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Homemade Sour Gummy Bears made with Fresh Fruit and Natural Sugars. Just 4 ingredients and a great treat for your family
Homemade Sour Gummy Bears (Real Fruit)
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Servings: 40 bears
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 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
  1. Puree the fruit in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Combine all ingredients except gelatin, sugar (for coating) and citric acid in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir with a whisk.

  3. 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.)
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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)