Homemade Sour Gummy Worms

Time Frame: 1.5hr


  • Dissect the factory process of making gummy candy and modify the process to make them from scratch in your kitchen.


  • Show a short video on how gummy candy is made such as this one.


  • Demonstrate how to make the candies following the recipe listed below. Emphasize working quickly and having all ingredients ready to go (Mis en place).
  • Gummy Candy Facts & History
  • History of Gummi Candy
  • Facts about Gelatin


  • Make Gummy Candy
  • Tip 1: spray molds lightly with cooking spray. Too much cooking spray will make the finished candy taste off- like the flavor of the cooking spray.
  • Tip 2: you must work quickly and stir constantly or else the mixture will burn. You also must make sure you heat it long enough (high enough temperature) or else the mixture will not solidify.
  • Tip 3: if you’ve watched the videos on how gummy candy is factory made, you know that they use a wax-tumbling process to prevent the gummy candy from melting or sticking together in the bag. Since these candies are homemade if you stick them all in the bag together without the sugar coating the will stick together. I have not yet found a way to incorporate a wax finish into the process. That being said usually students will eat them so fast that they don’t really stay in their bags long anyway. The sugar/citric acid coating will prevent the candies from sticking if kept in a cool place.



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5 comments for “Homemade Sour Gummy Worms

  1. LINDA
    March 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Recipe sounds great but does not specify what size box of jello to add.

  2. Brenda
    December 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I looked at a box of Jello and it said 3 oz.

  3. Mary
    March 15, 2013 at 7:38 am

    the recipe works great and takes about 1/2 hr to be finished it tastes sorta like the jello but is the consistency of a swedish fish.
    why is there a bottle of citric acid but no use for it in the recipe

    • March 15, 2013 at 7:55 am

      The citric acid is optional and is used to give the gummy candies a sour taste. Mix a teaspoon at a time with about 1/4 cup of sugar and taste it for the appropriate sourness you desire. Dip the gummy candies in the sugar/citric acid mixture until coated.

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