A few weeks ago I shared a recipe for ridiculously easy homemade fruit snacks. As promised, I’ve been busy working on variations, including getting rid of the Jello package for a more natural taste.
I went through a couple of runs. I tried using fruit juice, using a fruit juice and tea, and finally my favorite version: using frozen fruit juice concentrate.
Of course, once I found a version I liked, I had to be playful and use my silicone Hello Kitty molds. I only wish they were as shiny as the heart molds. Instead, these have a more matte finish.
During my trial runs I found that using just regular fruit juice doesn’t have a strong enough flavor, leaving the fruit snacks quite bland and not very sweet. I also tried upping the gelatin packs and that just made them way too sticky and chewy.
For those who are looking for a vegetarian option, unfortunately I have not yet successfully made one without the use of gelatin.
I love how well the fruit concentrates work though. And with so many different juices out there, you can have quite a few different flavors of fruit snacks. These were a cranberry apple. I love how the color came out.
Natural Fruit Juice Fruit Snacks
1/3 cup frozen fruit juice concentrate
2 packs unflavored gelatin
1. Pour juice and sprinkle gelatin in a small saucepan on low to medium heat. Stir with a large spoon until no more gelatin chunks remain. Pour liquid into silicone molds. Place molds into fridge to set for about 10-15 minutes. Eat immediately or store in an airtight container.