No-Sugar Sour Fruit Candy

Zero sugar candy recipe

Here’s a fun recipe for sour candy that’s sweetened with fruit-only juice.

When RHR blog reader, Sarai, emailed asking for a healthy recipe to replace the sour candies that she loves, I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure if I could do it.

Regular sour candies are made with refined sugar, corn syrup, artificial flavors and artificial colors…ALL of those ingredients are off limits in the RHR kitchen! This was starting to remind me of the time that my son, Andrew, asked me to make a healthy version of Fun Dip…If I could turn that 100% sugar treat into something wholesome, then refined sugar free sour candies had to be possible.

Turns out these No-Sugar Sour Fruit Candies were much simpler to make than I could have imagined. By simply using fruit-only juice, gelatin and citric acid, these candies are just as satisfyingly sour as the ones from the store!

No-Sugar Sour Fruit Candy
A Recipe by Diana Keuilian
4.5 from 2 reviews

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Serves 12


  1. In a small pot combine the fruit juice, ½ teaspoon of the citric acid, ¼ cup of the water. Mix well then sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the top of the fruit mixture. Set aside.
  2. In another small pot, combine the remaining ¼ cup water and the coconut nectar.
  3. Bring to a rapid boil for 5 minutes. Pour the hot nectar mixture over the gelatin mixture. Immediately place over medium heat and stir well until liquid and smooth, about 4 minutes.
  4. Pour the mixture into an 8×8 pan and leave at room temperature for 2 hours. Cut into pieces. Combine the arrowroot with the remaining ½ teaspoon of citric acid and coat the candies. Place the candies on a wire rack and dry for 8 hours or overnight.
  5. *For fun shapes try using a rubber mold, and pour the mixture into the mold in step 3. Enjoy!

Serving size: 1 Piece     Calories: 36     Fat: 0     Carbohydrates: 6     Sugar: 0     Sodium: 7     Fiber: 0     Protein: 2    

Zero sugar candy recipe


  • Real Healthy Hallowe October 31, 2013 at 12:32 am

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  • shannon March 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    thanks for sharing

    • Diana March 10, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      You’re welcome, Shannon, enjoy!

  • Josh March 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Are these hard or gummy?

    • Diana March 14, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Hi Josh,
      These are gummy. Enjoy!

  • Carmella Winter March 2, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Just made these with orange and passion fruit juice. They look great!

    • Diana March 3, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Awesome, Carmella! I hope you enjoy 🙂

  • Sam June 26, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    How long to they last? Do they need to be refrigerated?

    • Diana July 1, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      Hi Sam,

      These will keep best in the fridge for a few weeks. Happy Cooking!

  • Burgrr February 1, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Not a fan of mango, but black cherry looks promising. I’m guessing they taste similar to jolly ranchers, and can I use other fruit juices (Like lemon, lime, watermelon, hell maybe even dragonfruit)?

  • Coco in the Kitchen February 5, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I found a couple of Mexican hard candies that were chili-mango flavored and now am obsessed with them. I refuse to buy them b/c I know they’re not healthy, but want to make them from real fruit. So glad to have found your recipe

  • Anna f February 21, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Mine ended up really slimy and melty. What did I do wrong?

    • Diana February 22, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Hi Anna, make sure that you bring it to a boil and dust with some arrowroot. Hope that helps!

  • Scott L March 13, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Is there anything you can substitute the arrowroot starch for? Maybe tapioca starch or corn starch?

    • Diana March 16, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Scott,
      Yes, either tapioca starch of corn starch should work in place of arrowroot starch. Enjoy!

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