Looking for a fun activity to enjoy with your children? Look no further! This easy recipe uses fruit tea to create healthy sugar-free gummies that the whole family can snack on...guilt-free.
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Sugar-Free Gummy Snacks
If you have ever picked up a packet of gummy candy in the store, you'll know that the ingredients aren't exactly great. Most gummies and jelly/jello sweets are made with sugar and additives that aren't kid-friendly (IMHO).
But, kids love gummy snacks. So, after a little bit of brainstorming and trial and error, I developed my own sugar-free gummies by using fruit tea.
The beauty of using fruit tea is that there are so many varieties, you're sure to find a few flavours that your children love.
Gummy Bears & Worms
You may wish to add some extra (natural) food colouring so the sugar-free gummies truly replicate the psychedelic gummy bears and worms available in the store.
Brew the Fruit Tea
First, you'll need to brew the fruit tea. I make mine extremely STRONG! Fruit tea is generally a gentle flavour, but that won't cut the mustard with your kids. They will be expecting a strong flavour that packs a real punch.
Depending on the fruit tea you have chosen, you may need to use 2, or even 3 tea bags. Keep them brewing for longer than you think is necessary.
Add Gelatine and Sweetener
Sugar-free gummies require a lot of gelatine so they are strong and sturdy. No one wants a floppy gummy bear or a worm that snaps in half when you take it out the gummy bear mould.
As far as the sweetener goes, add a little bit extra than you think you may need, or a little if less you are making sour gummies. And with ALL my recipes, PLEASE taste before the final touch.
So many people write to tell me a recipe wasn't sweet enough, and this is the trickiest aspect of sugar-free recipes - because your sweet tooth will be dictated by how long you have been sugar-free.
So in the beginning, you may require a LOT more sweetener and as time goes on, the sweetener you add will become less and less.
Fill the Droppers
After much trial and error, I have perfected the art of filling the dropper.
You don't want any bubbles at the top of the dropper. If you do have bubbles, you will end up with bubbly gummy bears and worms.
My top tip is once the dropper is empty of sugar-free gummies mixture, keep the bulb squeezed and place it straight back into the bowl and release under the surface of the sugar-free gummies mixture again to fill the dropper once more.
Fill the Gummy Moulds
Finally - begin to fill your sugar-free gummy mould. You can find gummy snack moulds on Amazon in a ton of different shapes from worms to dinosaurs!
Make a variety of colours (I chose to add a few drops of food colouring to make them truly "gummy like").
And look below where I show you how to make two-coloured gummy worms.
How To Make Two-Colour Worms
And how do you make two coloured sugar-free worms?
Simply hold two filled droppers at once, and at the same time, gently squeeze the droppers into each end of the worm mould. Voila! A psychedelic sugar-free worm.
Imagine all the colour/flavour combinations you and your children could make. Here are a few to get you started:
- Orange & strawberry
- Blood orange & lime
- Lime & raspberry
- Passionfruit & fruits of the forest
- 4 fruits & lime
Do Sugar-Free Gummies Cause Diarrhea?
I know that sounds crazy, but there's a whole review thread on Amazon about a certain brand causing diarrhoea. I know, YUK!
It's important to note that the maltitol is a sugar alcohol found in that brand's sugar-free gummy snacks. It's actually a form laxative. Worry not though, this recipe has ZERO maltitol.
So you and your family can enjoy it with no tummy issues whatsoever.
Do gummies need to be refrigerated?
Initially, they do need to be refrigerated so they set properly. The longer you leave them in, the more firm and sturdier they will become.
Once you take them out, I keep them in my fridge (however they don't tend to last long around here).
Sugar-Free Gummies & Parties
I absolutely love cooking with my children. It is probably the single best life skill we can pass on to them. It still amazes me how many adults tell me they were never taught even the most simple of recipes. We don't want to end up outsourcing our meals to a factory by living off ready-meals.
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Sugar-Free Gummies Recipe (No Maltitol)
For each fruit tea flavour
- In a heatproof dish or mug, add the fruit tea bags and 250ml (1 cup) hot water. Leave to brew until a very strong flavour develops.
- Remove the fruit tea bags, and whilst still hot, add the gelatine and sweetener. Stir to dissolve.
- Add food colouring (optional). Repeat the recipe for the next flavour fruit tea.
Pouring the moulds
- Gently fill the droppers (as instructed above) and begin to fill the gummy bear and worm moulds.
- Place in the fridge until set. This takes about an hour, but the longer you leave them, the more solid and sturdy they will become.
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