Asher asked for jello yesterday. He dug in the cupboard and found the last box I had in there, and wanted jello. I suddenly thought, gelatin is the foundation of fruit snacks! I wonder if I could make my own?
Yes, I could, as it turns out. My inspiration came from two recipes I found online, both very similar. And there are many more besides. Who knows where the original idea started? The 1950s, possibly? Anyhow, here you go. Be inspired. It was surprisingly easy.
Recipe by "All Day I Dream About Food" -- requires some cooking
Recipe by Wellness Mama -- requires no cooking, but was not as simply written as it could be
My version of Homemade Gummy Snacks
Pictured is an apple juice, honey, fresh strawberry and frozen-defrosted blueberry batch of gummy snacks.
In a quart pyrex jug, whisk together:
- 1 cup cold juice (apple, carrot or mango go with almost anything)
or strong herbal tea (peppermint, red raspberry leaf, dandelion, elderberry, cal-mag)
- 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons/8 packets) gelatin powder
- 1 cup boiling water
- optional 2-3 Tbs warm honey or maple syrup
- 1 cup pureed fruit, from fresh or defrosted from frozen (citrus can interfere with gelatin setting, so I recommend berries, apples, peaches, pears, some tropical fruits such as mango, but not oranges, grapefruits, or pineapples, and bananas may be great in smoothies but would turn a bit weird in these snacks)
Makes about 100 pieces, which easily stomps Black Forest for quantity and quality with a cheaper price! Sure, these are not shelf stable, but they will be fine added to a cool container in a lunch box for school or taking to the park if not consumed at home within a mere few days this weekend!