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A Gummy Recipe That Is Shelf Stable And Tastes Just Like The Real Thing!

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A gummy recipe that tastes just like the real thing! I’ve been experimenting endlessly this week with my gummy recipe. Tweaking, tinkering, improving on the best gummy recipe I have tried so far. I think I’ve discovered an excellent gummy recipe that is shelf-stable, easy to make with easy to find ingredients and tastes delicious!

I had an authentic gummy recipe that I developed for my breakfast in bed tutorial but many have asked  if I had another version that didn’t include the sorbitol. Although it’s shelf-stable, it’s not very clear and often times, I need clear.

gummy recipe

I had another recipe for homemade Jell-O that I used for my gummy beer and gummy orange juice but the problem with that is that it’s not shelf-stable. It shrinks after a few days in the fridge and definitely does not taste like a real gummy candy.

Gummy Recipe Using Corn Syrup

One of the things that makes the original REAL gummy recipe so stable is the corn syrup. Corn syrup gives the gummy body and that chew without adding a lot of water. This results in a gummy that can be left out at room temperature without fear of any shrinkage.

gummy recipe with corn syrup

Corn syrup in your gummy recipe will also make it nice and sweet! In this recipe I use flavored drink as my base so I don’t have to go out and buy special candy flavoring (another complaint of the original recipe). Even though most drinks are already pretty sweet, the addition of the corn syrup and sugar is a must.

What Do You Need To Make A Gummy Recipe

All you need to make some perfectly yummy gummies is some flavored drink (I like things like powerade or gatorade because they have lots of flavor and are fairly clear). Gelatin (or agar agar if you don’t want to use gelatin). Corn syrup (or golden syrup), granulated sugar and citric acid (can be found in the canning section at the grocery store in most places).

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If you want clear gummies then use a drink that is flavored but already clear and preferably not bubbly or you’ll get lots of foam when you mix your ingredients together.

Gummy Recipe Using Jell-O

One of my favorite ways to make homemade gummies is to use flavored Jell-O packets. I know not everyone has access to Jell-O so it’s not the easiest option but it’s so tasty!

gummy recipe using jell-o

To Make Jell-O Gummies

  • Choose your flavor. This recipe is formulated for a 3oz box of Jell-O gelatin (not pudding)
  • Combine Jell-O with 1/2 tsp citric acid and 1 packet of knox powdered gelatin (7 grams) in a heat proof container. Whisk to combine.
  • Add in 1/2 cup cool water. Mix gently and try not to add any air into the mixture
  • Let the gelatin mixture sit for 5 minutes and allow the gelatin to bloom
  • Heat in the microwave (or on the stovetop) to dissolve the gelatin. I start with 30 seconds then go in 15 second bursts until the sugar and gelatin is dissolved.
  • The mixture will be cloudy at first. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes and it will get clearer. Foam will rise to the surface and gel. Scoop it off with a spoon so it doesn’t ruin the surface of your finished gummies.
  • Pour your mixture into any molds you like. I spray mine first with some coconut oil to prevent sticking.
  • Chill your gummies one hour then remove and set out either in the fridge or at room temperature to further dry out over a couple of days. They will get chewier with time.
  • Store gummies in a ziplock at room temperature or in an air tight jar. They are self-preserving and won’t go bad.

gummy recipe

I found this Jell-O flavor that tastes like Jolly Ranchers. It’s almost comical. I’m making a homemade version of gummies that taste like Jolly Ranchers lol. (Mouth literally watered when I typed that).

Here’s a little video on how to make the homemade gummies using Jell-O.

A Professional Gummy Recipe

This gummy recipe is a great basic recipe to have on hand. You can use any flavored liquid you like whether it’s juice, fruit puree or even wine. It’s super easy to make. No special heating required. Just combine your sugar, gelatin and citric acid in a heat proof container. Add in your flavored liquid and stir gently. Try not to incorporate any air.

Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes so that your gelatin has time to absorb the liquid and properly bloom. If you rush this bit your gummies could potentially lose some of their stability and not be firm enough.

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Melt your mixture slowly, I prefer the microwave. I start with 30 seconds, stir, 15 seconds and stir again and so on until the mixture is fully melted. Add in your corn syrup and citric acid and stir. The citric acid is also super important, it adds that yummy “bite” that you taste in most gummy candies. If you leave it out your candy will just taste kinda blah.

You will notice the liquid is cloudy at first. Let it sit for 10 minutes until it’s clear and all the foam has risen to the top. You should be able to scoop the foam off the surface. Don’t skip this part or you’ll have white foam messing up your pretty jewels.

gummy recipe

Once you’ve skimmed the foam you can pour the mixture into your molds. You can use any type of mold but I found these beautiful gem molds at Target and this other one from Nerdy Nummies at Michaels. I sprayed the molds with a nice coat of coconut oil and wiped out the excess to prevent sticking.

gummy recipe

They cure pretty quickly, about 1 hour is all you need. You can remove the gems from the molds and put them on some plastic wrap to further dry out over the next couple of days. They will get chewier and more gummy like with time, or you can eat them as is.

Once the candies are where you want them to be, you can store them in a plastic zip lock container to enjoy as you like.

How Do You Keep Homemade Gummies From Sticking Together?

The thing about sugar is it’s pretty sticky. It likes to stick to itself and everything else. If you lightly dust your gummies with some corn starch and shake them in a bag it can keep them from sticking.

homemade gummies

I don’t love this technique because it takes away the pretty shine. I prefer to spray my gummies with a little more coconut oil. It doesn’t affect the taste and keeps them nice and shiny.

Gummy Recipe Without Using Gelatin

Not everyone can or wants to eat gelatin since it is animal based. Agar is the perfect substitute to traditional gelatin. It’s made from a plant source rather than from an animal one. That makes it suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets, and other diet restrictions.

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Just don’t expect the same results when replacing gelatin with agar in a recipe. Agar agar is stronger than gelatin so you’ll need to use a little less. Start with half and see where that get’s you. Agar is a bit more firm than gelatin as well and not quite as chewy but still is a great alternative.

How to use Agar Agar In A Gummy Recipe

Follow the instructions on the container but just remember, you have to dissolve the agar agar in liquid before adding it to your other liquid, just as you would with gelatin. You need to actually boil the liquid mixture to dissolve the agar and then add it to your other mixture to get it to set.

How To Make Clear Gummy Diamonds

clear gummy diamond

To make clear gummy diamonds, I used some propel flavored sports drink that was already clear. I added in my gelatin, sugar, citric acid and corn syrup to make my gummy mixture. This mixture tends to be a little yellow-ish which can be slightly counter-acted by adding a small touch (like a speck) of violet food color.

Strain the mixture through some cheese cloth to remove any leftover impurities. Pour your mixture into some gem molds. I had a leftover silicone diamond mold that I used for isomalt gems that works really well for this.

clear gummy diamond

One little tip for removing the gems is to pull away the top edge and loosen the gem first before popping it out of the mold. Let them dry out a couple of days as usual. You can also use a wine like Rose to make gummy gems.

How To Make Glitter Gummies

edible glitter gummy

If you want to add a little extra sparkle to your gummies you can add 1 tsp of edible glitter to your gummy mixture. I love using flash dust from Never Forgotton Designs. Just make sure whatever you use is really edible glitter and not just non-toxic since these gummies are meant for eating and you can’t eat around glitter imbedded in the gummy.

Gummy Recipe

A REAL gummy recipe that uses easy to find ingredients, is easy to make and tastes just like the real thing! 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cup


  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 packages unflavored powdered gelatin 21 grams
  • 1/4 tsp citric acid
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup flavored liquid of choice


  1. Combine granulated sugar, gelatin and citric acid in a heat proof container. Whisk gently to combine. 

  2. Add in the corn syrup and liquid and gently stir to combine. Try not to incorporate any air. Let sit for 5 minutes so gelatin can bloom. 

  3. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir gently. Microwave again for 15 seconds and stir. If mixture is not melted, continue in 15 second increments until melted. 

  4. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes and allow mixture to clear and foam to collect at the top. After 10 minutes the foam should be able to be easily scooped off the surface with a spoon. 

  5. Spray your molds lightly with some coconut oil and wipe out the excess. Pour your mixture into your molds. 

  6. Let your molded mixture chill for at least an hour before removing. 

  7. Your gummies will be slightly soft at first. Let them dry out at room temperature. Rotate once a day to dehydrate evenly. They get chewier over time. 

  8. Once your gummies are at the desired consistency you can bag them up in a ziplock to enjoy later. 

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  1. Hello! Thank you for sharing this recipe! Can these be refrigerated if placed on a cake that needs refrigeration?
    Would placing the gummies in a dehydrator help in the drying process if one doesn’t have time to dry for several days? And I am thinking maybe the dehydrator would dry all surfaces in an even manner?

    1. Yes they can be refrigerated. Not sure about the dehydrator. They are perfectly edible the moment they come out of the mold, just a little soft and more like jell-o than a firm gummy texture. I think a dehydrator could work

  2. I will definiately be trying this out, I know some little people who just love gummies, I do too, so thank you for this recipe. I would like to also say a huge thank to you for you Mermaid tutorial, it has proved to be a huge sucess with one of those aformentioned little people. Last Monday was her 9th birthday, she wanted a swimfin and really really wanted a mermaid cake. So I made the cake, covered it in fondant and my other half made the mermaid. He hates making cake, but did a great job of making a mermaid for the first. So thank you very very much.

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