Vitamin C - we're constantly reminded how important it is for our overall health and its not surprising we saw a massive increase in sales and interest during the pandemic. There's many ways to increase your intake and how about we make it fun (and tasty too) with these Vitamin C gummies?! Enjoy
Why is Vitamin C so important?
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a nutrient your body needs to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle and collagen in bones. Vitamin C is also vital to your body's healing process.
- Vitamin C is an antioxidant that that's proven to boosts the immune system. Because its sown to help reduce inflammation, it's been linked to help/prevent infections.
About this recipe...
These are not going to be hard gummies but softer, more like jellies*. My daughter asks for these, she tried 3 different versions and loved them all.
Gummies are a great way to get the Vitamin C needed on a day to day basis. And we are all busy and being able to grab a gummy, eat it on your way out is very helpful.
A few things you will need for this recipe
- Food thermometer
- Heavy bottomed pan
- silicone moulds (the ones shaped like gummy bears are too small, too intricate) . I found heart and square shaped one turned out better
- Patience :)
Vitamin C gummies (makes about 30 gummies)
- 1 1/2 cups juice (orange, peach, clementine, cranberry, raspberry)
- 5 tablespoons gelatine
- 1 pack pectin (8 grams)
- 3-4 tablespoons NKD Living Naked Syrup or Honey
- Life Extension Buffered Vitamin C Powder**
- Pour your juice in a heavy bottomed pan, and sprinkle the gelatine over the juice and wait for it to bloom (it will look all wrinkly). Do mot mix
- Add the pectin and Nked Syrup or Honey and whisk to combine.
- Heat up gently on medium heat. For pectin to do its work, it needs to bubble away for a few minutes so bring it to a boil for 5 minutes and take off the heat
- Pour your mix in a measuring cup (this will accelerate the cooling process and make it easy to pour in the moulds) and using you food thermometer, let this cool until it reaches 86F (30C). Any higher, will denature your vitamin C
- Whisk in your Vitamin C, this will fizz up, so let that die down (10-15 minutes)
- Prepare your silicone moulds, to ensure the gummies don't stick (I used melted coconut oil).
- The mixture will still be bubbly, don't worry (once they got in the fridge it will go down). Give them a good whisk
- Fill your moulds to the top (or a bit over) and give them a good tap. Let them rest at room temperature for 30 minutes and put hem in the fridge for another 30 minutes.
- Unmould and store in a glass container.
* I tried to make a harder gummy (similar to Haribo) but the amount of corn syrup, liquid glucose and sugar put me off. However, I will continue on this quest!
** You can use another other type of Vitamin C but I like Life Extension, because it's gentle on the stomach and each serving (1 teaspoon) contains 4000mg of Vitamin C. I used 15g for a total of 11111mg of Vitamin C, divide this by how many gummies you make and in this case it was 370mg/serving. Children shouldn't take more than 500mg per day so I gave one to my 7 years old daily.