Have fun with the kids (teens too) and make this 3-ingredient easy Jumbo Jello Gummy Bears!
It’s time for the monthly Pinterest Challenge! This is when I get together with a group of blogging buddies to not just collect pins, but to create something we’ve pinned to our Pinterest boards. Last month, I made a Savory Vegetable Pancake and this month, I’m making something sweet!
My Pinterest Inspiration…
I’ve been wanting to make gummy bears for a loooong time and had quite the collection of gummy bear recipes. Some gummy recipes used soda and some used concentrated fruit juice, but I decided to opt for one using Jello since it’s what I had on-hand. But I didn’t want to make the tiny Jello gummies, I wanted to make them BIG! So, I settled on this homemade Jello gummy bear recipe from Skip to my Lou.
Supplies to make Jumbo Jello Gummy Bears
Before we make the Jumbo Jello gummy bears, you’re going to need a mold. If you don’t want to buy a mold, you can use non-stick spray in a shallow pan or baking dish and cut the gummies into squares. I prefer the silicone molds as it doesn’t require any non-stick spray and I don’t have to worry about any odd flavor from it.
The jumbo mold I used is currently sold out, but I linked to a similar mold that also create 2″ gummy bears. The emoji mold (linked below) is slightly bigger and the remaining molds are a bit smaller. I experimented with various flavors of Jello and the kids unanimously voted the Jolly Rancher Jello flavors the best.
Ingredients for Jumbo Jello Gummy Bears
- 1 – 3 oz. box Jello
- 1 packet gelatin add another 1 tsp. for a chewier gummy
- 1/3 cup water
How to Make 3-ingredient Easy Jumbo Jello Gummy Bears
Okay, we’re finally on to making the Jumbo Jello Gummy Bears! It’s super simple and you can whip this up right before the kids get home from school or make these with the kids!
The first thing and most important is to let the gelatin ‘bloom’ before heating it on the stove. I tried to rush this step and had grainy gummy bears, so don’t skip this! Just add water to a pot and sprinkle the gelatin and Jello over the water and let sit for at least 5-minutes.
Note: The original recipe suggests using 2 gelatin packets for a chewier gummy, but we found found it too chewy. Unless you like playing tug-o-war with your food or losing a few teeth, I would keep it to the one or one and a half packets of gelatin.
Once the gelatin has ‘bloomed’, heat the mixture over medium low heat. Make sure to constantly and gently stir the mix until all the sugar granules are dissolved. Do not use a whisk or roughly stir the mixture as it will cause excessive air bubbles and do not let this boil. It should only take a few minutes for the mixture to be ready.
Immediately take the Jello mixture and pour it into the Jumbo gummy mold. Since these are big gummy bears, I don’t fill them to the top and fill them just past the half-way point. If using a smaller mold, fill them about 3/4 way full. Then, let this slowly cool on the counter till set (about 40-45 minutes). For a quick set, let it sit for about 10-minutes before moving it into the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
Now, all that’s left is to pop the Jumbo Jello Gummy Bears out of the mold and eat!
Note: Store in an air tight container in the fridge to help firm up and keep the gummies chewy! I use parchment paper between layers, but it isn’t necessary.
Jumbo Jello Gummy Bears - August Pinterest Challenge
How to make jumbo Jello gummy bears with 3-ingredients...Jello, water, and gelatin!
- 1 - 3 oz. box Jello
- 1 packet gelatin add another 1 tsp. for a chewier gummy
- 1/3 cup water
- Use more gelatin (1 packet + 1 tsp.) for a chewier jumbo gummy bear.
- Do not skip letting the gelatin 'bloom' for 5-minutes.
- When using jumbo molds, fill molds half-way to make about 8-9 gummies.
- Store gummy bears in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Thanks for this recipe and easy to follow instructions! I made jumbo pineapple and flamingo gummies and put them on the top of candy kabobs for my daughter’s Luau birthday party! I shared a link to your tutorial on my candy kabob blog post.
Your under-the-sea kabobs came out so cute! Thanks for linking and trying out the gummy recipe.
These gummy bears are so cute! I made them a feature at this week’s Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party. Thanks so much for linking up!
What a fun idea, I’ll have to try this with my kids.
These are SO fun! I’ve just started making our own fruit snacks with juice but I’m curious now to try it out with some Jello. These huge gummy bears are perfect!! Pinned for later.
How funny, I’m planning on trying it with fruit juice! I heard you can do it with soda too if you cook it down to a syrup…maybe cola bears? We shall see! Kids love the jumbo size, so let me know if you make them big.
This would be so much fun to make with kids, there’s a process but it’s not too complicated.
Isn’t it funny how giant or miniature anything makes it more fun?!
I think this will be a project to make with my grandsons next time I’m visiting.
Those little fellas are almost too cute to eat. Almost! I bet they are a fun tasty snack.
So cool! I love gummy bears, we just came back from Germany with tons! I signed up for the September challenge, can’t wait to join. 🙂
Oh, that sounds wonderful! A ton of gummies wouldn’t last long here, but we would enjoy them for sure!
Fun! I think any kid would love these. Pinning!
Oh, these are so fun! And sound so yummy. We love gummies in our house. Pinning to try.
My mom used to make something similar to this when we were in school – they were always delicious and didn’t melt like regular jello!
Yes, they don’t melt, which is awesome. However, we noticed that it’s much more ‘gummy’ like straight out of the refrigerator than it is when left at room temp.
What a fun treat to make with kids. And what fun to eat them!
Gummy bears are my favorite. Lucky for me, my man works in the city where HARIBO Comes from and they have a big outlet…yum! So it has never occured to me to make them myself. This sounds like a fun pastime, though, so thank you for providing such detailed instructions, even tips about the sizes of the mold and which gello to get. Pinning.
You’re so lucky! HARIBO gummy bears is my hubby’s favorite!
These look really yummy, I need to give this a try.
I heard 3 ingredients and Gummy Bears! I’m going to try this but need to get a mold first because I want the fun one’s like you made, not square! Thanks for the tip on using 1 pack of Jello instead of two.
Such a fun and cute idea! My boys would love this. Pinned.
These look so fun. My granddaughter would absolutely love these. Pinning and planning on trying it the next time I see her.
What a yummy & fun idea! I can’ t wait to try these with the kids. They will love them. Pinning!