During the winter months, we tend to have drier everything – hair, skin, nasal passages and throat. That’s due to the environment both inside our homes and out. Forced heat through the air ducts can really do a number on us.
Even though I don’t use my heating system too much in the winter, I still use it when the temperature dips below 65 degrees. And now going into the spring season, there is pollen everywhere! I live in the southern part of the United States, and when trees and flowers start to bloom, the entire city is covered in a blanket of pollen that looks like green snow (no kidding). The pollen is very thick and very bothersome for most people. During this time of year, my throat is often irritated, and even sore sometimes. A hot cup of tea with honey does the trick.
But on those days when I am super rushed and trying to get out the door, I just pop a healthy healing honey gummy bear in my mouth instead (I call them the 3H gummy bears). They are so soothing and tasty.
What I like about these cute little honey gummy bears is that their recipe is versatile. For instance, if you find that your throat is just a little dry, you can use the recipe as it is, but if your throat is irritated and sore, you can include healing ingredients such as cayenne pepper, sea salt, and ginger.
For these gummy bears, I use healing manuka honey, so I feel better fast. The recipe also calls for vitamin C with the use of lemon and orange juice. It also has gut-healing gelatin (also good for hair and nails).
Here is the healthy honey gummy bears recipe. It requires only a few ingredients, and it is super fast to make. If you have kids, they can help and can also benefit from these delicious and nutritious honey gummy bears.*
Have you ever wondered what gummy bears are made of? You’d be surprised to learn that they require very few ingredients, and you can change up the recipe pretty easily. Many people use fruit puree, milk, flavored jello and other ingredients. Check out my recipe below and I’m sure you’ll agree that gummy bears are easy to make.
Healthy Healing Honey Gummy Bears
3/4 Cup Orange Juice (fresh squeezed if possible)
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed if possible)
2 Tablespoons Honey (raw or manuka)
3 Tablespoons Unflavored gelatin (If you are vegan, see substitute below)
Place honey and fruit juice in a small pot and simmer briefly over very low heat just until the mixture is combined. Don’t use high heat because if you do, the beneficial enzymes will be destroyed.
Add the gelatin and mix until dissolved. Be sure to mix thoroughly so the mixture doesn’t clump up.
Pour the mixture into a gummy bear mold. (This is where I got mine). It’s easy but requires a steady hand. As you can see, I was a little “messy” with pouring because I was rushed.
Place in your freezer for about 15 minutes, and voila – they’re done. They pop out very easily. Enjoy!
Tip: Store in a baggy or other air tight container to prevent gummies from drying out.
Vegan Substitute: Agar agar powder can be substituted for the gelatin. Simply add three tablespoons of agar powder to one cup of liquid. Unlike gelatin, agar mixture needs to be brought to a boil to set.
What about you? Do you have a great homemade gummy bears recipe? If so, what ingredients do you use?
*Honey should not be given to babies under a year old.