Make your own jelly lollies – all you need is you favourite juice, gelatin and some honey. They’re super easy and simple to make and great for your health.
Make your own jelly lollies
I was complaining to Will the other day about how much I wish he loved baked goods like I do so I could bake for him.
I said that my love of baking was pretty much wasted on him and it wasn’t fair.
His response to this was ‘well then make me gummi bears, I’ll eat them.’ My first reaction was, as if you can make gummi bears, but a quick Google search taught me that you can and in fact it is ridiculously easy and quick.
So my challenge was set.
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I thought that the end result was delicious. Not too sweet like store-bought lollies and a nice chewy texture (but not too chewy).
They’re actually really similar to a jelly treat that one of my family friends used to make for all our special events growing up.
They would make a great school holiday activity! Make your own jelly lollies and see how easy it is!
Health benefits of homemade jellies
Since making the first batch years ago, I’ve discovered that good-quality gelatin is actually a really nutrient-dense food and a great way to get goodness into the kiddos.
What is gelatin?
I’m going to leave this one to Dr Axe to explain:
In the case of food manufacturing, gelatin is made into a dried powder that’s created from isolating and dehydrating parts of animals, including skin, bones and tissue. This might not sound too appetizing, but you likely won’t even know your eating it when you have it because it’s virtually colorless and tasteless.Dr Axe
Why’s gelatin good for you?
Gelatin is a form of protein and helps us to form cartilage and connective tissues and helps our skin retain its elasticity.
It can improve gut health and prevent intestinal damage. It’s a really good food to add to your diet after any sort of stomach upset or a dose or antibiotics.
Gelatin is really good for joint pain and helps to ease inflammation and aid in recovery from injuries. It can also help to heal muscles, aid in sleep and keep you feeling full for longer.
So when you give your kids homemade jelly lollies, they’re actually getting a little hit of goodness (and they think they’re getting a treat!).
To make jelly lollies
All you need is your favourite juice, some gelatine and honey and they can be made on the stove top as well as in the Thermomix.
Personally, I prefer the Thermomix because my 3yo can help a bit more than if we use the stove top.
Whichever way you choose they’re really simple and quick and take about the same time both ways.
Do you need special moulds to make the jellies?
If you want to make a special shape, you will need to have a mould and I highly recommend getting a silicone one.
We have little gummy bear moulds the boys got for Christmas but to be honest I wouldn’t recommend them because they’re really little and annoying to fill and fiddly to get out of the moulds.
Personally, I’d suggest getting something a little bigger but these ones are super cute and you can make gummy bears and worms in the same tray. They look a bit bigger than the ones we have too:
You can also use silicone chocolate moulds which do the same job.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to get special moulds you can just tip the whole jug into a larger silicone cake tin then once it’s set, us a non-serrated knife to cut it up or use mini cookie cutters to cut shapes.
Do you need to grease the moulds?
Nope you don’t need to grease the moulds they should just pop right out. I turn them inside out which seems to do the trick nicely.
If you’re using little moulds then use a dropper or turkey baster to fill them.
I’m so excited.– Nikita
Have just made these with our crushed up vitamin tablets. Now I can get essential vitamins and minerals into my two VERY fussy six year olds!
They’re in the freezer now. I cant wait to see how they turn out
To make it easier to transfer them to the fridge, put the moulds on a plate or chopping board before you fill them.
Make sure they’re nice and firm before you try to take them out of the moulds and store them in an airtight container in the fridge. I like to store mine in a glass jar.
They’re great for little ‘treats’ but also a nice little snack to pack in lunchboxes.
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Remove the sweets from the moulds and enjoy! Store any uneaten lollies in an airtight container.
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