It’s fun and easy to make homemade gummy candy. Your kids can safely make their own gummy bears, gummy worms, and gummy fish at home using a Nostalgia Electrics Gummy Candy Maker.
Have you made gummy candy at home?
It is so easy.
Although, I do have to admit, it took me several attempts to find just the right amount of gelatin to use to create the perfect gummies. I prefer my gummies to be soft, yet firm, not rubbery.
I played around with the recipe that came with the Nostalgia Electrics Gummy Candy Maker that I purchased from Amazon.com recently. When I saw this fun toy, I just had to get one to try. The basic recipe was way too firm for me, so I adjusted it to my tastes and love the gummy candies I made. You can use water or juice to make the gummies. The juice will add a nice sweetness to the candies.
The candy maker comes with 4 silicone trays that make bears, worms, and fish, as well as, a giant gummy bear mold.
I love that this toy is actually kid friendly. Nothing gets too hot for a kid to handle.
You assemble the plastic trays, fill them with ice, then set the silicone molds on top.
You mix gelatin with liquid in a mixing bowl that sits inside a well insulated heated bowl and the mixture melts. Then you pour the liquid into the molds.
It’s that easy.
Since I originally wrote this post in December of 2015, companies have come out with a Peanuts Gummy Candy Maker, that has silicone molds with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Woodstock and Snoopy’s dog house. There’s also a Mickey Mouse Gummy Candy Maker that makes several different styles of Mickey Mouse Gummy Candies.
You can also just use any silicone mold to make your gummies. I found a mold that makes the most adorable, tiny little, penguins, lions, monkeys, and bears. It also makes cool looking segmented gummy worms.
You can make your gummy candies using one color or a mixture of colors.
To make red and green gummy candies for Christmas, you just pour two colors into one mold at the same time. I found it easier to pour the liquid candy into squeeze bottles or eye droppers for this task. But, the bowl that comes with the machine does have pour spots, so you can just use that, if you prefer.
Watch this video tutorial to see how easy all this gummy candy is to make.
Looks pretty easy right?
If you get the original gummy candy maker it also comes with a giant gummy bear mold.
I attempted to make a layered, red and green bear, but it got really dark. It still looks cool, though.
The bright green one turned out better.
The directions say you’ll need two recipes of the gummy candy for one bear, but I found I needed almost 4 full recipes.
You can find products you need to create this homemade gummy candy at Amazon.com (commission earned for sales).
- 1 (3 ounce) box flavored gelatin*
- 2 packets unflavored gelatin
- 1/2 cup water or juice
- *To make red and green gummy candies, make one batch of red and another green. You can melt one then remove it from the warmer to melt the other. Set the first one back in the warmer if needed, then pour the two colors into each mold at the same time.
- Fill the bottom trays of your gummy candy maker with ice.
- Set the silicone bear, worm, and fish molds over top.
- Stir together the flavored and unflavored gelatin in the Candy Maker mixing bowl.
- Pour in the water, as you continue to stir.
- Allow the mixture to melt and become warm.
- Pour into the molds.
- Allow the candy to harden, about 10 minutes.
- Remove the molds from the trays and peel the candies out.
- If you don’t have a Gummy Candy Maker, you can heat the ingredients on the stove and pour into silicone molds then pop them in the refrigerator for a little while until they are firm enough to remove from the mold.
- Use juice to make your gummy candies a bit sweeter.
- Grape gelatin will look pretty black.
- Do not over mix the gummy candy mixture. A foam will form on the top of the melted gelatin if it’s mixed too much. It’s best to remove the foam. Take a spoon and skim the foam off the surface of the melted gelatin.
- Use eye droppers or squeeze bottles to easily get the candy into the small gummy candy molds.
- You can also make your gummy candies using soda (pop). See my recipe for Star Wars Gummy Candies for the recipe.
If your kids are making the giant gummy bears, they can make one recipe at a time in the gummy candy maker, pour it in the mold, then make another, pour it in, make another, pour it in, and make the final one and pour in just enough to fill up the fill line in the mold.
The warmth of the second, third and fourth layer will melt the layer underneath just enough that they will stick together.
If I were making another layered bear, I’d probably pour two layers of green in first, then pour in the red. That might work better than what I did. I started with one batch of red, two batches of green, and another batch of red. You can see the layers on the side, but not really on top.
This post is not sponsored. I just bought the gummy candy maker because I wanted to try it and I do think it would make a great Christmas gift for any kid who likes candy or likes to cook.
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Star Wars Gummy Candy • Christmas Gummy Candy
Be sure to check out all my fun Christmas Recipes too!