Why sugar free gummy bears?
Because who doesn’t love snacking on a handful of this childhood classic?
Their sweet, fruity flavor; addictive gummy texture, and bear-shaped cute factor make them the perfect low carb candy to add to your low carb recipe collection. The recent rise in health-consciousness has even led our favorite gummy bear brands to release sugar-free versions of this family favorite…
Lucky us, right?! Well, maybe not.
We’ve all heard of the sugar free gummy bears challenge, and let’s just say, no one, I repeat no one, wants to go through that!
But don’t let those reviews scare you away from making your own sugar free gummy bears…
I’ve got you covered, with a delicious sugar free gummy bears recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth without the carbs or, let’s just say, tummy issues!
Alright, so if you know anything about the sugar free gummy bear debacle, you may be a little leery of trying this recipe, or any candy that falls into that category.
I completely understand…
Let me first assure you that this sugar free gummy bear recipe is TOTALLY different. I use a completely different sweetener—no tummy issues with this recipe!
Here’s why the Haribo and Albanese sugar free gummy bears gained their reputation:
Why are sugar free gummy bears so bad?
Sugar free candy has a certain reputation for increasing… umm… let’s politely call it bowel activity. In fact, Haribo sugar free gummy bears discontinued because of the *ahem* unintended side effects, and even warranted their own safety warning:
“Safety Warning: Consumption of some sugar-free candies may cause stomach discomfort and/or a laxative effect. Individual tolerance will vary. If this is the first time you’ve tried these candies, we recommend beginning with one-fourth of a serving size or less.”
What is the ingredient in sugar free gummy bears?
As it turns out, the companies who produced sugar free gummy bears used a sugar alcohol called, Maltitol.
Listed as the ingredient Lycasin, maltitol is extracted during the fermentation process of fruit and is known to disrupt digestion in humans—causing symptoms ranging from increased stomach rumbling all the way up to “power-washing your intestines.” (thank you Amazon reviewer)
Hence the sugar free gummy bears laxative effect reputation we’ve all heard about…
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What is Sugar Alcohol—Important For us Low Carb-ers
Sugar alcohol is not similar to the vodka-soda you order at the club, rather it’s a chemical structure that shares some similarities with sugar, and some with alcohol.
The Yale-New Haven describes it as a sugar substitute that has one-third to one-half the calories of regular sugar. They continue on to say that although these agents yield less sugar, they’re not nutritional freebies. They often contain significant servings of carbs, so be careful to read the whole nutritional label on sugar-free foods if you are sticking to a diet of low carb foods and looking for low carb desserts!
Basic take away—don’t negate your low carb dinner or low carb food list with an innocent consumption of sugar free desserts!
What Makes These Sugar Free Gummy Bears Tummy Friendly…
The major flavoring agent in our stomach-friendly bears are True Lime and True Lemon Packets.
Which are the best product I’ve discovered in a longggg time.
Their ingredient list is simple—the fruit flavor comes from crystallized fruit—read more here. Then they’re slightly sweetened with stevia (no sugar alcohols here my friends!) and a little bit of sugar.
They come in a ton of flavors—the variety pack is a great way to test them out and find your fav.
That said, using the True Lime or True Lemon packets doesn’t make these 100% sugar free, as each packet contains around 1 gram of sugar and 3 grams of carbs—Keep in mind, the entire recipe uses 2 packets. So if you were to consider an entire batch 1 serving (which I don’t suggest), that means 2 grams of sugar compared to 18 grams of sugar in only 17 regular Harbiro Gummy Bears.
If you’re looking for a completely sugar free gummy bear, try using Crystal Light packets.
I don’t use Crystal Light because the product is sweetened with aspartame, however I did test it out to see how it’d work. I found that using half the amount of crystal light works best, as it’s much sweeter than the True Lemon/Lime packets.
I tested MANY internet-found recipes for low carb gummies…
I tried the tea, the flavored stevia, fruit extract, so on… and without a doubt, this recipe is the best. Plus—they are the cheapest!
Fruit extract and all those other ingredients really rack up the grocery bill.
And the ones that didn’t, honestly, were pretty nasty.
Not worth it at all. True Lime and True Lemon packets are the BEST. They’re great instead of lemonade, or their diet alternatives (crystal light). You can find them at most stores, but I buy them in bulk on Amazon.
Not only are they great in low carb gummies, they make for a delicious cold drink too!
If you’re looking for a delicious treat to enjoy alongside some low carb chocolate, low carb caramel, and yogurt bites come movie night, these sweet little gummies are sure to fit the bill!
How to Make Low Carb Gummy Bears:
Here are a few pro-tips for low carb gummy bear perfection…
- This can be a very messy process. To prevent that, I put a plate with a lip (important) underneath the gummy molds. Then I pour the gelatin into the molds very slowly and carefully. My molds came with an eyedropper, but I don’t like putting hot liquids in plastic (the molds I purchased are BPA free).
- It’s easy to find cute gummy molds on Amazon, there are tons of shapes and sizes to choose from!
- I know you’re ready to eat them NOW, but be sure to let them sit in the fridge for a full 15-minutes to ensure maximum gummy goodness.
- You can alter the gummy-ness of your gummies by adding more/less gelatin. For me, this ratio is perfect.
Ready to get cooking? Without further ado, I’m thrilled to share my low carb recipe for sugar free gummy bears!
Sugar Free Gummy Bears
- Place gelatin in a small sauce pan.
- Pour cold water over it, stir to combine and allow it to sit for a few moments.
- Turn on the stove, and stir until the gelatin has completely dissolved. Get any clumps out by pressing your utensil into the side of the pan)
- Once completely dissolved, add the true lemon/lime packets. Stir until those dissolve completely.
- Pour into your molds.
- Place in the fridge for 15 minutes (or until the gummies have completely set) and enjoy!
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If you need a laugh, be sure to check out a not-safe-for-work (or any time, really) sugar free gummy bears funny review by following this link here. Read at your own risk, as some reviews are brutally graphic.
“It’s been 15 agonizing hours since the first gummy bear entered my body, and I’m typing this from a toilet…”
“The taste isn’t bad, but the aftermath….is quite “haribo”; as in, you will have haribo diarrhea.”
“DOES ANYONE HAVE A DIAPER!?!’ I am screaming, my son is now crying, he thinks he is witnessing the death of his father. I can’t even assure him that I will make it.”
After you give these bad boys a try, I’m confident they’ll make your low carb shopping list. Pair with sugar free chocolate, sugar free peanut brittle, yogurt bark, and popcorn with low carb caramel sauce for a movie night buffet that even Willy Wonka would approve of!
Thanks for reading!