I used to think of gummies as treats. Sweet and brightly coloured, sometimes¬†shaped like fish, berries or bears, and always sold in the candy aisle. Back in the day when I ate these on a regular basis I would never have believed that I’d be making my own version that is actually good for me. Then I discovered gelatin.

Gelatin, honey & lime and ta-da! Home made gummies!

When I was a kid my mom used to mix up a batch of honey & lime and tell us to have a spoonful every day to help ward off colds. With the antibacterial effects of honey and high Vitamin C content of lime, she may have been on to something. Each day before school I’d head to the fridge and grab the beehive-shaped squeeze bottle to have my daily dose. On one particular day instead of using a spoon I told my older brother to just squeeze some directly into my mouth. Silly me. With my head thrown back, he of course squeezed waaayy too much into my mouth and I ended up with honey & lime streaming down the sides of my face and some of it ended up in the wrong place and came out of my nose!

What is gelatin?

Gelatin is a flavourless insoluble fibrous protein derived from the bones, skin, and connective tissue of an animal. Beef gelatin, like the one I used, contains 20 of the 22 amino acids.

Why consume gelatin?

There are many health benefits* to gelatin including:

  • Joint health.¬†The amino acids aid in preventing weakness and degeneration in joints. The anti-inflammatory properties helps to reduce pain & inflammation.
  • Contains keratin which supports skin, hair and nail growth.
  • Good source of dietary collagen which is great for improving the elasticity of skin.
  • Aids in digestion as it naturally binds to water, helping food move through the digestive tract.

Honey & Lime Gummies

Homemade Honey & Lime Gummies


  • 2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 oz honey preferably unpasteurized
  • 2 oz warm water
  • 2 tbsps grass-fed gelatin


  • Mix honey and lime juice together.
  • Pour powdered gelatin into the honey & lime mixture and stir. Let sit to bloom, approximately 10 minutes.
  • Add warm water and stir until the gelatin is dissolved.
  • Pour into molds and refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.
  • Remove from molds and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

*All About Gelatin and Collagen
The Weston A. Price Foundation
Nourishing Traditions

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