I made my own fruit snacks/ gummy candies recently and they were so ridiculously easy to make. I’m so excited at how well they turned out and I already have about five billion variations I want to try after my initial successful stint.
It only takes about ten minutes to make the syrup, then you pour it into molds, let it set, and pop them out and they are ready to eat.
For my initial try, I followed the recipe I found pretty closely. I only had two packs of unflavored gelatin remaining so I didn’t want to take any chances with experimenting. I used a combination of unflavored gelatin and Cherry flavored Jello mix. I’m not crazy about the artificial taste from the Jello mix so next time I’m going to substitute for fruit juice.
When I first bit in, my initial thought was that this was just Jello but with a harder texture. But once you start chewing, it tastes just like a gummy candy or fruit snack! I love that you can make these healthier by using real fruit juice.
I bought these heart silicone molds on Amazon especially to make these. They worked really really well. The silicone is very flexible and all the hearts popped out in one piece, even the little indent that is part of the heart pattern.
As someone who eats and buys fruit snacks and gummy candies obsessively, I’m ridiculously happy to find out how easy it is to make my own and be able to have control over how much sugar and artificial ingredients go into my own homemade version. Now to buy some more cute silicon molds…
By the way, there is now a “save” button on the recipe box (as seen below). It works in conjunction with ziplist, a free service to store all your saved recipes from various sites in one spot.
Homemade Fruit Snacks
1 (3 oz) package Jello mix, any flavor
2 (.25 oz) envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup water
Sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over the water in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, add in jello mix and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Pour into molds and allow to set for about half an hour. Or put in fridge to set faster.