CF, DF, EF, FF, GF, GRF, NUTF, SALF, SOYF, SUF, YF
This sugar-free "candy" is like making a concentrated jello , using wild edible juice from tart chokecherries or crabapples.
To Make Chokecherry (or Crabapple) Juice
After washing, place chokecherries/crabapples in a crock pot and cover with water. Place on lid and cook on low 8-12 hours or overnight. Strain out chokecherries/crabapples from juice.
To Make "Candy"
Place all ingredients in a large pot on low heat. Stir frequently, ensuring gelatin doesn't stick to bottom of pot. Let gelatin gently dissolve, about 5-10 minutes.
Pour into candy molds and refrigerate. Pop out candy and enjoy!
Store remainders in fridge. Will keep about 1 week refrigerated. Number of pieces of candy depend on size of molds used.
Mmm, can you hear the resounding beat of a chokecherry heart?
Chokecherries have a bad rep for being tart, much like crabapples. While there are many varieties of both, the key lies in adding some sweet tasting juice and stevia to balance the equation. Elementary, my dear!
Instead of chokecherries, you can use crabapples to make the candy instead. For the apples, you'll need to work a bit quickly, as apples brown easily. Consider adding some water with the juice of 1-2 lemons into the crockpot. Either pulse chop the apples using a food processor to increase surface area or dice them using a knife. Once you see the apples turning brown, add them to the lemon water, and continue working in batches until all apples are done. No need to remove the seeds, as you will be filtering everything out and only using the cooking liquid for this recipe.
Good Idea: taste test the chokecherry/crabapple juice first. If it seems particularly tart, use a 1:1 ratio, pairing the tart juice with an equal amount of sweet juice. You can also use more stevia/low cal sweeter to help balance the taste.
Also note that you can also halve the recipe or follow this recipe guideline for small quantities: 1 cup tart juice, 1 cup sweet cup, 1/8 cup stevia + 3 TBSP gelatin. This guideline can come in handy if you are only able to collect a small amount of fruit.
When it comes to molds, there are various shapes and sizes, and even holiday-themed ones, so have fun making sugar-free candy!
Last note: although not technically MF, this is NOT a vegan-friendly recipe due to the gelatin. You can try your hand using agar agar if you feel so inclined :)
As always, Enjoy :)
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Labels Used in Recipes:
CF- Corn Free
DF- Dairy Free
EF- Egg Free
FF- Fat Free
GF- Gluten Free
GRF- GRain Free
MF- Meat Free
NUTF- NUT Free
SALF- SALt Free
SOYF- SOY Free
SUF- SUgar Free
YF- Yeast Free
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