What is it with kids and gummies? My daughters would eat gummies all day, every day if they could. They love store-bought gummies, in no small part because of the insane amount of sugar in them. It’s so easy to think fruit snacks are healthier than candy because they have “fruit” in the name, but they are not. Most fruit gummies are concentrated and processed fruit juice (which is basically just sugar), more refined sugar, artificial flavor, and dye.
The good thing is that it’s a piece of cake to make your own gummies – it takes two ingredients and about five minutes. That’s about as simple as a recipe can get.
And – besides being a kid-favorite – these are great for moms, too. You can read all about the benefits of gelatin in your bones and joints online, but I can attest to what these do for my nails – gummies make them so much stronger. It’s really amazing.
There are a few important things to keep in mind, though –
- Be sure to sprinkle the gelatin in while whisking. If you dump it all in at once, you’ll end up with a gelatin ball that won’t disperse into the juice.
- Do not bring the juice to a boil – you just want it warm.
- If you want clear gummies, be sure to pour the gelatin juice through a strainer first to remove the foam.
Since there are only two ingredients, quality is important. Look for juice without added sugar. I used black cherry juice, raspberry lemonade, and lavender kombucha. I had good luck with all of them. I’ve also used apple juice in the past, which has worked beautifully.
For the gelatin, I prefer to get a big container of grass-fed gelatin from happy, pastured cows. You can order that on Amazon. Store-bought gelatin uses material from animals that live their lives in cages (pork) or concentrated animal feeding operations (cows), but of which we avoid.
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