What Do You Eat?! Vol. 19 – Gummies

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J-E-L-L-O

Jell-o is delicious…right? Delicious and super fun. Back in the days when I used to count calories (booooo), I ate sugar-free jell-o all the time. Cause it’s like candy and it had like 10 calories.

fig gummies

Back then, I really had no idea how Jell-o was a thing. I just knew that to make it it…you bought a box of that powder stuff and mixed it with a bunch of sugar and water and let it cool and you had Jell-o.

ingredients

Now I know that gelatin is the ingredient that makes it…gel…and that gelatin is made from the collagen of animal by-products. Since it contains collagen, it’s thought to help strengthen bones and fingernails, improving hair quality, and skin quality. After hearing that, I decided I wanted some Jell-o. But then I remembered all the sugar you have to use and wondered what else it might contain. So naturally, I looked up the ingredients. These are the ingredients in a package of strawberry Jell-o:

SUGAR, GELATIN, ADIPIC ACID (FOR TARTNESS), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE AND SODIUM CITRATE (CONTROL ACIDITY), FUMARIC ACID (FOR TARTNESS), RED 40.

Yummy, Red 40. I mean, it’s no Red 45 but, it’s a close second.

pan

Nah, I’m not into those ingredients. So then I thought, what if I just buy some plain old gelatin and mix it with fruit or something and make my own?

Turns out, I’m not the first person who’s thought of this. I found some recipes for gelatin gummies on a couple of blogs I read regularly so I figured I’d give it a try.

gelatininhere

For my first attempt, I used figs because those were the only fruit I had at my house. The fig gummies were okay but they fell apart easily.

stirring

For my second attempt, I used blueberries and lemon juice. These ones turned out great.

pouring

Who knew you could make your own Jell-o with blended up fruit and gelatin?! I didn’t even have to add any sugar, the fruit was sweet enough. Now I have so many ideas for gelatin treats. Can’t wait.

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4 Comments

  1. Danielle Bingham   •  

    So was it the same consistency of the jello blocks? Can you pick it up with your fingers? I need to try this!

    • Alysia   •     Author

      It was a little more fragile than normal Jell-O but it doesn’t crumble when you try to pick it up. The blueberries definitely worked wayyyy better than the figs. You should totally try it! You have enough blueberries and it was super easy to make. It wasn’t extremely sweet so you could always add in some honey to the mixture to sweeten it more if you want, too.

  2. THE-LOUDMOUTH   •  

    This looks cute, fun and tasty. Though gelatin is a controversial element that vegetarians like to argue with me about, I still can’t resist anything gummy. Oops!

    • Alysia   •     Author

      Yeah, I can see that. I’ve heard that Agar-Agar is a good substitute for gelatin, I wonder if it would work as a replacement.

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