Clear (No Colour) Gummy

The Basic Gummy recipe will take care of most of your colour needs, but what do you do if you want no colour at all, or to add only the slightest bit of colour? Or what if you don’t want the flavour that comes with boxed gelatin dessert products?

That’s where this Clear recipe comes in, with the caveat that gelatin has a slightly yellow tinge, so you can’t get gummy completely colour­free. But this comes pretty close, especially in thin applications. Note that this comes out a bit softer and more floppy than the Basic Gummy, so you’ll definitely want to chill it before removing from molds, and it may stick to some texture mats. You could use less water or more gelatin, but then it’ll come out with more of a yellow hue. This recipe gets you the optimal balance of clarity and firmness.

The yield as given below is a half cup, which can make at least one letter­sized sheet.  You can double or triple this recipe as needed.

part of a sailboat made in the gummy stained glass technique

The sails are Clear Gummy cast thin with nothing else added. The light blue is Clear with the tiniest amount of blue added. The green and darker blue are both Basic Gummy.

clear gummy peace symbol

Clear Gummy cast thick does have a slight yellow hue.

Clear (No Colour) Gummy
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A gummy base with no flavour and almost no colour for times when your gummy designs require your own creativity from the start.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: ½ cup
  • 1⁄4 cup COLD water
  • Two envelopes of unflavoured gelatin (14 g, about 3.25 tsp)
  • 1⁄4 cup light corn syrup
  • Optional: drops of concentrated flavouring (ie candy flavouring such as LorAnn Peppermint Oil)
  1. Put the cold water in the non­stick pot. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Allow to bloom so the water is all absorbed.
  2. Warm slowly over low heat until liquified and be sure not to boil.
  3. Add the corn syrup and combine thoroughly over low heat. If using a flavoured oil, add it now.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool until solid. This gets a lot of the bubbles up and out.
  5. Warm the pot again and stir only enough to keep the bottom stuff from sticking, taking care not to remix that top foam back in.
  6. Use a baster kept in a glass of warm water (to keep it from plugging up) to draw up the clearest gummy from the bottom of the pot, tipping the pot if necessary to make a deeper pool. Dispense it from the baster into molds or to make sheets on texture mats. See the Basic Gummy tutorial at for step-by-step photos.



Clear Gummy is featured in the following posts:

Gummy Stars and Stripes – for the white portions of the flag, I added 2 tsp of milk per batch of Clear Gummy.

11 Responses to Clear (No Colour) Gummy

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  2. silvia says:

    Hi! Thanks for your post. I already bought your book from Craftsy. I would like to ask you how can I replace the corn syrup? Maybe glucose would do it? I am not able to get corn syrup in my country.
    Thank you!!

    • Thanks! I'm actually not sure what you could substitute. There's this page all about corn syrup and when you can/can't substitute and how to do it:

      The bulk of the Clear recipe is corn syrup and gelatin, so I don't know if it can be made with a substitution. I think if you use a sugar solution, it will not be flexible, but I'm not certain. Glucose may work, but again, I haven't tried it.

      I know some countries have things like "golden syrup" or other analogues.

  3. krissi says:

    to add flavor to this can you add koolaid? how much to keep the consistency right?

    • I guess you could, especially the sugarfree stuff, because that's just colour and flavour. I can't access Koolaid now to give it a try, but I'd say see if it works! I'd try one sugarfree Koolaid packet to one batch and play with it. Add it to the water first and mix it thoroughly. That's where I'd add colour if I wanted to do that.

  4. osirus says:

    How thick does this come out? Like if i wanted to make a clear dome, will it bow and buckle?

    • That depends on the size of the dome and how thick you make it. If you want a rigid dome you're probably better off using just gelatin and water in a thick mixture, ie the same ratios used for gelatin flowers or butterflies.

  5. Karim says:

    We are trying to make the gummy candies transparent but not being able to it’s becoming white very white. The same reciepe we used the day before turned out transparent today it turned out white again. What is the reason?

    • Hi Karim, nothing in this recipe should come out white, other than possibly the foam that rises to the top of the gelatin and can be taken off with a spoon or baster. If you are getting opaque white otherwise, something is going very wrong or you are using different ingredients than what I've listed here.

  6. Dyresia says:

    How can I do the clear gummy bears with flavor but no color ?

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