I really like homemade gummy vitamins. Well, let me rephrase that: I really like fruit snacks, chewy candies, and even gummy vitamins. It’s a terrible weakness of mine. I think I picked it up when I was a pre-school teacher and we kept fruit snacks in the classroom as treats instead of candy.
Regardless, when I decided to try taking Chaste Tree Berry extract as part of an herbal treatment last year, I realized that guzzling down the bitter liquid in a glass of water was actually not my “cup-of-tea.”
Unfortunately, for several months I just didn’t take my daily supplement (I could only work up the nerve to drink it about once a week) and herbal treatments are usually only effective if taken regularly for at least three months.
So I regrouped and formed a new plan. All those gummy vitamins that are filling up the store shelves? Why couldn’t I make some? I did some research and realized that they could be made easily with what I had in my cupboard! I did buy a candy mold (just to make taking my vitamins more fun…) but they can easily be made in a shallow dish and sliced into small squares.
The main herb that I’m trying now is Chaste Tree Berry (vitex), so this recipe is using just that extract. However, it can easily be changed to (or combined with) whatever extract you are looking to take.
For this recipe, I take 2 gummies, 2x a day, but do your own research to decide what dosage you require.
Any type of juice can be used, but my favorite is pineapple.
- 2/3 cup juice pineapple, lemon, orange
- 4 Tbps honey
- 10 tsp gelatin
- 6-8 tsp herbal extract
- Pour juice in a small pan.
- Sprinkle gelatin over juice.
- Let stand 2-3 minutes.
- Slowly heat until gelatin is dissolved, 2-3 minutes.
- Let cool until just slightly warm, mix in honey and herbal extract.
- Pour into candy molds or a shallow dish and cool until hardened.
Keep in the refrigerator for proper storage and use within one week. (They probably freeze well, so you could easily make a double batch and freeze some for later.)