Who doesn’t like candies? When it comes to them, kids will prefer any size: in fact, the more, the merrier. And the good news is, candies aren’t always bad for your health, so you don’t have to worry about kids gorging too much on them.
As you head out to re-stock on your kid candies, here are some of the most loved and healthy candies you shouldn’t miss, and wouldn’t mind kids going overboard on either!
1. Go-desi Imli pop
The traditional DESi lollipop, it is made from tamarind, jaggery and Indian spices. It is a great kids candy, with wholesome, natural ingredients and no added preservatives or sugar. This candy is a great source of anti-oxidants and a good anti-inflammatory agent. Being rich in fiber, it can also aid in weight loss and lower blood sugar, making it the best for both health and taste.
2. Aam Papad
This is found especially during summers. It has a traditional recipe, handed down over generations. With real mango, usually desi ghee and cardamom are added. The recipe helps with digestive problems in kids and is an anti-oxidant. It is dried under the sun, which makes it harden. This is a kids candy that you simply must have, and is ranked at number 2 in our DESi candy list.
3. Jujube candy (ber candy)
Ber candies are constant when it comes to kids candies. Made of ber fruit, it is an excellent source of Vitamin B, Vitamin C and beta-carotene. These are chewy candies that can be made to any flavor you want, also helping you salivate for better digestion. Being high on fibers and low on calories, it is an excellent kids candy. It’s no. 3 on the list.
4. Kamarakattu (coconut jaggery balls)
Made out of coconut and jaggery, this is a kids candy that simply can’t go wrong. With some dry ginger and cardamom, it tastes even better. While kids wait for the kamarakattu to become chewable, the secretion of saliva aids in quick digestion. With no added sugar, preservatives or chemicals, this ball of goodness also enhances liver health and good cholesterol, and is ranked number 4.
5. Ginger Candy
One of healthiest candy for kids, not only is it one of the tastiest kids candies, but it also helps protect the body since it’s an anti-inflammatory agent, fights nausea and boosts immunity. It is made by mixing ginger and sugar and is pretty easy to make. You can also use the byproduct of this candy making process - ginger simple syrup. It finds the 5th spot on our list.