What’s the Difference Between Gummy Candy and Jelly Candy?

Weaver Nut Sweets & Snacks is here to clear up the misconception between gummy candies and jelly candies! First of all, who even knew there was a difference? While gummy candies and jelly candies are very similar in many ways, there are some defining characteristics that separate the two. Maybe this blog will give you some insight as to why your favorite gummy or jelly candy outranks all the rest.

Let’s take a dive in to what divides these sweet treats in to individual categories.


Gummy candies are known for their sweet chewy consistency, translucent colors and sticky texture. Gummy candies normally tend to have a base of gelatin when they are made. Gelatin is a protein that helps give a gummy candy its distinctive stretchy characteristic. Perhaps the most well known example of a gummy candy is the timeless gummy bear. Coming in an assortment of flavors, gummy bears are often the first candy people think of when it comes to gummies. The gelatin in gummy candies allows for just about any shape or flavor combination to be used for gummies.

Maybe you prefer a different animal like a worm or a penguin. Are fruits more up your alley? Cherries or watermelons perhaps? Just about anything you can think of most likely has a gummy candy equivalent. The possibilities are endless.


Jelly candies can sometimes be miscategorized as gummy candies because they are brightly colored or have similar flavors. It is easy to see why they can get confused. Jelly candies usually have a different texture than gummies. They often times have a more solid exterior than their gummy counterparts. This could be in part because jelly candies don’t use gelatin. Instead they use carbohydrates. Some common ingredients in jelly candies are pectin, potato starch, corn starch and tapioca. Jelly candies also come in a variety of shapes, colors and flavors. Perhaps one of the most popular jelly candies is the iconic jelly bean. Like the gummy bear, jelly beans come in an assortment. Jelly beans also have been known to have some very unique flavors outside of the norm. How does cinnamon or buttered popcorn sound? But jelly beans aren’t the only jelly candies. Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids are often thought to be gummies, but they are indeed jelly candies!

No matter what your choice is, Weaver Nut Sweets & Snacks is sure to have your jelly or gummy candy of choice! With so many varieties and options to choose from, it might be hard to narrow it down. So why not try them all! With easy online ordering, curbside pickup or in store shopping, Weaver Nut Sweets & Snacks will make sure that everyone has the opportunity to purchase exactly what they want while remaining safe.

Be sure to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have.

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