For Strawberry Gummies:
For Coconut-Orange Gummies:


Instructions Checklist
  • Line the bottoms and long sides of two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-in. loaf pans with parchment paper, allowing an overhang on the two long sides.

  • To make the strawberry gummies: In a blender, puree the strawberries and 1/2 cup of the apple juice until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan. Add the remaining 1/4 cup apple juice, the maple syrup, and the lemon juice. Sprinkle on the agar agar powder. Over medium heat, slowly bring the mixture to a boil, whisking occasionally, about 8 minutes. Once the mixture begins to boil, cook and stir 2 minutes more or until agar agar is dissolved.

  • Pour mixture into one prepared loaf pan. Let cool slightly, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

  • To make the orange gummies: Add all ingredients to a small saucepan. Repeat rest of steps 2 and 3.

  • Lift the gummy base out of the loaf pans using the parchment paper. Use small cookie cutters to cut shapes and transfer to a storage container. (You can snack on the scraps too.) Cover and store in the refrigerator up to to 5 days.

Cute Confections

These chewy candies are an eco-friendly version of their packaged cousins. They're made with agar-agar, a plant-based alternative to gelatin that's derived from red algae. You can find it in Asian or health-food stores, or online. Living Jin Agar Agar Powder, $13 for 4 oz.;