To make gummy bears, mix 1 3-ounce box of Jell-O in any flavor with 7 envelopes of unflavored gelatin and 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan. When the mixture resembles playdough, place the pan over low heat, and stir until completely melted. Pour into plastic candy molds, and freeze for five minutes or until very firm, then remove from molds.
Alternately, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin on top of 1/2 cup of cold water. Let it sit for five minutes. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, stir and then microwave for one minute on high. Add 1 box of Jell-O in any flavor, and stir. Pour into mold, and refrigerate for four hours. Remove from mold.
Gummy bears are soft, gelatin-based, fruit-flavored candies in the shapes of dancing bears. Hans Riegel of Bonn, Germany, created them in 1920. The name of the German company Haribo originates from the first two letters of his first and last names and his hometown. Haribo is a major manufacturer of gummy and jelly candies worldwide and focuses on licorice, gummy bears and other jelly sweets. It has five factories in Germany and others in Europe, the United States and Australia.