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.
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!