Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Homemade Fruit Snacks Made with 100% Fruit Juice

Another great recipe found on Pinterest! It originated from

Little Girls really like fruit snacks - especially Little Girl #1. Ocean Spray has a new fruit snack, which is a little healthier than the other kinds on the market. But I still wasn't crazy about them. Then I found this recipe.

I bought the Outset Hex Ice Cube Tray silicon mold on Amazon for under $8. It's got 34 holes and they're the perfect size for fruit snacks, in my humble opinion. They're about the size of dime or so.

They were pretty easy to make. The thinner snacks had a weird texture, so I think I'll make sure they're half (or more) full next time. The real test will be when Little Girls try them in the morning *fingers crossed*

1/3 c. 100% frozen fruit juice concentrate
2-3 .25 oz envelopes unflavored gelatin (use 2 for softer fruit snacks, and 3 for firmer ones)

Pour the juice into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the juice and let it sit for a few minutes. Put the pan over medium heat and stir until all the gelatin is completely dissolved. Pour the mixture into a measuring cup with a spout so you can easily fill your molds. Fill the molds and allow to set at least 20 minutes. You can speed up the process a bit by putting them in the refrigerator.

There's also a recipe using Jell-O and water instead of juice if you want to go that route:

Jell-o Fruit Snacks Recipe
1 3 oz package gelatin, any flavor
2 .25 oz envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/3 c. water

Sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a small saucepan.  Heat over medium heat and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.  Pour into molds and allow to set at least 20 minutes.

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