Fruity Bubble Gum Tea Gummy Bears
Children love fruity tea jelly sweets because they are chewy, portable, and super cute. Parents love homemade bubble gum flavored gummy bears because they are gluten-free and made without refined sugars or artificial dyes.
The bubble gum tea is key to giving these fruit gummies that nostalgic childhood candy treat flavor but in a healthier way.
Try our healthy gummy bear recipe today to bring smiles to your kids' faces.
Makes 70 Gummy bears (1-inch size)
Serving Size – approximately 5 gummy bears
- Gummy bear candy mold tray
- Dropper, small spoon or cup with spout
- Potato masher or fork
- Fine mesh strainer
Cherry Juice Concentrate (Not plain juice)
- 1 cup frozen or fresh sweet cherries (pitted or unpitted are okay)
- 1 cup water
Bubble Gum Tea
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons water
- 3 Fruity Bubblegum Organic White Tea non-GMO pyramidal tea bags or 3 heaping teaspoons looseleaf tea.
Fruit Tea Gummies
- 4 tablespoons unflavored organic grass-fed gelatin
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 5 tablespoons honey
- ¼ teaspoon citric acid - optional
Make Cherry Juice Concentrate: Put cherries and water in a small sauce pan and simmer for about 20 minutes. Halfway during the cooking process, use a potato masher or fork to mash the cherries. Cook until half of the liquid is reduced.
Strain out cherry pulp and reserve the liquid cherry juice concentrate. Place in refrigerator or freezer to chill.
Brew Bubblegum Tea
Heat up ½ cup + 2 tablespoons of water either in the microwave or in the tea kettle. Place Fruity Bubblegum Organic White Tea bags or looseleaf tea in a mug and brew for 2.5 to 3 minutes. Squeeze out the tea bags or strain out loose-leaf tea. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, add the chilled cherry juice concentrate. Sprinkle unflavored gelatin on top of the cherry juice. Stir and allow to sit for 5 minutes. The gelatin will absorb all of the juice and it will be very thick.
Make Fruity Bubble Gum Tea Gummy Bears
Add brewed Fruity Bubble Gum Organic White tea to a saucepan. Over a low simmer, add the bloomed cherry juice gelatin, vanilla and honey. Stir until all the gelatin is dissolved. Do not whisk or vigorously stir as this will cause more bubbles – just a slow gentle stir. If desired, add ¼ teaspoon of citric acid to accentuate the flavor.
We have found that it is helpful to strain with a fine mesh strainer to remove some of the bubbles and then use a spoon to skim the rest of the bubbles from the top.
Very Important! Place your gummy bear molds on a baking sheet. This prevents spillage from the very flexible silicone bear molds.
Use a dropper or small spoon to fill the gummy bear molds with the Fruity Tea gelatin. (The small spoon actually worked better for us as we had less bubbles with this method.) We used the larger 1-inch gummy bear molds as they are much easier to fill than the miniature bear molds. Fill them so they are level.
If you want to expedite the cooling process, place in the filled jelly candies into the freezer for 15 minutes. Otherwise allow them to cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours before carefully removing the chilled gummy candies out of the molds.
Enjoy your homemade Fruity Bubble Gum Tea Gummy Bears!
How to Preserve Homemade Gummy Bears?
- Freshly made fruity tea candies have the consistency of a very firm jello until they go through the drying process.
- If you like your gummy bears extra firm like the store-bought version, place bears on baking sheet uncovered standing up for 48 hours. Then, lay the gluten-free gummy bears on their backs for 24 hours. This makes them extra firm and chewy.
- Store tea candy in the refrigerator in a covered container for up to 2 weeks.
- If your gummy bears are sticking together toss them with a little cornstarch before placing them in the refrigerator.
- We have included citric acid as an optional ingredient. If you happen to have this on hand, it gives the bubblegum gummy bears a slightly sour taste to go with the natural sweetness.
- Honey is an important ingredient. Honey not only sweetens the gummy candies but it makes the candy chewy and not hard.
- We used Fruity Bubblegum Organic White Tea for this old school gummy bear candy recipe. However, feel free to use your favorite Fraser Tea blend.
- As we did not have concentrated cherry juice on hand, we made ours from scratch. This is pure juice from fresh or frozen fruit that has been cooked and reduced to ½ of the original volume. No added refined sugar as we made ours from scratch.
- It is very important to use concentrated fruit juice to give these gummies a punch of flavor. Do NOT use regular juice unless you first reduce it on the stove to ½ the volume.
- If you like, you can use other types of concentrated fruit juice. However, please avoid pineapple, kiwi, papayas, mangoes, etc. as these have natural enzymes in them that can cause your little bear candies to melt.
- We used silicon gummy bear molds from Amazon, but you can also use other shapes like worms, fish or even just pour fruity bubble gum gummies in a lined baking pan and cut into small squares.
- The 1-inch bear mold size or standard size works best. The mini bear molds are more difficult and messier to fill.
- After several batches of testing, we did not have to use any oil spray on the molds. The little bears popped right out of the molds.
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