Giant Gummi Sculptures

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Small gummi bears are great, but for that extra special party snack make a ginormous sized gummi creation. I call mine the Gooey Duck. Essentially the strategy is to buy many pounds of cheap gummi bears and melt them into a mold of some sort (i used a cake mold) and then cool in refrigerator or freezer. 

If you search online for World's Largest Gummi Bear, you get a link to offering a measly 1/2 lb gummi and their 'World's Largest' at 5 lbs. They also claim "there is no candy more magnificent or more powerful". Well unfortunately for them I made an even bigger gummi sculpture (at 6lbs though not a bear) 7 years ago!

Gummi=Gummy. Haribo calls them Gold Bears. Black forest calls them Gummy Bears. Whichever you prefer. Original German was gummibär, so that probably originated the gummi bears.

I did this experiment in my youth. So don't blame the current me for the brash and questionable nature of this idea. You've been warned!

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Step 1: Procure Gummis and cake mold

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6lb bags of Brach's Gummi bears used to be available from costco. I can't confirm anymore whether this is the case, but let's admit it Amazon is probably the best place to go. A brief cursory search revealed:

The cheapest 5lb or 6lb bag was from Brach's at 6lbs for $11.50.

The lowest $/lb ratio for gummi bears was from Albanese at $1.70/lb (10lb for $17) :

And going for only top quality from Haribo reveals this gem of a deal 12 lbs for $34.

This should provide plenty. For the Brach's there were 5 colors and for the Haribo and Albanese there appear to many more. So if you want a solid colored gummi monster look for places where you can either buy a bunch of one color or you'll have to buy many many pounds of this stuff.

How I came into 6 lbs of gummi bears was a funny story. After finding they sold such a delightful item at costco, I off-handedly mentioned they should be the token prize at a prize raffle for our highschool band end-of-the-year party. Because of my fortunate luck, I actually won said raffle.

Be creative when choosing a mold. I just got a cheap cake mold from the 99¢ store or something like that. I wanted to do both sides, but it turns out that would've required twice as much and I didn't want liquid gummi seeping through the seems of the mold.
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dragonfly5552 months ago

Hi there! So I know this is a few years old, but I'm hoping that someone may be able to answer:

I made this using silicone molds and haribo gummy bears... I found that it was easier to melt the bears on a low temp directly in the molds in the oven, though I tried to double boiler/heat on the stove as well.

For both processes, after the figures cooled in the freezer for several hours and I got them out of the mold, they liquified into a gelatinous mess on the plate! Totally lost their shape and the consistency was very "gaggy" for lack of a better word. Pretty inedible, especially for kids.

Just wondering if anyone has come across the melting oozy problem and if there was a solution? Thanks!

Cpt. Wolf2 years ago
Tried this and failed miserably, several times. Melting was not a problem. The first time, I didn't do anything with the molds. Second time, I dusted them with corn starch. Both times they were impossible to get out.

I What I've learned is that you just can't use plastic chocolate molds. Not small ones anyway. Next time, I'll find silicone molds. Unfortunately, I was doing these for a camping trip this weekend. Guess it'll have to be chocolate instead.

Already, planning space invader ones next time I try though!
brawns214 (author)  Cpt. Wolf2 years ago
Sorry you had trouble. Do you have internet links to the types of molds you used so others can learn from your troubles?
They were just your standard chocolate molds. I got them from I think a couple things might have happened.

1. I sprayed the pot I was using. I think the oil changed the consistency just enough to keep it from totally setting. Didn't make much difference for the pot, it stuck to the pot anyway...
2. The molds I was using were on the smaller side.
3. They had smaller, rougher textures to the designs. So the gummy probably stuck into that a bit more. The plastic is probably porous too, making them stick worse.

Definitely stick with silicone or rubber, something non-porous or stretchy enough that you can freeze the gummy, then you can peel the mold off of it if you need to.

I tested this with cheap dollar store gummy bears and peach rings.  Both melted very easily and at a very low temp.  The cost was considerably cheaper too, you can get a 9oz bag of gummy bears for $1 at most Dollar Trees.  So that's a little over 5.6 lbs for $10.  Really cost effective if you've got a dollar store nearby.
obesemidget3 years ago
How can you make your gummy candies not sticky when cooled?? :-/ Mine are sticky :(
Before you add the melted gummy bears, put some vegetable oil in the mold and shake or just make sure the inside is covered. This will help with the stickiness of the product and will thereby also make getting the gummy out of the mold since it won't stick to the sides.
Or, you could coat it in corn starch. I don't personally like the color the corn starch gives it, but it's a better anti-stick agent since it's dry. The oil makes it a bit slippery, but you keep the color of the gummy better.
shinyegg4 years ago
We made 2 12 pound giant gummi bears.
brawns214 (author)  shinyegg4 years ago
Pictures! Or it didn't happen :)
put it in a bucket of water for a couple of weeks to make it grow to about twice the size.
brawns214 (author)  shinyegg4 years ago
Brilliant! Way to blow away the laughably underachieving named 'world's largest gummy bear'!
actually the largest is 26lbs. and has a hollow stomach
brawns214 (author)  shinyegg4 years ago
Also, is that a custom mold?
We actually used a container that held animal crackers. It just looked like a giant gummi bear.
craig3 shinyegg4 years ago
How did you get it out?
shinyegg craig34 years ago
I think we cracked it open w/ scissors and any other sharp objects that were lying around.
truovrld3 years ago
How long would this last? I want to make one for a Halloween party, but would need to make it a week or two ahead of time.
brawns214 (author)  truovrld3 years ago
If you put this in a freezer bag and store it in the refrigerator, you should be fine.
Yay! Giant gummy brain!
xProShotx3 years ago
can you do this for small molds like skulls?
brawns214 (author)  xProShotx3 years ago
Any mold should do, as long as you can remove it.
made a large pill sort of thing with this, thanks for the great ible
NatNoBrains4 years ago
OMG I'm sooooo doing this!
nijireiki4 years ago
You could also use the recipe from SFHandyman's Ible to make a custom giant gummi! (Handy for the diabetics/low-carbers among us.)
That's just jell-o there. really thick finger jello, nothing more. Gummies have mostly corn starch, and not as much gelatin as jell-o
Heck, at my local grocer they have huge bins where you just shovel out the gummies. You can buy them at $2.79/lb or about $8.50 for a 5-lb bag. (not a calculation, they sell 5 lb bags prepacked) The gummies with the foam cost more, but you wouldn't use them for this anyways.
Troyboyd4 years ago
the artic tundra xD
Troyboyd4 years ago
wd-40 made me lol
margime504 years ago
This is such a great idea. I have MANY cake and cookie molds and plan on giving it a shot for halloween - hand out gummy pops that are much less expensive than store bought. Thank you for a great way to spend otherwise wasted time :)
Fiction4 years ago
Nice! A couple of kids I knew did this in highschool. To keep it in a bear shape, they used a giant bear container that some store like costco sold masses of gummi bears or animal crackers in.
hondaman9004 years ago
If you float the bowl of gummis in another pot of water, and boiled the water, would that be hot enough (100c) to melt the gummis? It's a method used to melt other things like chocolate or wax without burning them. As long as there's still water in the main pot the temp will not exceed 100c.
brawns214 (author)  hondaman9004 years ago
I think I remember trying double boiling and it was just way too slow. Though that was many years ago, my memory may not be so good. Worth another attempt perhaps
brawns214 (author) 4 years ago
Did you line the pan with something like vegetable spray? I remember that helping.
piaferre4 years ago
I'll sooo do this for my next bday
Trebor__244 years ago
it keeps sticking to the mold :( im sad
thepelton4 years ago
I thought the largest bivalve was the Tridacna gigas.
This, is AWESOME.
xilefakamot4 years ago
If you're lazy you can get giant Gummi Bears here
Still, great i'ble - I might have to try this!
brawns214 (author)  xilefakamot4 years ago
Well unfortunately, this is only the 5 lb gummi bear that you'll find everywhere else. But who is lazy on instructables?
bettyz244 years ago
I love that you did this at your computer desk, vs. a table/in the kitchen. LOL
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