I love to try new things, and I like to try to make things myself as much as possible. Well, sometimes I win, sometimes I lose in that endeavor. My hubby and I love gummy bears, and I got it into my head that I wanted to make them at home. After searching high and low for a recipe that used fruit juice instead of a sugary Jello mix, I finally found one. The ingredients were simple: unflavored gelatin, fruit juice, and a bit of honey. That sounded great so I got my candy molds out and made the first batch. They looked lovely and set nicely so I got very excited. After popping them out of their mold, I popped one right in my mouth. Yuck! They were tasteless and rubbery, like a super tough Jello Jiggler of my childhood. Hubby tested it out and in his words, “It is kinda like chewing on a tire.” Fail. Not one to give up easily I modified the recipe to use fruit juice concentrate to bump up the flavor and added in some sugar. Once again they looked fabulous! Taking them out of the molds I was again hopeful, however, my hopes were quickly dashed when I put one in my mouth. While the flavor was much better it still had that super rubbery Jiggler texture that I could not get past; nothing like a store bought gummy. Alas, I think the gummies have me beat but at least I tried. You never know until you try. Now I am looking forward to my next Trader Joe’s shopping trip because they have the absolute best gummy bears made with fruit juice. I guess I will leave the gummy bear making to the experts.