Gummy Fruit SnacksPosted by TheCraftyCollab on Jun 20, 2013 in Recipes, Snacks & Hors d'oeuvres | 2 comments
A love for fruit snacks is almost mandatory in the kid world these days, but what’s in those things anyway?
Mama Mouse Says has shared her own recipe for homemade Gummy Fruit Snacks made with easy ingredients that may already be in your refrigerator!
Always searching for healthy treats to feed to our little ones, we were eager to give this clever recipe a try!
Please click here to visit Mama Mouse Says and see the instructions that we followed!
Reviewer #1 – Alicia
Mission: I have always wanted to try and tackle a homemade fruit snack recipe but had been a bit discouraged by the lack of easy-to-follow recipes. This recipe was super simple and I am all about fast and easy, and kid approved or course!
I followed the recipe exactly.
- Strawberries, Ocean Spray Cran-Grape Juice (what I had at home), and 5 packages of gelatin. Next time, I will use 6 packages of gelatin.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
You definitely need a food processor to create this recipe. I suppose you could use a blender and get the same results. I did find that by blending/pulsing the mixture, I got a lot of air bubbles. Let your mixture settle a bit before pouring into your pan and LEAVE in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours or overnight.
Also, being the goofball that I am, I purchased 6 full packages of the gelatin at the store not realizing that one package contains 4 pouches inside. DUH! You don’t have to twist my arm to make more.
Very healthy and delicious.
By using a small fondant/cookie cutter, you have a lot of wasted product, although it looks so pretty.
My kids loved these snacks so much, that they gobbled up my first batch before I even noticed. I am so thrilled on how easy it was to make and that I know exactly what is in them. No artificial flavors or colors- YES!!!!!
This is a must try recipe. 2 sticky-thumbs up!
Reviewer #2 – Amanda
Mission: Make a yummy and healthy treat for the kiddos.
I followed Mama Mouse’s recipe exactly with the exception of needing slightly more juice as I was a little shy on fruit juice.
- I chose a little Mott’s apple juice with veggies. It worked like a charm!
- I also used a sweet little cutter to made quarter sized flowers. They were very pretty but a little fussy.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
As soon as I poured the liquid puree into my cookie sheet I decided that I needed a smaller pan for next time. My gummies ended up being a little bit thinner than I wanted.
I also lined the pan with a layer of Glad Press’n Seal for ease of removing the gummies.
This really was a great sweet treat packed with fruit and very little sugar.
I would have liked for them to be a little more like fruit leather rather than slightly tacky like they were.
Also, if I make these again I will just cut little squares instead of using a cutter.
This was a fun experiment with VERY edible results. My kids thought they were very fun to eat too.
Reviewer #3 – Sheri
Mission: My kids are crazy for fruit snacks but I recently cut them out of their diet and now I’m the bad guy. Maybe this all-natural homemade fruit snack recipe will fill the void and make me “Awesome Mom” again.
This was a very easy recipe to follow.
- I chose to use strawberries because it’s a fruit that all three of my boys love.
- For juice I used Newman’s Pomegranate Lemonade, another winner in our house and it also provided the citric component the recipe called for.
The first thing I did was line the tray with plastic so I would be ready. I then poured the juice into the blender. I quickly heated up the diced strawberries and honey. While they were heating up I added the 5 packets of gelatin.
I combined all of the ingredients as directed and poured it onto the try. It looked a bit frothy. I let them set overnight. When I took the tray out in the morning it still didn’t look hard enough. I left it there a few more hours and it was still strange looking. It was an odd combination of spongy and rubbery. Honestly, it reminded me of the nasty gel-like ring when you open a can of wet dog food. Blech.
I cut them up and passed them onto my taste-testers. It got a 1 out of 3. My oldest was thrilled; the other two guys spit them out. I think it was just a texture thing.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
I think adding a 6th packet of gelatin might give it a better texture.
They’re not as sticky as store-bought gummies which stick to their teeth.
The texture isn’t quite right and a little repulsive.
One out of three boys enjoyed these strawberry bites.
I love that it was a really easy recipe using real fruit and no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup. There just has to be some sort of way to get the texture a little better. Honestly, I’m not sure I would try this again.