How to make homemade jelly beans

Updated April 17, 2017

After all their years on the market, jelly beans remain one of the most popular candies, appealing to everyone from children to presidents. Less messy than chocolate, their hard shell makes them a good snack either for the office or for travelling. You can even make your own jelly beans at home.

Place 3 packs gelatin, 454gr. sugar and 354ml. water in a pan. Bring the ingredients to a boil over medium heat, stirring as you mix them. Continue to stir for 20 minutes.

Remove the pan from heat, and add 1/4 tsp salt, 118ml. orange juice and 56.7gr. lemon juice. After the mixture has cooled a bit, stir in 4 tsp orange zest and 4 tsp lemon zest.

Chill a medium-size baking pan, then fill it with the mixture and let it harden for 4 to 5 hours.

Loosen the jelly from the pan with a knife, and dump it onto a cutting surface. Cut the jelly into small pieces, dusting them with cornstarch. Put them on a wire rack to dry.

Pour the jelly pieces into the coating bowl attachment, and add 56.7gr. water and 170gr. sugar. Turn the mixer on high for the suggested time according to the manufacturer's directions, or until the shells have achieved the thickness and appearance you want.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 packages gelatin
  • 624gr. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 113gr. orange juice
  • 56.7gr. lemon juice
  • 4 tsp orange zest
  • 4 tsp lemon zest
  • Baking pan
  • Cornstarch
  • Drying rack
  • Electric mixer with coating bowl attachment
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Daniel Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University where he also attended graduate school. Later, he taught history and humanities. Ketchum is experienced in 2D and 3D graphic programs, including Photoshop, Poser and Hexagon and primarily writes on these topics. He is a contributor to sites like Renderosity and Animotions.