If you have a toddler/child/picky adult in your home who may need some Vitamin C (we ALL need it), this is a MUST!
I have a small confession. I have a toddler, we use Vitamin C on a regular basis (sour tasting ascorbic acid), and I have never made Vitamin C gummies. Doing so makes the administering the Vitamin C LOADS easier, but I just never got the gelatin and actually made it happen. Until today!!
As my base, I used juice from raspberries, strawberries, a lemon, and some cherries. I’m still in Valentine’s mode (it IS Valentine’s month…right?? ;)) so I wanted some cute red gummies, and that is exactly what I got! You can use store-bought juice (I think an organic 100% juice concentrate would give the best flavor) but I prefer to juice fresh fruits and veggies.
If I had them on hand, I would have added beets to these red ones! Watermelon is a great option as well. I’ve heard to avoid pineapple though (sadly!), as the bromine content will cause issues with the gummies setting properly.
I purchased my molds from Amazon and I used small hearts and medium sized dinosaurs. Branson just loves anything dinosaurs right now. Click here to see the hearts and here are the dinosaurs. I prefer the size of the dinosaurs, though the hearts are so perfect for just making homemade fruit snack bags (just omit the Vitamin C)! Amazon has some adorable larger letter molds I’m dying to purchase for future gummy creations, too! 😀
If you don’t have molds, don’t fret! Just pour your gummy liquid into a glass pan and you can cut it into squares after it gels!
So this is what you will need:
- 3 Cups juice of choice, either homemade or storebought
- 8 Tablespoons of plain grassfed gelatin (I prefer this brand but this one works great as well and is a little less expensive!)
- 6-8 Tablespoons raw local honey for sweetening
- 2 Tablespoons ascorbic acid (this brand is my preference, and is derived from non-GMO sources)
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract ( I use this non-alcoholic one for us)
- Your hardware: a saucepan, a whisk, a basting tool and either molds or a flat pan
This is how you’ll make them:
- Pour your juice into the saucepan, and sprinkle the gelatin over the top, one tablespoon at a time.
- Allow the gelatin to “bloom”. It will appear wrinkly and most or all of the gelatin will be absorbed when it’s finished.
- Stir the juice/gelatin mixture. It will be thick like batter, but easily whisked.
- Place mixture of low/medium heat, continuing to stir. All of the gelatin needs to be dissolved, so when you can rub the mixture between two fingers with no grainy feeling you know it is. We do not want this to boil.
- Now add your additional ingredients: honey, Vitamin C, vanilla. Stir in well.
- Lay molds out on flat pan or cutting board, and use the basting tool to transfer the warm liquid into your molds. If you are using a pan, just pour it in!
- Place gummies into the fridge for 2-3 hours, but you can check and if they’re firm enough they can be removed! Take them out of the molds (or cut them and use a spatula to remove them from the pan) and enjoy!! They’ll keep for up to three weeks in the refrigerator.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!! Do you regularly make gummies in your home? What are you favorite flavors?