Last week, my mom had surgery, and while we were waiting a 2 year old little boy shared his fruit snacks with Sophie. She loved them! Later in the week, I found a recipe on Pinterest for homemade fruit snacks using 100% juice and no added sugars or preservatives.
I used Target’s store brand of 100% grape juice, Knox gelatin, and a candy mold from Hobby Lobby of tiny little rectangles. It was pretty simple – put 1/3 c juice in a small saucepan, then sprinkle 3 envelopes of gelatin on top and let sit for 5 minutes. By the way, after the five minutes have passed it will be a solid mass in the pot. I didn’t know that would happen.
Next, turn the burner on meduim-high, and melt the gelatin, stirring as it melts. It makes a very thick liquid. Then pour the mixture into a measuring cup with a spout, or something else that will make pouring easier, and fill the molds. I didn’t fill the entire sheet, but what I did fill made 48 pieces. Not bad to start with. Then let them cool, which didn’t take long at all. I felt a piece after 10-15 minutes, expecting them to still be warm, but they were actually cold. They were easy to take out of the mold, also.
How did they taste, though?
Sophie wasn’t a fan. Big Sis liked them and went back for more. I thought they were “okay.” Not a strong flavor, but not bad either. I am storing them in a ziploc bag in the refrigerator so they won’t warm up and melt.