Forget about preservatives and questionable ingredients by making this kid-favorite snack yourself! Kids love eating these tasty and healthy fruit juice strawberry gummies almost as much as they love making them!
When you buy these classic kids snacks, they’re often filled with way more ingredients and preservatives than I prefer to give my kiddos.
As it turns out, making homemade strawberry gummy bears (also called homemade fruit snacks) is SUPER easy – and they’re even yummier than what you get from the store!
If you make these for your kids, the only words you’re going to hear from them is “may I have more please?”
They contain only 4 natural ingredients (including REAL fruit and natural sweetener) that pack a punch in a flavor department.
That’s what they DO have, and here’s what they DON’T have:
- processed sugar
- artificial dyes
They taste amazing and sweet even though they’re only lightly sweetened with raw honey.
(just make sure to have your kids brush their teeth well to keep their dentist happy!)
How To Make Strawberry Gummies
Ok! Let’s dive in and get started making this yummy snack or healthy strawberry gummy candy dessert!
- Strawberries, diced – or use any fruit you love
- Unflavored gelatin
- Raw honey
- Lemon juice
- Mesh strainer
- Gummy bear molds – 👈👈 that’s the one I have and used!
For exact measurements and recipe details, please check out the handy printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!
Strawberry Gummy Bears Instructions
Never made strawberry gummies before? Well, here’s how!
Place diced strawberries in a blender with lemon juice, and honey. Blend to fully break down the strawberries.
Place juice in a saucepan over medium heat and add the gelatin. Whisk the juice continuously while bringing it to a slow boil.
Once boiling, remove the strawberry gummy bear juice from the heat.
Fill the gummy bear molds with juice. Slowly fill each mold.
NOTE: The silicone molds come with an eyedropper, which you can use, but I like to use a food squeeze bottle.
Place the filled molds in the fridge for 20 minutes to allow your strawberry gummies to solidify.
While molds are cooling, keep the remaining gummy mixture warm. If using a squeeze bottle, drop the bottle in hot water, if using the dropper, place the saucepan on warm.
They’re ready! To remove your strawberry gummies from the molds, just pop them right out of the mold and enjoy.
Recipe Tips, Notes, And Variations To Try
SAFETY NOTE: It is not safe for children under 1 year old to consume any food made with honey.
If you want to try other flavors, use your favorite fruit of choice. My favorite recommendations are lemons, oranges, cherries, peaches, mangos, and pineapple.
If the fruit is full of seeds, use a mesh strainer to catch the seeds because it’s much easier to fill the molds when there are no seeds.
Here are some frequently asked questions I see from readers about making homemade strawberry gummy bears. If you have a question but don’t see it answered below, please leave it in the comments for me!
The gummy candy that you buy in the store might be low in fat (which is a fact those companies focus on in their advertising) but they are LOADED with multiple types of sugar and other undesirable ingredients.
That’s why these homemade strawberry gummies are made with fruit juice! They contain REAL FRUIT and just a little bit of natural raw honey. Your kids will get that sweet fix, and you’ll feel good about this healthier alternative to their favorite snack!
Short answer: no.
Longer answer: because they are made with real fruit, they stay fresh longer when you store them in the refrigerator.
I recommend putting them in a closed container, like a mason jar, food storage container, or a resealable plastic bag.
If you see them sticking together, give them a very light dusting of cornstarch before putting them in the storage container.
Here’s the thing. These gummies are basically jello bears. So if you heat them up (or leave them in the heat, like in a hot car), yes, they will get very soft and could melt.
Since they’re made with honey (which is sticky), refrigerating them helps to keep them from being sticky. However, if you still notice they’re sticky, dust them in cornstarch.
More Kid-Friendly Food Ideas
- Easy Pizza Pinwheels Kids Love
- Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
- Easy Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas (Pizzadillas)
- Mini BLT Bagel Lunch Idea
- Peanut Butter, Nutella, & Banana Sushi Rolls
- Place diced strawberries in a blender with lemon juice, and honey. Blend to fully break down the strawberries. If the fruit is full of seeds, run the juice through a mesh strainer to catch the seeds.
- Place juice in a saucepan over medium heat and add the gelatin. Continue to whisk the juice while bringing the juice to a slow boil. Once boiling, remove from heat.
- Fill gummy bear molds with juice. The molds come with an eyedropper (or I like to use a food squeeze bottle). Slowly fill each mold.
- Place molds in the fridge for 20 minutes to solidify your strawberry gummies. While molds are cooling, keep the gummy mixture warm. If using a squeeze bottle, drop the bottle in hot water, if using the dropper, place the saucepan on warm.
- To remove the gummies, pop them right out of the mold and enjoy.