Skip the Package: How to Make Homemade Fruit Snacks

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Homemade Fruit Snacks
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Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 80 minutes (includes refrigeration)

The possibilities are endless with this recipe for homemade fruit snacks! You can use any combination of fruit and juice, control the sugar content, and have a fun little project at the end - my toddler loves using the tiny shape cutters to stamp out dozens of fruit snacks.

The fruit snacks I made used strawberries for the fruit and orange, lemon, and lime juice for the liquid part. You can pick whatever fruit you'd like, but be sure to avoid pineapple, kiwi, figs, papaya, mango and guava, since they won't gel.

What you'll need

  • 2 cups diced fruit
  • 1 cup unsweetened fruit juice
  • Sugar to taste
  • 1 ounce unflavored gelatin powder (4 packets)

You can find very tiny metal shape cookie cutters in the clay section of most craft stores.

How to make it

  1. Line a 9x9 baking pan with tinfoil.

  2. In a medium sauce pan, combine fruit and juice, cooking over medium heat until the fruit is soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add sugar to taste. When you've arrived at a sweetness level you're happy with, add the gelatin and stir until both the gelatin and sugar are completely dissolved.

  3. Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor (or use an immersion blender) and processes until very smooth.

  4. Pour into prepared pan and refrigerate for at least one hour or until mixture is very solid.

  5. Remove tinfoil and fruit mixture from the pan, unmold from the tinfoil and cut into squares or use tiny cookie cutters to cut into individual pieces. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


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