Homemade Fruit Snacks

I don’t know about you, but I have two kids and a husband that go crazy over fruit snacks. Look at the packages – most are loaded with junk. Today, I give you a fruit snack recipe that is so simple – fruit juice and gelatin! That’s it – no sugar, preservatives, additives, etc! Use a candy mold or ice cube tray to shape them into something fun – for your kids or the kid in you! We used heart molds to have Valentine treats. Warning: Because they contain gelatin, these little snacks are very “jiggly” and also bounce. If you drop one on the floor, your kids will think they can eat them and also use them as bouncy balls. They do bounce – quite well. (Just a heads up!) This makes about 20 fruit snacks but it depends on your candy mold size (mine were medium sized).

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1 cup fresh fruit juice (any kind) – I used mixed berries, blended completely – see note below
4 Tbsp of unflavored gelatin (you can also use guar gum)

Note: To get your desired fruit juice, blend up any fresh fruits you want and strain juice until you have one cup. You don’t want to have a lot of pulp or seeds. I used strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and blended them in my Magic Bullet, then strained out all the seeds and pulp. You can use all orange juice, apple juice, grape juice, etc.

Mix ½ cup of fruit juice with the gelatin until you get a thick paste. In a small saucepan, bring remaining juice to a boil. Slowly add in the gelatin paste until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool about 10 minutes. Carefully pour the juice mixture into molds using a funnel or whatever other tool you have. Refrigerate for about an hour or until firm. Store in refrigerator in a sealed container.

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