If you are a kombucha maker, you probably can recall when your kombucha sat for a wee bit too long and your scoby made a baby scoby. Maybe you have just thrown the scoby out, not knowing there was something else you could do with it! Don't throw your extra kombucha scoby out! Instead, make this delicious scoby candy that tastes similar to fruit leather, but has all the explosion of flavor that kombucha offers. You won't be disappointed!
The last time I made kombucha was June 30th, and it was currently February! Ouch! The kombucha continuous brew jar was unfortunately attracting fruit flies and desperately needed to be restarted. I reached my hand into the jar and pulled out around 7 inches of extra scoby!
It's one of the worst feelings in the world to throw something out that you have worked hard to create. Was there something else that I could do with this extra scoby?
There are many things that you can do with extra scoby including feeding it to your chickens, they LOVE it. However, I was wanting to do something different with it.
I had heard that you could turn your extra scoby into candy, but I had never tried it before.
After trying it, I can confidently say that this might be my favorite way to use my extra scoby. The taste is unmatched and my kids gobbled up the delicacy like it truly was sugary candy!
I know one of the first questions that I"m going to get is if this recipe is Trim Healthy Mama friendly. Yes, it is.
Here are a few notes and things to consider.
Maple syrup is on the plan with THM, but there are some guidelines to consider. It is an E fuel and it must be 100% pure maple syrup. Maple syrup is also not recommended during weight loss mode. It can be used as an occasional treat or when at goal weight.
So are the ingredients on the plan? Yes, they are. However, be cognisant of how to consume them correctly for your season.
- Extra scoby
- Maple Syrup
- Gentle Sweet (optional)
See the recipe card for quantities.
Chances are if you have homemade kombucha brewing on your table, you are open-minded to more 'odd' recipes. Give this kombucha scoby candy a try! I truly don't think you will be disappointed. The end results remind me of very tasty fruit leather.
Start by taking your extra scoby and cutting it into about 1-inch bite-size pieces. The thinner the better.
Place all the scoby bites into a skillet pan. I like to use cast iron.
Add 1 ½ cups Maple Syrup. You will need a 1:2 ratio of maple syrup and scoby bites. Alternatively, you can use ¼ cup maple syrup and ½ cup Gentle Sweet.
Juice 4 tbsp of fresh lemon juice. Add to skillet.
Add 1-2 inch piece of grated ginger into the skillet pan.
Let simmer on high stirring constantly until the liquid has almost disappeared. There will be popping when it is ready to be removed from the heat. 10-15 minutes.
Single layer on a silicon or parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve chilled or warm.
Hint: leave a useful hint here, like let the grill run for 4-5 minutes to burn off any remnants, then clean it. I like to use this bristle-free barbecue brush (affiliate link) for cleaning the grill.
There are two variations of this recipe.
- Fully maple syrup - Use 1:2 ratio of scoby and maple syrup. For this recipe, I would use 3 cups scoby to 1 ½ cups of maple syrup.
- Gentle Sweet - This variation is a bit more weight loss friendly. Use ¼ cup of maple syrup and ½ cup of Gentle Sweet. Time on the stovetop will be reduced slightly due to there not being as much liquid.
- Cast iron skillet (or plain skillet works fine too)
- Silicon mat or parchment paper
- Baking Sheet
Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. These do not freeze well.
Make sure to keep stirring when cooking on the stovetop! You don't want to know what burned kombucha scoby smells like!
What does the scoby candy taste like?
It has a sweet flavor, but the remaining taste is very mild. If you have a thicker cut of scoby you will get a burst of kombucha flavor.
What is a scoby made of?
A scoby is a type of mushroom that is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. It is commonly referred to as a 'mother'.
Is the scoby edible?
Yes it is! Because it is so filled with healthy bacteria and yeast, don't eat this entire batch in one sitting. Eat a few and see how it sits in your tummy. Some people may have a strong 'tummy reaction
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
- 3 cups of scoby
- 1 ½ cups of maple syrup
- 1 inch square of fresh ginger
- 4 tbsp fresh ginger
- Start by taking your extra scoby and cutting it into about 1-inch bite-size pieces. The thinner the better.
- Place all the scoby bites into a skillet pan. I like to use cast iron.
- Add 1 ½ cups Maple Syrup. You will need a 1:2 ratio of maple syrup and scoby bites. Alternatively, you can use ¼ cup maple syrup and ½ cup Gentle Sweet.
- Juice 4 tbsp of fresh lemon juice. Add to skillet.
- Add 1-2 inch piece of grated ginger into the skillet pan.
- Let simmer on high stirring constantly until the liquid has almost disappeared. There will be popping when it is ready to be removed from the heat. 10-15 minutes.
- Single layer on a silicon or parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve chilled or warm.
You can replace the maple syrup with ¼ cup maple syrup and ½ cup THM Gentle Sweet
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g
Online nutritional calculators are estimates only. Use your best judgement when consuming.