Monday, February 25, 2013

Organic Strawberry Gummy Bears

I love candy. If you know me, read my blog, are a woman, are a man, are a human being, you know and understand this. But sometimes, as I'm lying on the couch and reach my hand into my bag of Sour Patch Kids for my last one (please be red, please be red, please be red) I get upset. One, because obviously they are gone, and two, because now I feel sick. Not sick enough to not pour the remaining sugar in my mouth, but still, sick enough.

Usually, my candy eating/couch laying is accompanied by a nice, long scroll through the pages of Pinterest. And it is there where I found a recipe for Organic Gummy Bears with the nutritional information as follows:

20 Gummy Bears

14 Calories
0g Fat
4g Sodium
38g Potassium
2g Carbs
.05g Fiber
1.5g Sugar
2g protein

And I was like..what.

So I made them. And they were pretty damn good.

*Dice up two cups of organic strawberries

*Squeeze as much juice from your orange as possible. Should equal about 1/2 cup. It took me 1 1/2 oranges.

*Measure out 1/4 cup of lemon juice, and 1/4 cup lime juice.

*Combine lemon juice, lime juice and orange juice and strawberries in a pot. If you do not want to waste the orange, add the remainder (pulp) into the juice.

*Let the mixture simmer on medium until the fruit is extra soft.

*Remove mixture from stove and add to a blender or food processor.

*Add 1 packet of Stevia in the Raw.

*Blend until smooth and let the mixture cool down a bit. I let mine cool in the blender for 10 minutes.

*After the mixture has slightly cooled, add 5 packets of gelatin.

Then I added a few drops of vanilla stevia because I felt like it and I don't follow rules.

*Blend again until there are no clumps.

*Add the mixture to a flat baking sheet. I used a cookie sheet. The thickness of your pan should depend on how thick you like your candy to be.

*Throw it in the fridge for 1 hour to firm.

*While mine were in the fridge, I made a cute little "cookie cutter" out of foil. The original recipe said she found her bear cookie cutter at Hobby Lobby but I was like:

So this is mine.

*After your mixture had cooled and firmed, remove it from the refrigerator.

*Test your patience then by cutting them all out. And then enjoy.

 *Disclaimer* They're no Sour Patch Kids. But yes, delicious nonetheless.