Sugar Free Candy Recipes

When it comes to making sugar free candy recipes, you almost always have to rely on your own basic instincts to come up with some gourmet candy that is tasty and healthy. But these recipes can inspire you to try sugar-free alternatives.

Prepackaged sugar-free gelatin can be made into delicious melt-in-your-mouth sweet treats. Season these little bite-size squares with real fruit flavors, add nuts or sprinkle with crushed red pepper for extra kick.

You can also incorporate chopped-up pretzels, popcorn, nuts or raisins to the mix to give your candy a little bit of pizzazz.

Sugar-Free Gelatin Squares

Ingredients You Will Need:
1 package sugar-free gelatin, any flavor
6 packages unflavored gelatin
½ cup cold unsweetened juice

For a Bold and Spicy Kick:
½ teaspoon red peppers, crushed

For Additional Fruit Flavor:
½ teaspoon fruit-flavored extract

Optional:
½ cup chopped raisins
½ cup chopped nuts
½ tablespoon orange zest
½ tablespoon lemon zest

Combine gelatin and juice in a medium saucepan, and cook over medium high heat. Stir constantly. When the gelatin has dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat, and add the remaining ingredients. Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick vegetable oil.

Place the gelatin in the refrigerator until firm. Use a sharp knife to cut the gelatin into squares.

Nutty Pretzels

Ingredients You Will Need:
1 cup sugar-free chocolate bits
1 raw egg white
¼ cup sugar-free maple syrup
2½ cups peanuts
½ cup pretzel pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Melt chocolate in a double boiler.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg until frothy. Fold in the syrup. When you have blended the mixture well, add the peanuts and mix. Add the pretzels, and stir again. Pour the mixture evenly onto the cookie sheet, and bake for about 15 minutes. When it's no longer sticky, remove the nutty pretzels from the oven, and immediately drizzle the chocolate over them.

Refrigerate until firm. Remove the pieces from the pan, and keep the candy in an airtight container.

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