Last Updated on 5 months by Plain Jane
Convenient, inconspicuous, and crazy tasty, CBD gummies dominate the hemp market for both veterans and newbies. But what most hemp buyers don’t actually realize is that CBD gummies aren’t quite as hard to make as they seem.
Some people shell out hundreds of dollars to secure their monthly stash of fruit-flavored CBD goodness. But with a box of good ol’ Jello mix and a few drops of your favorite CBD oil, you might just be able to make your own homemade batch of chewy fruity CBD treats.
Materials and Ingredients
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You’d be surprised to know that a lot of the essentials necessary for preparing CBD gummies at home probably already exist in your kitchen. Thus, that old box of Jello mix that’s been sitting in the back of your pantry might finally find purpose.
Here are all the ingredients you’ll need:
- 3oz Jello mix (any flavor)
- 1oz gelatin or agar-agar powder for vegans
- 1/2 cup CBD oil (full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate all work)
- 1tbsp citric acid
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
You’re also going to need a few kitchen tools, including:
- Non-stick saucepan
- Gummy candy molds
Keep in mind that there’s no such thing as the CBD gummy police. No one’s going to come to break down your door in case you decide to switch up your recipe. If you want your gummies to be a little more chewy or tough, you can tweak the recipe to match your preferences.
Other home cooks have also tried incorporating other ingredients to bump up their CBD gummy’s benefits. For example, some add vitamin C for better immunity, while others add a few drops of melatonin to make CBD gummies for sleep.
Making CBD Gummies with Jello – Step-by-Step
With all of the ingredients and materials ready, you’re set to get started on the process. Remember, this guide only serves as a template. You can tweak the steps and ingredient ratios later on as you discover what specifics work best for your preferences.
- Mix together CBD oil and water – Oil and water don’t mix, but in this case, you’re going to have to make it happen. Put a half cup of water and a half cup of CBD oil into your saucepan. Mix them over a low medium flame until they combine.
- Add in your gelatin – An ounce of gelatin powder should be enough to give you that gummy texture. For vegans or people with dietary restrictions, you can swap out gelatin for agar agar.
As you add in the gelatin or agar agar, see to it that you stir continuously. This prevents any lumps from forming and keeps the solution a nice, liquid consistency since the added ingredient may cause some clumping.
- Toss in your Jello mix – Get three ounces of your Jello mix (any flavor of your choice) and stir it into the mix. By this time, you should notice that your mixture has gotten quite sticky and thick.
Stir continuously and see to it that you scrape any Jello mix powder off of the sides of the saucepan. Use a spatula to scrape the pan’s walls clean and to make sure that all of your Jello powder is melted.
- Crank it up – With all of the basic ingredients for making CBD gummies in the pan, crank up your heat to medium-high. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil making sure to stir occasionally so that it doesn’t clump together.
Keep the mixture over the heat for about 5-8 minutes. This makes sure that all of the powders have dissolved and that the components of the gummy mix get equally incorporated for a smooth and lump-free texture.
- Separate into molds – Using a set of silicone molds helps guarantee that you won’t need to apply any sort of non-stick agent. But in case your molds aren’t silicone, some non-stick spray should come in handy.
As you remove the pan from the heat, make sure that your molds are ready. Removing the mix from the stove almost instantly starts the solidifying process. Act quickly and pour the mixture into the molds before its sets.
- Cool the filled molds – Some home cooks just can’t wait to see those gummies nice and solid. If you’re one of them, you can pop your gummies into the fridge for 30 minutes or into a freezer for 15 minutes.
This short blast freeze can help you achieve that perfect gummy texture minus the long wait. However, it pays to avoid leaving the gummies in the cold for too long so you won’t have to thaw them out.
- Remove from the molds and coat – Gently pop out each gummy candy from their molds. If you’re meticulous like that, you can also take the opportunity to pull off any tabs and excess gummy that you might have poured out of the mold.
In a bowl, mix together a half cup of sugar with a tablespoon of citric acid. Shake it all together until fully combined, toss in your CBD gummies, give another good shake, and place the end product into your container of choice.
Proper Storage for Homemade CBD Gummies
Store-bought CBD gummies contain all sorts of ingredients that help extend shelf life. In fact, depending on the brand, CBD gummies that come from the store could last up to two years in proper storage.
According to most hemp experts though, homemade gummies last just about 14 days. So if you were planning to make a batch, here’s how to keep them in storage to max out shelf life.
- Avoid direct heat and sunlight. Doesn’t this kind of application with any sort of food or drink product? Heat and UV rays cause changes in the CBD gummy’s chemistry and may cause rapid degradation not only of the CBD but the gummy candy itself.
- Use an airtight container. If you’re keeping your gummies in a cupboard or drawer, an airtight container can help prevent contamination from getting in. The same lid also prevents all of that CBD goodness from getting out.
- Put your stash in the fridge. While this could change the texture and consistency of the gummy itself, putting your homemade CBD gummies in your refrigerator helps extend CBD viability. This works best if you end up making too many gummy’s and you want to keep them fresh as long as possible.
Where’s My Apron?
We’re all a little too busy scouting the options to realize that CBD gummies are incredibly easy to make. In fact, you could save hundreds on your CBD gummy habit by choosing to make your own stash at home instead of buying store-bought.
The best part? You can always tweak the recipe to match your preference. And who knows, with time, you might find yourself starting up your own little CBD business and turning the tables on those vendors you used to patronize.
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