Yellow Gummy Bears (Made With GT's Kombucha)
I am beyond excited about how these gummy bears came out. We are totally addicted to these healthy gummy bears, and I think you will love them, too! I will say that these yellow gummy bears totally blew my mind.
This started out as a Green Gummy Bear mission. I was so determined to make green gummies after a popular juice place made some that I wasn’t too thrilled about. You can read more about that here. I will say this, though, most gummy candies out there are filled with all kinds of sugar, unhealthy ingredients and fake food dyes that are just so bad for you. I added the total number of grams of sugar and carbs per 25 bears at the end of the blog.
So I really got to thinking, I definitely need to make different colors and different flavors of gummy bears as soon as possible. My mind started racing and combining all sorts of flavors and colors that I could make.
I wanted to use some of my favorite drinks to make these gummy bears, and, of course, that meant using one of my favorite kombuchas from GT’s Kombucha - Mystic Mango. The color is so bright and beautiful, I knew it would be a hit. We started drinking GT's Kombucha when we started (semi) eating Whole30 not too long ago. Their Mystic Mango quickly became my favorite and I even made sure to drink one during each of the Warriors (GO DUBS) Finals games for some team spirit!
I honestly think that because I drank a Mysitc Mango during each of the NBA Finals Games, it helped the Warriors win. I even tried my hardest to bring a Mysitc Mango Kombucha to Mexico a few weeks ago. I searched all over each store in our terminal at LAX airport so I could bring one and drink it while we watched the game in Spanish at the bar at our resort but no such luck. I settled for a virgin Pina Colada ... that counts as a yellow drink right? When I messaged GT on instagram that I tried to get a booch for Mexico they replied and said that would drink one for me during the game. HA! In my opinion, these are good people!
To really make the yellow POP, I used Color Kitchen Foods Natural Yellow Food Coloring that is made from turmeric.
Let me tell you about a few of these ingredients that I used:
GT's Kombuca Mystic Mango - I basically already told you how much I love this kombucha above but let's talk about it some more. I have seen this booch for awhile but hadn't tried it until recently. We bought a few different flavors to try and honestly have loved them all so far. I think my hubby's fav is the Strawberry, we love the Guava and my favorite is definitely the Mystic Mango. Of course when thinking of a yellow gummy bear, this was the first thing that came to mind.
Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin - This pasture-raised, grass-fed bovine hide gelatin powder has health, fitness and beauty benefits. Collagen protein is used to promote digestive health. It is the most abundant protein in the body and is great for hair, skin, nails, bones, tendons, joints and even cartilage. I use their collagen peptides or marine collagen in my smoothies every single day, and put it in my coffee, hot chocolate and more. I even travel with their single-serving packets to make sure I can get good protein on-the-go.
Sweet Leaf Stevia Water Drops - I have loved this stuff for a long time. When I first found out that I had PCOS and that I had to do a major cleanse/detox (eliminating cane sugar, wheat, corn, dairy, soy and everything else I was eating), I panicked until I found this awesome company that makes flavored liquid stevia drops. I love the lemon, berry or grape in my iced tea, to sweeten water or in these gummy bears. I decided to make these bears a little sweeter by adding a small amount of the Mango Peach to the mixture and it worked beautifully! You can use these drops for anything!
Rigoni Di Asiago Dolcedi Sweetener - This is a great alternative to honey if you are vegan or don't like the taste of honey. I am not vegan, and I do like the taste of honey, but I am obsessed with this sweetener as it is made of 100% organic apples. That is the only ingredient. It takes 10lbs of apples to make one bottle of this organic, low-glycemic sweetener. I honestly tried to make these gummy bears without it, but the texture was off. I wanted to add something that wouldn't add a ton of calories or carbs, and this was my immediate thought. It's thick and syrupy and great for baking or drizzling on everything.
Color Kitchen Foods Natural Food Coloring - These fabulous powdered food colors are made from turmeric, spirulina and beets. I have used these amazing food colors in frosting, to make vegan, gluten free pink Mickey Mouse Rice Krispee treats, in cakes and more. They are beautifully vibrant and using the color theory you can make all sorts of colors. I used one yellow and one blue packet to make some beautiful green gummy bears and one yellow packet to make this recipe..
With just a handful of ingredients, all gluten-free and dairy-free, the actually healthy yellow gummy bear was born.
1 1/2 cups GT’S Kombucha Mystic Mango
1/4 cup Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin
1 1/2 TB Dolcedi*
1 packet Color Kitchen Foods Yellow Natural Food Coloring***
*I don't recommend that you leave this ingredient out. If you can't have this sweetener or are allergic, you could try to use honey, but I don't know the outcome of the gummy bears. I suppose it would work, but I have not tried it.
**I initially made these without any stevia drops and they weren't sweet. The kombucha isn't that sweet... especially for a gummy!
***As I stated above, you can leave out the food coloring, but, in my opinion, they aren't as fun unless they are bright yellow.
In a small sauce pan, pour your GT’S Kombucha Mystic Mango, Dolcedi and Mango Peach Stevia Drops and stir on medium heat. Add in your food coloring packets and stir.
Turn your sauce pan on medium-high and just before it starts to boil, carefully pour your gelatin powder a little tiny bit at a time while whisking. This takes patience, as you don't want any of the gelatin to clump. Pour the mixture into a silicone measuring cup or tall glass cup (be careful that you don't burn yourself).
Note - If it does leave a few clumps, no worries. This is how you fix it: 1) use a spoon to scoop out the
big pieces of gelatin or 2) pour mixture through a small strainer over a measuring up. One of those
options will be easy for you. I tried both and they worked great. Keep in mind, you need to pour
mixture into a cup or glass anyway for the next step.
Using the dropper, carefully pour some liquid in each gummy bear mold to the top. If you don't pour enough then your gummy with have super tiny faces. You will get the hang of it after a few bears. To ensure bear molds are completely filled to the top, you can get down eye level and look at it from the side. You will be able to see which bears need more mixture. Once your molds are filled with liquid, let them sit for 10 minutes before you transfer them to the freezer for 17-20 minutes.
Note - These molds are flimsy which help to remove the bears when they harden, but you
definitely don't want to spill any of the liquid that you just carefully poured in. Make sure you let
them sit out on the counter for at least 10 minutes before placing them in the freezer.
Carefully take the molds out of the freezer. The gummies should be hard. If they have a little ice on or around it, that's fine. Pop each gummy out onto a plate and allow to "thaw" before eating them. I have tried freezing and refrigerating, and the best way to ensure that each gummy bear releases from the mold without missing any bear body parts is by freezing them in the mold for 17-20 minutes.
Store yellow gummy bears in a jar or container in the fridge for better texture. Keep them up to 7 days, if you think they will last that long, anyway.
While I am unsure of all the nutritional information, I do know that if you ate 25 yellow gummy bears, it would be roughly 2.5g sugar and 3g carbs. That is a lot of bears and not a lot of sugar or carbs, especially when you compare it to the carbs and sugar in conventional gummy bears.
I will be making this recipe again and again. I am so thrilled at how they turned out and hope you love them as much as we do.
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