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Old 08-08-2017, 05:45 PM   #1
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Creating Low Carb Gummy Bears

I have tried a dozen recipes and all the bears turn out bouncy and rubbery.

I am looking for firm, but soft and definitely chewy - like store bought bears.

Searching around, it seems that sorbitol may help with consistency and next I will also try Vitafiber syrup or Fiber Yum syrup.

Please let me know if you have any tricks for coming up with a gummy bear recipe. Thanks!
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:10 PM   #2
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Gigi..Amazon sells sf gummy bears. The reviews will have you in tears..

Best wishes for your experiments.
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Old 08-09-2017, 06:14 AM   #3
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Gigi..Amazon sells sf gummy bears. The reviews will have you in tears..

Best wishes for your experiments.
Carolyn, I just had to check it out, when you said "will have you in tears." Now I know what's you meant. It's been a long time since I laughed that hard. And yes, it definitely brought me to tears!
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Old 08-09-2017, 06:28 AM   #4
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:32 AM   #5
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OMG I only read the first two, plus the answers to questions, and I'm already completely laughed out!
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Old 08-09-2017, 07:59 PM   #6
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Not exactly like store-bought, but I bought myself a Disney gummy maker - so I've been experimenting. I wanted a nice chew, but harder than a Knox block. I can only make a cup at a time, but so far my favorite "recipe" is 3 Tbs. unflavored beef gelatin, 1 Tbs. polyd, 1/2 cup water. I tried 4 Tbs. gelatin... it got a really hard, yucky skin on the back. I tried 3 Tbs. gelatin and 1 tsp. gluc... didn't really like the texture.

Made root beer gummies using a tube of A&W drink mix with the gelatin/polyd. Started out with a small package of SF Jello mixed with 2 Tbs. unflavored gelatin and 1 Tbs. polyd. That wasn't bad, but DH and I both preferred the 3 Tbs. gelatine/1 Tbs. polyd (and hey - they've got fiber!).

I bought some anise extract - am going to try a black licorice flavor next. And I'm going to experiment with using Mio flavorings - found a blueberry lemonade that sounded like a yummy gummy.

I also bought little gummy bear and gummy worm molds to go with the Disney molds. I think the smaller gummies are better than the larger ones, as far as taste & texture.
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Old 08-11-2017, 04:54 AM   #7
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The blueberry lemonade Mio bears came out great - added a drop of blue food coloring (the initial mix was kind of a gray color... not terribly appealing).

I did find a recipe for Haribo-style gummy bears online (Gummy "Bears" Recipe from ChefSteps). It's a full-sugar recipe, but they call for adding sorbitol.
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Sorbitol, a sugar alcohol, is vital to this recipe, lending the gummies their springy quality
You may play around with that in a recipe.
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:46 AM   #8
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dizneegirl, these sound great. Please report back after trying the anise. Those would be my favorites. Going to do a Mio version today.
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