Best Candies For Diabetics
If you are or know someone who has been diagnosed with diabetes, you likely already know one of the biggest downsides to this condition is limiting your diet, especially when it comes to sweet treats, like candy.
However, if you’re diabetic, that doesn’t mean you have to give up dessert altogether. There are plenty of sugar-free treats you can create yourself that can not only meet your diet restrictions, but your sweet tooth’s demands as well!
Sugar-Free Gummy Worms
Sugar-free gummy worms are a simple, easy-to-make treat that both kids and parents will love. Although these little guys are sugar-free, it is still important to limit how much you eat. The great thing about this recipe is that you can store whatever you don’t eat in the fridge!
What You’ll Need:
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 packages sugar-free Jell-O (choose any flavor)
1 cup boiling water
1 package sugar-free Kool-Aid (choose any flavor)
Large non-metallic mixing bowl
8” x 8” baking dish
Airtight container, for storage
Combine the unflavored gelatin, sugar-free Jell-O, boiling water and Kool-Aid in a large non-metallic mixing bowl. Stir the mixture to fully combine the ingredients.
Transfer the mixture to an 8” x 8” baking dish that’s been lightly greased with cooking spray.
Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate the mixture until completely firm.
Remove the gelatin mixture and put it on a clean cutting board. Slice the mixture into worm-like strips using a sharp knife. Reserve extra gummy worms in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Fudge
A bit more grown-up than the gummy worms, sugar-free peanut butter fudge makes an ideal after-dinner treat, especially when paired with a cup of rich coffee. Make this fudge ahead of time and let it cool in the refrigerator so it will hold its shape.
What You’ll Need:
2-ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons half-and-half or heavy cream
1/2 no-sugar-added peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons artificial sweetener
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
Vegetable oil spray, for greasing
Shallow baking dish
Heat the unsweetened chocolate and half-and-half or heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until melted. Do not allow the half-and-half or cream to boil. Stir in the peanut butter and remove the mixture from heat.
Add the vanilla extract and artificial sweetener. Stir to combine. Fold the peanuts into the mixture and spread it into the bottom of a shallow baking dish.
Cover the shallow baking dish with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. Allow the mixture to cool until set.
Remove the baking dish from the refrigerator and slice into small squares with a sharp knife right before serving.
If gummy worms and peanut butter fudge aren’t exactly what your taste buds crave, you can tweak pretty much any dessert item so that it does not contain any added sugar. In general, artificial sweeteners can replace real sugar; just be sure to follow the replacement guidelines on the artificial sweetener packaging.
If you’re making dessert items for a party of event, try making a special diabetic-safe candy display showcasing a few of your favorites. Even your sugar-loving guests will likely be drawn to it.
Low-glycemic versions of other foods, like jams, jelly and other sugary substances can be used to make diabetic-safe treats as well. Adding a few cookbooks or bookmarking a few websites designed with diabetics in mind may also be beneficial.
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer and business owner in Southern California. As a mother of three, she is always careful about how much sugar her kids eat, and these diabetic-friendly recipes definitely pass the test! Follow her on Pinterest and Twitter today!