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.




  • Kay

    Reply Reply July 22, 2015

    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.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply July 23, 2015

      Hmm I’m not sure Kay. I think you would have to trial it first. I don’t think I’d eat them after that time. I have a feeling they might go mouldy?

      • Kay

        Reply Reply July 24, 2015

        Thought that might be the case. Thanks

  • Danica

    Reply Reply May 27, 2015

    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.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 27, 2015

      Hi Danica. Mine didn’t melt but they do get a little bit softer.

  • Noel

    Reply Reply November 17, 2014


  • Kate

    Reply Reply August 10, 2014

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

    • Claire

      Reply Reply August 10, 2014

      Hi Kate, about 10 minutes.

      • Kate

        Reply Reply August 10, 2014

        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!

        • Claire

          Reply Reply August 11, 2014

          You’re welcome Kate. Haha that’s pretty funny. I bet my little one makes similar comments when he is old enough.

  • Thomas

    Reply Reply May 24, 2014

    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!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply May 25, 2014

      Well yes Thomas you’re quite right!

  • Amanda

    Reply Reply February 18, 2014

    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!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 19, 2014

      Glad you liked them Amanda!

  • Lisa

    Reply Reply November 18, 2012

    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?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 18, 2012

      I’m not sure Lisa. I think they’d be good for at least a week.

  • Betty

    Reply Reply November 7, 2012

    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 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 8, 2012

      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.

  • 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!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 3, 2011

      Isn’t it frustrating?! I can’t understand anyone who doesn’t love cake!

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

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 3, 2011

      Oh yes a very ‘scientific’ recipe this one is.

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