mixture into a small baking tray lined with cling wrap. After mixture is set up, cut with a knife or use cookie cutters to make any shape you like.
For vegan gummies replace the honey with agave and the gelatin with agar agar (a plant based setting agent)

 

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T
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T
8 months ago

Hi Gemma, thank you for the recipe!
I read that “fractionated coconut oil” is used in haribo to give it a long shelf life.

Any suggestions on how I can use the oil for this recipe?

Johnson
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Johnson
9 months ago

Hi Gemma, was wondering if I could add any preservative to make them last longer

Maybe LorAnn’s Preserve-it?

Danyca Penick
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9 months ago

Hello,
I am trying to make THC/CBD gummies and thus need to add tincture to the recipe. Wondering if you have any experience with that at all. My sister has a brain tumor and cannabis has prevented horrible seizures as her tumor grows.

Eric
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Eric
9 months ago

Hi Gemma! I am going crazy trying to make vegan gummies but using pectin instead of gelatin/agar……I cant get them to set up firmly enough…any tips??

Sophie
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Sophie
10 months ago

Can you substitute sugar with xylitol ? I think that would be healthier if you want to limit your sugar intake.

Maggie1632
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Maggie1632
10 months ago

I just made gummy worms with blackberries and made them sour after. Before I read the tips on leaving them out. I know now how to make worms for Halloween. Hahaha. They got slimy and the color from the berries made thrm look like bait for fishing. Came out good and sour to though.

Yannick
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Yannick
10 months ago

Can you use Irish Sea moss?

Emily
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Emily
1 year ago

How long will the gummies last on the counter in a airtight container?

Brian
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Brian
1 year ago

Thanks for the recipe! When you said at the start of the recipe “combine all ingredients” did you mean “all except the sugar and citric acid”? Is the sugar and citric acid just for tossing the gummies in at the end, or do I mix (more) sugar and citric acid separate at the end? I put them in at the start and they are very sour (which I love!)

Hiral Sharma
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Hiral Sharma
1 year ago

Can I replace Agar powder with Arrowroot powder?

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