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Gummy Bear Recipe with Real Fruit

This homemade gummy bear recipe made with real fruit proves that it is possible to enjoy a sweet treat without toxic ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: DIY gummy candy recipe, healthy gummy candy recipe, healthy sour candy, homemade gummy, homemade gummy bear, real fruit, refined sugar free
Servings: 8
Calories: 52kcal
Author: Olivia Johnson


  • high speed blender
  • silicone mold


For the Gummies:

  • 1 cup organic fruit (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, etc.)
  • 1/3 cup Meyer lemon, blood orange or pink grapefruit juice + zest (I like the combo of Strawberry/Raspberry Grapefruit and Blueberry/Blackberry Lemon)

  • 1/2 tsp citric acid
  • 1/2 cup water divided
  • 3 Tbsp grass-fed, unflavored Vital Proteins gelatin
  • 2 Tbsp honey ideally local, raw or Manuka

For the Sour Topping (Optional):

  • 1/4 cup organic sugar
  • 1 Tbsp citric acid


  • In a high-speed blender, combine fruit, citrus juice, honey, citric acid and water. Puree until smooth.
  • Add mixture to a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring with a whisk. When it comes to a simmer, gradually whisk in the gelatin, stirring constantly, until dissolved. Be careful to add the gelatin very slowly, rather than all at once. Bring to a simmer.
  • Take gelatin mixture off the heat and pour into a measuring bowl, using a sieve to remove any gelatin or fruit bits. Remove any bubbles with a spoon.
  • Pour mixture into a silicone mold and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
  • Meanwhile, whisk the sugar and citric acid in a separate bowl. Carefully pop gummies out of mold, and sprinkle with sour sugar mixture. Serve and enjoy!


Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Do not place gummies in the fridge, as they will get slimy.


Sodium: 6mg | Calcium: 4mg | Vitamin C: 14.5mg | Sugar: 11g | Potassium: 38mg | Calories: 52kcal | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 12g | Iron: 0.1mg