Homemade Fruit Snacks

Happy Adar! Purim is just a couple weeks away, and we’re thinking about mishloach manot, obviously. So is this month’s Kosher Connection linkup.

Last year, we made hot chocolate on a stick and marshmallows. And of course every year we make hamentaschen.

This weekend, we decided to try and make fruit snacks. A homemade, healthy version of the gummy candies kids and adults love. All you need is some fruit, some kosher gelatin and about 45 minutes and you can make your own fruit snacks, too!homemade fruit snacks

These were interesting. They were more the consistency of Jell-O than fruit snacks, perhaps they could have used an extra packet of gelatin (but we didn’t have any more!). They were definitely better out of the fridge than they were at room temperature, too.

If you like more sour candies, we would recommend lemon or lime juice instead of range. Adjust the honey to your tastes, too. And some taste testers suggested cutting it into bigger pieces.

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Homemade Healthy Fruit Snacks from thankyourbody.com

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2/3 cup chopped strawberries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries are all great.)
  • 1 ┬átablespoon honey
  • 2 packets gelatin

Directions:

  1. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add juice and berries and stir occasionally until the berries are tender.
  2. Add honey and stir until incorporated.
  3. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes and puree (an immersion blender is great for this).
  4. Slowly add the gelatin, whisking constantly and vigorously.
  5. Grease an 8×8 glass dish and pour mixture into the dish. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes, until set.
  6. Cut into small squares and enjoy.


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  • http://www.confident-cook.com/ Hindy Garfinkel

    I’ve been wanting to make something like this for a while! My kids would love these and I love how they are so much healthier than the stuff you buy at the store. Must try this soon.

  • http://www.ronniefein.com/ Ronnie Fein

    I actually prefer the softer, jello-mold texture than the firm gummy stuff. These are so much healthier and probably much more flavorful too. Going to try this when the grandkids come.

    • http://thekosherfoodies.com/ steph

      i have a feeling you and your grandkids will love these!

  • melindakitchentested

    I love this recipe and I think my kids are gonna go nuts for homemade fruit snacks. My son is obsessed with smoothies and he is going to have so much fun picking out the fruit for his snacks.

  • http://thekosherfoodies.com/ steph

    it kind of looks like cubed watermelon in the main picture!

  • http://twitter.com/bethwarrenrd Beth WarrenMS RD CDN

    I absolutely love this idea! I can’t wait to use it! I am so anti-artificial colors and love your unique way of making a healthier jello

    • http://thekosherfoodies.com/ steph

      who needs food coloring when natural food looks this pretty!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002775196300 Tali Simon

    Great DIY project! I bet people will love getting these in mishloach manot.

  • Prag

    Looks impressive, do you think this would work with Coconut?

  • Whit jewhungry.wordpress.com

    This is so impressive. My little one is just starting solid but I’m keeping this one on the back burner.

  • http://www.thisamericanbite.com/ This American Bite

    That is really cool and so much easier than making fruit leather. I also like that the sweetness is just from the fruit and honey and not sugar.

  • LilMissCakes

    I never knew how easy this was to make! Definitely a keeper, thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/dinnerinvenice Dinner in Venice

    love this idea! I think my kids will really enjoy this

  • http://twitter.com/CouldntbeParve Shoshana Ohriner

    I love the idea of homemade fruit snacks. I never buy the processed ones (we avoid all artificial colors in our house) so I’m sure the kids will think this is a great treat!

  • Chanie@BusyInBrooklyn

    I love that this has no added sugar! Never imagined it would be so simple to make.

  • http://joyofkosher.com/ Tamar Genger

    How fun these look great.

  • BeccaC

    I just made these. I used 3/4 cup of orange juice and 3/4 cup of strawberries and used 4 packets of gelatin. They turned out great, but they have a layer of froth on top because I didn’t let them cool before putting them in the fridge, so it was still frothy from the blender. They’re very tasty and the kids love them.

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