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Saturday, March 29, 2014

homemade gummy snacks

My son LOVES fruit snacks. I buy the Black Forest ones, because at least they are fruit sweet, but they still have food coloring added, and they're all individually packaged in portion sizes of 7 pieces per pouch which is a lot of needless trash, and they're really not that cheap, either.

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
 Immediately add: 
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • optional 2-3 Tbs warm honey or maple syrup 
Whisk again and quickly add: 
  • 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)
Pour into a 9x9 square or 8x11 rectangle glass casserole dish, the sides lightly greased with coconut oil and the bottom covered with a non-stick baking paper. Pop into the fridge, uncovered, and leave overnight or for at least 3 hours. It will begin to set right away. When set, tip gently out onto a chopping board and cut into cubes. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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!

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