Agave Nectar – The main sweetener in this recipe.
Water or flavored liquid like juice – I like to use water and then use candy flavorings and food coloring for my gummy bears but you can use fruit juice and leave out the granulated sugar for a healthier option.
Glucose – Gives the gummy bears that chewy texture and keeps them nice and soft. you can also replace glucose with corn syrup, golden syrup or honey for a more natural option.
Sorbitol – The magic ingredient for that perfectly textured gummy bear. You can leave this out if you absolutely do not want to order it but your gummy bears will be little softer in texture.
Agar agar – Helps set the gummy bears and gives them a nice chew.
Citric Acid – This is actually really easy to find in grocery stores with the canning supplies. Citric acid is that sour taste from citrus fruits and gives gummy bears that tart flavor.
Candy Flavoring – real fruit juice .
Making the actual gummy bear recipe is super simple. Pour your agar into your water or juice and stir to combine. Let the agar absorb the liquid for 5 minutes.
Combine together your agave nectar, corn syrup and sorbitol in your saucepan and bring it to a simmer. Then add in your agar mixture and stir until it’s all melted.
Remove the pot from the heat and stir in your citric acid. Let your mixture sit for 5-10 minutes so the foam can rise to the surface.
Scoop off your foam. If you don’t scoop off the foam, it won’t go away later. I just use a spoon.
Divide your gummy bear mixture into three bowls. I poured mine through a strainer to remove any lumps of agar left behind.
Next, add in your candy flavoring. I chose raspberry, strawberry and tropical punch. My bottles came with a dropper so I used about two full droppers per bowl. I guess about 1/2 teaspoon of flavoring.
Then I added in a drop of food coloring. Pink for the. strawberry, blue for the raspberry and yellow for the tropical punch.