There is something so playful and nostalgic about gummy bears, one of the most classic candies out there. They're obviously a hit with kids, but why do they get to have all the fun? With ingredients like sparkling rosé and gelatin, you can make "grown-up" gummy bears in the comfort of your own kitchen. It even doubles as a sweet gift for Valentine's Day, anniversaries, or birthdays. This particular recipe yields 50 gummy bears, but you can easily multiply the ingredients to make enough for several people. (Well, if you don't eat them all first!)
Things You'll Need
1/2 cup sparkling rosé
1/4 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons gelatin
Pink or red food coloring or 1/2 teaspoon rose grenadine syrup
2 gummy bear molds (yields 50 gummy bears)
You can purchase silicone gummy bear molds on Amazon. If possible, buy a set that comes with a plastic dropper. Consider purchasing several molds if you need to make a large batch of gummy bears.
Before starting, measure the gelatin and sugar, and set aside. You'll need to continuously stir the mixture, but taking a moment to pre-measure will save time and eliminate the need for pausing.
Meanwhile, store the molds in the freezer until you're ready to fill them up.
Pour the rosé in a small saucepan and warm over low heat. Do not let it boil.
Add the sugar and gelatin. Gently whisk until both ingredients dissolve.
Continue whisking for 3 minutes. Avoid vigorous stirring, as this can make the liquid frothy and bubbly. Gentle whisking is essential for clear, translucent gummy bears.
Depending on your desired shade, add 1/2 teaspoon rose grenadine syrup, 1 drop red food coloring, or 1 to 3 drops pink food coloring. Mix well.
Using the dropper, carefully pipe the warm rosé mixture into the chilled gummy bear molds.
Continue until the entire mold is filled. If the liquid begins to set, place the saucepan over very low heat.
Place the molds in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Serve chilled, and store any leftover gummy bears in the refrigerator.
By the time you fill up the molds, the gelatin will create a sticky film in your saucepan. To clean it up, add a splash of boiling water and carefully wipe down with a paper towel. Repeat as necessary, and consider wearing rubber gloves to protect your fingers from the hot water.
To clean the dropper, prepare 1/4 cup of boiling water. Use the dropper to suck up some of the water, then release into the same cup. Repeat until the dropper completely clears up. Let the water cool, then strain or scoop out any gelatin pieces before tossing.
For an extra dose of sparkle, toss the gummy bears in white sugar just before eating.
To gift your homemade gummy bears, place them in a small mason jar or cellophane bag. Tie it off with a strand of printed ribbon, colorful twine, or yarn. Add a label reminding the lucky recipient to store leftover gummy bears in the refrigerator.