Vitamin C Tangerine Gummies for Radiant Skin

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We’re big fans of gelatin around here. I add it to my marshmallow recipe and healthy jello. Tangerine gummies are another delicious and healthy way to enjoy this superfood.

Why Tangerine Gummies?

One of the main reasons to consider taking your vitamins in gummy form is the gelatin they contain. If you’ve been around the Wellness Mama site for long, you already know how great gelatin is. It strengthens hair and nails, makes for fewer wrinkles, and supports healthy joint function for ease of movement.

I also credit it for helping heal my son’s digestion so he could finally enjoy dairy!

Gelatin comes from the connective tissue (collagen) of animals and contains amino acid proteins we need for a healthy body. In fact, 25-35% of the protein in our body is made of collagen! You can read more about the benefits of gelatin here.

Difference Between Gelatin and Collagen

Here’s where things can sometimes get confusing. Collagen (connective tissues) from animals is broken down into gelatin and powdered or turned into sheets. The gelatin can further be broken down into collagen hydrosolate powder.

While both are incredibly healthy, it’s the gelatin that we want to use in these tangerine gummies. Collagen hydrosolate won’t gel. This makes it great for adding to soups, smoothies, and coffee, but not so much when we want a gummy candy.

It’s also worth noting I only use grass-fed gelatin. Pasture raised cows are healthier and have a higher ratio of healthy nutrients compared with factory farmed animals. It’s better for the planet and our bodies.

Finding Tangerines

I actually had to go to a few different stores before I could find tangerines. If you can’t find them then oranges can also work, though the flavor will obviously be different. Clementines and mandarin oranges are popular lately and are a close relation to tangerines, so they’re also a good substitute.

If you can find tangerines though, the unique tangy flavor is well worth it! Tangerines (like most citrus) are high in vitamin C. You’ll also find some beta carotene, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

A Boost of Vitamin C

Most of us think vitamin C when we hear citrus, but camu camu berry actually blows them out of the water on this one. Just one teaspoon of camu camu berry powder offers well over 1,000% of our daily value of vitamin C! Camu camu is also one of the star ingredients in my vitamin C herbal electuaries.

This recipe makes 8 servings of citrus gummies which comes out to a little over 100% DV vitamin C per serving. Unlike other supplements, eating more than a serving size won’t hurt you. Worst case scenario you might get loose stools if you eat an entire double batch yourself.

According to Mayo Clinic the average adult can handle up to 2,000 mg vitamin C before they start having digestive issues. This recipe has less than half that amount in the entire batch. So eat away.

Tangerine Gummies

Between tangy tangerine juice, vitamin C rich camu camu,  and protein-packed gelatin, these gummy snacks are as healthy as they are delicious. Since they store well in the fridge, it’s a great make-ahead snack for little ones to grab. You may want to double the batch though because they don’t last long!

If you want to add some essential oil to boost the flavor but don’t have tangerine on hand, sweet orange will also work. My kids also love these lemon magnesium gummies!

Vitamin C tangerine gummies recipe

Tangerine Gummies Recipe

Get healthier hair, skin, and nails along with a boost of vitamin C in these delicious citrus tangerine gummmies.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chilling time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Calories 44kcal
Author Katie Wells


8 servings



  • Whisk the tangerine juice, camu camu powder, and honey together in a sauce pan until combined.
  • Sprinkle the gelatin over the top of the juice mixture and let it sit for about 4 minutes to “bloom.” When the top looks wrinkled and thegelatin has absorbed into the liquid, turn the heat onto medium low.
  • Whisk gently until the gelatin is completely dissolved, about 3-5 minutes. Don’t get crazy here or the mixture will get really foamy!
  • Turn off the heat and briskly whisk in the essential oil if using. This helps amp up the citrus flavor.
  • Pour the juice mixture into your molds and refrigerate until firm. If you’re not using a mold, then an 8×8 glass baking dish will also work. Simply cut the gelatin into squares when cooled.
  • Store the finished gummies in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


Nutrition Facts
Tangerine Gummies Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 44
% Daily Value*
Sodium 9mg0%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 7.8g9%
Protein 3.6g7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


To get the tangerine gummies out of the mold easier, pop them in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Don’t allow them to freeze though as it changes the texture!
In lieu of silicone molds, you may also use an 8×8 baking dish.

Ever made homemade “gummy bears” Ready to give these a try? Share below!

These tangerine gummies are a great way to add health boosting gelatin to the diet which can improve skin, hair, allergies and more.
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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


137 responses to “Vitamin C Tangerine Gummies for Radiant Skin”

  1. Tawnee H Avatar
    Tawnee H

    This sounds great. Looking forward to reading about the gelatin advantages. If you make these, how long do they last? Do you store them in the freezer?

    1. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Tawnee,

      They last a few days in the fridge. I would say try to consume them in 3-4 days. Fresh ingredients don’t last very long 🙂

      I’ve never tried freezing but do let me know how it turns out if you try it!

      Hope that helps!
      Sylvie from HollywoodHomestead.com

  2. Dharmaja Avatar

    I don’t think that the gelatin which is linked above is actually pastured! I believe the animals are GMO grain fed. I am going to start looking into the possibility of making my own gelatin from bones but do you have any resources on doing this to get me going in the right direction?

    Many Thanks,

    1. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Dharmaja,

      In the ebook, I actually talk about making your own gelatin. Other brands I like are Vital Proteins and Bernard Jensen. You may want to try those if you are unhappy with Great Lakes.

      Hope that helps,

  3. Pam strange Avatar
    Pam strange

    Hi Katie, I ordered the gelatin secret via pay pay and never received link to download. Can you please contact me. Thank you.

  4. Jenny Avatar

    I was just wondering if you were at all concerned about what gelatin actually is? I’m sure you know it is the left over bones/hooves/ears etc of cows and pigs. I’m not trying to be cheeky at all so please don’t think that lol!! I’m not a vegetarian but I choose not to eat any gelatin at all (honestly grosses me out to know what it is) I’m genuinely wondering if you have ever been concerned with what it is or if you feel its a good use of the meat industries byproducts.
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

      I do know where it comes from, which is why I am very careful of the source but these parts of animals were routinely consumed for hundreds of years and it is only recently that we’ve had the luxury of being able to not eat them. Personally, I feel that this is part of the reason for some of the health problems we are seeing today.

    2. Gwyn Avatar

      Native Americans amongst others always used every inch of the animal’s they killed in some way and while I know exactly what you mean having been raised in more modern society (we were never told what gelatin was but there was a lot more of it being consumed when I was young), it seems to me a lot less wasteful to be using every part we can get benefit from. That said of course it’s one more reason to know where the product is being sourced from but the bones and hoofs are no less natural than the meat and hold a concentration of particular nutrients so why would they really be any less desirable/beneficial than any other part? The other side of course being that beef broth, like good chicken broth is always best made with the bones! Just the way I try to think about it…

  5. Pam Avatar

    I ordered book and never received link to download it can you help please already paid for it via paypal

    1. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Pam,

      Email us at info at hollywoodhomestead.com and you’ll receive a reply within 24 hours.
      Hi Nina,

      Where in South America are you so I can do some investigating for you? Agar agar does not have the same benefits as gelatin and I haven’t tried using it as a replacement in this recipe so I can’t say but I do know that iherb.com has reasonable shipping rates on Great Lakes and other items. I would suggest ordering from them.

      Hope that helps,

    1. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Mary,

      Depending on the size of the molds it will make about 25 gummies. Feel free to halve the recipe!

      Hope that helps!

  6. Lorna Robbins Avatar
    Lorna Robbins

    What natural products can I use for hair. My hair is beginning to be very thin. And my nails are breaking very easily.

    1. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Lorna,

      I suggest you look into micronutrient deficiencies and absorption issues. Ideally, you can work with a naturopath to see what supplements are best for your individual needs but in the meantime the ebook mentioned above will help you get started with the healing and nourishment you need for each part of your body.

      Hope that helps!

  7. Karyn Avatar

    Is there any reason these couldn’t stay in the freezer for an extended amount of time? I’m trying to make and freeze some snacks that the kids can access once the baby is born – they love these type of gummies. Since they go in the freezer initially, I thought I could perhaps just put them in baggies for longer storage?

    1. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Karyn,

      That’s a good idea! To be honest, I haven’t tried it! Before you make a truckload of them, why don’t you make a small batch, freeze it for a week and see how they do when they thaw? I’d love to hear how it went!

      Hope that helps,

  8. Raya Avatar

    What is the white that settled to the bottom of these? They look delicious! Is the tangerine flavor evident? Also, can you substitute different juices with this?

    1. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Raya,

      If the gelatin wasn’t combined thoroughly I suppose it may have settled some at the bottom. That’s never happened to me so I’m not sure but tasting it should confirm that.

      Yes, you can sub another juice. To keep the proportions correct I would suggest another citrus. If you venture into other juices I would suggest using one of the recipes in the ebook mentioned above. It includes flavors like blueberry, strawberry, etc and they all vary a bit in how they need to be made and their proportions.

      Hope that helps,

      1. Gwyn Avatar

        I think she’s talking about the photo’s here for this post. I was wondering the same thing and looking through to see if someone else had asked. The photo of these in the bowl in particular shows a layer of something whiter on the bottom of the chews. Also while I’m asking, is there a difference nutritionally between the hydrolosate and non hydroyslate other than having to use warm liquid and the way it gels? Thanks!

        1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

          Hydrolysate does not gel so it won’t work for gummies. The white layer is just a foam that occurs when you mix the ingredients and it doesn’t have a different taste or texture.

          1. Gwyn Avatar

            Thank you. Other than not gelling are there any nutritional differences?

  9. Jaynie Avatar

    Hi! Do you think fresh watermelon would work in this recipe? I have heirlooms in the garden that will be ready in July, and I ALWAYS have too much and not enough recipes in which to utilize them! If so, what kind of “tweaking” do you think should be done to the recipe?

    1. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Jaynie,

      Sure! That sounds delicious. I would worry that it would be too watery so you’d need more gelatin to compensate which might then make the flavor too gelatin-y 🙂

      You might have to try it a couple times to get it right or google some watermelon gummy recipes to get you started.

      Hope that helps,

  10. Nina Avatar

    Hi Katie, I live in South America and I can’t find kosher gelatin here, all I can find is very cheap ones that have many additives. Do you know if agar agar is a good replacement and if it can be used with your recipe? Thanks a lot!

    1. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Nina,

      Where in South America are you so I can do some investigating for you? Agar agar does not have the same benefits as gelatin and I haven’t tried using it as a replacement in this recipe so I can’t say but I do know that iherb.com has reasonable shipping rates on Great Lakes and other items. I would suggest ordering from them.

      Hope that helps,

  11. Christie Avatar

    I have been trying various recipes this week for homemade gummies using fruit juice and Great Lakes Gelatin (in the red can). The last batch I made used about 1 cup fruit juice concentrate (that I made), 2 tbs. raw honey, 2 tbs. lemon juice, and 3 tbs. gelatin. Like the other recipes I have tried I can taste the gelatin in the end product, a taste I don’t really enjoy. Am I doing something wrong? I always let the gelatin bloom first in about 1/3 cup water before adding it to my warmed juice/honey. They always LOOK great, but I can’t get paste the taste. Do you have any ideas?

    1. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Christie,

      I would suggest using a stronger overpowering juice flavor, perhaps like the tangerine above to mask the flavor.

      If that still is too strong for you, you could make “jello” instead since that recipe will use a lower juice to gelatin ratio. Here is a recipe for you: https://wellnessmama.com/3803/healthy-jello/

      Hope that helps,

      1. Therese Avatar

        5 stars
        I just made these and based on the couple concerns about gelatin flavor, I added a half inch piece of fresh grated ginger to the tangerine juice. I definitely don’t taste ANY beefiness. Might not work for kids who aren’t accustomed to ginger (unlike my 2 year old cousin who likes pickled ginger with his sushi…), but for adults it’s definitely a good fix!

    2. Danielle Avatar

      I would try using a blender verses whisking it. This has really helped me.

    3. Kristine Swarts Avatar
      Kristine Swarts

      We use Great Lakes gelatin. I agree…the gummies smell and taste like the gelatin. Can’t get anyone to eat them! Is there a different gelatin that doesn’t have such a strong offensive flavor and smell?

  12. Sarah Avatar

    Do these keep at all? If so, what’s the best way for me to store them and for how long? Thanks!

    1. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Sarah,

      At my house they disappear in minutes 🙂

      I would suggest storing in the fridge. The “shelf life” when using fresh ingredients like fresh squeezed juice will be as long as the juice’s shelf life so just a few days.

      I suppose you could try freezing but I’ve never attempted it. I would make half a batch if you think you won’t consume them in a few days (4-5).

      Hope that helps,

  13. Morgan Avatar

    We LOVE your gummy recipe but my kids won’t eat them anymore 🙁 After a few days in the fridge they really started to get a very beefy taste and it seems to have scarred them for life lol. I kept them in tupperware and in a plastic baggie-both times they were in the door…could this cause any issue? Have you had the same problem and if so HOW do I fix it???

    1. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Morgan,

      How about easing them back in with a “jello” recipe instead. Since jello contains less gelatin than gummies that might be a good way to test the waters with them. Also, when you do attempt gummies again, perhaps use strong flavors like the tangerine ones above that will overpower the gelatin flavor.

      Here’s a jello recipe in the meantime: https://wellnessmama.com/3803/healthy-jello/

      Hope that helps,

  14. Tiffany Avatar

    Based on the molds recommended, how many should I eat in one sitting?

    1. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Tiffany,

      Eat as many as you like, but not more than you’d like. 🙂 There is no dose required. Just let your body let you know what it’s comfortable with.

      Hope that helps,

    1. Anne Stevens Avatar
      Anne Stevens

      You can open it in Kindle if you download it on an iPad

    2. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Denise,

      You can definitely view PDFs on your kindle. Will that work for you?

      Hope that helps,

  15. Amanda Avatar

    Gelatin seems to break me out 🙁 do you know why that could be? I’d love to take it for all the health benefits but not at the expense of my face

    1. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Amanda

      Are you sure it’s the gelatin or could it be another ingredient in the recipe? Also, have you tried a different brand just in case? Great Lakes, Vital Proteins and Bernard Jensen are all great quality.

      Hope that helps- I’ll check back here in a couple days to see if you’ve replied and I can help you further.

  16. Mae Avatar

    I have never tried to make anything with gelatin, but this recipe has me curious to try. I really love all the recipes you post btw! There are never too many ingredients, and I’m always shocked at how simple they are to do. Thank you!!


  17. Mariel Avatar

    Hi Wellness Mama! I’m not too familiar with gelatin, but want to make it my top priority to make these to help my skin and joint pain. You said that also that “consuming gelatin and collagen work as ‘botox’”. Pardon my potentially silly question, but is collagen a part of gelatin or is this something I need to buy separately? And the product you recommended in your recipe, does that have both? Thank you!

    1. Sylvie Avatar

      Hi Mariel,

      The one mentioned in the recipe works just fine. You can also buy the green can by the same brand but that one does not gel. You can add that one to things like tea, coffee, smoothies. There is more info on how gelatin and collagen can help your skin in the ebook mentioned above. Consuming plenty of bone broth and soups made with broth would be great too!

      Hope that helps,

      1. Merlee Avatar

        There are two different products on the link. Which one is for skin and hair and to make gummies?

    2. Carla Avatar

      Hi There.

      I love reading your articles Katie & your passion for helping the working mother be healthy and happy. However, I find this recipe about gelatin gummies to be disheartening. I know as a mother I want my children to understand what gelatin is. Heck, for my whole life I was comfortable unaware of the horrible and inhumane process it takes to produce gelatin…..So, before we continue preaching to other women how “healthy” gelatin is for the skin we should really ask,”did this mother cow who was ripped from her baby have to die a horrible death(check out factory farming if you think it’s not so bad), only to enjoy a gooey treat that benefits the human health & well being….

      We need to change the narrative. We need to help those who have no voice. We need to teach truth, and reverse out-of-sight-out -of-mind thinking.

      I am not speaking in anger towards anyone who consumes animal products. I’m not getting an ego boost or on some kind of self righteousness trip. I was a animal eater for a long time. But it is morally wrong, we have to be the adults in the room and listen to our inner child. These animals cannot suffer anymore. It isn’t just the animals, it’s the health of our planet as well.

      And if you just don’t care…..well, it’s very difficult to pull someone out of the mind washed matrix.

      To sum up….you don’t need animal marrow or bone broth to make your bones, intestines, or face healthy. Eating animal body parts or flesh is not part of a well balanced diet…..you can get collagen building proteins from other plant based foods.

      Be Happy By Evolution. As a species who is very much influenced by media, if one chooses to eat animal products they should have to witness how that animal was tortured before consuming.

      Come out of the Cave, What you eat should be a bite of love….not tortured blood.

      1. Carl Avatar

        4 stars

        There are animals in the wild, there are domesticated animals, and there are food on four legs animals.

        Some animals are made to be eaten, and they are good for very little else. Let’s release the millions of cattle into the hills without any food, water and ability to fend for themselves. I hope you will be there to clean up the carcasses and “love” the maggots (maggots are animals too, right?) in the rotting carcass as they pile up around the roads and lakes.

        On a side note – this recipe is fantastic, and i’ve done this with blueberry and acai berry juice (avoid pineapple juice – the bromelic acid prevents the gelatin from forming bonds and setting) for a vitamin & anti-oxidant loaded boost in the office.

        Since you have to chew/eat it, it greatly reduces my snack-attach in the office by tea-time as well.

        Great idea!

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