Monday

Homemade Snacks: Fruit Juice Snacks

My kids loved these homemade snacks. I could barely get any pictures because they were eating them so quickly. Oh, and I don't have to feel guilty about the kids eating as many as they want; they are made with only 3 simple ingredients: fruit juice, honey and gelatin.
Homemade Fruit Snacks - only 3 ingredients
My one concern was that they would fall apart easily, but they didn't. They were extra chewy, jiggly,
and perfect for using your favorite mini cookie cutters. They also store easily in the fridge and are a cool snack for these hot summer days.

Homemade Fruit Snacks

adapted from Pounds4Pennies and Hip2Save

Ingredients

2/3 cup orange juice
2/3 cup fruit puree* (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peach, etc.)
3 packets of gelatin
2-6 tbsp honey (to your taste)

Directions

  • Whisk all ingredients together in a small sauce pan.
  • Place over medium heat and whisk continuously until mixture barely starts to bubble around the edges. Don't allow the mixture to come to a full boil.
  • Pour mixture into a 8x8 pan and place in refrigerator until completely chilled. 
  • Remove from refrigerator and run knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the gelled mixture. Turn the pan over and empty onto a cutting board. I had to use a spatula to coax the snacks onto the cutting board. 
  • Use a knife or mini cookies cutters to cut the snacks into bite size pieces. We used our camping themed mini cookie cutters
  • Store fruit snacks in an air tight container in the fridge. They will last up to a week but ours only lasted 1 day. 
*To make puree, blend fruit in a blender or in a food processor.  Some recipes called for the seeds to be strained out of the puree, others did not. I preferred the seeds removed. To remove the seeds, push puree through a fine mesh strainer using the back of a spoon. This takes a little time and patients but I feel it is worth the effort.
Homemade Fruit Snacks - only 3 ingredients
Have you tried making homemade fruit snacks? What are your favorite fruits to use? 

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