DIY Cranberry Twist Magnesium Gummy Supplements

by Chrystal Johnson on April 9, 2014

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magnesium-gummies I am a huge fan of supplementing with magnesium for so many things – one of which is ensuring you get enough healthy sleep. Insomnia is no fun, and magnesium deficiency is one cause. When I remember to take my magnesium, I sleep so much better.

Another combination that helps induce sleep is the right balance of salt and sugar. It’s something I use all the time when I wake up and can’t get back to sleep. So I thought if I could combine the benefits of magnesium with my mixture of sugar and salt, that I’d be set!

And one delivery form that I have been loving lately is gelatin. One thing I hadn’t thought about is how much magnesium foams up when you mix it (especially when you add salt to the mixture I like I do in my homemade electrolyte drink).

If I’d had enough patience, I may have been able to wait for the foam to dissipate, but I ended up allowing the gummies to set with the foam on top. It gave these gummies a really neat texture – almost like marshmallow on top of a gummy. The kids loved that.

The kids take one in the evenings and I take a couple and I definitely feel like it helps me get good sleep and it’s a great alternative to drinking my magnesium all the time.

Cranberry Twist Magnesium Gummy Supplements



  1. Carefully whisk the magnesium in with 1/2 cup of the cranberry juice. Try to mix very gently or you’ll end up with a ton of foam!
  2. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan (or you can just start it in the sauce pan). Turn the heat on low and warm the mixture. When it’s warm, add the Real salt and cane sugar to dissolve.
  3. While the magnesium mixture is warming, whisk the gelatin into the remaining 1/4 cup of cranberry juice and 1/4 cup of orange juice and allow it to bloom.
  4. Once the magnesium mixture is hot (not boiling), pour it into the gelatin/juice mixture and whisk gently.
  5. Pour the mixture into a large flat bottomed bowl or a silicone mold and place in the refrigerator to allow it to set. This should take 30-60 minutes.
  6. If you used a bowl, cut the gummies into squares and store in an airtight container in the fridge. If you used a silicone mold you can just pop them out and store them the same way.

What’s your favorite way to supplement with magnesium?

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Sarah @ Nature's Nurture
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April 9, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Chrystal, this looks amazing! And I love that I already have everything on hand. We’ve just gotten into magnesium supplements and have started taking the powder and doing epsom salt baths. Can’t wait to make these later this week!
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2 Kelly Bisciotti April 10, 2014 at 2:37 pm

These look delicious! And super easy. Making my own supplements is definitely on my to do list soon!
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3 sharon April 10, 2014 at 3:56 pm

What size square?
How long will these last?


4 Chrystal Johnson April 11, 2014 at 8:02 am

I just cut them in about 3/4 inch squares. I find with the magnesium powder added you should really use them within about a week. You can make a smaller batch if it’s just one person using them.


5 TL Wilson April 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm

These look great, but would substituting the gelatin with a vegan option still work? We don’t eat gelatin because of what it is made from. I love making my own products!


6 Chrystal Johnson April 11, 2014 at 7:59 am

I’m not aware of a vegan option. Gelatin has wonderful health benefits!


7 Roechelle April 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm

These are perfect for me because I am deficient in magnesium. pinning for later :)
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8 Katie @ Horrific Knits April 13, 2014 at 7:30 am

I should definitely try to make a batch of these. Right now I’m on dandelion and hawthorne for my heart health and they recommend adding magnesium to the mix. My name is Katie and I host Inspired Weekends. All entries get pinned. I would love to have you link up! This week’s round is still open!


9 Crystelle April 15, 2014 at 10:41 pm

I really need to learn how to make these!
The gummy vitamins in the store contain a bunch of sugar: glucose and sucrose….. First two ingredients…..
Pinning!! Happy Easter to you and yours…. :)
“hugs” Crystelle
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10 Deborah April 17, 2014 at 7:35 am

I’ve never heard of taking magnesium to help sleep. These sure look like a yummy way to “take your medicine.” Thank you for sharing these and your yummy strawberry spinach salad at the party. Happy Easter! Blessings ~Deborah
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11 Roberta @ Mommy Like Whoa April 20, 2014 at 8:37 am

Hey! I love this! Just wanted to let you know I featured you on my blog this morning!


12 Leslie April 23, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Congratulations…this post was featured on Create It Thursday #51! Thanks so much for sharing such a great idea with us last week!
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13 Krystil H April 27, 2014 at 6:17 pm

What are the benefits of Real Salt? Does it have to be added or can it be eliminated? Can’t wait to make this. I love anything cranberry! Thanks!


14 Chrystal Johnson April 27, 2014 at 11:16 pm

The benefits of Real Salt are substantial. You’ll still get benefits without it, but not the full spectrum.


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