I'm all for supporting my immune system, and these delicious, homemade vitamin C jellies are a super useful way to ward off colds. They also give you a tremendous explosion of citrus energy to start your day, something that a busy mom like me can certainly enjoy!
I'm a big fan of gummy candy, but not so much a fan of all the artificial colors, flavors and who knows what else in the gummies you find in stores. I thought to myself, why not make my own homemade gummies?
These DIY candies are really easy to make and contain very healthy ingredients to help provide that burst of vitamin C your body craves.
I always make a batch of these vitamin C candies when I am fighting a sinus infection. I actually actually thought a lot about home remedies for sinus infection. Don't miss my article on the subject!
This homemade gummy recipe includes fresh citrus juice which is loaded with immune vitamin C as well as raw honey which is also very healthy.
Raw honey is loaded with substances that are healthy for the human body. Raw honey is full of complexes B, A, C, D, E and K, minerals and trace elements: magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper and manganese. The live enzyme content of raw honey is one of the highest of all foods, and it is even antimicrobial and antibacterial.
Basically, raw honey is a good and tasty thing to start!
I used these cute silicone robot molds to make these homemade gummies easy, but you can use the mold of your choice.
Don't forget to also check out my DIY turmeric gums which are fantastic for fighting colds, flu and inflammation!
1 cup of fresh citrus juice, I used a mixture of grapefruit, clementine and blood orange
2-3 tablespoons of raw honey
6 tablespoons of all natural, unflavored gelatin.
Before you start, prepare molds or an 8 x 8 glass baking dish. This recipe does enough to fill the two molds and I just have a little left that I poured into the bottom of the small glass dish shown on the back of the third image. It comes off and you can cut it into small pieces.
Wash the exterior of citrus fruits before cutting them in half; I used a small hand juicer. The inexpensive one I used took a little while to extract all the juice, especially from the large fruit, but it worked well and a $ 3 juicer that doesn't take a ton of ; space is a bonus! Measure out a cup (a little more is good) of mixed juice, make sure all the seeds have been removed. Don't worry about the pulp, it will decompose when you use the immersion blender.
Pour into a small saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Add your honey and heat slowly until it begins to steam. Slowly add the gelatin. You can whip it by hand as long as you water it very slowly to avoid clumping or throwing everything away and using an immersion blender. I did it both ways, both work. If you're using an immersion blender, just make sure to soak the mixing accessory part in the water for a while before trying to clean it, same with the jar and all that touches the liquid mixture with gelatin. Water will break it down and make it much easier to clean up a little later.
Once the mixture is ready to pour, fill your molds or glass tray with liquid and place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes or in the refrigerator for a few hours. Store in an airtight glass container for up to 2 weeks.
Be slow when you introduce natural gelatin into your (or your child's) diet. We let our 2.5 year old have up to 4 of these size pieces a day and did not notice any negative side effects from the bathroom service. He would seriously eat a whole batch in a day if we left him!