Halloween is fast approaching!
Are your kids excited?
I love Halloween but I do not like the overload of GMO laden, artificially colored and flavored, chemical filled, heavily processed candy that takes over the holiday.
Gummy worms are always a favorite candy and these delicious and nourishing candies look very realistic. Perfect for your Halloween party or haunted house!
A friend of mine sent me a link to homemade gummy worms made with not so real ingredients and asked me to ‘Real Foodify’ it! (Have any other recipes you want Real Foodified??? Send us an email on our contact page!).
These were a fun recipe to try and I think they taste good and are firm like gummy candies. The darkness of the color of the juice you use will determine the color of your worms.
This recipe is a great way to get extra gelatin into your or your children’s diets. Homemade marshmallows, gummy snacks and jello are all great vehicles for nutritious gelatin. You can even add grass fed gelatin to your coffee or tea!
Why do you want to add gelatin to your diet? Gelatin has many health benefits! So, eating these gummy worms can be healthy! (yep, that is right…healthy gummy worms!)
According to Nourishing Traditions, gelatin is:
- Gelatin is a great source of dietary collagen.
- Gelatin contains certain amino acids that are beneficial to muscle growth.
- Gelatin supports joints and can aid in recovery from a joint related injury.
- Gelatin helps hair, nail, and skin growth and can tighten up loose skin!!
- Gelatin is great for digestion and liver function
So, how did I make these delicious gummy worms, you ask?
For my first experiment batch, I used cherry juice, but I did not use enough gelatin so they were more jello-y and melted fairly quickly. I did like the color combo, though. Very realistic!
The second batch was made with blueberry-pomegranate juice and the color is a lot darker. I used enough gelatin to make them firm like a candy, though! Success!
What I did was, I made my gelatin mixture on the stove top. I added the cream (which is optional) to give some lightness to sections of the worm and to add a little realistic touch. I added liquid chlorophyl to tone down the bright red of the juice.
I put my straws, with the bendy part extended, in a tall, skinny jar. (This picture shows 50 straws, a half batch). Really shove the straws in there. If I had used a taller jar, I would have had longer worms but this is what I had on hand!
Slowly pour the gelatin mixture into the straws and container. It is very wise to have the container on a plate or a tray to catch the inevitable overflow!
Place the container into a refrigerator until firm. When firm remove the straws (You really need to yank on the first few to get them out but the rest should come out easily).
To remove the worms from the straws, I found the easiest way was to use a rolling pin. I slowly pressed from the empty end of the straw, rolling until the worm squeezed out. It was fun! If you had a few rolling pins or bottles, you could get your whole family to help out!
Upon researching homemade gummy worms, some people had success squeezing them out with their fingers or briefly running the straws under hot water to release them from the straws. Do whatever works for you!
- 3 cups organic juice, red in color. (organic, concentrated juice works very well)
- 3/4 cups organic whipping cream (optional. If you don't use it, I would use about 1/2 cup more juice)
- 9 tbsp grass fed gelatin
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp lemon extract or a couple drops of lemon essential oil (optional)
- 1 tsp or so liquid chlorophyll (or other natural green food coloring) (optional.)
- 100 bendy straws
- Put the juice in a saucepan.
- Slowly add 9 tbsp of gelatin, whisking while you add.
- Turn on heat and bring up the heat, while stirring until warm and all gelatin is dissolved.
- Take off the heat and add the cream if using.
- Add the vanilla, lemon extract and liquid chlorophyl (if using).
- Extend the bendy straws and put them in a tall skinny container. (A 1/2 quart paper milk carton would be perfect! or a pint and a half mason jar.).
- Pour the gelatin mixture into the straws and container. Be sure to place the container on a plate or a tray to catch overflow.
- Place in refrigerator until firm.
- Take straws out of container.
- Roll worms out of straws using a rolling pin.
- Will last for at least a week in the refrigerator. If you don't use the cream, they will probably last longer.
**Update:I have been asked if these are tricky to remove from straws. No, it is not. Using a rolling pin works well, as does pinching the straw with your fingers and pushing them out. Running the straws under warm water very briefly is very helpful too. They just slide right out then!