I have one son who LOVES gummy snacks. He thinks having a cupboard FULL of fruit snacks is the ultimate in snacking perfection. But, I have trouble finding fruit snacks for a reasonable price that I ACTUALLY want him to eat. Many options are full of preservatives, and the ones that aren’t are at a price that I am just not willing to pay for a “quick” snack. I stumbled upon many recipes online for homemade snacks, but none of them set up to be quite “gummy” enough. They often had a texture much closer to a jiggler, and were not very easy to pack into lunchboxes. So, I set out to create my own. Here is how you can do it at home, super quick and easy!
The ingredients for this recipe are simple, and easy for anyone to find. These are not ideal for kids with food dye allergies (but watch my blog over the next few days to get another recipe for these WITHOUT Jello!) depending upon the flavor of Jello you choose. In this example, I used easy to source items, that are in every grocery store, so that it was easy for you to try. But, you can raise the quality of the snack by using other types of gelatin, adding juices, and even adding food grade essential oils.
|Prep Time||15 minutes|
|Cook Time||30 seconds|
|Passive Time||30 minutes|
- 1 regular box Jello Flavored Gelatin any flavor
- 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin any brand
- 1/3 cup water
- Choose your silicone molds and place on a baking sheet to protect area from spills.
- Measure 1/3 cup water into pyrex measuring cup and heat (in microwave or on stovetop) about 30 seconds until just hot. Add 2 packets of gelatin slowly to the water, while constantly stirring. If added too fast the gelatin will seize up and create lumps. Once gelatin is well combined, add one packet of jello and stir well. Mixture may get some foam on top.
- Using a large medicine dropper or syringe, fill each cavity with the mixture. The dropper will allow you some control over the amount you are filling, but if you do not have a dropper, mixture can be spooned or poured in.
- Once cavity are filled, place silicone molds in refrigerator to set up (about 30-45 minutes.) Once they have set and are easily removed from molds, take them out and place of parchment paper lined sheets. Place back in fridge to cure for 6 hours or so for optimum "bounciness". These can also be eaten immediately...which is honestly what happens in my house!
Wash utensils and measuring cup immediately for the easiest clean up!
You can find Silicone molds at craft stores, as well as online. The ones I am using in these pictures can be found at on Amazon at the following links: Star Wars Molds, Lego Molds, Gummy Bear Molds. I use these molds for all things: chocolate, gummies, and even ice. I also have other sets that I use for making crayons or soaps (you should keep your kitchen ones separate).
The longer these snacks “cure” in the refrigerator, the “bouncier” they will get. So, once they have reached your desired gumminess, move them into a sealed container and store in the fridge. These do not last long in my house though, so be prepared to see them disappear. Honestly, my family will each them as quickly as they are removed from the molds if I let them!
This is really an easy little recipe that will thrill your kids. They will be amazed at your creations, and after you get the hang of it, the possibilities for fun snacks for endless!