Spicy Cinnamon Heart Gummy Candy: A Healthy Alternative to Halloween Treats
These spicy cinnamon gummy candies taste like those Hot Lips you used to get at Halloween. Remember Hot Lips? They hurt so good! Spicy and delicious! And my version is sugar-free if you use xylitol or erythritol.
My View on Halloween
I have fond memories of Halloween as a child. The idea of getting a million treats at once that you can keep in your room and eat for the next few weeks whenever you want?!! That is an amazing concept to a kid. I get that and I don’t want to deprive anyone who knocks on my door in their costume of that thrill. I remember the houses that gave out toothbrushes or raisins… and I remember thinking: ‘You might as well just turn your light off because you are wasting everyone’s time. Nobody wants your raisins.’ So, even though I don’t eat them myself, I get the good stuff for the trick-or-treaters. The stuff I would have wanted when I was a trick-or-treater.
Gordie didn’t want to put his costume on and go trick-or-treating this year, but we had fun painting our pumpkins (and each other)!
How I Deal with Halloween Candy Temptations
I don’t have super strong willpower so I need to have strategies to help me deal with situations where there are lots of unhealthy, delicious treats in my face. Treats that will make me gain back all of my weight if I am not careful. My first strategy is to buy my candy very last minute so that it isn’t sitting in the kitchen for days, taunting me. But then there is the problem of the leftovers. We didn’t get as many trick-or-treaters this year as we usually do, so we have 50+ chocolate bars leftover.
Sure, Scott will eat them or bring them to work, eventually, but in the meantime, I need to stock the house with healthy alternatives that I can eat that won’t cause me to gain weight. I made sure to stock up on my favourite 70% dark chocolate bars and I made a couple homemade treats, including these delicious spicy cinnamon gummy candies, which will help me stay strong. Step away from the Snickers!
Benefits of Gelatin
Homemade gummy candy (including these delicious spicy cinnamon gummy candies) is a great way to get in your gelatin. If you haven’t gotten into gelatin yet, you should! It is a protein made of a combination of amino acids that help the body build connective tissue and repair and maintain weakened cartilage. Our body produces connective tissue naturally, but after age 25 our bodies start to lose this ability and we have trouble repairing connective tissue, bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, skin tissue, hair and nails.
Adding 2 tbsp per day of gelatin (or collagen) to your diet helps your body repair itself like a 25 year old again.
I am talking about the good stuff though, not the pork gelatin they use in Jello! I buy this brand, which uses cows from the Andes mountains that are traditionally raised and forage on the grasslands. Their gelatin has no traces of pesticides, herbicides, steroids, antibiotics or hormones. You can also get the same benefits from hydrolyzed collagen, which is odourless and tasteless and dissolves in water (it doesn’t gel like gelatin does), so you can add that kind to any drink or food and just mix it in.
Cinnamon Gummy Candy: Recipe Tips and Variations
- Instead of making cinnamon gummy candy, try a different flavour of oil, like peppermint, lemon, strawberry or whatever you have!
- This is a 10-pack of different fruity flavours from Amazon that I have my eye on (Canadian link here).
- Or this 10-pack has root beer, marshmallow, bubble gum and peanut butter- I haven’t tried any of those yet. Peanut butter would be interesting!! (Canadian link here.)
The Goddess Body Program
If you are losing weight on Erica’s Goddess Body Program, you can make this Cinnamon Gummy Candy during loading and in weeks 2 and 3 of maintenance if you use xylitol or erythritol. If you sneak a couple during the low calorie phase, it’s not technically legal but it’s not the end of the world and probably won’t halt your losses. I might be speaking from experience. 😉
Please Comment Below
What are some of the tricks you use to avoid temptations around Halloween (or Easter or Christmas or Thanksgiving or Birthdays…)? What are some healthy alternatives you like to make to satisfy the cravings for candy and chocolate? Have you gotten into gelatin yet? Do you have another delicious gelatin recipe? Please let me know if you try this recipe and how it turns out. I’d love to hear which flavours are your favourites!
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- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tbsp sugar or natural sweetener like xylitol
- or erythritol
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon oil
- 6 drops red food colouring (optional)
- 3 tbsp gelatin
- Mix the sweetener, cinnamon oil and food colouring in with the warm water.
- Slowly add the gelatin a little at a time, while stirring.
- If you have any chunks, strain the mixture through a wire sieve to remove the chunks.
- Pour into silicone molds and put in the fridge to set.