Got a Cold? Try These Healthful Gummy Treats

I’m sick.

Hitting the ground running as cold and flu season kicks off, I’m already stuck with a stuffy nose, scratchy throat and general yuckiness. So it goes.

As I padded through the “Cold and Flu” aisle at the drugstore (seriously, a whole aisle called “Cold and Flu”) in search of my favorite sniffling, sneezing, “knock-me-out-until-this-goes-away” medicine, I was reminded of how much the landscape of preventative products has changed. Not just pills, but also teas, drink powders and an innovation my sniffling eight-year-old self would never have imagined: “Cold and Flu” gummy bears.

Never one to let an impending sinus infection get in the way of a new project, this week I tried my hand at health-promoting homemade gummies. No medication lurking inside, but these chewy treats are chock full of stuff that will help put you (and me) on the road to recovery.

Pomegranate juice is high in vitamins A, C and zinc (all good cold fighters) and plenty of antioxidants to speed recovery. Ginger is an immune system booster and combats nausea or an upset stomach. Lime juice offers another blast of vitamin C, and honey can sooth a sore throat. All wrapped up in a tasty and easy-to-digest package, these healthful treats are good if you’re under the weather or trying to keep your immunities up when colds are being passed around.

If you’ve got candy molds, you can use them to make these into all sorts of fun shapes, be it bear, butterfly or berry. Otherwise, pour this soothing blend into a glass baking dish (like I did) and cut them into squares.

While they aren’t a substitute for doctor-recommended treatments, these easy-to-make gummies are a soothing addition to the sick day arsenal.

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Gather ingredients. If pomegranate juice doesn’t appeal, other no-pulp juices with high vitamin content may be substituted (like cherry, blueberry or elderberry). Authentic ginger ale may be used in place of ginger tea, but it will increase the sweetness.

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Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until the gelatin has completely dissolved.

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Pour into an 8-inch glass baking pan or into candy molds and place in the freezer for 10 minutes, or into the refrigerator for 1 hour, to solidify.

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Cut into bite-sized squares (or remove from candy molds) and they are ready to eat.

Materials

  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup ginger tea
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons powdered gelatin

Tools

  • Saucepan
  • 8″ glass baking dish or candy molds
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A former Midwesterner living in North Carolina, I write about my adventures in backyard chicken-keeping and suburban homesteading over at HGTVGardens, and my exploits in the culture of Southern cooking ...

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