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Natural Fruit Juice Fruit Snacks

photo of Hello Kitty fruit snacks in a small bowl
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.
photo of Hello Kitty fruit snacks on parchment paper
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.
photo of Hello Kitty fruit snacks in a small white bowl
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.
Hello Kitty fruit snacks
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

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
These chewy fruit snacks are made with frozen juice concentrate and are so easy to make!


  • 1/3 cup frozen fruit juice concentrate
  • 2 packs unflavored gelatin


  • 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.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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53 comments on “Natural Fruit Juice Fruit Snacks”

  1. Do you know how to make the recipe with gelatin sheets?

  2. Hello! How hot does the mixture have to be before you pour it into the molds?

  3. I just made these today with my daughter. I used grape juice concentrate. They were good, but a little tough. I’m not sure if I cooked it too long or maybe should add a little more juice.
    I’ll work with it a bit. Thanks for the inspiration.
    (I was also able to find the hello kitty mold too. But mine is just faces and no bows. My daughter was so excited)

    • I’m glad you got them to work! I’m not sure as to why it would be tough, but I think you can definitely play around, maybe use a little less gelatin.

  4. I just have a tub of gelatin, how much should I use?

  5. i tried making these, i don’t know what i did wrong they turned out to be mushy

  6. Any suggestions for how to get them out of the molds?

  7. Do these need to be stored in the refrigerator?

    • No, unless you plan on keeping them for a really long time. I stored mine for about 1 week at room temp and it was fine.

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