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HERBAL APPLE CIDER VINEGAR GUMMIES

Goli Apple Cider Gummies are all the rage right now. These herbal apple cider vinegar gummies tout their high nutritional value, ability to build immunity, help with detoxification, and ability to manage weight. As well as a way to get all of the benefits of raw apple cider vinegar without the tart puckering taste of drinking it straight.

But, what if you could make something similar right at home for just pennies on the dollar? And what if you could make them any flavor you wanted? 

​We're going to chat about how to do just that, right at home!

Before we start:
This herbal information is just that, information. This blog post and I DO NOT INTEND to treat, cure, or diagnose any disease or illness. This is for informational, educational and entertainment purposes only. Please consult a physician before using herbs medicinally.

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When I was growing up, we did a lot of what is now referred to as "glamping." Our family traveled all over the States in our motor home. We would go with several other family members that also had motorhomes and make our own little caravan.

I remember one of our family friends always had gummy bears. I don't know why I remember that.

Truthfully, I wasn't really a fan of those strange chewy things. But ya know that kids, in general, love those things. After all, they are filled with corn syrup and sugar.

Aside from the immune-system-killing corn syrup and sugar, those things are also filled with dyes. We now understand those dyes to be harmful and less than an ideal ingredient to consume.

The good news is that there is a way to make fun and yummy tasting gummies without all of the junk. Not only WITHOUT the junk, but also filled with a bunch of herbal goodness. These herbal gummies make a great way to get kids to take their supplements. As well as get some extra nutrition down them when they may tend to be picky eaters or just need some additional nutritional help.

​Let's dive into the benefits of the ingredients we are going to use in today's recipe!

 First up on the list is Apple Cider Vinegar. Specifically, Raw, apple cider vinegar. Now, why do we want raw? Raw apple cider vinegar comes packed full of healthy yeast and bacteria that feed the digestive system and help build up those good bugs, the probiotics. When the apple cider vinegar is cooked, it kills off those beneficial organisms.

So first and foremost, we want to make sure that it is raw with the "mother" inside of the jar. The "mother" will look like a little gel-like object and have yeasts floating around at the bottom of the jar. This is how we know the vinegar is alive and raw - not cooked.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is also is:

  • anti-microbial
  • anti-oxidant
  • aides in weight control
  • helps to lower blood sugar levels
  • contains potassium
  • aides in sore throats
  • aides heart health
  • can help with dandruff
  • and so much more!

 These herbal apple cider gummies are also made with gelatin from grass-fed beef. Grass-fed beef keeps the chemicals out of the body and provides more nutrition. The gelatin is full of protein, which helps to build healthy hair and bones, it aids in digestion as well as easing joint pain. It can also help aid in better sleep as well as weight loss and managing blood sugars.

As Catholics, on Fridays, we don't eat meat, and so I'll make two different batches of this. One with gelatin (a meat derivative) and then one with agar agar which is a seaweed that creates a gel-like substance. That way, we can still get our gummies in on Fridays too! This works great also if you are vegetarian or vegan.

 ​Now how are we going to flavor these yummy gummies? (Like that rhyme? Yummy gummies? ;) ) With herbal tea, of course!

Herbs have so many of their own nutritional properties and medicinal properties that they make an excellent way of flavoring gummies and getting some extra nutrition in there. Now I'm not going to dive into the features of the herbs. Take a deeper dive into herbs by blending your own herbal teas with our Medicinal Teas in Small Spaces Course.

Some great teas that we already have blended and could be used for these herbal apple cider vinegar gummies are:​

 

Now, this is a shortlist of herbal teas that would work, but also keep in mind everyone's taste preference is different. You may not like one and love the other. Also, keep in mind the combination with the apple cider vinegar with the tea flavor will be different than if you drank the tea plain. So say your not a fan of an apple-flavored chai; the chai blend might not be the one for you. Experiment and have fun! It can be like those jelly beans where you don't know what the flavors will be like until you try them ;) In fact, that might make this even more fun for the children!

The berry ones are our favorites and most recommended for using raw apple cider vinegar! Plus, most of them have a hibiscus that gives the red color along with elderberries and rose hips that we love for their medicinal properties.

 Ok, one last essential ingredient in this mix is the sweetener! We have shared many times how processed sugars like bleached white sugar and corn-syrup turn off 75% of your immune system. These gummies use raw honey, or if you want, real maple syrup to sweeten them up!

Raw honey has many benefits in and of itself, such as:

  • vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes
  • anti-viral 
  • anti-fungal
  • anti-oxidants
  • aides in allergy relief
  • improves blood health
  • boosts the immune system
  • skin health
  • digestive health​

 

​Now that we have 'meet' our ingredients let's dive into how to make these yummy bits of goodness!

There are a couple of essential tips when it comes to making your own raw apple cider vinegar gummies.

First and foremost, we want to keep all of the benefits of raw apple cider vinegar. To do that, we need to make sure that we do not heat up the apple cider vinegar above 120 degrees and no longer than 8 minutes. This will ensure the good stuff is still in the vinegar and that we don't kill it off with heat. The same goes for the raw honey, we need to keep it from getting too hot so that we get all of the benefits of that as well. A thermometer like this one might be handy. We do need the heat in order to dissolve the gelatin, though.

Also, if you are not just cutting these into squares but want the full on gummy bear effect, make sure to grab a gummy bear mold and large droppers to fill them with.

No need to worry too much, all of the directions are below!

HERBAL APPLE CIDER VINEGAR GUMMIES

Main Ingredients

2 cups of Water

4 tablespoons Herbal Loose Leaf Tea of Choice

1/3 cup of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

1/3 cup Grass-fed Beef Gelatin (or Agar Agar Powder)

1/2 cup Raw Honey

Recipe Steps

  1. Add the water and loose leaf tea that you are using to a small pot on the stove. Bring water and tea to a boil.
  2. Once the tea is boiling, turn the heat down to a light simmer and simmer the tea leaves until liquid is reduced in half. Strain the tea leaves and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Check the tea temperature with your thermometer and make sure that it is no warmer than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Add the raw apple cider vinegar as well as the honey and whisk to combine.
  5. Add the Grass-fed Beef Gelatin or Agar powder and whisk in evenly.
  6. Place the pan back on the stove and heat on low just until the gelatin dissolved and then turn the heat off and remove from the stove. Remember not to get it too hot and keep the heat down away from boiling. It should only take a minute or so on low heat.
  7. Using large droppers place the herbal apple cider vinegar gelatin into your molds of choice.
  8. Place the molds in the refrigerator and let them chill about 20 minutes or until firm.
  9. Remove the gummies from the molds and keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 7-14 days.

Additional Notes

Our favorite loose leaf teas for these gummies are: Oregon Harvest Berry, High Desert Hibiscus, Coastal Cranberry Spice, Barn Raising Berry, and Rose City Repose.

 Now that we have our stash of Herbal Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies, we are ready to boost that immune system and health with something that could pass for candy. 

Make sure you store this herbal goodness in the refrigerator for safekeeping. They should last about 7-14 days - unless you eat them before then, that is!

I'm curious, what flavor would you or will you be making? Share by leaving a comment below!

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