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Purely Vegan Gummy Bears

Here is a wonderful gummy bear recipe suitable for any vegan purist. It uses agar agar (derived from seaweed) instead of gelatin. Agar agar produces a softer texture than gelatin, but non-less just as tasty. If you don’t have a gummy bear mold, you can also pour the mixture into a small baking tray lined with cling wrap. After the mixture has set up, cut with a knife or use cookie cutters to make any shape you like.


  •  1/2 cup pure fruit juice (avoid blended juices)
  • ½ tbsp. Cape Crystal agar agar powder
  • 1-2 tbsp honey or agave syrup optional for additional sweetness; use agave syrup if trying to keep completely vegan


  1. In a small saucepan, add agar powder into juice and whisk until completely dissolved. Bring mixture to a simmer and whisk again. Allow mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes or until the consistency is thickened and syrup-like (but not quite as thick as honey).
  2. Whisk occasionally while mixture is simmering so that none of the mixture overcooks on the bottom or sides of the saucepan. Once mixture is done, you can add honey if needed. Some juices are not as sweet and adding the agar powder further dilutes sweetness. If using honey, stir in until dissolved. 
  3. Keep saucepan on stove (so that it doesn’t cool too quickly) but turn off heat. Pop any air bubbles.
  4. Pour into molds, or on a plastic wrap lined baking sheet, if you don't have a mold
  5. Place into refrigerator until firm (about 10-15 minutes). Keep fruit snacks stored in refrigerator until ready to eat.
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