Reserve about 1/4 of the orange juice in a cup, add your gelatin and give it a stir. Allow the gelatin to bloom in the cup so that the liquid solidifies (should take less than 5 minutes). Add the remainder of your juice to a small saucepan and heat on medium until hot but not boiling. Once your saucepan of juice is hot, add the bloomed gelatin to the pot and stir until the gelatin dissolves.
Mix in your honey or maple syrup and use a candy dropper to fill your bear molds about 2/3 of the way full (the molds I bought come with a candy dropper which was super helpful). Allow the molds to set a bit in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
While that layer is setting, repeat the process of adding most of your milk to a sauce pan but reserve a few tablespoons of the milk to mix with your gelatin and allow it to bloom and solidify. Add the gelatin to the milk once it is hot and stir until dissolved. Add in your vanilla extract and stir.
Once your gummies have partially set in the fridge, fill each mold to the top with your cream layer and place back in the fridge for another 2 hours to fully set.
Once your bears are set, simply pop them out of the mold and they are ready to eat!
Store bears in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. I add these to Lola’s lunchbox all the time but I probably wouldn’t take them to the beach or someplace where they will be sitting in hot conditions for a long time—they may start to melt a bit!