I know what you’re thinking: “Of course my kids are going to be happy if I give them gummies – They’re kids! But how are YOUR gummies healthy?”
Let’s take a step back to what some of you may remember to be “fruit snacks” or “gummies” growing up. Remember those little bags of jelly-ish fruit-flavored snacks? Now that we are older – and wiser – I think you can handle the truth. Here’s what’s REALLY inside those “fruit” snacks: corn syrup, sugar, apple puree concentrate, water, modified corn starch, less than 2% of citric and ascorbic acids, natural & artificial flavors, Red 40, Blue 1. Wow. Exciting stuff here!
Let me tell you how I’m going to change your perspective of those snacks. I’m going to show you how to make simple, quick gummy snacks for your kids – that are full of simple ingredients that you KNOW. Added bonus? BENEFICIAL ingredients!
Let us talk about gelatin. This is NOT a box of Jell-O here. This is pure gelatin, from grass-fed animals. The real stuff. You can get the brand I use here.
Are you ready to hear about the reasons WHY gelatin is important?
- Gelatin assists in joint, teeth, and bone strengthening
- Collagen replenishment (we lose this as we age – which means these gummies are good for you too!)
- Thicker and shinier hair – and healthier nails!
- Super source of minerals, protein, and amino acids
- Helps promote healthy gastrointestinal system
- Assists in muscle recovery after working out
Just as important – Your kids will love these! They taste great (and can be tailored to their taste preferences), are convenient, and they are fun to eat!
Shall we move on?
1 and 1/2 cup total liquid (in this recipe I used cranberry-pomegranate juice)
Raw honey to taste (in this recipe I used 2 tablespoons)
1/3 cup gelatin (here is the one I use)
Silicone gummy/candy mold (here is the one I use)
Combine juice and honey in small saucepan over low heat and stir until incorporated and warmed. Using a wire whisk, stir the gelatin powder into the liquid until combined. You don’t want to take your time with this step, as the gelatin will start to set up.
I use a silicone mold like this one and place it on a cutting board so that it is sturdy for transporting. I find that it is easiest for me to pour the finished liquid into a container that has a pouring spout, so it is easier to fill the molds.
Fill the molds up and carefully transport the gummies to the refrigerator to firm up. The gummies should be firm enough to pop out of the molds in about two to three hours.
Store them in the fridge – ours last about a week or so (but are usually gobbled up within a few days).
The great thing about this recipe is that it can be easily tailored to your tastes. We have used a combination of kombucha and pomegranate juice that turned out great. My daughter’s current favorite is 1 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup raw milk, and a 1/2 teaspoon vanilla – Creamsicle gummies!
Here’s a printable, for your convenience!
- 1 1/2 cups juice (or combination of other liquid; in this recipe, I used cran-pom juice)
- Raw honey to taste (in this recipe I used 2 tablespoons)
- 1/3 cup gelatin
- Silicone gummie/candy mold
- In small saucepan, combine juice and honey over low heat.
- Stir until well combined and just warm.
- Using a wire whisk, incorporate the gelatin.
- Pour gelatin mixture into the silicone mold and place mold in refrigerator to firm up.
- Store in refrigerator.
What flavors will YOU try? Happy gummy-making!