It’s the flavor of fresh grapefruit cocktail in a fun, feel-good, bite-sized package. No Sugar Added Ruby Red Grapefruit Gummies make a great snack when you need a little pick me up: their tart-sweet taste is anything but shy, and each of these soft, slightly chewy 15 calorie candies provides about 18% of your daily vitamin C requirements! Low calorie, low sugar candy that’s bursting with satisfying deliciousness and helps you feel your best? That’s a great time.
To get the taste of ruby red grapefruit juice cocktail in these candies, I ended up combining the juice of three grapefruits and an orange with a packet of unsweetened fruit punch mix. I avoid the actual bottled juice, delicious as I find it, because my local grocery store doesn’t carry a no-sugar-added version. If yours does, there’s no reason not to use it, and that would surely be a lot more time efficient than standing around juicing three grapefruits and an orange like I did. Another convenient option would be to buy unsweetened grapefruit and orange juices.
Still, if you’re not pressed for time and you like splashing around in the kitchen, go ahead and juice fresh fruit. It’s good, messy fun, and the resulting juice is as fresh and wholesome as it gets. Pour your juice through a strainer before adding it so your candy will be lovely and ruby-red, not a weird fleshy-peach like my first batch was. Bleah!
Getting In Shapes
As faithful readers and/or healthy gummy lovers may know, this is not my first foray into gummy making. In my previous post on sugar free gummies, I go into excessive detail about using ice cube trays, both conventional and wacky, in place of candy molds. All that holds true for this recipe as well – both molds and ice cube trays work great. This recipe made me 26 candies which were roughly a tablespoon each, which I split between two kinds of molds and my good old tiki ice cube trays. I opted to eat all my tiki candies while I took pictures of the others, for creative inspiration.
These gummies don’t set quite as quickly as the others do, but get just as firm if left to their own devices and given enough time. Oh, and if you don’t want to use molds or trays at all, just pour the candy into a lightly greased 8×8″ pan, let it set for an hour, and then cut it into squares or whatever shapes you want.
No Sugar Added Ruby Red Grapefruit Gummies
6 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 envelope unsweetened fruit punch drink mix (Kool-Aid or an equivalent)
2 Tbs cornstarch
2/3 cup Stevia In The Raw or sucralose
2 cups unsweetened grapefruit juice (the juice of three medium-sized fruits)
1/2 cup unsweetened orange juice (the juice of an orange) OR 2 1/2 cups unsweetened ruby red grapefruit juice cocktail and leave the fruit punch out
nonstick spray for greasing molds/trays/a pan
If you’re juicing your own fruit, get squeezing and sieving. Lightly coat whatever you’re making your candy in with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine the dry ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan. Add the juice and stir until the dry ingredients dissolve. Cook the mixture over medium heat until it comes to a simmer, stirring frequently.
Take it off the heat and pour it into the molds, trays, etc. I used a tablespoon measure to make it easier. Let the gummies cool in the freezer for about 15 minutes, then take them out and let them stand for about an hour to fully set. Unmold or cut the candy into squares.
Although the gummies don’t need constant refrigeration by any means, it’s a good idea to store them in the fridge just because of their fruit juice content.