These Real Cranberry Gummy Bears are slightly sweet, a little tart, easy to make, a healthier option to candy and a fun poppable treat. We love making them with fresh or frozen cranberries.
Why You’ll Love These Cranberry Gummy Bears
These Real Cranberry Gummy Bears are super easy to make and taste great. Kids AND adults love them!
Holiday Gummy Mold Ideas
Here are a few of the molds we have purchased off Amazon to make these and other gummies in.
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This makes a great holiday snack, fun gift idea or a ‘just because’ snack this time of year. Or anytime really.
Tips & Tricks
- These can be made with fresh cranberries if desired. You will need to boil the cranberries for a couple of minutes to make them softer with a bit more liquid to work with, otherwise they leave very chewy, crunchy chunks.
- We strongly recommend you use frozen in these gummies. However they do need to be thawed first.
Real Cranberry Gummy Bears
- 1 cup frozen cranberries thawed
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
- Thaw frozen cranberries. I don’t recommend using fresh cranberries in this recipe.
- In a blender, puree the thawed cranberries with 1/3 cup of water.
- Pour into a saucepan on the stove over medium-low heat. Add lemon juice and honey and whisk until combined.
- Sprinkle gelatin over the top of mixture a little at a time, stirring constantly. Be sure to sprinkle the gelatin on top (do not dump it all in at once) or you will wind up with clumps of gelatin that never really break up.
- Cook over medium-low heat for 1-2 minutes or until mixture is smooth. Gelatin when melted will give the mixture a glassy, smooth appearance.
- Put your gummy bear mold’s on a cookie sheet, and using a dropper, fill all the mold’s with the mixture.
- Refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours. Pop the bears out of the mold's and enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.