I’m all for supporting my immune system, and these delicious, homemade vitamin C gummies are a super helpful way to ward off the common cold. They also give you an awesome citrusy burst of energy to start your day, something a busy mom like myself can certainly appreciate!
I am a big fan of gummy candies but not so much a fan of all the artificial colors, flavors and who knows what else found in the gummies you find in stores. I figured, why not make my own homemade gummies?
These DIY gummies are truly easy to make and feature some really healthy ingredients to help deliver that burst of vitamin C that your body craves.
This homemade gummies recipe features fresh citrus juice that’s loaded with immune supporting vitamin C as well as raw honey which is quite healthful as well.
Raw honey is loaded with substances that are healthy for the human body. Raw honey is chock full of-of the B-complex, 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’s even antimicrobial and antibacterial.
Basically, raw honey is good stuff, and tasty to boot!
Be sure to also check out my DIY turmeric gummies which are fantastic for fighting cold, flu, and inflammation!
- Before starting have molds or a 8 x 8 glass baking dish ready. I used these robot molds. This recipe makes enough to fill both molds and have just a little bit left over that I poured into the bottom of the small glass dish shown in the back of the third image. It peels right out and you can cut it into smaller pieces.
- Wash the outsides of the citrus fruit before slicing in half; I used a small hand held citrus juicer. The inexpensive one I used took a little time to get all the juice out, especially from the larger fruit, but it worked well and a $3 juicer that doesn’t take up a ton of space is a bonus! Measure out a cup (a little more is fine) of mixed juice, make sure all of the seeds have been removed. Don't worry about the pulp, it will break down when you use the immersion blender.
- Pour into a small pot and place over medium low heat. Add in your honey and slowly heat just until it starts to steam. Slowly add in the gelatin. You can hand whisk it in as long as you sprinkle it in very slowly to avoid clumping or sort of dump it all in and use an immersion blender. I’ve done it both ways, both work. If you use an immersion blender, just be sure to let the blending attachment part soak in water for a while before you try to clean it, same with the pot and anything else that touches the liquid mixture with gelatin. The water will break it down and make it much easier to clean a little later on.
- Once the mixture is ready to pour, fill your molds or glass tray with the liquid and place in the freezer for about 20 minutes or in the refrigerator for a couple hours. Store in a glass, air tight container for up to 2 weeks.
Go slow when introducing 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 have not noticed any negative bathroom department side effects. He would seriously eat an entire batch in a day if we let him!