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Easy Homemade Gummy Candies, with NO Added Sugar

In my quest to create reduced sugar or sugar-free desserts and snacks – you know, when I’m not inhaling pumpkin spice s’mores – I stumbled across the wild and wonderful world of homemade gummy candies with NO added sugar!  Did you know you can make your own gummy candy and keep it as sugar-free as you want?  Look at the adorable, gold-dusted gemstone shapes gummies I made:

DIY fruit flavored gummies

These homemade gummy candies with NO added sugar are almost too pretty to eat!  Almost.

Here’s what you need for Homemade Gummy Candies:

*When choosing a fruit juice, just skim the ingredients to make sure there isn’t any pineapple, mango or papaya juice because these juices will prevent the gelatin from setting unless the juice has been boiled.   Also watch fruit juice labels for added sugar and artificial colors.

How to Make DIY Gummies:

Warm up 1 cup of fruit juice on the stove in a pot and once it’s warm – not boiling – stir in one tablespoon of the gelatin and whisk until it’s dissolved.  Add the stevia and whisk until it dissolves, then pour the mixture into a silicone mold.  I used a small brush to dust my mold with gold powder first, just for fun.  I also put my silicone mold on a cutting board so it’s easier to move around.  (Alternatively, you can double the recipe and pour into small glass bowls – it’s the perfect consistency for that as well.)

Pop into the fridge for a few hours and, voila!  Gorgeous gems shaped homemade gummy candies with NO added sugar.  Perfect for a rock hound like me.

I’ve been experimenting with different liquids, methods and flavor combinations – including an orange chocolate gummy that is so delicious – but my homemade gummies keep getting eaten before I can properly photograph them!  I got about five minutes with these.  They’re looooong gone.

I wanted to share because easy homemade gummy candies with NO added sugar are a good starting off point for anyone wanting to experiment; this “recipe” is foolproof.

Have you made your own gummy candy before?  Any delicious recipes I should try?

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How to Make DIY Gummies with NO Added Sugar

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22 Comments

  1. Cassie Bustamante
    October 6, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    oh fun!!! i think emmy would love this!!!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      October 6, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      Totally! Just be warned that the gelatin does have a bit of a non-fun smell right out of the can. Maybe portion a bit in a cup for her to mix in? There are tons of adorable molds out there too. Let me know what flavors you two come up with šŸ™‚

  2. Mac n' Janet
    October 6, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Look delicious, will definitely give this recipe a try. Where did you get that silicone mold?

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      October 6, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      Amazon! I went through my purchase history and linked the exact one I bought. I agonized over the size and shape, lol, because there are so many kinds of gem molds out there. I'm really happy with the quality of this mold because I've used it a TON and it has washed up really nicely each time. I even chuck it in the dishwasher.

  3. J. Anthony Stubblefield
    October 6, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    So are these "gummy" as in like a "gummy bear" or gumdrop?

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      October 6, 2016 / 8:33 pm

      Good question! I find the consistency is convincingly like a gummy bear – gumdrops, if I remember correctly, are a more firm candy, correct? These are definitely on the gummy side of the candy spectrum, but perhaps a bit softer. When served in a cup, it's a lot like a firm Jell-o, but there's enough gelatin added that they keep their shape perfectly and pop out of the mold nicely. Altering the ratio of gelatin to liquid – and what liquid is used – can alter the consistency quite dramatically, but it's actually a lot of fun experimenting šŸ™‚

  4. Belinda
    October 7, 2016 / 5:44 am

    This is a nice recipe to try this weekend with my daughter Abby.

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      October 7, 2016 / 4:01 pm

      Definitely! You can use her favorite fruit juice. If she's really young, you might want to just pour a bit of the gelatin in a small bowl for her because the smell in the container is a bit strong. I worry a picky eater might be grossed out by it.

  5. Cred X
    October 7, 2016 / 11:49 am

    Yum! These look great. I've been meaning to try a couple recipes for gummies; this seems simple enough, I definitely have to give them a go.

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      October 7, 2016 / 4:02 pm

      Thanks! I had been meaning to try them forever too and now I've used more than half a jar of gelatin with my experimenting. You're going to love these! Let me know what you make šŸ™‚

  6. Dana@Mid2Mod
    October 7, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    These are gorgeous! I make similar gummy Legos for my grandsons, but I had never thought about looking for my own mold. And the gold dust is delightful. I was just diagnosed with diabetes, so I'm going to start making them for myself.

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      October 7, 2016 / 8:41 pm

      I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, Dana. I've watched my grandparents and now my Dad struggle with diabetes. He's trying to control it with diet and exercise but he still has foot problems and now his eyesight has been affected. I'm sending good thoughts your way! I'd love to hear what kind of gummies you make šŸ™‚

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      October 7, 2016 / 8:41 pm

      I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, Dana. I've watched my grandparents and now my Dad struggle with diabetes. He's trying to control it with diet and exercise but he still has foot problems and now his eyesight has been affected. I'm sending good thoughts your way! I'd love to hear what kind of gummies you make šŸ™‚

  7. Galveston Steve
    October 12, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    We are always looking for recipes to make with the kids and the neighbors ( who seem to always end up at our house), and with this not having any sugar, we will give ita go! Thank you.

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      October 19, 2016 / 1:24 am

      Happy to help! Hope all of the kiddos love them šŸ™‚

  8. Phil Luther
    October 17, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    It's amazing how easy this is! My wife and daughter love gummy candies, but we don't eat a lot of candy in our house because of the sugar. My wife is going to love this! Thanks for sharing!

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      October 19, 2016 / 1:24 am

      I hope your wife and daughter love these! Let me know if you experiment with any fun flavors.

  9. Anonymous
    November 14, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    What is the shelf life of these if they are refrigerated?

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      November 15, 2016 / 6:45 pm

      These will last a few weeks in the fridge – I had another batch last a couple of months, actually, but they weren't as tasty anymore. What happens is that they get harder and harder. An airtight container will help. But really, these are tastiest served within a few weeks of making. Great question! I ate this particular batch in a day, so it didn't dawn on me to include a shelf life, lol.

  10. Anonymous
    June 8, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Can plastic molds be used?

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      June 10, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      I prefer the silicone molds because they can pop out easier. You might damage them prying them out of a plastic mold. I made some in small bowls to see and they do come out eventually but the silicone just makes life so much easier.

  11. Unknown
    September 18, 2017 / 3:12 am

    Could I do a fruit tea instead of the fruit juice…I can't have fruit juice.

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