For a sweet treat without the guilt, try these sugar-free gummy bears!
Giving up sugar doesn’t mean saying goodbye to gummy bears.
With this recipe, you’ll get to enjoy your favorite sweet snack in a healthier way.
As much as I love gummy bears, I know they’re not good for me.
They’re full of sugar and additives that can be harmful to the body.
This is why I’m so grateful to have chanced upon this easy, four-ingredient recipe for sugar-free gummy bears.
I honestly had no idea gummy bears were this easy to make.
Trying to cut back on sugar but need to satisfy your sweet tooth?
No problem, these sugar-free gummy bears are here to scratch that itch.
Sugar-Free Gummy Bears
While there are sugar-free gummy bears available in grocery stores, even those “healthy” alternatives are packed with artificial sweeteners.
So for an even healthier version, just make them at home! They’re just as tasty, but a lot more wholesome than store-bought.
You’ll get to make as many flavors and colors as you want. You can even make them in any shape you please!
Silicone molds come in hundreds of shapes, and you can easily order them on Amazon.
How Do You Make Sugar-Free Gummy Bears?
Set the silicone molds on top of baking sheets so they’re easier to carry once filled with liquid.
Next, boil some water in a saucepan. You don’t want to fill up the whole pan with water – just halfway is fine.
Pour cold water and gelatin powder into a heat-proof container, such as a glass measuring cup.
It should have a smaller circumference than the saucepan because you’ll be submerging it in the boiling water to heat the gelatin mixture.
It should also be tall enough so that the water from the saucepan won’t get in.
Stir the mixture well until the gelatin is dissolved in the water.
Add in the sweetener and soft drink mix and stir until combined. I used Stevia and Kool-Aid for this recipe.
Place the container in the boiling water. Stir the mixture well until it turns syrupy.
Remove the mixture from heat. Fill the wells of the silicone molds with the mixture using a dropper or a syringe.
Let the molds chill in the fridge for an hour, or until the gummies are firm.
You can also freeze them cut the waiting period short to about 15 to 20 minutes.
Pop them out of the molds and voila!
What are the ingredients in sugar-free gummy bears?
The recipe only requires four basic ingredients. Who knew making gummy bears at home was this easy?
- Unflavored Gelatin – The key to getting that lovely gummy texture is to use a LOT of gelatin. I’m talking three packages of gelatin to half a cup of water!
- Stevia Powder – Any sweetener works. Adjust the amount to suit your taste.
- Soft Drink Mix – I use Kool-Aid®, but sugar-free Jell-O® works really well, too. Use your favorite flavor! I’ve tried this recipe with lime, orange, raspberry, and pineapple, and they all turned out amazing.
- Cold Water – For dissolving the gelatin and soft drink mix in. If you don’t want to use a soft drink mix, replace water with real fruit juice or brewed fruit tea.
Tips for the Best Gummies
- Apart from bears, you can use the same recipe to make other gummy shapes! Silicone molds come in various fun shapes – worms included! They’re all on Amazon, so go ahead and pick your faves.
- Can’t find a worm silicone anywhere? Try this hack instead: pour the gelatin mixture into a loaf pan. Once it sets, make long and thin slices with a pizza cutter.
- Place the silicone molds on baking sheets before filling. This will make them easier to transport.
- Just because they’re sugar-free doesn’t mean they’re bland and boring. Make different flavors of gummies by using various soft drink mixes.
- Taste the mixture before submerging it in the boiling water. Adjust the amount of sugar and drink mix until you get the flavor you like.
- Add drops of food coloring into the gelatin mixture to change its color. You can pour the mixture into separate bowls so you get to create as many colors as you like. Just work really fast because the mixture tends to set fast.
- Make dual-colored gummies by filling the molds with two droppers containing different colors of gelatin mixture.
- Use a pipette (dropper) or a syringe to transfer the gelatine mixture into the candy molds effortlessly.
- To fill the dropper, squeeze the bulb and submerge the tip vertically in the mixture. Relax your hold on the bulb to fill the tube with liquid. Place the tip against the mold at a 30 to 45-degree angle to release the liquid.
- Be sure there aren’t bubbles at the tip of the dropper, otherwise, your gummies will have bubbles, too.
- The gummies will take about an hour in the fridge to set. If you want to have them sooner, pop them in the freezer. This will cut the setting time much shorter! Just 15 to 20 minutes and voila.
- Store the gummies in the fridge in a sealed container to retain their gummy texture. They’ll stay fresh for up to a month.
- For a longer shelf-life, store them in the freezer in ziplock bags. They’ll keep well for up to 6 months.
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