Make your own jelly lollies

Homemade jelly lollies

I was complaining to Will the other day about how much I wish he loved baked goods like I do so I could bake for him. I said that my love of baking was pretty much wasted on him and it wasn’t fair. His response to this was ‘well then make me gummi bears, I’ll eat them.’ My first reaction was, as if you can make gummi bears, but a quick Google search taught me that you can and in fact it is ridiculously easy and quick. So my challenge was set. I thought that the end result was delicious. Not too sweet like store-bought lollies and a nice chewy texture (although next time I would add a little more gelatin for a bit more bite). They would make a great school holiday activity! Make your own jelly lollies and see how easy it is!


3 ingredients

All you need is your favourite flavoured jelly, some gelatin and water.

Mix it

In a small saucepan, mix the water, jelly crystals and gelatin. Set this aside for about 10 minutes for the gelatin to absorb the water.

Ready for heating

The mixture will stay separated for a few seconds when it’s ready to be heated.

Turn up the heat

Heat the mixture, stirring constantly, until all the gelatin and jelly has dissolved.

The pourer

Quickly pour the mixture into a heatproof jug with a pouring bit (spout?).

Mould it

Pour the mixture into your moulds. There’s no need to grease them. If you’re using little moulds then use a dropper or turkey baster to fill them. I used chocolate moulds and an ice cube tray to make mine but you can use whatever you have on hand. Leave them on the bench for about 10 minutes to set then transfer to the freezer for another 10-15 minutes.

When they’re firm, dust the backs with corn flour. This step is optional but it does stop them from sticking together.

Home made jelly lollies

Remove the sweets from the moulds and enjoy! Store any uneaten lollies in an airtight container.

Make your own jelly lollies
Jelly lollies/sweets/candy I read so many sites I'm not sure where I got the actual recipe so credit to everyone!
  • 1x85g packet of your favourite jelly
  • 20g gelatin
  • ⅓ cup of water
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a small saucepan and set aside until the gelatin has absorbed most of the water (about 10 minutes).
  2. Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly until the gelatin has dissolved.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a heatproof jug and pour the jelly into your moulds. Leave them to sit for about 10 minutes then put them in the freezer for another 10 minutes.
  4. Dust the lollies with corn flour before removing them from the moulds.



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  1. How adorable are these! I bet my “scientist” nephew would like to help out with making some.

  2. Haha I think we have the exact same relationship with our husbands! I’m sure Mr NQN and I have had that same conversation and it amuses and frustrates me that he doesn’t like cake more! I’ve never made these but it sounds very possible and easy indeed!

  3. Hi!! I was just wondering if you used the powdered gelatin in these as well? I wanted to make these, as well as your turkish delight recipe for christmas, so wanted to see if they used the same type of gelatin 🙂

    • Hi Betty. Yep sure did. I used a packet jelly and added powdered gelatin. If you wanted to make your own flavour entirely, Aeroplane jelly has ‘build your own’ flavour boxes now so you can make them out of coridal/softdrink/juice but you’ll need to add a bit of extra gelatin to them too.

  4. I was wondering how long these last for?
    I’ve made a couple of batches and I want to do some for Christmas presents but not sure how long they will store for?

  5. Such a great idea and so simple!! I added 2 tsp of dry gelatine to an 85g jelly pack and they turned out fantastic, they’re as chewy as jellies from the shops and taste great! At first I couldn’t work out how to get them out of the moulds and then realised you just flick up the edge of the jellies and then peel them out gently. I’ll be making more flavours tomorrow 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Been looking for a simple recipe like this for awhile just made some, they are nice but makes you feel sick if you eat too many at once!

  7. When you say let sit until gelatin absorbs water, how long are we talking?? Minutes or hours??

    • Hi Kate, about 10 minutes.

      • Thanks. They worked a treat! Though when my little boy was offered one he said, through tears, “I want a reeal lolly!” Recently been spoiled by his nana! And in his defence i had just made them in ice blocks and with the myo jelly and fresh squeezed orange juice – next time will use better moulds and maybe add a little food colouring! But awesome recipe, thanks!


  9. Hello,
    I was looking at making some of these for party bags. I’m just wondering if they’d melt like jelly does when not kept in the fridge? Thank you.

  10. Can they be left out of the fridge for 2 weeks in the tropics? Interested in making some for a competition and they would be on display in an airtight container. If they are left out for a couple of weeks could they go off or cause food poisoning or do they just go a bit soft.

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