Ann Reardon

Giant Gummy Bear Recipe

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Not quite a giant gummy bear, today we’re making a giant gummy Lego man.  This recipe took a lot of experimentation to get right.  My first attempts were too rubbery but the addition of one extra ingredient meant the final gummy was beautifully chewy and a huge hit with the kids.  When it comes to candy (or lollies as we call them in Australia) it’s not just about getting the flavour right but the texture as well.  So if you want to get it perfect, then you might need to hunt online to source all the ingredients.

I can’t write a blog post this week without expressing my heartfelt sympathy to the families of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.  Caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Indonesia 10 years ago, they spent the past decade in a Bali jail before being executed by firing squad this week.  The biggest tragedy is that both men had been completely rehabilitated.  Both had become Christians and Chan even studied at Bible college by correspondence. He became an ordained minister and was running a thriving church service inside the jail for fellow prisoners. Together, they worked to establish drug rehabilitation programs for other inmates and were described by the prison commander as “model prisoners”.  Sukumaran also took up art with a passion and painted many beautiful paintings in recent years.  What a major transformation from foolish teenagers into fine young men.  My husband visited Chan in prison a couple of years ago and can attest to his good character.  He was a lovely young man, full of life and eager to share anything he had with others.  Fortunately the God in whom they trust does show mercy and forgiveness to those who believe so Chan and Myuran can indeed rest in peace.

Giant Gummy Bear Recipe (makes 3 cups 750ml)

105g (3.7 ounces) Gelatin 250 bloom or 166g (5.86 ounces) normal 100 bloom gelatin.
210millilitres (7.1 fluid ounces) or 3/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp Water
340g (11.99 ounces) Caster (Superfine) Sugar
367g (12.95 ounces) or 1 cup plus 2 tsp Glucose syrup (or light corn syrup)
6 tsp Citric acid
34g (1.2 ounces) Sorbitol
Colour (I used red)
Flavouring (I used 3millilitres (0.1 fluid ounces) strawberry oil flavouring)
Silicon Mold (the Lego Man Mold that I used holds 3 cups).  
Measure how many cups of water your mold holds before you start and adjust the recipe quantities accordingly.
Cornflour or corn starch to dust the mold.

Prepare your mold by dusting with cornflour or corn starch.

Pour all the water into the gelatin and stir it through quickly.  Leave to soften.

Place the sorbitol, sugar and glucose syrup into a saucepan.

Stir over high heat until it begins to bubble.  Wash down the sides of the pan and remove from the heat – check all the sugar has dissolved, if not return to heat unstirred for a little longer.

Remove from heat add the colour, citric acid and gelatin.  Stir until the gelatin has dissolved, this will take a couple of minutes.

Add your flavouring.

gaint gummy candy recipe reardonPour the hot mixture into the mold filling it right up to the top.  Leave it over night at room temperature to set.

The next day loosen the edges by pulling the mold away from the gummy candy.  Then flip it over and peel off the mold.

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  1. Hi Ann, do you know where I can find 250 bloom gelatin in South Africa? Thanks!

    • Hi Willem, We are based in Australia, so I am sorry we are not familiar with South African stores. A quik search online shows that you can purchase gelatin both online in South Africa and from common supermarkets. Just check the bloom quality.

  2. Thank for the tips love all ur cooking show and it starting to make me hungry and make it love u

  3. Where did you buy your sorbitol and Gelatin?! Do you think you could provide me a link to a website I could order from that sends to the U.S.?! Thanks! ~sincerely a dear fan

    • Hi Lexi, Both these products should be available to you locally but can be purchase via Amazon if needed. This is a link for sorbitol . A common brand of gelatin available in the USA that I found easily online is Knox Gelatine.

  4. Cool stuff!! Julie’s boy is having a birthday soon and who knows this might be on the table! Thanks for sharing!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  5. Hi Miss Ann, I was so excited to see your giant lego man video, I have been looking for a great gummy recipe! I was wondering if in the future you could show us how to make hard candy like in stores they are a small, round, and long with a design inside? I would appreciate it so much…. But if you can’t then maybe I’ll experiment in the kitchen for the recipe

    • Thanks Kaylee for the great feedback. We have noted your suggestion for the hard candies. It is fun to watch those being made.

  6. Gummy Lego! That is so cool! You work so hard to create fantastic tutorials, thank you. Could you possibly do a Biscoff truffle? I don’t know if the UK has Biscoff but the UK does and it is delicious. Thank you again!

    • Oops, I meant Austrailia!

      • Hi Tara, I haven’t seen them here but I’ll google them

    • Thanks Tara, We don’t have Biscoff in Australia. It does sound yummy tough.

  7. hi ann,
    i am from south Africa , we have difficulty in finding sorbitol , did you find yours at a local store or pharmacy?
    want to make the bear for a friend for her birthday! my son helped to pick out the the mold ,so excited

    • Hi Bianca I bought it from a food ingredient store, however you can replace with dextrose – that is found in sweetners, have a look at the labels in the sweetner section of your supermarket and see if you can find it.

  8. Hi everyone, If you are looking for the winners for the Baker’s Secret | How To Cook That giveaway they are listed on the strawberry fraisier recipe post here: just under the video that talks about the competition. 😀 Winners have also been messaged personally.

  9. Cogratulations to all of the winners

  10. If you are wanting to know when she tells the winners the facebook entries have already been posted i think if you read the terms and conditions it sais for the website entry they are announced 12 noon and same with the instagram entries but the facebook ones were already posted on 1st May at 10 PM im glad if i helped you understand now 😀

  11. Amazing recipie Ann I love it!

  12. Has Ann announced the winners or is it just i cant find it because today is second of may.still hoping for the best! 😀

  13. Love it! In stead I made a different shape.

  14. Who won the competition ann??plz tell very eager to know…

    • It will be posted tomorrow on the original video. As posted by ann herself many times on today’s video. (Today is friday)

      • thank you that is very helpful, i also noticed your post was on the second do you live in england or something

        • she lives in Australia

    • hi Tripti winners are listed here

  15. I love your channel very much and I want you to make Donald Duck 3d cake

  16. Who won the compatition when you say your most memorable cooking time

  17. I admire all your new food.You are great.

    • thanks so much K.L.F.Perera

  18. Who won the competition when you say the most memorable time when you cooked

  19. Anne, what you wrote about Andrew and Myuran was touching. My heart shattered this week. I can’t wait for the day where tears will be wiped away. There will be no more crying or pain or death. I’m holding on to that. Thanks for sharing!

    • thanks Caryn, there is a memorial service planned for later this week.

      • can you send me icing printing eatable

  20. I love the videos with your kids and husband. The end of the Giant Gummi Leggo Man video was so sweet. Oh, haha, both ways! I watch the food fight video whenever I need a smile.

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