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All-Natural Gummy Candy (Refined-Sugar Free)

All natural gummy bears and gummy mustaches stand at attention

This all-natural, sugar-free candy is such a treat because of how close it comes to the real thing. And it really does get “gummy bear texture” after a couple of days…if you can possibly wait that long!

Ingredients

For each flavor, you will need:

3 packets (approx. 2.5 tbsp) grass-fed gelatin
1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp cold, cold-pressed or fresh-squeezed fruit juice
2 tbsp local honey
All-natural cooking spray
All‐natural confectioner’s flavorings
¼-­½ tsp citric acid (see note)

Candy molds

Optional:
All-­natural food coloring

Instructions

1. Whisk juice, honey, and gelatin until there are no lumps. Heat on low, stirring constantly, until everything is melted, about 3 minutes. Do not boil.
2. Add 1/4 tsp citric acid, approximately 4 drops flavoring, and optional food coloring, Stir to combine. Spray candy molds with natural cooking spray. Slowly pour gelatin mixture into molds.
3. Freeze for 20 minutes.
4. Unmold gummies. At this point they can be eaten, or for that characteristic gummy bear chew, stand gummies upright for 2 days. If you’re insanely patient, you can lay them flat for another day. The longer they air dry the chewier they will be.
5. Because of the organic ingredients, you’ll want to store these in the fridge after they dry out for up to two weeks. Toss with a pinch of cornstarch if they start to get sticky.

Notes

Pomegranate and lemon juice are inherently more sour than orange juice. For that reason, I increased the amount of citric acid from 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp in the orange batch.