Finding a fruit snack that everyone enjoys is not always an easy task. One great way to get some fruit juice in the kids-large and small-is by making it fun. Rainbows colored tiny bears are fun. Even my elderly mom loves gummy vitamins. Try this healthy gummy bear recipe using honey for an easy fun treat for all.
3 Ingredient Gummy Bears – Made with Honey
Let’s be real, honey is sugar. It has a small amount of calories (about 64 in a tablespoon). But, it is a natural sugar with trace amounts of vitamins and minerals along with antioxidant properties.
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Commercial varieties of these fruit snacks usually contain starch, coloring, glucose syrup and other not so healthy ingredients. Why not make your own gummy bears so you know for sure what your family is eating?
- Fruit juice
Fruit juice: The type of fruit juice to use is totally your call. Apple, grape, mango, cherry and pomegranate are popular. Pineapple juice doesn’t seem to work as well – I would avoid the strong citrus flavors. Look for 100% juice – not a juice cocktail with added sugar.
Gelatin: Unflavored gelatin is the product of choice for making homemade gummy bears. It has no color or flavor that might conflict with your fruit juice.
Gelatin is a protein that may provide some benefits to bones, skin and gut health. The protein and amino acids present as good for skin of all ages.
Honey: Look for raw unprocessed honey – it is my favorite for honey recipes. The flavor or variety really does not matter.
Remember that raw honey (or any raw food) for that matter is not suitable for babies. However, I doubt you will be giving gummies to babies anyway.
I like to start with raw honey even though we are heating it in this recipe. But, you can certainly use pasteurized honey if you prefer and your gummies will be just fine. Using honey in your recipes is really not difficult.
Homemade Gummy Bears with Honey Recipe
- 1 cup apple juice – no sugar added (other juices ok)
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 2 1/2 tbsp unflavored gelatin powder
- Measure honey, juice and gelatin into a pot. Heat on stove, stirring constantly until the gelatin is melted.
- Remove from heat and pour into your molds. Most gummy bear molds come with a special dropper to make this task easier. Of course, these snacks can be any shape – you do not have to use the bear mold.
- Prior to filling place your mold on a flat pan. Silicon molds are soft and you need to be able to transfer the filled mold to the refrigerator.
- Leave in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. This gives the gelatin mixture time to cool and set up into a firm state. After removing from the mold, I suggest storing your honey gummy bears in the refrigerator.
- Use any unsweetened juice of your choice
- Be sure to completely melt the gelation or the mix will not set
If you, like me, are not blessed with a steady hand – don’t panic. The silicone mold makes cleanup a breeze. No one will know in the end if you make a small mess.
One trick is to actually lay the end of the dropper into the bear cavity. This eliminates having to manipulate the dropper and aim while filling.
To prevent air bubbles, refill the dipper before it runs completely out. I was able to fill 3 cavities on a full dropper.
Storing Honey Gummies
While you don’t have to keep them in the frig, doing so will maintain the firmest state. Remember, this homemade treat does not contain all of the preservatives and hardeners you will find in some commercial varieties.
Another great option is to freeze them. They taste great frozen and are a nice cool snack to enjoy on a hot day.
Be advised that these honey gummy bears are tiny. Kids love them but it does take some time to make them. They are so cute that it is worth the effort. I think you can also reuse to mold to make small chocolate bears.