These low carb sour gummy bears are the ideal sweet treat! They're sugar free – but with that classic mixture of sweet and sour flavors!
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I've heard many suggestions of how to adapt the recipe, mainly involving citric acid. So I finally put it to the test and worked out a recipe for you! For these treats you'll need a set of gummy bear molds. There are three trays, 50 bears to a tray, and three droppers too!
I don't have a recipe video for these sour bears yet, but here's the one for the basic gummy bears which might help. Or scroll down for the full details and printable recipe card:
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How to Make Low Carb Sour Gummy Bears
Add some sugar free Jello, unflavored powdered gelatin (eg Knox), citric acid and water to a small saucepan.
Cook over a low heat, until all the crystals have dissolved.Remove from the heat and use the dropper to fill the cavities. It is useful to place the silicone tray on a small tray or chopping board first as it makes it easier to move around after it's filled!
Repeat with other flavors – I chose lemon, lime, and orange!
A note on quantities: ¼ cup of water really doesn't seem like very much, but it's what you need to fill one of these trays of 50 bears. The bears have a pleasant chewy quality to them! If you prefer softer gummy bears, use ⅓ cup water instead – but bear in mind you'll have more liquid than you need for one tray, so you might like to use another tray or a different mold.
Leave the bears at room temperature until fully set – at least an hour. Carefully remove them from the molds and place in a bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix together more citric acid and a powdered sweetener that you like the taste of when “neat” – like Lakanto or Swerve.
Add the citric acid mixture to the gummy bears and stir well to mix.
Store the gummies in an airtight container. I've tried keeping them on the counter and in the fridge – and I think they do better on the counter. But best eaten within a couple of days!
These cute little bears are great for a sweet treat! You might also like to check out my guide to low carb candy!
For each flavor of gummy bears (3 batches required):
- 0.3 oz packet of sugar free Jello
- 1 envelope unflavored powdered gelatin (0.25 oz / 7.4g)
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ tsp citric acid
For the sour coating for all three flavors combined:
- 1 tbs powdered low carb sweetener
- ¼ tsp citric acid
- Gently cook one flavor of Jello, one envelope of unflavored gelatin, ¼ tsp of citric acid and ¼ cup of water in a small saucepan over a low heat, until all the crystals have dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and use the dropper to fill the 50 cavities of one mold.
- Repeat with the two other flavors.
- Leave the bears at room temperature until fully set - at least an hour.
- Carefully remove them from the molds and place in a bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix together more citric acid and the powdered sweetener.
- Add the citric acid mixture to the gummy bears and stir well to mix.
This recipe makes 150 sour gummy bears in 3 different flavors.
Serving size is 25 gummy bears.
Store the gummies in an airtight container and eat within a couple of days.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 25 Gummy Bears
Amount Per ServingCalories 5Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 1g
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