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spiced apple gummies (scd, scope prep okay)

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Seattle, WA

These are delicious & fun *anytime* (my kid enjoyed them on their birthday!), but are a life saver when doing scope procedure prep for kiddos (and adults), especially when on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. The gelatin keeps your energy up when you can’t have other forms of protein on the day before your colonoscopy/endoscopy! And it is so nice to have something you can chew! These have no dyes and are nice & clear, so your doctor has the best chance of good visibility. Tried and tested, and my kid’s doctor is very happy with the excellent quality of their scope prep. Enjoy!

prep time 10 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For spiced apple gummies (scd, scope prep okay)

  • 2 c
    martinelli’s apple juice (not sparkling or unfiltered)
  • 4 Tbsp
  • 8 Tbsp
    unflavored gelatin (equivalent to two 1 oz. boxes, or eight envelopes of 1/4 oz each)
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks (ceylon cinnamon preferred)
  • cloves (about 12-18)
  • allspice berries (about 8-10)

How To Make spiced apple gummies (scd, scope prep okay)

  • Glass bottle of “Martinelli’s Gold Medal Apple Juice, No Additives of Any Kind.”
    If using the spices, simmer them in 1 cup of the apple juice for awhile, to infuse the flavors. Filter/strain through an unbleached coffee filter to remove the sediment. (Warning: as delicious as ginger is, it can make the gelatin not set, so don’t add ginger, as tempting as it may be!) Re-measure and add enough water to make 1 cup again, to replace what boiled off.
  • 2
    Heat all 2 cups of apple juice until steaming. Do not boil. Stir in honey until dissolved. Very slowly whisk in the gelatin. Do not add more until the last spoonful has dissolved. Continue to whisk until all dissolved. If having trouble dissolving, low heat may be used to help, but do not boil.
  • 3
    Once all dissolved, pipe into gummy molds (we like silicone gummy molds in cute shapes). If you don’t have that, you can pour into any container, and then cut into bite sized pieces once it has solidified. When placed in gummy molds, they solidify quickly in the fridge or freezer. These are best stored in the fridge, though they can be frozen & later defrosted, as well. People often prefer the texture if they’ve been allowed to come to room temperature before eating.
  • 4
    To make jello, I follow the same recipe, but only use 1 Tbsp. of unflavored gelatin, and 1 Tbsp honey, or sometimes skip the honey entirely. This same base recipe can be used to make savory chicken broth gummies. This helps give variety on scope prep days, if your kid wants something they can chew that isn’t sweet. It’s not everyone’s preference, but some appreciate it. Replace the juice with filtered clear chicken broth, and leave out the honey. I get clear chicken broth from making the intro diet chicken soup using only boneless skinless chicken thighs (no bones keeps the sediment and darkness/cloudiness of the broth down), and tying up any veggies & herbs in a cheesecloth so the fibrous parts don’t get into the soup. I have a link to how I make the soup here: After cooking & removing the cheesecloth with veggies & herbs, I refrigerate & let the broth settle, then I use a baster (avoiding the fat & chicken pieces) to pipe out the broth & filter it through 2 layers of unbleached coffee filters. Once you have gotten your broth, season to taste with salt, and portion up and freeze until ready to use. The leftover chicken can be revitalized into soup again just by adding water and remains surprisingly flavorful! I usually add some soft green beans & butternut squash to the soup, and it can be eaten on days that aren’t scope-prep days, and it’s even perfect for the 2 days before the procedure when you are on a low-fiber diet. All jello, gummies and broth should be discontinued 8 hours before the scope procedure, at the point when you are instructed to only have water, apple juice or Sprite. You do not want anything with protein at that point, for anesthesia safety reasons. Of course consult your doctor and follow all instructions given to you by them.
  • 5
    If you want a lower sugar option, use my Apple Lemon Electrolyte Drink recipe ( ) in place of the apple juice and honey, or just omit the honey & replace some of the apple juice with water.