Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Homemade Fruit Snacks

100% Juice Fruit Snacks.

Today was the first Valentines Day that Audrey was aware of. She is in school this year and it has become a big holiday for her now. She had a party at school with treats and cards. We made Heart Shaped Crazy Crayons to give out and Homemade Fruit Snacks for a treat. 

When the sign-up sheet for this party went up I was quick to put Audrey's name in to bring a fruity treat because I have wanted to try making these for a bit. Of all the treats and special meals my girls get they seem to love fruit snacks the most. Looking at a box you can see that they are mostly juice (or artificial flavoring) and sugar. Plus added coloring and gelling agents. I am not happy about adding that must sugar and artificial color to our diets.

My first attempt failed but the girls loved eating the jello consistency fruit puree. The next try produced an almost hard snack that was almost inedible.  I say almost because Maurene ate most of them.

We struck gold on the third attempt.

  • 4 packages of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup Cran-Grape 100% Juice
Pour juice into a 1-cup liquid measuring cup. Open gelatin and pour on top. Let gelatin sit for a few minutes to plump. Microwave on high for 1 minute and then stir to make sure it is all mixed together. If gelatin is not completely dissolved microwave for a few more seconds. Pour into mold of choice; we used ice cube trays. Let sit or place in freezer for quick set. Enjoy!

The snacks were a little bit of a challenge to remove from the ice cube trays but if you had silicone candy molds they would be easy to remove. The snacks in the photo look a little mangled because I removed them with a butter knife. The girls love them and have begged to make some for their play group tomorrow. Hope the other moms enjoy as much as we have.

Ready to begin.

Stirring before pouring into molds.

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  1. Oh my goodness I can't wait to make these! My kids love fruit snacks, but I don't buy them that often. Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday and I hope you'll stop back soon :)


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