Gah, how cute are these kid and adult friendly gummy bears? I bought THESE gummy molds recently, since I’m already starting to scheme fun ways to get gut-healing gelatin and collagen into Grace when she’s old enough to eat these.
These gummy bears are about half the size of a typical store-bought gummy bear, so if you do want to make them for your smaller kiddos, they are much less likely to present a choking hazard. Nothing like opening up a blog post with a choking hazard warning, but I always think it’s best to be safe than sorry when feeding our littles’ and their less than sophisticated chewing skills.
Kiddos past the age of 3 would probably do best with this recipe! If you don’t have cutie pie molds and just want to make this into a gummy jiggler, you can do that too. They’re like super healthy chocolate fudge jiggles!
Chocolate Cherry Gummy Bears are a fun way for kids AND adults to get more gut-healing gelatin in their diet!
- 1 cup frozen pitted sweet cherries
- 1 cup tart cherry juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup gelatin powder
- pinch sea salt
- Place your gummy molds on a flat transportable surface like a cutting board. Clear out a flat space in your freezer that you can place the molds without them tipping over.
- Heat cherries over medium heat in a small saucepan until they burst, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender or food processor and puree. Return to saucepan.
- Add cherry and honey to saucepan and whisk to combine with the cherry puree. Bring mixture to a low boil and immediately whisk in cocoa powder until combined.
- Remove saucepan from heat and let sit for 1 minute.
- Slowly, slowly, slowly (I repeat, slowly) sprinkle in a small amount of gelatin at a time (1 to 2 teaspoons) and whisk until no clumps remain. If you add too much at the same time, you risk getting clumps. Stir in the sea salt.
- If using these gummy bear molds, use the dropper to distribute gummy liquid into each individual mold. If you have leftover liquid, pour into a parchment lined glass container (the smaller the container, the thicker the gummy bites will be).
- Place molds and glass container (if it was needed) in the freezer to set the gummies. Bears should be set in about 20 minutes and the bars will likely take a bit longer.