Homemade Gummy Snacks

We had so much fun making homemade gummy worms! We use a beef gelatin powder that actually has some protein in it for a super fun homemade treat. We’ll link everything we used so you can make them at home, too!

white cutting board full of gummy worms

Ingredients for Homemade Gummy Snacks

This was such a fun thing to make. My son ate a bunch, and also played with a bunch. He made little fences with the worms and trapped the gummy bears in them, he played for a while with these! I could see his little brain working overtime with the sensory aspect of these treats, they are so fun to feel, and had bright colors, I just let him go for it.

Tools & Ingredients Needed for Homemade Gummy Snacks:

  • A mold: There are loads of different molds on Amazon. I used this one that is gummy worms and bears in one pack. There are sea creatures, little squares, dinosaurs, fruit shapes, etc.
  • Gelatin: I used this beef gelatin from Amazon. I like that it has added protein. If you’re vegan you can use Agar Agar powder, but I can’t vouch for it as I have never used it.
  • Juice of Choice: I used lemonade. You could use whatever you prefer.
  • Food Coloring: Optional, but it does make it more fun! I just used some Walmart food coloring I had laying around. If you don’t like dyes, and want a plant based option, try these.
bowls full of colored liquid gelatin

How to Make Gummy Snacks

  • In a small sauce pan, mix 1 cup of juice with 5 tablespoons of beef gelatin. Turn heat to medium and whisk often, until gelatin is dissolved.
  • Add 1 cup juice to gelatin/juice mixture and stir.
  • If using food coloring, place gelatin/juice mixture into separate bowls and color as desired.
  • Using a syringe, or a pipette, fill mold (I like to do this with the mold on a sheet pan for easier transferring). Place mold in refrigerator.
  • Once gummies have fully hardened, gently remove from mold. This can be tricky, go slow.
piping homemade gummy snacks

Tips for Gummy Snacks

  • 5 tablespoons of gelatin sounds like a lot, but it works. Trust the process!
  • Mine took about an hour to fully harden but this could depend on the temperature of your refrigerator.
  • Be careful to whisk too hard, you’ll end up with air bubbles (which are fine, just not as aesthetically pleasing).
hardened gummy worms in mold

Storing Homemade Gummy Snacks

  • These do need to be refrigerated (they are not candied gummy worms).
  • Store them on a plastic covered plate, in a lidded tupperware, or in a plastic bag
  • These will keep in the refrigerator for about a week.
Toddler y playing with gummy worms

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Homemade Gummy Snacks

An easy 3 ingredient recipe for homemade gummy snacks! Use any fruit juice you like.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigeration Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course kid friendly, snacks
Cuisine kid friendly, snacks
Servings 4 servings
Calories 86 kcal

Equipment

  • Silicone Gummy Mold
  • Sheet Pan
  • Syringe/Pipette

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups juice of choice
  • 5 tbsp beef gelatin
  • food coloring (optional)

Instructions
 

  • In a small sauce pan, mix 1 cup of juice with 5 tablespoons of beef gelatin. Turn heat to medium and whisk often, until gelatin is dissolved (it does not need to boil, just heat until gelatin is dissolved).
  • Add remaining 1 cup juice to gelatin/juice mixture and stir. Remove from heat.
  • If using food coloring, place gelatin/juice mixture into separate bowls and color as desired.
  • Using a syringe, or a pipette, fill mold (I like to do this with the mold on a sheet pan for easier transferring).
  • Place mold in refrigerator. Once gummies have fully hardened, gently remove from mold. This can be tricky, go slow and 'roll' them out of the mold gently.
  • Have fun and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 8gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.05gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 22mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword kid friendly, snacks
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