Have fun with the kids (teens too) and make this 3-ingredient Jumbo Jello Gummy Bears!
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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.
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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.
I have the first mold and the bears are almost 2″ tall! The emoji mold 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.
How to Make 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-minutes). For a quick set, let it sit for about 15-minutes before moving it into the refrigerator for 25 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.
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
Add water to a small pot. Sprinkle gelatin and Jello over the water. Let it sit for 5-minutes to let the gelatin 'bloom'. Then place the pot over medium low heat. Stirring slowly and constantly, heat just until sugar crystals dissolve. Immediately pour into jumbo gummy bear silicone mold. Let cool completely at room temperature, about 40-minutes. For quick set, let cool for 15-minutes and move to refrigerator for 25-minutes. Remove from mold and enjoy!
- 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.
View the other Pinterest Challenge Posts:
- January 2018 – One Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce
- February 2018 – Dollar Tree St. Patrick’s Day Wreath
- March 2018 – Bourbon Chicken with Vegetables
- April 2018 – Mini Hoop Seashell Wall Hanging
- May 2018 – Giant Mochi Ice Cream
- June 2018 – Matcha Mousse
- July 2018 – Savory Vegetable Pancakes
- August 2018 – Jumbo Jello Gummy Bears
- September 2018 – Halloween Candy Popcorn
- October 2018 – Halloween Plastic Tablecloth Wreath
- November 2018 – Apple Pie Hotteok
- December 2018 – Christmas BINGO Gift Exchange Game
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